MISSION CENTERS COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING: The UBA Mission Centers of Houston recently made the news in a Baptist Standard story by John Hall, Texas Baptist Communications, reporting the results of a neighborhood survey on human trafficking conducted by Mission Centers Staff member, Kate Ambrose.
HOUSTON-For residents of neighborhoods served by Houston Mission Centers, human trafficking isn't something that happens on the other side of the world. Sex and labor trafficking are atrocities that victimize their family members, friends and neighbors.
Earlier this year, the mission centers surveyed about 180 people they serve. They found 16 percent of respondents knew people who were victims of labor trafficking. More than 6 percent of survey participants reported being victims of trafficking. Another 5 percent indicated they knew someone who had been forced into the sex trade. Some of the victims they knew were minors.
"This does take place in our cities," said Kate Ambrose, who conducted the survey. "This is not just an issue we read about ... (or view) on CNN. This is affecting people in our communities."
Read the full story here of how the Mission Centers of Houston is combating Human Trafficking.
All are welcome to come investigate the Gano Center mural in person themselves - as well as to chalk out a personal prayer for the community on the bottom strip of black chalkboard paint serving as an interactive border along the entire piece.
"In my dreams, I dream of a God of justice, love, beauty and hope.
He tells me not to worry, that His love pushes out fear.
He cares for the birds of the air and gives us what we need.
He says, I am the Creator;
I am making all things new - even you."
Prayer adorning the mural
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