Arise Conference

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Join Red Community in Cardiff on Saturday 13th October for the Arise Conference.

Arise is a unique mini conference that will couple both a strong gospel-centred case for engaging in anti-trafficking justice ministry with practical examples of work by those on the frontline. The goal of Arise is to inspire, encourage and equip ‘ordinary’ Christians to fight injustice and make a difference wherever they are at.

The main address will be given by Dai Hankey and will be followed by a range of TedTalk-style sessions from contributors from Red Community, Embrace and Manumit Coffee. We will be introduced to an amazing ministry that supports survivors of sex trafficking in Albania called Eagle’s Wings and discover ways we can support them. We will also hear from a good friend of ours, Jade, who has spent many years rescuing and rehabilitating women who have ben trafficked in the Mediterranean. Oh, there’s even brunch too!!

It promises to be a fantastic day and we would love for you to join us. All the information is on the flyer above. Please email heather@redcommunity.co.uk to confirm your attendance and we look forward to seeing you there.

Embrace Christmas Party

Christmas post by our Embrace Coordinator, Lauren:

Christmas has finally arrived. Trees are being decorated. Nativity plays are being performed. Parties are being hosted. Carols are being sung. Gifts are being exchanged. Families are enjoying each other’s company. This is a sweet season as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour. A King was born to live among his beloved people so that he could one day save them. What a beautiful birthday we get to celebrate at Christmas.

And whilst it is completely nostalgic and exciting to engage in all of the cultural traditions mentioned above, I was honoured to participate in the most loveliest Christmas Party I have ever experienced last Saturday. Embrace hosted its first Christmas party and invited Befrienders and their new Embrace friends to be a part of celebrating the Christmas season. 10 survivors of human trafficking joined their Befrienders for our gathering on Saturday, along with 15 children!

One befriender and her Embrace friend came an hour early to decorate the venue. Red, green, and gold colours illuminated the room to welcome the guests. Food brought by befrienders and
Embrace friends lined the tables. Candle and card decorating ensued and everyone squeezed in to participate in the cutting and gluing. Another befriender and her Embrace friend painted each face of every child present. We played games. We sang a Christmas carol. We gave out presents.

Women that might have been alone, struggling for finances, longing for normality, and wanting to
give their children a happy Christmas – felt the joy of community, friendship, food, music, and
laughter for two sweet hours. They gratefully received the party, where I would have taken it for
granted as “normal”. Their hearts were beaming as they went back home.

Several times, throughout the party, I stopped what I was doing to just watch. Watch mums laughing with their children as they chased them in a circle saying, “Duck, duck, goose”. Watch new found friends holding hands and singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. Watch ladies from different religions and cultures and backgrounds chat around mince pies and cupcakes. Watch Christmas in action. Jesus’s love for the world being displayed through friendship. What a beautiful display of the same love he showed at Christmas over 2000 years ago. He loved us. And we show others his love by loving them.

He loves survivors of human trafficking. And what a joy to be part of loving them this Christmas
season. Thanks for all who made the day possible – both Befrienders and those that have
contributed financially. It would not have happened without you! If you want to be involved in
Befriending with us, please do get in touch!

Imagine...

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New post by Embrace Coordinator, Lauren:

Imagine with me 2 people….
What would happen if Person 1 experienced true friendship?
If this person who had only felt abandonment, rejection, deceitfulness, and hate
Suddenly encountered a friend.
A friend that could be trusted. A friend that loved without strings attached. A friend who accepted her for who she was. A friend that stood by her side when everyone else had run away.
What would happen to Person 1?
Imagine with me again, Person 2…
What would happen if Person 2 also experienced true friendship?
This Person 2 who had never felt abandoned, rejected, deceived, or hated
Suddenly encountered a friend that had.
How would that person’s worldview change? Would her love for people deepen? Would her
understanding of empathy increase? Would she walk with her Jesus more closely? Would she enter into the joy of friendship with someone completely like and unlike her?
What would happen to Person 2?
Imagine….
If it wasn’t just these two people experiencing true friendship with each other, but hundreds.
Friendships of paired people, with different backgrounds, different cultures, different families,
different experiences, different worldviews. Hundreds of friendships. Imagine how many people
wouldn’t feel loneliness and would know the sweetness of community.
That is what we are imagining for Embrace. Human beings created by God to love and be loved,
being in friendship with one another. ALL OVER WALES. That’s our hope for Embrace.
Do you want to be a part of our dream?

If you would like to support survivors of human trafficking and join Embrace as a befriender, please contact Lauren: lauren@redcommunity.co.uk

Training Medics to Respond to Trafficking

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Several years ago we ran a human trafficking awareness raising event in Cardiff with Beginning of Life Ministries, Moldova. One of the girls, Camilla, who came to that event was a trainee medic from UHW Cardiff. To say that she was impacted that evening would be a huge understatement. Following a trip to Moldova that Summer Camilla came back to the UK determined to make a difference in her particular field - medicine. Aware that many victims of human trafficking often require access to health care for various reasons (accident and emergency, maternity care and sexual health to name a few), and concerned that many of her peers may not be aware of the issue or equipped to spot signs of exploitation, Camilla decided to take action.

To cut a long story short - after a great deal of strategic planning this week we were privileged to serve alongside several other agencies, abolitionists and freedom practitioners in providing training for all final year medics at UHW Cardiff to help them better understand human trafficking / modern slavery and recognise how they can best identify and care for those affected by it. That's right - Camilla has not only succeeded in getting this training on the curriculum at UHW, it is now COMPULSORY for all trainee medics to receive this training as part of their curriculum. As far as we are aware this is the first Medical school in the UK to make such training obligatory. AMAZING! 

We just wanted to post this to honour Camilla and all her hard work and also to encourage those of you out there reading this that YOU can be part of making a difference in your sphere of influence too.

#jointheresistance