modern slavery

Freedom Through Friendship

Please do take some time to read this message from our wonderful Embrace Coordinator, Lauren:

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If you are reading this little post, I want you to pretend I am sitting across from you right now and introducing myself and Embrace to you for the first time. Could you do that for me? Because I would love to sit with each person reading this and explain to you how excited I am about this project. Unfortunately, I can't.  But please, sense my excitement as I tell you about Embrace. 

Hi! My name is Lauren. I am a newly 30 year old and have 3 young boys. I live in Merthyr Tydfil with my Welsh husband, but I was born in the USA. That's me!  I have had the joy of being involved in running Embrace for the past 2 years. We are a project that was born out of a desire to love survivors of human trafficking in our local area. Our project consists of two parts: financial support and befriending. We receive all of our referrals from organisations currently supporting survivors. 

Today, I want to tell you a bit more about befriending. Many survivors of human trafficking are lonely. Many are not working, live alone, may not speak English, and are working through the aftermath of massive amounts of trauma. Embrace wants to show survivors the love of Jesus by simply spending time with them as a friend.

All of our befrienders are Christians involved in their local churches. They can commit to a couple hours a week to meet with a survivor to do nice things - coffees, museums, parks, etc. They love people. I wish I could introduce you to some of the amazing people that have volunteered their time to befriend. You would meet a group of dedicated, passionate people that want to love people the way that they have been loved. 

Each week, befrienders meet with their Embrace friend to do "nice" things. Friendships look totally different depending on personalities and preferences, but one consistent factor - each Embrace friendship is a sweet picture of Jesus' love for people. Where survivors of human trafficking would have experienced the worst of human nature, we want to offer a taste of what Jesus' love looks like. 

WE NEED MORE BEFRIENDERS! If you are involved in your local church, can commit to a training day and meeting a friend once a week, and are passionate about simply showing Jesus' love to people, this project could be a fit for you. Please get in touch if this would be something you are interested in. We would love to partner with you in loving people!

Nice to meet you and hope to hear from you soon!

If you would like to find our more about serving as an Embrace befriender please email lauren@redcommunity.co.uk

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.

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.

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