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“Is not this the kind of
fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the
cords of the yoke?  To set the oppressed free and break every yoke?”
 Isaiah 58:6


This Sunday our morning services will revolve around “Biblical
Justice.”  We have been blessed to have John Richmond share with us on
previous “Justice” Sundays, where he relayed his
experiences combating human trafficking and modern day slavery.  This
year, at John’s recommendation, we are very privileged and excited to
have Victor Boutros (pictured at right) speak to our congregation.  In John’s words:
 
“Victor
is one of my closest friends in the world.  He is a great husband,
father, prosecutor, and lover of Jesus.  Victor prosecutes human
trafficking cases with me at the Dept. of Justice.  He is an excellent
speaker, writer, and teacher.”
 
Victor co-authored The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence,
with Gary Haugen, director of IJM (International Justice Mission).  The
Locust Effect is a Washington Post bestseller and has been featured by
the New York Times, the Economist, NPR, the Today Show, Forbes, the BBC,
and other media outlets.  He is a federal prosecutor who investigates
and tries police misconduct, hate crimes, and international human
trafficking cases of national significance around the country.  Victor
has also spent time working on similar issues in the developing world,
such as Ecuador, India and South Africa. 
In response to God’s call to “Do
Justice,” we will be learning about how we can support a new ministry
right here in Roanoke called Street Ransom.  Street Ransom is under the
umbrella of Straight Street and will be providing a shelter for victims
of trafficking, ages 17 and under, who have been rescued all over the
state of Virginia. 
  
This Sunday evening May 4, from 5:00-7:00,
Keith Farmer who heads up Straight Street/Street Ransom, will be
showing a powerful documentary at our church called “Nefarious.”  This
film exposes human trafficking all over the globe, including right here
in the U.S.  

It is our hope that all who are able will come out to watch this film. 
Life Groups, we encourage you to come out to watch this film together. 
If it would help to not have to meet twice next week, consider giving
up your usual life group time to do this instead.

After the film, Keith will be sharing with us about Street Ransom.  Childcare will be provided, but children will need to be pre-registered with Michelle Honaker at michelleh@coths.org 
(no exceptions, please).  It is not recommended that children under
high school age view this movie, but high school age kids are encouraged
to join us!  
Kim Motley
Missions Committee