Collaborative Street Rescue Launching
The following excerpts from the September edition of the Pentecostal Evangel provide an encouraging example of the fruits of collaboration taking place between ministries reaching out with the love of Christ to victims of human trafficking.
F.R.E.E. International, an Assemblies of God U.S. Missions organization based in Las Vegas, is set to launch emergency mobile command centers this fall, targeting at-risk areas frequented by victims of human trafficking.
“We intend to bring vital services to the streets quickly to help women and men lured into the sex trade,” says Michael R. Bartel, who co-founded F.R.E.E. International with his wife, Denise, in 2007. They serve as Intercultural Ministries missionaries.
Partnering with community groups and churches, F.R.E.E. International will offer legal, medical, dental, and employment services from the new units. Victims who might spend hours, or even days, roaming a city searching for help will be served at handy and safe locations.
“F.R.E.E International and Speed the Light partner together because both ministries understand how important justice is to the heart of God,” says Heath Adamson, senior director of Assemblies of God Youth Ministries and STL director. “It is our privilege to equip F.R.E.E. International with state-of-the-art resources to effectively rescue people created in God’s image from the darkness of injustice and human trafficking.” STL has contributed funds to fight trafficking in the past.