“God is highlighting the injustice of human trafficking in a pronounced way. I really believe that God is orchestrating a global awareness movement to draw people’s attention to this issue. And one of the main reasons is so that we have begun to ask the question, “Why is this happening?”” Benjamin Nolot-President and Founder, Exodus Cry.
On July 24th, the Richmond Justice Initiative collaborated with Exodus Cry to present Nefarious at the Byrd Theater in Richmond. The evening included the movie screening and a local survivor’s story as well as commentary from Aaron of Exodus Cry and Sara Pomeroy, founder of the Richmond Justice Initiative.
The movie was shot in 19 different countries and 4 continents around the world and unveils the dark world of sex slavery in 30 different cities. Nefarious peers into the realm of where slaves are sold, where they work, and where they are held against their will. Such evil happens not only in underdeveloped nations, but in prosperous ones as well. This film presented viewers with first-hand interviews with real victims and traffickers while providing expert analysis from international humanitarian leaders.
The Byrd Theater was filled with hundreds of us who have been drawn by God asking “why?” Our hearts were broken when Holly told us of her abduction. Our minds were saturated with information and statistics from the film. Our souls were lifted when survivors found restoration and yes, even joy, when they encountered the living God.
Before and after the film, we were photographed holding a bold statement in our hands:
Now, our question is “What can we do to end slavery?” One answer is to seek God’s direction in prayer. I pray that God will send forth His Spirit to wake and rouse our allies and intercessors every day, rising up the full canopy of prayer and intercession to end slavery.
Another answer is to give generously, no.…. give until it hurts! – Ellen Andrusia