I had the pleasure of attending Bond 007 Casino Night hosted by the Texas Realtors Leadership Program last Thursday evening. The venue was at the Audi of Central Houston, complete with music, silent auction, craps, blackjack, roulette, photo booth and so much more. All of the proceeds from the event went to Elijah Rising, an anti-trafficking ministry whose goal is to end human trafficking by equipping a new breed of justice warriors for prayer, awareness and intervention in the spirit of Isiah 1:17
Days before I attended this event, I was scrolling the front page of yahoo and came across an article about Human Trafficking. Normally, I might have skipped over it but a colleague had recently spoke about the Elijah Rising mission and I was intrigued. It left me in awe to say the least……I had no idea!
During the event I went over and had a nice conversation with the representatives from Elijah Rising. They gave me a lot of information and I brought up the article I had read. I told them that I was excited to volunteer and help in any way that I can. What I found most helpful is that they offer van tours to give people a first hand look at some of the places where these horrendous crimes are going on. I plan to get a group of friends together to take a tour very soon.
In the article I read that events such as the SuperBowl is where officials see an increase in human trafficking. I had no idea that such an event would bring in thousands of dollars from human trafficking. The rep told me that the amount of trafficking had increased after the SuperBowl in 2004 when it was hosted in Houston. She went on to say that since the event brought in so much money that the people decided to stay and since then, they have seen the numbers soar. This city quickly became a hub for human trafficking and they are fighting every day to help these women, but they can’t do it alone.
Every 30 seconds a new person becomes a victim of Human Trafficking………Become Aware and Get Educated!
To learn more about Elijah Rising please log onto their website at Elijah Rising