Saturday evening at Synergy2011, we are breaking with tradition. If you have read Sheryl WuDunn’s book, Half the Sky, you will understand why.
Half the Sky describes a crisis that is destroying the lives of millions of women and girls and labels what is happening as “the paramount moral challenge” of the twenty-first century. In response, the Synergy video shown at Lausanne made this bold assertion:
Last weekend, the Super Bowl brought a disturbing reminder that sex trafficking is a local problem—rampant in our own cities and at heightened levels during major sporting events. According to statistics, thousands of foreign women and girls are trafficked into the U.S. every year. That doesn’t account for thousands of young American girls who are lured into the clutches of pimps and a life of forced prostitution.
Here’s a fact: while Synergy2011 is happening—on the streets of Orlando just blocks away from us—women and girls will be trafficked.
How can we keep Sheryl’s message to ourselves?! We have an opportunity to sound the alarm and to raise awareness in the local community. So on Saturday night, we are flinging open the doors and inviting in the community. The DeMoss Group, a public relations firm, is graciously promoting this important event.
Of course we hope people will want to come for the full conference. But please join us in praying that many will come to hear Sheryl’s message and that God’s people in Orlando will mobilize. Please invite anyone you know in the Central Florida region to come.
For details, go to www.synergytoday.org/wudunn.html