The goal of The Justice Alliance, a new local, non-profit, is to bring awareness about injustices of modern slavery and human trafficking, among other issues.
One way they are working to bring more awareness to El Dorado is through the free screening of “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls,” an intense documentary about sex trafficking in the United States and internationally.
“The goal is to raise awareness, prayer and action on behalf of the brutally victimized,” said Spencer Stewart, with The Justice Alliance.
“I believe ‘Nefarious’ is the best way for every mature person in town to have their eyes opened to the wickedness of sex trafficking, which is happening virtually everywhere – even in Wichita, if not closer,” Stewart continued. “We all need to pray, protect our loved ones, seek to rescue and restore victims, and bring justice to the perpetrators. Proverbs 24:12 challenges, ‘If you say, ‘Behold, we did not know this [injustice was happening], does not He who weighs the heart perceive [that you did]?’ Let’s learn and do justice together.”
The screening will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the El Dorado Middle School Auditorium.
“Few are aware that there are more slaves today than at any point in history – an estimated 27 million,” Stewart said. “There are actually more slaves today than all four centuries of the African Trans-Atlantic slave trade combined. Millions of these are trafficked as sex slaves. This is even happening in our own backyard.”
The Justice Alliance is a Christ-centered organization with a mission of: “Connecting individuals and organizations for the purpose of empowering the Church to bring justice around the globe for the glory of Jesus.”
It has a seven-fold approach that includes public and private organizations: pray, educate, defend, rescue, restore, prosecute and abolish. They network with such organizations as the church, law enforcement and other justice-focused organizations.
They meet to pray for justice the first and third Mondays of the month.
“Some of us are more focused on certain injustices than others, but we share information and prayer burdens with each other as part of the teamwork,” Stewart said. “For example, some of us are more focused on deadly water; some on abortion or slavery or other injustices. Some of us have already been sent out on mission, and some of us are preparing. We hope the team grows to include more passionate people, so that, as a team, we are addressing every kind of injustice with the heart of Christ.
“There is so much going on in the earth that is not right – so much that breaks our hearts. We know Jesus will come back soon to set right everything that is wrong. In the meantime, we want to show His love and compassion and prepare others to experience eternal peace and joy when Jesus establishes perfect justice for those who believe. Also, Ron (Chiles, co-founder of The Justice Alliance) has already helped to connect several people and organizations, which is a central part of the mission of The Justice Alliance.
Page 2 of 2 - “We know we are only one small part of the church, which is big and beautiful, especially when she awakens to God’s concern to bring justice to the poor and oppressed for the glory of His Son.”