Violence Awareness

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Dear Fellow Justice Seekers,

I would like to share  a few things that I have been learning about recently. As you know,  human trafficking is multifaceted and complicated.  There are many root issues, spiritual battles, and related injustices that need to be addressed.  The more I try to be a bridge builder connecting all these facets, the more I learn from others involved in helping end it.  My prayer is that as I share my observations, you will learn alongside me, and that you will be inspired to action.

Psalm 94:16
Who rises up for me against the wicked? Who stands up for me against evildoers?

I recently attended a High Risk Youth Network monthly breakfast put on by the Black Ministerial Alliance.  The guest speakers were members of the Boston Police Department.  According to  them,  since the Marathon bombing there have been 35+ shootings in Boston.  As you know,  violence brings on more violence.  They explained some of the ways they are working against  this violence in the city. It was very encouraging to hear how they are working to end gang violence among other violent acts.   I was inspired to hear that they work with the Black Ministerial Alliance, the Boston TenPoint Coalition, as well as many other clergy members on an initiative called Operation Home Front.   The Boston Police Department’s Operation Homefront is a unique program that allows police officials and clergy to work proactively with recognized at-risk youth, beginning with visits to the family in their homes.  If you would like to get more involved you can email Superintendent William G. Gross ( Night Commander) at GrossW.bpd@cityofboston.org

The Boston TenPoint Coalition gathers together for neighborhood walks.  They have trained over 150 church leaders, community leaders. mothers, fathers and concerned citizens how to affectively walk together in their community in order to reach out, share resources, encourage, and support each other.  Please contact Rev. Wayne S. Daley at (617) 794-2391 for more information.

Please join me in praying for those police officers and officials working together to end the violence!

Romans 13:1
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

1 Timothy :1-2
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men,  for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way.

Let us pray for the violence to end

Isaiah 55:7
let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Psalm 7:9
O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish thou the righteous, thou who triest the minds and hearts, thou righteous God.

Here are a couple of events this month:

Violence Prevention and Educational Forum “Empowering Our Youth”
Where:  Villa Victoria Center For The Arts 85 West Newton St. Boston,MA
When:  Saturday, June 8th from 11:30-6:00 pm
For more information please contact Anyenda Inyagwa at (617) 424-78790 x 3

BARCC
Teen Discussion Dinner Gathering

for teens who have felt confused, lonely, angry, or unsafe
When: Tuesday June 11th from 5:30pm – 7pm
Please contact Steph at 617-492-8306 x 1267 for more information.

I have been recently receiving some phone calls for resources for victims of Domestic Violence/ Dating Violence.  Here are some links and resources:

Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc
SafeLink: 1-877-785-2020
SafeLink is the Massachusetts statewide 24/7 toll-free domestic violence hotline operated by Casa Myrna.

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC)
24 hour helpline: 800-841-8371

Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN)
National Assault Online Helpline
Safe Helpline: 877-995-5247

In His Service,
Jennie

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