A LOOK AT HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE GLOBAL MIGRATION AND REFUGEE CRISIS IN EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST- and how that affects you as a U.S. Citizen
Millions of individuals around the globe have lost everything due to war, gangs and political unrest in Syria, Ukraine, Africa, and Latin and South America. Some have been forced out as their homes are bombed and others have chosen to find a way to escape gangs, cartels and ISIS through migration to keep their families safe. Families have been separated and reduced to the possessions on their back. Most have no income and millions are just trying to find a way to safety and stability. Women are especially vulnerable to rape and being forced into sex trafficking.
Our guest this week will be Dr. Skip Lanfried, the Global Freedom Pastor for Yorba Linda Friends Church. Dr. Lanfried just returned from visiting the refugee camps in Turkey, Jordan and Greece. He will share about some of the people he met, the challenge of dealing with gangs, and child exploitation in refugee camps. Dr. Lanfried will tell us the stories of real people, in real danger desperately trying to save their family from sex and labor exploitation. This will be a truly fascinating discussion as we attempt to fathom just how quickly a life can go from safety and success to complete destitution and annihilation.
Dr. Skip Lanfried
Skip has served as a Pastor in a large church setting starting in 1998. His passions are to see the local church engage fully in the great commission and to help bring an end to the trafficking of children. Skip has been married to his wife, Lara, since 1992 and they have an adult daughter and an adult son. Skip received a Masters of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1995 and completed his Doctorate in Ministry degree in 2015 focusing on developing a spiritual formation model which will lead people into a lifestyle of compassion towards those who are suffering. Skip believes in simple things done well and the power of ordinary Christ followers to change the world.
Recently Skip, with his wife and a small team, visited the nations of Turkey, Jordan and Greece to examine the global refugee crisis with special attention to the thousands of at risk children who are part of that massive human movement from war torn homelands to an uncertain future.