The 2015 Freedom Summit will include a variety of workshops to help you focus on ending modern day slavery through an engaged discipleship and the power of community to create change! The workshop speakers and presenters are leading the charge across the world to see freedom spread and will equip and motivate you to join in! See the schedule of workshops below, and check back often as we will be continually adding new workshops as the summit gets closer.
Would Jesus hang out at strip clubs?
Kimberly Majeski -Stripped Love
How do we engage in the darkest places? Jesus is in the brothel, the homeless shelter, and the strip club. Come learn how to be an agent of hope and healing on mission with God.
Kimberly Majeski is a scholar, storyteller and activist who challenges her audiences to find the life-transforming connection between their personal story and the inspiring, ancient story of the Scriptures. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Kimberly brings a dose of Southern charm to her scholarship. As a radio personality, conference speaker, women’s retreat leader, Bible teacher, and pastor, Kimberly captivates audiences with her ability to exposit Biblical truths through storytelling that is engaging, transparent and uplifting.
Confronting The P Word: Patriarchy and Sex Trafficking
Lisa Thompson-World Hope International and Kate Wallace WHC Freedom Network, Junia Project
Is your theology contributing to the subjugation of women? This workshop will evaluate common evangelical theologies of women and how they contribute to the devaluing of women. It will also explain the connection between patriarchy and sex trafficking.
Lisa L. Thompson is the Director of Anti-Trafficking for World Hope International (WHI). In this position she oversees WHI’s anti-trafficking and sexual violence recovery responses in Azerbaijan, Cambodia, and Sierra Leone, and guides the development of new anti-trafficking related programs. Lisa also serves as a steering committee member of the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST), a collaboration of faith-based organizations she helped found, and is a reviewer for the Journal of Human Trafficking.
Kate Wallace is the coordinator for the WHC Freedom Network, a co-founder of The Junia Project, Operations Manager for the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium, and an adjunct professor in political science. She is a committed Christian and feminist who enjoys writing and speaking on the intersection of politics, religion, and gender. Her favorite theologian is Gilbert Bilezikian, and she loves chocolate, dogs, hiking, J.K Rowling, theatre, and political theory. She holds a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts from Azusa Pacific University.
Eden Reforestation-The Environment and Modern Day Slavery
Steve Fitch- Eden Projects
The neglect and abuse of creation is having horrendous unforeseen consequence including the proliferation of millions of displaced subsistence farmer families who become vulnerable to modern slavery after moving to the megacities. Our desire to overcome the issue of modern slavery must include sustainable practices within our organizations as leaders and as follower otherwise we lack a lasting real world solution. Come and learn how planting forests sets the stage to reversing the dramatic increase in modern slavery.
Steve is the Founder President of The Eden Reforestation Projects. Since 2005 Eden has planted over 100 million trees in Ethiopia, Madagascar, Haiti, and Nepal. Steve has also served the church as an inner city youth pastor, a church planter/lead pastor, and Superintendent of the Southern Cal Conference of the Free Methodist Church. Steve earned a Doctorate in Ministry from Azusa Pacific University in 2009.
Faith Response to Modern Slavery
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Set Free Movement, Wesleyan Justice Network
How should the people of God respond to modern slavery? What is the theology, and what are things that can practically be done to foster hopeful solutions? Come learn how to mobilize your church, engage practically, and create new futures in Jesus name.
Heavenly Treasures and SEED – business and modern slavery
Kathy Gaulton Heavenly Treasures; Dave and Rose Brewer SEED
Commit to sanctified shopping and redeemed consumerism! Create new futures with micro-finance and fairtrade. Come learn about how business can be a powerful force for good.
Kathy Gaulton, Founder and CEO of Heavenly Treasures, a 501 (C)(3) non-profit public charity, is married to Gary Gaulton, Superintendent of the Free Methodist Pacific Coast Japanese Conference. Gary and Kathy have three children, Caroline Sakanashi, Heavenly Treasures Director of Merchandising married to Philip Sakanashi, Associate Pastor of the Mission Valley Free Methodist Church; Christina Gaulton, Heavenly Treasures COO, and David and Leah Gaulton, Jesus Use Me Movement founders, David is a worship leader and songwriter. Gary and Kathy have two grandchildren, Kara and Kai Sakanashi.
David Brewer co-directs SEED Livelihood Network, the micro-enterprise ministry of Free Methodist World Missions. He spent almost 20 years in the business world, has his MBA, and is finishing his PhD in Organizational Leadership. He firmly believes in empowering people to pursue the dreams God gives them, in their vocation and their lives. He is married to and directs SEED with Rose; they have 12- and 6-year old boys.
Mobilize a Campus, change the world
Dr. Jamie Gates-Point Loma Nazarene University
PLNU’s CJR workshop:
Learn how to strengthen the partnerships between colleges/universities, churches, and the local/international movement to end global slavery. Learn how Point Loma Nazarene University’s Center for Justice and Reconciliation connects an on-campus student movement (called Beauty for Ashes), action-based research on human trafficking in the San Diego/Tijuana border region, Churches Against Trafficking (a regional collaborative), and a growing international Nazarene Freedom Network. www.abolishhumantrafficking.com
Dr. Jamie Gates, cultural anthropologist and director of Point Loma Nazarene University’s Center for Justice and Reconciliation, co-leads the NIJ-funded research project “Measuring the Extent and Nature of Gang Involvement in Sex Trafficking in the San Diego/Tijuana Border Region”. He co-chairs the Research and Data Committee of the San Diego County Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and CSEC. He mentors campus organizers against human trafficking. An ordained minister, he also serves as faith-based organizer with the following national and local organizations: Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking, Churches Against Trafficking, Interfaith Center for Worker Justice and the Wesleyan-Holiness Consortium Freedom Network. Jamie is the lead consultant to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, USA/Canada on human trafficking.
World Relief-Funding Your Work
Mark Kadel -World Relief
Struggle with supporting your ministry financially in the midst of economic turmoil? Come and participate in an interactive discussion on creative ways to fundraise for your anti-trafficking program. Mark shares how his ministry in Spokane, WA is supported through public contributions without grants or foundation funding.
Mark Kadel, Director of World Relief Spokane, has over 20 years of experience working with refugees and victimized people suffering persecution and abuse. Working for nine years as missionaries in the Balkan area of Eastern Europe, Mark and his family assisted and provided humanitarian assistance to victims of civil war and trafficking in both Albania and Kosovo. After returning to the United States in 2002, Mark started working with World Relief as his experience overseas greatly enabled his world perspective to the needs of the oppressed from around the world. As the North Carolina Director, Mark oversaw the Victims of Human Trafficking programs for the High Point, Durham, Asheville and Winston-Salem offices and grew the assistance programs fivefold in the 3 years he was director. Transferring to World Relief’s Spokane office in 2010, Mark initiated a Coalition of local agencies, college anti-trafficking clubs and concerns citizens to address trafficking issues in the Inland Northwest. In Spokane, Mark directs expanding programs that serve refugees, immigrants and victims of human trafficking and welcomes any opportunity to partner with local ministries as he shares the mission and vision of World Relief.
An Ounce of Prevention: Stopping Child Trafficking
Linda Adams-International Child Care Ministries
“I can’t help them all, but I can help this one!” may have been the thought of Pharoah’s daughter when she pulled baby Moses from the water, showing herself to be the first “sponsor” in the Bible. Attending school fortifies children against extreme vulnerability to traffickers, so we need to do all we can to help children improve their chances by getting an education. Child sponsorship is an affordable and tangible on-ramp for any who want to prevent children in high risk areas from exploitation. International Child Care Ministries also funds programs to educate children, caregivers, and pastors on the strategies of traffickers, empowering a resistance movement in the church in India.
Linda Adams served as a pastor for 17 years before becoming Director of International Child Care Ministries, the child sponsorship program of the global Free Methodist Church. While pastoring in Rochester, NY, her life was impacted by 33 refugees from Central Africa who began attending her church. Through them, God opened her eyes to many issues that harm children, including war, extreme poverty, and child soldiering. Now she takes joy in being on the solution side against child trafficking by leading a ministry that impacts 20,000 children’s lives. Through sponsorship and other programs, children are protected from exploitation. She devotes her life to promoting justice and opportunity for children in 30 countries.