My family and I will be attending this event (One Voice to End Slavery) in Costa Mesa in a few weeks. Several others from the Hollywood Adventist Church will also be attending. Thanks to Dr. Siroj Sorajjakool (professor of religion at Loma Linda University) for the heads up on this event. Siroj runs a small ministry called Child Prostitution Prevention Project which provides modest living expenses to young adult women in Thailand so they can attend school without having to work in the bars and other extremely risky jobs. Often girls that start off dancing in bars end up in brothels, prostitution and sex slavery. The Hollywood Church took up an offering at our Mission Convocation back in October and raised nearly $1200 for this project.
Yesterday I met with Kathryn McMahon, the founder of CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking) to discuss the new Interfaith Counsel of CAST and how the Hollywood Church can become part of this effort. Kathryn is now a board member and chair of the Interfaith Counsel. I also met Kay Buck, the Executive Director.
On Sunday, Elysabeth and I will be attending the 8th Annual Anniversary Celebration at which CAST will be honoring Mira Sorvino, among others. A while back Mira stared in the two-part, made-for-TV drama about human trafficking.