“Journey Across The City” Begins for 2014!

Beginning tonight, August 18th @7pm, “Journey Across The City” will begin its monthly prayer meetings in churches across Knoxville. We will continue our efforts to join God in what He is doing to end human trafficking (HT) by praying for the victims of HT, the traffickers themselves, the root cause of HT, law enforcement and government agencies fighting HT, along with churches and non-profits engaged in the issue.

Firewall Ministries (FM) believes that God is stirring the hearts of his people to pray so human trafficking will end in our lifetime. FM also believes that “God does nothing but by prayer and everything with it” (John Wesley). So, please join us at any or all of the dates listed below. For directions, please consult the church’s website. Hope to see you there!

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Journey Across The City Schedule

August 18th

Trinity Chapel – tccknox.com

September 15th

First Baptist Concord – FBconcord.org

October 20th

Two Rivers Church – tworiverschurch.org

November 17th

Antioch Community Church – antiochknox.org

December 15th

Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church – chilhoweehills.org

Mondays, 7-8pm 

January 10, 2015

Run for their lives @ market square (time to be announced, r4tl.com)

Run For Their Lives – January 11, 2014 – Knoxville, TN

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WE PRAYED. We dreamed. We planned. We talked. We organized.

We raised support. WE PRAYED some more. Image

We ate. We volunteered. We set up.ImageImageImage IMG_8463                          We gathered. We registered. We braved the rain and the lightening!

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 We stretched.                                                                     We educated.

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We worshipped and prayed again.

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Firewall+Ministries_Run+for+th-3017685865-O And then it was time to line up. All together. At one time. On this day, January 11, the National Day of Awareness for Human Trafficking.

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We lined up to run, to walk, to fight against human trafficking. To let people know it exists and we are not ignoring it. We lined up to tell those enslaved and those who are responsible for enslaving the over 27 million people around the world that we know you are out there and we are coming! We will not ignore it or pretend it doesn’t exist – no matter how hard it is to think about. It is unacceptable and we are coming to rescue and save by making people aware, by raising money, and by the power of prayer.

And then, WE RAN FOR THEIR LIVES!

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And when we finished, it felt good. We had done something. A small part. So, we celebrated!

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And now, though the race is finished, we have only begun. We will keep praying, raising awareness and funds so that the city of Knoxville can do its part to put an end to human trafficking – until all are FREE, including Divya, Duni, Kousayla, and Nalini.

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On behalf of Freedom 424, Firewall Ministries, the Knoxville Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking -THANK YOU to all who participated! To Beth Brinson, our Run Director, and her team – THANK YOU! To our prayer partners, volunteers, runners, walkers, and SPONSORS – please know that on January 11, 2014 YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE in the fight to END human trafficking. May God bless you for your sacrifice!

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Sincerely, Firewall Ministries

                                                                                                                                             written by Eileen Sommi

photos by Sheppard Tucker, Karen Hewitt, and Eileen Sommi

Like-Minded & Interceding

untitled-21 copyI don’t know about you, but I will never cease to be amazed when Christians, strangers mostly, come together and pray for people they don’t know – out of pure compassion.  Objectively, it’s astonishing.  And, apart from the Holy Spirit’s leading, it would never happen.  And I mean never.  Who comes out on a Monday night to pray with strangers for people they will probably never meet or know about an issue that is most likely far removed from their everyday reality?

For the past few months, I’ve met people who do just that.  There they are every time I show up to one of the “Journey Across The City” prayer meetings: passionate college students; concerned grandmothers; busy moms and dads; aging men who’s frail voices cry out for the young girls enslaved in the sex trafficking industry; pastors and citizens who long for justice – all in one room, one night a month, interceding on behalf of the victims, the traffickers, and all those in the fight to end it.  To say it is inspiring would be an understatement.

I don’t know much, but I do know this: We wouldn’t be coming to pray and intercede if God wasn’t spurring us on.  We are too selfish.  Too busy.  Too removed.  Even too apathetic.  Everywhere I turn these days the atrocity of human sex trafficking and slavery is being revealed, highlighted, written about, reported, and discussed.  I believe God is stirring people, opening our eyes to an injustice He wants to end.  Now.  In our lifetime.  I believe He is calling us to rise up and pray, intercede, do something that will help Him accomplish His plan to end it.

There is something else I know, even though I don’t understand it:  God accomplishes His plan with and through His people and He does nothing without prayer.  So, please come to the next prayer gathering in our city and join in with what God is doing.

See website for details.

Until All Are Free,  Eileen Sommi

Journey Across The City

If you’ve watched TV at all in the last couple of weeks you’ve seen their photos and heard their names: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus,  Michelle Knight, and Ariel Castro.  Image

They are the reasons we are committed to pray against human trafficking (HT). Firewall Ministries is asking God to spark and fuel a prayer movement in Knoxville, Tennessee and around the world that will join hundreds, thousands, and millions to pray for the end to human trafficking in our lifetime.

Many are already praying.  This year Firewall Ministries is facilitating prayer and worship gatherings in churches across Knoxville to spread awareness and collectively cry out for those with no voice.  On April, 15, 2013, over fifty people burdened with the reality of HT gathered at Sevier Heights Baptist Church and prayed.  Law enforcement, first responders, victims, and the traffickers themselves were covered in prayer as those gathered brought them before the God of love, grace, and justice.

On May 20, we will gather again.  To Pray.  For Amanda.  For Gina.  For Michelle.  And for Ariel – along with the many others around the world who are held captive in human trafficking.  Please join us at Trinity Church from 7-8pm and raise your voice. Those enslaved need us now.

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A Response To 1/11 – National Awareness Day

It’s 6:30 pm Friday, January 11, 2013.  People are beginning to gather at Two Rivers Church to pray against human trafficking – part of a National Day of Awareness.  Firewall Ministries, led by Robert Craig, is hosting the event hoping to raise awareness on this international atrocity and give voice to those enslaved.  Hopefully others across the country are doing the same. Glad to join in, I find a seat.

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Senator Massey has come to report on Knoxville’s laws regarding human trafficking and how our local government and law enforcement are combatting this problem. Yes, here in Knoxville. She’s sitting near me going over her notes. I’m glad she’s here.

There’s a worship band warming up and the lyric “break every chain…in the name of Jesus” fills the room. The electric guitar player is barefoot and completely engaged as the lead vocalist sings out with her eyes shut and hand raised. They have already begun and the night hasn’t even officially started. I’m glad they’re here too.

The night is punctuated by worship, information, and prayer. Lots of prayer. There are high schoolers praying alongside grandfathers and I am encouraged. Someone gives a report on the recent Passion conference they attended and how 60,000 college-age kids joined in the cry to end slavery in this generation. Encouraged again.

Firewall’s Prayer App is introduced and the vision of thousands, maybe even millions, praying on point against human trafficking via this Prayer App was shared. Can you imagine a prayer movement against Human Trafficking? What would God set loose if His people – by the millions – prayed in unison everyday against human trafficking?

FirewallMinistries1-11-13-50-2316338016-OThen more prayers went up. A steady stream of heartfelt prayers for the victims, those already in the fight to end it, and even prayers for the traffickers themselves. Knowing God hears our prayers, I imagined how His heart was moved to respond, how glad He was that His people gathered to pray, and how pleased He is knowing we are aware of this evil andare moved – like Him – to do something about it.

Two hours later, I walked out of Two Rivers Church and felt good that we had done something. With a problem this big (27 million enslaved right now) and evil so strong I often feel powerless to help until I am reminded, like I was this night, that we are not. We have God and prayer. Instead of feeling powerless, I left believing that human trafficking will not survive my lifetime. There is power in the name of Jesus…to break every chain, break every chain, break every chain.

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One of many in the fight against human trafficking.

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Why We Exist

ImageThe primary reason Firewall Ministries exists is to promote prayer against human trafficking. Some of our efforts are the following: (1) promoting the National Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking in the U.S., (2) establishing a global day of prayer against human trafficking, and (3) building a prayer app that provides users with simple prayers while allowing them to connect to organizations fighting HT.

Prayer is the primary focus of Firewall Ministries. Until slavery doesn’t exist and children are not repeatedly sexually abused and there is no longer a market for such activities, we will continue to pray. Seeking the face of our Father in heaven and asking Him for an end to the exploitation is our heartbeat because it is the heartbeat of the Father.

When we pray, we are connected to God’s heart. As the second largest crime industry in the world, human trafficking can seem an unconquerable adversary. But prayer brings a proper perspective. We can’t all have a direct encounter with victims and traffickers but, as believers in Jesus Christ, we all have the same access to our Father in heaven who is waiting to hear our voices so He can respond.

As John Wesley said, “God does nothing but by prayer and everything with it.” By God’s design, prayer was established to accomplish His purposes in the earth. He is waiting for us to open our mouths and make our requests known. As we do, God begins to shift things in the heavenlies to accomplish what we ask of Him. How can this be, you ask? Because when we pray what is already on His heart, He hears and answers.

Much work needs to be done and I thank God for those who are tirelessly fighting. They need our prayers because they need strength, protection, encouragement, discernment, wisdom, stamina and much more.

We have not forgotten and we are praying.