Aware Series

November 2: Persecution in Africa
In the U.S. we have the luxury of comfortable Christianity. Bibles line the shelves at Costco and Christian churches rise from our soil without fear of retribution or destruction. We are free to worship as we see fit, but some are not so fortunate. Come hear acclaimed speaker and Brad Pitt look alike, Dustin Bryson, on November 9th. He will be discussing the persecuted church where many have been martyred for their beliefs but churches continue to overflow. Dustin will discuss his current trip to document the persecuted church in Ethiopia and Djibouti.

November 9: Asante Children’s Choir Presentation (9:30 am)

Asante Choir Video from Asante Choir on Vimeo.

November 9: Unity in a Divided World (10:45 am)

November 16: Human Trafficking
"Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others.  Although slavery is commonly thought to be a thing of the past, human trafficking still exists today throughout the United States and globally when traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control other people for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex or forcing them to provide labor services against their will. Traffickers use violence, threats, deception, debt bondage, and other manipulative tactics to trap victims in horrific situations every day in America. All trafficking victims share one essential experience – the loss of freedom."

November 23: Consumerism
-Due to their rock bottom prices; Folgers, the largest coffee company in the US, has caused a global humanitarian crisis effecting 25 million coffee farmers.
-70% of the world’s cocoa comes from the Ivory Coast and Ghana where up to 47% of the children in these countries are forced to perform illegal child labor.
-The average American throws away 68lbs of textiles a year. The average ‘fast fashion’ garment worker is paid 60 cents an hour and forced to work 12-16 hr shifts, 6 days a week, with unpaid overtime.

Leah Bryson is an Independent Ambassador for Noonday Collection. Noonday Collection is a member of the Fair Trade Federation and creates a marketplace for artisans all over the world to sell their goods providing a living wage and sustainable income for their families. Her passion is to create awareness, to educate on the negative effects of the first world’s consumerism, and to encourage others to make one small change creating a new way of life not only for self, but for families all over the world.