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LETU To Host Chapel Service, Concert to Fight Human Trafficking


LeTourneau University will host a chapel service at 10:50 a.m. and a concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, featuring the Benjamin McClish Band to raise awareness and funding for Not For Sale, a nonprofit that seeks to put an end to human trafficking.

Both events will be in the S.E. Belcher, Jr. Chapel and Performance Center. Admission is free to the public, however a love offering will be accepted during the evening performance.

The Benjamin McClish Band will perform a collaboration of contemporary Christian music and original praise and worship music. The band is made of members of New Covenant Church praise team in Longview and has been playing together for over five years. Lead singer/songwriter McClish has been performing and recording music for the past decade, including a solo project titled "Sweet Surrender." McClish also works as the assistant technical director for the Belcher Center.
Slavery is illegal everywhere, yet there are 27 million slaves in the world today, half of them children. The Not For Sale campaign has mobilized thousands of inspired modern day abolitionists to join together in open source activism to save humanity from slavery by equipping and mobilizing people to pursue innovative solutions in their own backyards and across the globe. Their website is http://www.notforsalecampaign.org.

Not For Sale is sponsoring an innovative new training program in New Delhi, India, which will fully prepare vulnerable people and survivors of modern-day slavery to work with our local enterprise partner Open Hand. Not For Sale is working with Open Hand to develop an on-the-job training program to provide survivors of exploitation with competitive and dignified employment alternatives.

In 2012, Not For Sale Peru, in collaboration with 77 indigenous communities, will launch the first phase of a new series of ventures in the Amazon. The Peruvian Amazon is one of the most abundant and resource-rich areas on the planet, yet the people who call this region home are some of the most vulnerable and exploited communities that Not For Sale has encountered. These communities often fall victim to traffickers as they desperately search for opportunities for better futures for themselves and their families.

Google.org has given funds that will directly benefit not-for-profit organization's work in Romania, such as providing aftercare to survivors of human trafficking and empowering those survivors through employment.

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