June 6, 2014
On May 21, 2014, twenty United Methodist Women and two guests, Bobby Jo Paige and Rev. Wally Paige were present. Avriel Koester, Kathy Herink, Marilynn Brekke, and Joyce Bruene served a delicious blueberry casserole, sausage patties, orange juice and coffee. Spring hats of yore, pearls, gorgeous edged hankies and spring flowers decorated the pastel covered tables. Diane Mussig led devotions with selections from Helen Steiner Rice. June Klinefelter followed with a prayer. Rev. Wally Paige began his lesson, “Human Trafficking” passing our Hershey chocolates. With this he gave information that Hershey’s chocolates use children as laborers to collect cocoa beans. With this he pointed out that children were used in human trafficking by involving or obtaining these children to do a compelled service. These services could include forced labor, sex trafficking, bonded labor, debt bondage among migrant laborers, involuntary domestic servitude, forced child labor, child soldiers ad child sex. What can we do? 1. Listen, learn, open eyes, support training, protect victims. 2. Choose to make a change in my lifestyle, influence world’s lifestyles. Remember that God is in charge of our universe. With this, Grandma’s a a good defense. 3. Prayer—use prayers. Why do we have human trafficking? The economics of person-hood. People are of indispensable worth. Greed. Show a need to be accepted. What can I do? 1. Keep reading/educating/advocating yourselves and others. 2. Call 1-888-373-7888 3. If you see something suspicious-call 1-888-373-7888. 4. Put up National Hotline information in business and other gathering places. 5. Let local authorities, school leaders, community leaders know of your interest and support in their training. 6. Keep local children, teens safe and in town. He ended his discussion by passing Fair Trade chocolates where we are helping laborers in poor countries become better citizens. Discussion followed. The business meeting was opened with the reading of correspondence from Martha Gamble, Brent & Susan Beichley, Vaunda Kress and Shelser Hall for our donation. Minutes of April 16 were read. One correction was made and then a motion to pass the minutes. Marcy gave the treasurer report after the expenses were allowed. Patsy gave a report on the kits. A light fleece may be used for blankets. Avriel announced that Rachel Koester passed away. Pauline mentioned to look at the close out racks for kids clothing. A paper was passed for the July road trip on July 9 to Lansing. The meeting was closed with the Lord’s Prayer.
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