Sex trafficking is not only an international problem. Women and girls are abducted, manipulated and abused right here in Austin and every city of our country. John and Rachel Nehme, newcomers at Christ Church, moved to Austin in order to work with a team of people making a film called Trade in Hope to raise awareness and mobilize people for action. This is part of our Spirit-empowered, gospel call to mission.
This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, an observance of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Before his ascension, Jesus promised “. . . you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” See the connection? The outpouring of the Spirit issues directly into mission. The same Spirit of Genesis 1, hovering over the waters, creating the heavens and the earth, men and women, beauty and gardens–this same Spirit is making all things new in Christ.
Check out this amazing link, a short video where these themes come together; the Spirit of God inspires and empowers both creativity and mission. Art and mission converge in this invitation by John to contribute to Trade in Hope.
Lastly, here’s a new iPhone app for daily prayer and scripture reading, based on the Book of Common Prayer.