On January 24, 2017, Let My People Go (LPMG), officially launched nationwide from Calvary-St. George's in Manhattan. Led by Raleigh Sadler, who has led the MNYBA Justice ministries, Let My People Go exists to empower the local church to fight human trafficking by loving those most vulnerable.
This type of approach has tangible results. City Life Church, a MNYBA church in Ridgewood, Queens, has been working with Let My People Go since 2013. As Pastor Nathan Creitz began to identify those most vulnerable, he recognized a woman during a Coats for the City event. For this particular woman, her needs were far more complicated than her presenting issue. She was being exploited at the massage parlor next door to City Life Church. Nathan reached out to local law enforcement for help.
As a result, 24 illicit massage parlors have been shut down in a two-mile radius around the church. By simply recognizing those in need around them and doing something about it, thousands of lives have been affected. Read the full story here.
As previously stated, Let My People Go seeks to empower the church to fight human trafficking by loving those most vulnerable. For us, "love" can be defined as identifying, empowering, protecting, and including those who are vulnerable into our Church communities.
We heard the importance of this innovative and collaborative approach and Gospel motivation at our launch, as we were joined by special guests including Jacob Smith, Rector of Calvary-St. George's; Kevin Palau, President of the Luis Palau Association and Founder of CityServe; Raleigh Sadler, the Founder and Director of LMPG; and Shandra Woworuntu, Iryna Makaruk, Jonathan Soto of the mayor's office, and many others.
In the coming months, LMPG will be releasing footage from the night of the launch for you and your church to use as resources. In the meantime, please visit www.lmpgnetwork.org and check out the videos. Founder and Director, Raleigh Sadler, was also recently featured in a story by Pix11, which can be found here.
Thank you for your support of LMPG! We are excited to partner with you in the near future as we build our network of churches seeking to fight human trafficking by loving those most vulnerable.