A friend recently informed me about the Human Trafficking Civil Forum that will soon be held at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest. The event will be held on Monday, January 11, 2010 at 7pm in Saddleback’s main auditorium. To attend the forum, you simply need to show up that evening (I would suggest arriving early). The guest speaker will be New York Times Op-Ed columnist, Nicholas Kristof. Kristof has written extensively on the issue of human trafficking, in addition to many other issues. He is most widely recognized for his investigative journalism on the current genocide in the Darfur region of the Sudan. Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, recently came out with a book entitled, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, which I would highly recommend reading. I think that this forum will be very informative and challenging. Whether it is during the forum, or during the conversations that follow, I hope that we can see more clear direction for our church’s engagement with this abolitionist work. I hope to see many of you there! Click here to access the Human Trafficking Civil Forum website.