Living as a Community of Refuge – Sermon Summary and References

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July 21, 2013 – Set the Captives Free #3 – Dr. Elijah Brown

Above: Slavery in Plain Sight – A video that highlights the issues raised by Dr. Brown.

30 days of prayer restore a voice

Refuge of Light – Tyler-Based Trafficking Recovery

Human trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing criminal activity in the world. Human trafficking or slavery generates $32 billion annually, worldwide (The International Labor Office). Statistics show that within the United States there is anywhere from 100,000 to 300,000 individuals sexually trafficked, yearly (U.S. Department of Justice). Tragically, there are only a handful…

Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy

Find this book on Amazon.com HERE Slavery is illegal throughout the world, yet more than twenty-seven million people are still trapped in one of history’s oldest social institutions. Kevin Bales’s disturbing story of slavery today reaches from brick kilns in Pakistan and brothels in Thailand to the offices of multinational corporations. His investigation of conditions…


Modern Slavery is a powerful and sobering reality. It is one replete with stories that are very challenging. It is one stocked with statistics that are disquieting. The issue is a powerful reality impacting families and communities and nations.

  • Sometimes, the cries of our community must disrupt our worship and our lives.
  • Slavery is not a horror safely consigned to the past; it continues to exist throughout the world.
  • The USA is worldwide, one of the top two destination countries for receiving women and children trafficked for purposes of sexual exploitation.
  • Highway 59 is a major transit zone for trafficked people.
  • It is cheaper to purchase and transport a slave today than it has ever been in human history


 About Dr. Brown:

ETBU's Dr. Elijah Brown in Eithiopia

Dr. Brown holds the rank of Assistant Professor at East Texas Baptist University. He has an earned Ph.D.from the University of Edinburgh, New College. His dissertation focused on the development of north-south Sudanese peace, highlighting issues related to the maturation of indigenous Christianity, missions, church growth, conflict resolution and reconciliation, and religion and politics. Dr. Brown is active in the Baptist World Alliance and assisted in a reconciliation process that resulted in an organizational merger and structural unification of two Sudanese Baptist denominations into one in 2008. He has also authored four articles in the field of global Christianity and has made six presentations in various countries since 2003. His practical ministry experiences include serving as the Associate Pastor for Taylor’s Valley Baptist Church, Temple, Texas.