Workshop Descriptions

Encountering Injustice

Student Panel
In this student-led panel, we will hear from Bryan students who have had close contact with the world of injustice and persecution. Ranging from the poverty and social injustice of India to HIV/AIDS victims in Africa, these students will share stories and lessons they have learned. Q&A to follow.

Freeset: Where Fair Trade Brings Freedom

Nathan & Jency Shirai, Freedom Fighters, Better Way Imports
Today, 800,000 girls are trafficked into the sex trade each year (US State Dept.). Better Way Imports desires to fight sex trafficking through Fair Trade and sells products made by trafficking victims around the world. Through organizations like Freeset and Radiant Hope, women who were once caught in the sex trade now thrive in their new jobs making bags, jewelry, journals, and more. Come learn about how buying Fair Trade products can put an end to this modern day slavery.

How To Bring Light into Darkness

Maribeth Ward, Director of Prevention Programming, NightLight Atlanta
Come to hear stories of how the Lord is using NightLight Atlanta to loose the chains of injustice, to set the oppressed free and to break every yoke. After looking at what Isaiah has to say about justice and freedom, leave with a better understanding of what role you can play in setting the captives free in your city.

Human Rights & the Cosmic Problem of Evil

Dr. Peter Held, Senior Fellow for Christian Worldview, Bryan College
As a Christian community, we can hardly delve into the subject of injustice and persecution in instances like human trafficking without stopping to consider: How does the evil we see in the world fit in with our picture of an all-loving, all-powerful God? Hear Dr. Peter Held explore this question in light of the stories and themes you will hear during the rest of the conference.

International Prayer Rooms

Students and participants are encouraged to gather and pray together during this time for specific regions in dedicated prayer rooms for each area of the world. Bryan students who have been involved with or have a heart for each region will be present to lead in prayer.

Lessons From the Front Lines

Det. Inspector Steve Wilkinson & Det. Sergeant Roddy Llewellyn, New Scotland Yard
With over 40 years of law enforcement experience between them, Detectives Wilkinson and Llewellyn will share personal experiences from their careers spent pursuing justice in Europe and around the world. Drawing from their previous sessions during the week, “European Joint Investigation Teams” and “The Victim Matters,” this will be an extended opportunity for Q&A and student interaction.

Social Justice as a Lifestyle

Ben Norquist, Director of Spiritual Formation, and Danielle Rebman, Assistant Director of Spiritual Formation, Bryan College
Join two experienced world travelers in exploring principles for embracing people across borders. Hear real life stories of cultural encounters with injustice and discover what it could look like for you to make social justice an integral part of your daily life.

Stories of Justice: Rescue and Restoration

Dr. Wayne Barnard, Director of Student and Professional Programs, International Justice Mission
Dr. Wayne Barnard will discuss the work of IJM to bring rescue and restoration to victims of violent oppression—bonded labor, sex trafficking and other violent abuses of the poor. Specific stories of IJM clients will be shared in order to provide a deep engagement in this important work to end slavery in our time.

Strip Clubs and Street Corners: “You are not forgotten.”

Amanda Ferguson, Program Director, TraffickingHope/Cyrus International
Identifying victims of human trafficking in America is both a unique and specific process. Since self-identification is rare, TraffickingHope has discovered that a relationship-based outreach plan that reaches into the darkest places and SERVES in practical ways is critical to connect with these precious individuals. Learn how your church or organization can develop these types of outreaches in your community.