In this day and age it is sometimes hard to believe that slavery is still rife in our nation. Like the problems of food poverty, modern slavery and human trafficking is very much a hidden issue which it is easy for us to be blind to. The Global Slavery Index estimates that the number of people in slavery in the UK are as high as 130,00 men, women and children. These are facts that quite rightly shock us but should also propel us in to action.
Isaiah 56:6-8 NIV; “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the chords of yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter — when you see the naked to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard”
Helen and Jared Hodgson read these words one day and realised God was calling them and their family to put their faith in to action and do something about this issue. They discovered that although people are being rescued from slavery and trafficking on a daily basis many of these people end up being re-trafficked due to the lack of aftercare and support. Seeing the huge gap in provision Jared, Helen and their three boys opened their own home to host in July 2015. This not only gave them valuable experience and important contacts, but opened their eyes to the desperate need of preventing re-trafficking and providing a ‘family’ and network of support for the guest. Deciding to roll out the project across the UK to meet this need was a really obvious choice and so Hope at Home was born!
God showed them how they could fight the cycle of human trafficking in the UK by preventing survivor homelessness and re-trafficking. Their vision is to see every survivor in the UK offered a safe place to stay. To provide survivors with the opportunity to lead healthy, resilient, independent lives and to be able themselves to bring hope to others.
Through Hope at Home, one by one, lives are being restored by the grace and love of God expressed through his church. how amazing that God would chose to use us! I wonder if you dare to ask how he can use you?
If you would like to find out more about Hope at Home or how you could get involved the listen to Jo Horns preach on Hope at Home or check out he website, hopeathome.org.uk.