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Day 5 - Beyond the Streets

29 November 2012 — Mandy Marshall — Blog

Beyond the Streets

Beyond the Streets is a UK charity working to end sexual exploitation.

The vision is to see a world where people are free from exploitation, and where those involved in prostitution have the option to pursue genuine alternatives, free from constraints such as drug use, abusive relationships and poverty. Alongside those who have been affected Beyond the Street:

  • Works to increase the number, quality and effectiveness of projects that work with people involved in prostitution/trafficking.
  • Works to raise awareness of the issues relating to sexual exploitation, ensuring that the needs of those being exploited are adequately represented in the public arena.
  • Works to provide genuine alternatives for those affected by the issues of exploitation.

Beyond the Streets specifically works to equip churches and Christian organisations to be able to respond to prostitution/trafficking, gender-based violence and to engage with marginalized groups.

Please pray for:

  • The voices of those affected by issues of violence against women are all too often not heard. With our intention to ‘help’ we often make our own assumptions and speak on behalf of others; the unintended consequence can be to silence them once more. Pray that these voices are heard both in policy and practice.
  • So many projects engaged in this area of prostitution/trafficking are having to vie for media coverage and financial support. Pray that we all see the bigger picture in order to work as the body of Christ - committing to work in partnership rather than in competition or isolation.
  • Labels abound in this area of work – ‘trafficked victim’, ‘prostitute’, ‘pimp’, ‘sex slave’. Pray that we see beyond the label and see the woman, the person for who they are; created in Gods image.
  • Pray for the staff and volunteers of Beyond the Streets that they are renewed, refreshed and restored as they give so much of themselves to this work.

“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”  Lila Watson, Aboriginal Activist

 

For more information on the work of Beyond the Streets see here

For past blog posts on our 16 days 16 prayers campaign please see here