Hope for Justice
Hope For Justice has been a continuous encouragement for me while living here in the UK. I had the privilege to attend several of Hope For Justice's prayer conferences in Leicester over the years and also a Sunday service at C3 Church in December (thanks to a last minute invite from a friend) where Cooley was a guest speaker and gave a phenomenal message..
Cooley has a powerful ability to capture an audience and inspire them to action. He is full of wisdom and experience from many years of fighting in the trenches against human trafficking in our world. I consider him a mentor from afar and I hope you are encouraged and blessed by his insights. Matthew and I paraphrased some of his key responses below.
Q: What do you see as the role of the church in this fight?
It is a mandate! It is the Church's responsibility to be involved in our communities. Organizations can't do everything. The church is not a building or a Sunday service it is us following Christ to help the least, the lost, and the last in our world.
Q: What do you find are the best ways to get people involved in the fight to end human trafficking?
This is the most asked question. I get this everywhere I go as I travel “What can I do to fight human trafficking?” I respond flipping the question “What can you do to fight human trafficking?” because we are not all meant to do the same thing. The best thing we can do is be ourselves and leverage our unique skills and abilities to do our part in this fight.
Q: How do you make injustice, which sometimes seems distant or hidden, visible and move people to action?
Wilberforce carried chains with him to make injustice visible. I believe one of the best ways we can make injustice visible is by telling stories. One of the things that makes human trafficking so heinous is that it is a hidden crime. This is why it is so important to have survivors tell their stories, It helps expose the darkness.
As a social business we exist for the purpose of fighting Slavery. Matthew and I do not make any profit from All Of Us Matter. Any revenue that is generated from cup sales or donations goes directly to our partner organizations or gets reinvested into the business to help make us sustainable and further our impact.
Since launching on 28 November 2016, All of Us Matter is still in the crawl phase of our journey. We have not reached a stage where we are generating a profit (as there have been significant start-up costs associated with the business). Regardless, Matthew and I donated 20% of our revenue (£200) from cup sales in 2016 (at a loss) to Hope For Justice, to ensure that All of Us Matter is making a difference even during our early years.
All of Us Matter sends a BIG thank you to everyone who has been a co-laborer in this fight of injustice and who have also shown support of All of Us Matter by purchasing a cup.
Start conversations that matter, lets be a voice to the voiceless.
Crystal, Founder, and Visionary at All of Us Matter