- the St. John’s Home for girls in Bulgaria
- open doors for expanding the Set Free Movement network and ministries in Hungary
- necessary resourcing, including finances, material and personnel for Mosaico Cultural Centre in Spain
- a growing partnership with the European Freedom network
The Set Free Movement in Europe
Sex trafficking, forced labor trafficking, forced begging, and labor exploitation are serious problems in all European countries. These occur mainly outside public view, on the margins of society, and with the most vulnerable people. Vulnerable groups include those living in poverty, children living in state-run institutions, the homeless, and the Roma.
Free Methodist ministries in Bulgaria, Hungary, and Spain partner with the Set Free Movement to focus on education and prevention initiatives, working with churches, schools, children’s homes, and shelters.
Protecting Vulnerable Girls
Generations of racism towards Roma families lead to severe poverty, unemployment, and lack of access to health care and education, leaving Roma girls marginalized and vulnerable to human trafficking. Set Free leaders work to protect Roma and Bulgarian girls, mobilize churches as a strong line of defense, and train communities to identify and address human trafficking in their neighborhoods. In addition, St. John’s Home seeks to create a safe and secure family environment for young women who are unprotected and vulnerable to human trafficking.
Equipping, Protecting, and Preventing
The best way to protect individuals from becoming trafficking victims is to help them realize their vulnerabilities and educate them about the various methods traffickers use to ensnare their victims. Set Free leaders strive to accomplish this through regular interaction with at-risk children living in state-run children’s homes and at shelters for vulnerable young mothers and their children. In addition, Set Free leaders collaborate with the European Freedom Network in working to educate churches throughout Europe about how they can fight against human trafficking, minister to the vulnerable and traumatized, and help with the restoration of survivors.
Educating for a Better Future
Immigrants and refugees living in Spain are the most vulnerable to being trafficked, especially those without legal documentation, education, and professional skills. The Mosaic Learning Center in Madrid was established to create a welcoming space where children and their families can continue their education, learn about the Word of God, take advantage of other services, and build trusted relationships. By investing in families, especially children, the desire is to safeguard them against being trafficked and assist them in building bright and healthy futures!
Set Free Movement: Bulgaria
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Bulgaria Anti-Trafficking Fund
Funds collected will be used to develop and operate ministries for those who are prime candidates to be trafficked and/or to develop programs for care for survivors of human trafficking.
Bulgaria St. John’s House for Roma Girls
This is a joint project between FMWM in Bulgaria and the Set Free Movement to establish a safe house for vulnerable Roma girls so they are both protected from human trafficking and can thrive in a safe environment. The Galloways are working to create holistic freedom for both Bulgarians and Roma. St. John’s House will be a home where vulnerable Roma girls, who are trafficked at an alarming rate, can find the safety and love to thrive.
Hungary Set Free Movement
Support for the Set Free Hungary EMP allows for the ongoing work and development of anti-trafficking work throughout Hungary. Set Free Hungary no longer has a single coordinator, instead, Set Free ministries are coordinated by Hungary team members in Budapest, Győr, and Pécs.
- Gerry McNamara – maintains connection with the Set Free Movement in the USA and oversees developing ministry possibilities
- Larry Winckles – represents Set Free Hungary before the European Freedom Network (EFN) and serves on the EFN church strategy team
- Sylvia Nyiri – oversees the children’s home ministry in Győr
- Péter Tóth – oversees the ministry at the Salvation Army shelter in Budapest
- Szandra Barat-Abrams – coordinates the annual Walk for Freedom and helps with developing ministries in southern Hungary
- Katie Winckles – oversees the Set Free prayer ministry
- Kati McNamara – coordinates the ministry at the temporary children’s shelter in Pécs and serves as a resource person for all the children’s ministries
- Erin Kingsley – assists with children’s ministries