By Morkporkpor Anku, GNA
Accra, Jan. 31, GNA – The Management of the International Justice Mission (IJM) on Wednesday launched “The Justice Thread”, a Bible study material designed to create awareness and provide skills to deal with child trafficking in the country.
It is an eight-week interactive Bible study resource tracing the theme of biblical justice as it waves throughout the Bible.
Apostle Professor Opoku Onyina, the immediate past Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, who launched the book said the material would help individual understand the basic principles of justice from the biblical perspective.
The materials have been translated into Twi and Ewe languages.
He said human rights advocates were doing their best to bring justices to the forefront, but they have their limitations as they do this from a humanistic perspective.
Prof Onyina said very few Christians have written on justice from the Christian perspective, indicating that “this lack is what this study guide attempts to address.”
He said issues of Child Trafficking and Child Labour were big challenge that continue to confront the Church and government and there was the need to address them head-on.
He commended the management of IJM for their work in providing support to curb issues of Child trafficking from the hinterland of the country.
He said the resource material has been provided in a friendly language that could be used to preach to any category of Christians.
“I strongly recommend the material to Christians, especially pastors and lay preachers,” he added.
He expressed the hope that the material would transform the perception of Christians and the public.
The Reverend Fred Deegbe, the former General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana said “The Justice Thread” was a rich study of issues of justice and it offered practical insight and steps to rescuing trafficked Children.
He said it would equip the reader, whether individual or a group with the skills and tools for advocacy.
He said the study material authored by Mr Matt Robbins, delves into the definition and nuances of justice, using biblical, linguistic and historical texts.
It also shows the importance of justice in the development of any society.
Rev. Deegbe said this was the reason why the Bible exhorts humanity to ensure that there was justice for all, especially for the four vulnerable groups; widows, orphans, foreigners and the poor.
Mr Will Lathrop, the Country Director, IJM said they have partnered with government and international law enforcement agencies to identify and rescue Children, who were being enslaved.
“We have also collaborated with government to ensure traffickers and others facilitating the abuse were brought to justice under the laws of Ghana,” he said.
On restoration of survivors, the Country Director said they have care plans for each survivor and have worked with Social Welfare to ensure Children have safe place to grow up in freedom.
Mr Matt Robbins, the Lead Author said “Justice Thread” was one that makes a significant difference in the way a Church behaves.
He said it was a sad fact of history that some Churches, who have forgotten the justice thread have become complicit in acts of great injustice.
He said the country was confronted with many forms of injustice including gender-based violence, corruption, child abuse, abuse of power, victimisation, work place inequalities and human trafficking among others.