When Steven E. Meyer started teaching
confirmation students about commercial sexual exploitation, some
parents in the rural Midwestern congregation hesitated. After all, that
wasn’t something their children needed to worry about.
Gullickson, Bowbells, N.D., has prayed for Jonah Matthew Lysy every day
for about three years as part of the “Prayer Project Lifesaver” program
of Adults Saving Kids.|
invited the parents to class. In the middle of a discussion about
commercial sexual exploitation, a seventh-grader asked whether
performing oral sex for a pack of cigarettes fit the definition.
were all shocked by that question,” said Meyer, now a pastor of
Immanuel and Wilmington Lutheran churches, Caledonia, Minn. “But this
is reality for our kids today.”
For more than 15 years, Adults Saving Kids (www.adultssavingkids.org
has fought the sex industry’s manipulation of youth. The
Minneapolis-based organization strives to protect and teach children
how to avoid being lured into activities like prostitution, pornography
and stripping. ELCA congregations are joining the effort.
Erickson, an ELCA pastor, started the ministry—formerlyknown as
Alliance for Speaking Truths On Prostitution—after a family member was
lured into prostitution. Women of the ELCA was one of the
organization’s first partners to spread the message. Today, Adults
Saving Kids offers congregations a prayer ministry, speaker training
and teaching resources.
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