IJM members speak at national conference

Posted May 02, 2013

On April 3, four ACU students, accompanied by Dr. Vic McCracken, assistant professor of theology and ethics, traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the IJM Student Freedom Summit and Global Prayer Gathering. They made the trip as part of their involvement in ACU’s chapter of International Justice Mission (IJM), an organization committed to raising awareness of and stopping trafficking around the world in the forms of sex trafficking, child soldiers or forced labor. 

Sarah Ratliff, senior marketing major from Lake Kiowa, and Ashley Close, senior political science major from Lexington, S.C., were asked to speak at the Student Freedom Summit about how to develop and market a Justice Week. The summit brings together colleges and churches to collaborate and create event ideas for their respective campuses.

Close and Ratliff are co-presidents of the ACU IJM chapter. Hosted by IJM, Justice Week is an event on ACU’s campus to raise awareness and funds for the cessation of human sex trafficking.

"One of the reasons we have had successful Justice Week events is because of the great marketing we do as a team. This is something we think students at the conference found not only interesting, but also very impressive,” says Ratliff.

Carlee Finkelstein, junior marketing major from Plano, and Kayla Lawrence, senior accounting major from Cross Plains, were also in attendance. In addition to the student conference, the four students attended IJM’s Global Prayer Gathering. This was a time for more than 2,000 people from all over the world to gather and pray for IJM's work in the upcoming year.

“It was really amazing to pray with people from all across the world for IJM and its mission,” says Finkelstein. “As a college student, I know I can’t just write a huge check to IJM to help with their work, but I can pray, and that is what God has called us to do.”

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