President Joyce Handbury welcomed Catherine Stevenson from the International Justice Mission to tell us about their work and aims. IJM, as it is known, is a global humanitarian organisation working to free the world from the misuse and abuse of power.
IJM works to stamp out Sex Trafficking, Slavery, Sexual Violence, and similar abuses, and to protect the poor against violence, by getting the laws of the country enforced.
36 million people, worldwide, of whom 2 million are children, are held in slavery. Catherine spoke movingly of individuals whom the International Justice Mission had been able to help and their lives of freedom after many years of slavery.
Catherine was thanked by Lisa Smith.
During the business meeting which followed, arrangements were made for the Summer Fair, which this year is at the Amber Valley Rugby Football Ground in Lower Somercotes. It will take place on Sunday 15th July from 2 pm to 4 pm. There will be our usual popular stalls and attractions including Tony Woollett with his fascinating magic.
New this year will be a performance by The Beehive Ukulele Club from Ripley, which promises to be great fun.
Everyone is invited.