The beginning of the prayer walk around campus

The beginning of the prayer walk around campus

KNOXVILLE — Johnson students spent Thursday raising awareness of slavery and domestic violence issues.

The International Justice System chapter at JUTN had it’s yearly Day of Chains to remember those who are trapped in various forms of slavery around the world.

The prayer walk started at the front of the Gally Commons and then looped around the entire campus.

Students  gathered and prayed about domestic violence and slavery issues, which often go unreported in the main-stream media.

Students were encouraged to pick up a chain and walk with friends or by themselves to take a few minutes out of their day and pray for those who have to endure the suffering that comes from living in sex or human trafficking each day of their lives.

Students who participated in the walk had the chance to think about these issues.

“It was really moving and it was cool to be still and focus on it, and have the chance to do this in the middle of the chaos of midterms,” Lindsey Tanholder said her experience. ”

The prayer walk consisted of signs around the campus addressing specific topics to pray about, such as slavery, sex trafficking, domestic violence and freedom for those in bondage. There were also signs to give thanks for organizations, such as Hosea’s Heart, who work every day to end all types of slavery.

“What we want to do is spread awareness about the different types of slavery that go on in the world such as sex and human trafficking,” Joshua Carpenter, IJM’s president said of the purpose and goal for The Day of Chains.

Facts and statistics about slavery and how much of an issue it truly is.

Facts and statistics about slavery and how much of an issue it truly is.

“The chains symbolize the people who are trapped in these situations all around the world.”

Students who wish to become more involved with IJM should consider joining the IJM chapel group that meets every Wednesday.

Next month IJM will be promoting No Slave November to spread more awareness about the ongoing violence and injustice that is happening in other parts of the world and in the United States.

Students gather to pray for those who are trapped in slavery.

Students gather to pray for those who are trapped in slavery.

Posted by Miranda Hudson

Communications major with a concentration in Public Relations

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