OCU Students Stand for Freedom

This week, Ohio Christian University students will take a stand, literally. The students will be participating in the Stand for Freedom, an event that International Justice Mission puts on every year to help raise money and awareness for the issue of human trafficking.

“We believe that human trafficking can end in our generation; we just have to stand up and do something about it,” said Liz Musick, a junior Psychology major who is helping to organize the event. 

On April 8th and 9th, students will be standing at the corner of Court Street and Main Street in Circleville for 24 hours straight to raise awareness about the injustice of human trafficking.  Last year, the students stood for 27 hours for the 27 million trapped in slavery.  During that time, they raised just over $4,000 that all went to support organizations that directly fight human trafficking.

This year, they are going to be working towards helping International Justice Mission meet their overall goal of $150,000 as well as collecting signatures on a petition that will make the issue of human trafficking a priority in congress.  They will be starting the stand at Tuesday’s OCU chapel service with the whole service dedicated to informing people about the issue.

From four o’clock Tuesday afternoon until four o’clock Wednesday afternoon, the students will be out in the community making sure that the rest of Circleville is informed as well.  They will be having different events throughout the 24 hours.  Some serious, such as having a candlelight service to pray and thank God for how he is going to use this event to change the world.  Others will just be fun, like a late night pizza party.

“It is going to be a great time for the students to fellowship together and most importantly make an impact on this city for the better,” said Musick.