Through an initiative called Project HELPSM, WMU® identifies a social and moral issue and ties in national projects that help lead the church to address it. Over the past 16 years, since the launch of Project HELP in 1994–1995, WMU has focused on a variety of universal problems ranging from hunger and poverty to HIV/AIDS and racial injustice. With each issue, we seek to raise the level of awareness and provide practical approaches individuals can implement to open the door for meeting needs and sharing the gospel.

During 2010–2014, we will explore human exploitation, the unethical, selfish use of human beings for the satisfaction of personal desires and/or profitable advantage. WMU and each age-level organization will receive appropriate audience content in their materials.

Six Issues of Exploitation:

Bullying, Cyberbullying, Queen Bee Bullying
Human Trafficking—Labor
Human Trafficking—Sex
Media’s Exploitation of Families and Children
Exploitation of Natural Resources for Personal Gain

Steps to addressing the issues.

In the first year of this emphasis we will focus on education, awareness, preparation, prayer, and some degree of action—a laying of groundwork for churches and church members to respond.

The second year will be about continued prayer, then engaging in strong actions based on knowledge, awareness, and the leadership of the Lord.

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Prayer Initiative for Interstate 10 concerning Human Traffickin​g – Beginning October 10, 2011
Interstate 10 has been named by the FBI as the #1 corridor for human trafficking in the United States. We have partnered together with the Texas Baptists – Advocacy/Care, and several other organizations to ask God to intervene as we intercede for the issues concerning human trafficking in our state and beyond to both coasts. The WMU’s Project Help: Exploitation endeavors to teach church members how to recognize and actively work to abolish human trafficking.

Would you please consider asking all of your churches to be involved in this prayer initiative? An email has been sent to those for which Texas Baptists had email contacts. However, there are only 400 emails available of 1139 churches within the 10 mile radius. Please help us reach as many as possible – would you please share this information to all your area churches so that none of them miss the opportunity to participate! The more people we have praying the better!

We will be praying on the 10th of every month at 10 am and 10 pm for I-10.  If you would like more information please email Carolyn Porterfield at

This flyer has more information and you will find websites imbedded in the flyer; including TraffickStop’s information page about this initiative. This flyer is also available for download in Spanish. There are resources in Spanish at the same website. You can also find new posts on Facebook .

We would love to hear from you about what your churches would do to pray and participate.