An Open Letter to ANC

I’m blown away by how committed the people of ANC are to making a difference in our community and world. Two weeks ago at our “Garage Sale for Orphans”, we raised over $11K to help finish an orphanage in Haiti and dig a well at another orphanage in Zimbabwe. As of this last Sunday, ANC sponsored every orphan in need at that Haiti orphanage. Simply amazing.

“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” Isaiah 1:17

These aren’t things that come naturally to us. Our flesh opposes the Spirit (Galatians 5:17). It takes effort and sacrifice. The Prophet Isaiah was clear that we have much to learn. Scripture leaves no room for us to sit idly by and do nothing.

  1. Step one is to seek an understanding of the issue.
  2. Step two is to do something about it.

There are over 150 million orphans worldwide. Through your support many have not only found a home, but also food, clothing, and education. But many have not yet been claimed. Orphans are major targets for human trafficking in our world. There are more than 27 million people enslaved today. And it’s closer to home than we think.

I’m asking each of you to plan on joining ANC (and forward this email along) as we launch our “Restore the Innocent” campaign on Tuesday night, December 7th at the Blanton Museum of Art on the campus of The University of Texas. It’s an awareness event where you will have the opportunity to learn the truth about Human Trafficking.

You may not feel called to join the fight, but I’m asking ALL those who call Austin New Church home to attend and “learn” more about it. From there, prayerfully consider what your involvement may be. Maybe it’s just continued prayer. But we cannot remain uninformed.

Please click HERE now and purchase your tickets. Every dime from ticket sales will go to fund ANC’s research and training to fight Human Trafficking.

If you would like to find out more on the teams of people forming from ANC, I would like to invite you to a meeting this Thursday, November 18th from 6:30-8pm at the home of Matthew and Sarah Hansen (324 Island Oak Drive, ATX  78748). You can find out more by emailing Matthew Hansen at

This Thursday we will be discussing the formation of three teams:

  • (1) Public Awareness
  • (2) Local Trafficking
  • (3) Global Trafficking

Thanks for being the church we were called to be.



About Brandon Hatmaker

Church Planter, Missional Strategist, Non-Profit Collaborator, and Author of "Barefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture". View all posts by Brandon Hatmaker

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