Church rodeo combating human trafficking

Published 2:48 pm Tuesday, August 14, 2012

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

Saginaw’s Amazing Grace Worship Center will be hosting action-packed nights in Jemison’s Ray’s Arena on Aug. 24-25 to combat what the church’s leaders said is a widespread and serious problem across the world.

The church, which is on U.S. 31 south near the Alabaster-Calera line, has teamed up with the Professional Cowboy Association and the 3R Rodeo Company to organize the Rescue 1 Rodeo event.

Gates for the event will open at 6 p.m. and the rodeo will begin at 8 p.m. each night at Ray’s Arena off Chilton County 191 in Jemison. The rodeo will feature food, games, vendors and a family friendly atmosphere, church officials said.

All proceeds generated during the event will benefit the Tennessee-based Rescue 1 organization, which works to combat human trafficking all over the world.

This year will mark the third straight year AGWC has sponsored an event to combat human trafficking. Over the past two years, the church has raised several thousand dollars to benefit organizations combating the problem, which Rescue 1 officials said is a more than $42 billion industry across the world each year.

AGWC officials said they decided to combat human trafficking after learning how widespread the problem is. America is the largest consumer of human trafficking, church officials said previously.

For more information about the Rescue 1 Rodeo, or to donate to combat human trafficking, call the church at 664-8484 or visit