Mr. John Nehme

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Mr. John Nehme
Church Info
Home Church Address
Christ Church
112 Medina Street
Austin, TX 78702
United States
Church Website URL
Organization Name
Allies Against Slavery
Type of Organization
Non Profit
Your Position/Title within your Organization
President & CEO
Organization Address
3300 North IH 35
Suite 600
Austin, TX 78705
United States
Organization Phone Number
Organization URL
Work of Ministry
Community Development
Human Trafficking
Description of Organization
Allies seeks to build slave-free cities by mobilizing communities, supporting survivors and transforming systems. We want Austin, and other cities, to become places of refuge where traffickers can't exploit the vulnerable and where survivors can truly heal. ----- We believe there is an extraordinary opportunity to reimagine how our country fights modern slavery. Fifteen years have passed since the Trafficking Victims Protection Act first defined trafficking at the federal level. Coalitions are stagnating, the movement has fragmented due to in-fighting and competition for resources, and there are too few solutions measurably reducing slavery at scale. Yet at the same time, awareness of the issue is higher than it's ever been, technology is being used in new ways, and stakeholders are hungry for a clear strategy. Against that backdrop, we have an audacious goal: to build a national network of Slave-Free Cities, where traffickers can't exploit the vulnerable and where survivors can access all they need to truly heal. We want to equip local communities and cities with the strategic vision, tools and processes that can be adapted to their context so they can be creators of lasting change.
Organization Years In Operation
Does your ministry offer internships?
Yes, college internship(s).
Yes, post-graduate internship(s).
Strengths of Organization
Creativity, Innovation, Partnership Building + Relationship Development, Thought Leadership, Focus on intersection of individual transformation & system change, People-Focused
Would you consider your role part time or full time within justice and mercy ministry?
Full Time
How many years have you been in ministry among the vulnurable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
What training did you receive that equipped you for justice and mercy ministries?
I have a undergrad degree in international leadership and community development, and a Masters in Political Economy. But most of my "education" or "equipping" has been on the ground through hands-on opportunities serving amongst the under-resourced and vulnerable. Posts at the Centre for Social Justice in London, Blood Water Mission in Nashville, time in Honduras, Brazil, Australia, Georgetown (TX), and most recently Trade In Hope & Allies in Austin have been the training ground. The people I've had the honor of serving have also been my guides. They've been a window into my own soul, taught me to listen, and shown me where I've had naive assumptions about "solutions" and "development." Likewise, my time at Christ Church the last 5 years has been a rich time of living in community with other parishioners who share God's heart for the work of Justice.
What are your primary concerns for the ministry?
Sustainability, Kingdom success - for people and communities and cities, Caring for My Team/People Well, Overcoming Drama/Politics and Building Bridges that Unify a diverse group of stakeholders, board development
What feels like the most difficult aspect of your life in ministry?
Work/Life/Family tensions -- (I won't even say balance....)
What gives you the greatest joy?
Seeing people "get it" -- connect with their own role in the work to end modern slavery; seeing people liberated and begin to dream and hope again; galvanizing a team around a shared vision that is full of hope; seeing new relationships blossom where there was previously enmity; seeing systems of oppression and injustice begin to shift and create greater human flourishing.
What spiritual disciplines help sustain you in your rhythms of life among the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
Prayer, retreats/sabbath, time with my family and children (so innocent!), remembering I can't save the world but only love the world.
What would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to know about your ministry?
Anglicans have a rich history of abolition. We have the unique opportunity to lead again in the work to end modern slavery.
How would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to grow in regards to justice and mercy issues?
Translating the beautiful "fullness" and "fleshiness" of our theology of God making all things new into boots-on-the-ground action in their neighborhoods; cultivating an environment where the non-white unbeliever of a potentially different socio-economic "group" feels fully welcome.
What are your favorite movies related to justice and mercy issues?
What are your favorite websites/organizations related to justice and mercy issues?
What do you wish people knew about justice ministry in general or specific arenas of justice work?
I wish it was more widely understood that Justice and Righteousness are so closely connected throughout scripture -- that Justice is actually about "right relationship" with God and with each other (and with creation). And so to be righteous means to actively live Justly in a way that reconciles these relationships.
Tell us a bit about your story and your heart for justice and mercy.
I have always known that my life's work, at some level, would be about helping people on the margins. There are few injustices which more directly assault the imago dei, more acutely dehumanize, than slavery. So at that most basic level I am compelled to serve and fight for those who've been enslaved. I've also walked with my sister through her own healing journey as she recovered from sexual assault. I've seen firsthand how sexual brokenness and pain affects individuals, families and communities. She and I work together at Trade In Hope on a documentary film, which was my entry to the movement and Allies. Finally, I have this deep hope and conviction about the way true community was intended to be - full of shalom and flourishing and Justice. Allies is the vehicle through which God has allowed me to work at the intersection of these motivations.