Reflections

A series of reflections on the stories of trafficking featured on this site – including reflection, discussion questions and prayers.

Top tips for using the material and leading a small group

As the small group leader no-one expects you to know everything, instead your role is facilitate lively conversations in the group. As the facilitator and catalyst for those conversations here are some helpful top tips:

  1. Be prepared – read through the material beforehand and think about your responses to the questions. As you know your group consider how the questions might be best approached by your group and if they need any amending to suit your group.
  2. Pray beforehand – before the group assemble pray for each person that they may each be open to the other and that these important conversations might take place in a spirit of generosity and acceptance towards each person.
  3. Keep to your timings – for yourself and the members of the group keep to the agreed start and finish times. People lead busy lives and will appreciate starting and finishing on time.
  4. A warm welcome – make sure everyone feels welcome and comfortable at the beginning of each session. Explain that the material is intended for group discussion and is not a lecture and that there are no “right” answers. The intention is that people become more aware of human trafficking are encouraged to empathise with those in need.
  5. A safe space – it is important that as people share their own stories and perhaps vulnerabilities that everyone feels the group provides a safe space. Perhaps at the start of each session the group might agree that “what is said and happens here, stays here.” This will help the group recognise a safe space where they can be real and know they will not be judged or the object of gossip.
  6. Involve others – ask other people to read the stories that included in the resources. If you are offering refreshments ask someone to take it in turns or consider hosting the group in different locations, so that others can show hospitality.
  7. Ask open questions – avoid questions which need only “yes” or “no” answers. Instead ask open questions that encourage a wide range of responses and possible perspectives. Include other people so you might ask “what do other people think” or “does anyone feel differently.”
  8. Value everyone’s contribution – sometimes people can feel reluctant to share an idea or opinion so be sure to value and affirm everyone’s contribution. For example, “I hadn’t thought about that,” “what a good idea, what if…”
  9. Follow up – encourage people to go further in their thinking by asking follow up questions. For example, “What makes you say that?” or “How do you feel about…?”
  10. Be open – it is important to be open to each other so that people can share their ideas and feelings with confidence and also to be open to God, whose love it is inspires us to show welcome and hospitality to those in need. Remembering “whenever you did this for one of the least important of these members of my family, you did it for me.” (Matthew 25:40)