Auburn University International Justice Mission put on its annual Waffles for the World event on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at the Big Red Barn on Auburn's campus (All photos courtesy of IJM advisor).
The event was put on to raise funds and awareness for the eradication of human trafficking, an issue that Auburn IJM spends its time advocating for on campus.
IJM has grown from a small group of concerned students to an organization of over 30 members from a variety of majors and ages.
Waffles for the World featured Waffle House waffles, Prevail Union coffee and live music from Auburn students Jess Williams and Tyler Palmquist. Tickets were $5. Throughout the event, IJM members floated around and explained literature placed on tables depicting victims and survivors of human trafficking.
Event director Sylvia Welch was proud of the turnout of this year's event. "We had over 250 people attend Waffles for the World this year. Everyone I talked to said they really enjoyed the event," Sylvia said. "What I loved most about the event was that we were able to take a few minutes to share about IJM and show a video about our Auburn chapter."
Attendees enjoyed the food and fellowship found at the event. James Post, senior at Auburn University, has attended the event for the past two years.
"It's refreshing to see how - even when the trouble is far away - seemingly small measures can be used by faithful people to bring justice to the oppressed," James said. "Also, waffles are nice."
Auburn IJM is excited about the momentum behind their organization and hopes that it continues.
"We hope to continue to use Waffles for the World to spread awareness about human trafficking in years to come as well," Sylvia said.
In addition to Waffles for the World, the group will put on movie nights featuring trafficking documentaries, prayer nights and a spring concert. For more information about Auburn IJM, visit their website.