I am consistently amazed by the ways God works to extend His mercy and grace when we as Christians stay open to His leading. In my life, a change in plans for a business venture thwarted sex trafficking in my community and resulted in a local refuge for women escaping such trauma.
Neither outcome was envisioned when I and a Christian brother partnered in a rental real estate business with the goal of giving to Kingdom work from the profits. I run a structural metal manufacturing company and I have a heart for missions, so I was excited by the opportunity. We began by acquiring office space and a home in great need of remodeling.
Before a plan for the properties was developed, we learned that Catalyst Ministries needed space in our community to continue combating human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and extreme abuse. Catalyst raises awareness of growing criminal networks and advocates for vulnerable individuals trapped in such hopeless situations.
The ministry partners with churches, organizations, and law enforcement to rescue oppressed women. Restoration is the third goal and is accomplished by caring for the victims in a safe haven at no cost for up to two years. Beyond meeting their physical needs, Catalyst provides Christ-centered services that empower the women to begin a new life as they learn about their Heavenly Father.
The home we selected, now Catalyst Farms, is a respite for broken women who for so long lived in fear for themselves and their families. The office we acquired became the headquarters for the ministry, which has since expanded to a second state. The site is next to an Asian spa operated as a brothel that was planning to expand into the space before we unknowingly chose it as a rental property. What man intended for evil, our Lord claimed for good!
Catalyst Ministries is rooted in the truth of Proverbs 31: 8-9, which calls for Christians to speak for those who are silenced and defend the rights of the poor and needy. Having the opportunity to be part of such a ministry is truly an unexpected blessing. I had the right intentions and a heart to serve but never anticipated how God would fill in the blanks of my incomplete business plan.