When I was 12, I was raped by three teenage boys. It shook me to my core. I felt scarred, was blamed for it, reacted with rebellious behavior and began running away from home, repeatedly. At 15, I was on the streets and miserable.
A man I knew said he “loved” me, and offered me a home. He was nice; he knew I needed food and shelter. It turns out there were four other girls living there. He said we each had to bring in a certain amount of money daily to support our family. He was our husband, daddy or boyfriend based on where we were.
I soon discovered I was caught in a sex trafficking ring. He made me sell drugs at first, but soon the drug money was not enough to make my “quota.” I had to do what I could to survive and he began to prostitute me. Then, I began using those drugs I had been selling.
I was bought, sold, traded and given away to other pimps a number of times. I was caught in this ugly, sick web for 12 years.
In 1997, I was released from jail once again, but for the first time, I didn’t call my pimp. I called a friend who gave me shelter. And I started to “fix” myself. I went back to school and got a job as a waitress. Even though there were bumps in my road to recovery, I started to make something of myself.
I met a lady who wanted to help girls get off the streets by bringing Jesus into their lives. I helped her talk to these girls. She loved me unconditionally, something I hadn’t felt before. She told me about Jesus’ love. I always believed in God but I didn’t know Jesus. But she made Him real. And my life changed forever.
I started a program called The WellHouse in 2011. We rescue girls caught in the sex trafficking cycle. We give them a safe place to live, feed them, have group therapy, teach life skills and most importantly, have Bible studies and tell them about the unconditional love of Jesus. We have rescued over 200 women from sex trafficking and given them a new life. They have found a love they never knew existed, just like I did when someone showed me the love of Christ.
NovaAugust 31, 2017 at 11:03 am
Bless you and the work you do! I’m so sorry that you went through that awful ordeal, but am thankful you were rescued and are now helping others.
PatrickAugust 31, 2017 at 2:37 pm
Bless the Lord O my Soul, it is awesome how God works, Its a blessing how He allowed you to go thru your situation and bring you out so that you could have a powerful Testimony to help other. That is The Great God we serve Praise God.
DeLaneAugust 31, 2017 at 7:56 pm
Praise God for His mercy and love! I am so grateful that He rescued you in so many ways. Thank you for sharing your story. I pray that it might embolden others to reach out for help, and receive the true love of Christ and those who are His hands and feet. You are very brave!
paul chooSeptember 2, 2017 at 10:03 pm
Dr John Sanford of Elijah House USA asked us to forgive God. It is not His fault. It is human ‘lostness’ and sin. 1 Peter 2 –
God decreed we be given “free will”. He cares. He gave us His beloved son to die to open the door to heaven for believers (John 3:16 of the Bible for those not famikar. He allowed this for His love of creation; mankind; a beautiful lovely rose.
We make countless milliseconds choices daily as oue free will decides. My nephew died at age :1 month- It seems cruel of Gid to allow it. Adam and Eve sin or disobedience was worse than an atomic bomb as the world inherited the sin nature. And caused the “fall” of man. God’ sent Jesus to redeem or rescue us with a one time sacrifice according to the law of univesse in the Bible and His death (The book of Hebrews) to give us righteousness and forgiveness and allow our spirit and soul to enter heaven on our death as heaven is holy and pure.
God does not allow the bad to happen as such as the good comes with the bad. A bautiful rose and death. There will be jjudgment for all on the day of our death too. A person will reap and sow for the wicked and goid person.
God truly loves us very much
Praise and thank Christ for Hia salvation or saving us for paradise in the end???
paul chooSeptember 2, 2017 at 10:11 pm
Sorry. Error in typing.
“gold” should be “good”
And “Hia” is “His”.
Gosh my failing and aging eyesight. My arm hurts typing this.
God love you?