Today's blog post is written by Refuge for Women supporter, Joy Beth Dawahare.
Stephen and I have been married roughly 14 years. During that time we have each been involved with numerous, wonderful ministries. Most of the time, we would volunteer or work independently on ones where we felt we were called to help. We always had a desire to work and serve together as a couple, but it always seemed God lead us different directions. However, about a year ago, a dear friend introduced us to the Refuge. He showed us a video testimony of one of the girls and immediately Stephen and I new that God was leading BOTH of toward this ministry.
As we got connected and learned more information, we were able to visit the phase 3 housing. There we sat down with two of the women and openly talked with them and heard more of their story. Our hearts broke while we listened as they described rejection, betrayal, abuse, fear, and shame. But on the flip side, you see a beautiful picture of how God works to restore and redeem. He is making beauty out of ashes as these girls are starting to live a life that He had intended for them.
Stephen and I both left there with heavy hearts for the millions who are still enslaved and need to be freed from the bondage of sex trafficking and addictions. We started educating ourself and our friends on the epidemic. We also allocated our finances to offer donations and became involved with their annual fundraiser. God gives us all unique gifts and skill sets that he wants us to use to further His kingdom. We are grateful to be a part of an amazing ministry and look forward to see how He works in the lives of these women.