Thanks to a substantial grant from the Break the Chains project of American Baptist Women, a new property has been rented and renovated in a country in Southeast Asia as a residence for girls and young women who are survivors of human trafficking or whose present living situations put them at high risk of being sold.
The home for girls, managed by American Baptist International Ministries development workers Lori and Matt Mann, is a place where girls can live safely and receive the support they need to piece their lives back together. A separate drop-in center for street children and a home for boys has been operating since 2004.
“We had been praying about starting a home like this for years when two emergencies came to our attention. One girl had fled her captors and needed a safe place to live, and two other girls were at high risk of being sold to traffickers. We started the home [without full funding] to protect these girls, trusting that God would provide for all that was needed,” recalled Lori.
“It was then out of the blue that we received an application for the Break the Chains grant," added Matt. The Manns were awarded the grant in October 2010.
In addition to renting and renovating the new safe house, the Break the Chains grant will be used to provide safe and secure living and learning environments, to provide educational opportunities so the girls can fulfill their God-given purpose, and the girls will hear and experience Jesus’ love and concern for them, and others like them.
The Break the Chains project is sponsored by American Baptist Women's Ministries (AB Women) from 2007 – 2010. AB Women raised more than $482,000 to encourage new ministries dedicated to ending sex trafficking in the U.S. and globally. In 2011, AB Women's Ministries is expanding the"Break the Chains" project. The new "Break the Chains and Stop the Pain" initiative is dedicated to ending the ppression of women and girls worldwide. A different facet of oppression will be highlighted each year. In 2011, the focus is on Violence. For more information go to http://abwmbreakthechains.org/.
American Baptist International Ministries, organized in 1814, is the first Baptist Mission organization formed in North America. IM brings US and Puerto Rico churches together with global Christian partners in holistic ministries that meet human needs and help people come to Christ, grow in Christ and change their worlds with Christ.