Did you know that an estimated 100,000 plus American juveniles are victimized through sexual slavery each year and that Colorado is listed as one of the “Dirty Dozen” as ranked by a national group that monitors human trafficking?
That’s why the Rocky Mountain District Assemblies of God Women’s Ministries, with the financial and physical support of others including Timberline’s U COUNT Campaign, has stepped in to create a place of restoration for juvenile girls who have been sexually exploited and trafficked in the United States. The mission of Sarah’s Home is to offer a safe, Godly home for physical, spiritual, and emotional healing, restoration, education, hope, and a future.
The current project involves converting an existing church building into a dorm and bathrooms as well as renovating the kitchen. The work is expected to be completed sometime in September with occupancy the first of the year. Sarah’s Home will house ten girls, ages 12 to 16, who, for whatever reason, are no longer wanted by the pimps and owners who control them. It’s hard to imagine being forced to live a life doing the things they do and then basically being thrown out in the street like someone’s trash.
In late July, five men from U COUNT and Timberline’s Allies Men’s Ministry traveled south of Denver to help with the renovations. While there, the men hung all the cabinets in a very large kitchen and laid tile in the dining room. Their labor was greatly appreciated. As always, the participants of a mission trip get as much out of the experience as the ones they are serving. The team felt blessed and privileged to help as they did while their hearts broke to think about little girls being robbed of all that God intended for them.
Beyond their physical labor, Allies Men’s Ministry also hosted a car show on August 4, 2012 with the proceeds to benefit Sarah’s Home. There were 65 entries in the show and they raised roughly $5000 that will be used for fencing around the Sarah’s Home property.
While the need is large, we serve a God who can mend the broken hearted and heal the wounded spirit. Our prayer is that these girls will begin to see themselves as women of worth who are loved by God. We pray that the memories of their past will fade away and that they will discover a powerful life filled with purpose ahead.