Texas Baptist Hunger Offering helps rescue young women from slavery
Moldova is the poorest country in Europe. In the last ten years, more than 100,000 people have been victims of human trafficking, and more than 30,000 girls and women have disappeared without a trace. Lack of a future has brought a “new national idea” among youth – to leave the country at any price.
Because of this horrific fact, Beginning of Life (BoL), a Christ-centered residential rehabilitation ministry in Chisinau, Moldova, began raising awareness about the problem through press conferences and TV programs. BoL Safe House was born to provide housing, food, medical/psychological assistance, education and society re-integration for young women who are victims of violence and trafficking.
The Texas Baptist Hunger Offering, in partnership with Global Women, an ecumenical missions movement to empower women to fulfill her unique purpose, is providing funds in 2012 for food, clothing, shelter, education, counseling and supervision for young women at the Safe House. The ultimate goal is to transition these women (and their children) from sexual slavery, abuse and/or neglect and abandonment to self-sufficiency, through intellectual, emotional, physical, spiritual and social support from trained social workers and assistants at Beginning of Life.
During their time at the center, the ladies are assessed for job skills and connected with trade schools for training. After they are trained, the center helps with their job search, allowing them to live at the center at least one month after beginning employment. Re-integration into society is an important priority, along with long-term follow-up.
At the center, there are opportunities for the young women to attend Bible classes and worship in various churches, most of which choosing Evangelical ones. The women have seen the love of Christ shown to them and openly speak about how hopeless their future would be without Beginning of Life.