I’m writing today with a heart full of joy! It’s been almost a year since the first Covid-19 travel bans were put in place, but that hasn’t stopped freedom and healing from going forward.
Just a few weeks ago, I had the honor of hearing from 2 survivors who are just now spreading their wings. Ana and Daniela, both survivors of sex trafficking from Romania, have been with their host families healing from the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual trauma.
As they recovered and learned how to love, they have also discovered new passions! Both of them have been working faithfully to develop their culinary skills. Now, Ana has landed a job as a chef and Daniela has started working as a baker! For the first time in years, they will be earning a living that brings them dignity and joy.
Soon after, both of these courageous women found their own apartments. When we asked these ladies about this exciting new chapter, they both beamed. Ana said, “I am so happy to be free and to have a job and my own home. My life has started to blossom and bring forth fruit: care, love, and kindness.”
Daniela paused before answering. Then she told our team, “I don’t want to sound crazy, but I feel like God helps me bake. He smiles when I am down. He tells me I am not guilty for my past and that I am precious. Now, all I want to know is how to help others.”
The restoration Daniela and Ana have experienced is what we want for every single survivor. Our hearts are aching for more than 50 survivors we have identified to bring back to Romania once the travel bans lift.
We can’t bring them to the Sanctuary yet, but we are already working to start their healing journeys! It’s going to take $95,000 to provide counsel and transport for these precious women.