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Updated: Sep 30, 2020

Hi Friends,


As our world-class trauma therapy program takes place, I want to highlight a key element of healing: families.


Every survivor will live with a host family after their initial 6 weeks of stabilization. Doing so accelerates survivors’ healing and maximizes our use of the first Sanctuary. Survivors re-integrate into the real world quickly. It helps them taste freedom as soon as possible, while still getting the support they need to heal. Using this rhythm, we’ll be able to serve 400 survivors and host families in our first year of operating once travel bans lift.


Hearing how hosting a survivor transforms and blesses host families fills my heart to the brim. When I was in Romania this past January, I shared a meal with Snowy’s forever family. What her new father shared with me nearly brought me to tears.


Snowy’s new dad is the pastor of 3 small churches in Romania and the owner of a small construction business. When I asked how adopting Snowy had changed them, this is what he had to say:


“We had a life but we were not fulfilled as a family. We had thoughts and goals and dreams just like everybody else. But I always felt unaccomplished and unfulfilled.


I had been praying and asking, ‘Lord what else can I do to really fulfill the purpose you have for us?’


And then I looked back and reviewed the movie of my life. I remembered all the troubles I went through, all the things I didn’t have. I was orphaned at the age of 3. There were nights when I didn’t have anything to eat.


Then I understood what the Lord wanted from me. I realized as a former orphan that my purpose was to find joy in accepting someone into our home. God wanted me to offer another child what I did not have growing up: a parent’s love.


Soon after, Snowy came into our lives. Ever since you brought her to our home, our family has been different. God worked through you, and you came along at the right time. You have helped us see and to live out what God wants us to do.”


I was speechless for a moment. I knew giving survivors loving relationships would unlock their transformation. God was multiplying that transformation in ways I could never imagine!


I’ve had countless experiences like this one. Every step we take cascades in dozens of unexpected ways that bring hope and healing. I’m realizing that’s embedded in who we’re going to be at Uncaged. We hold the keys to freedom. All we need to do is open the door, and a wave of unbelievable transformation is going to pour out.


Right now, the most important way to secure this foothold for restoration is by owning the first Sanctuary. We only need $450,000 in order to completely own this center for holistic healing.


We each have a role to play in unleashing freedom across the world. And along the way, we get to fulfill our own God-given purposes, too.

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Updated: Sep 30, 2020

Hi Friends,


I feel honored to be witnessing hope and restoration in a time like this one! It’s been over a year since we rescued Snowy and placed her with a family who will love her forever. If you remember, her parents were tricked into giving her to a trafficker. She was only 12 years old when she was freed. She had endured horror and tragedy few of us can imagine.


When I saw her in January, the progress she made was incredible. I remember watching her bounce around the restaurant where we were eating with pure joy. When her host family sent me this picture she drew, my eyes filled with tears.


Do you see the hope leaping off of the page like I do? I can hardly describe the way this drawing fills my heart. When we first met Snowy, she could barely speak. I could not fathom how she saw the world or herself as anything but swathed in darkness. Just one year later, she pictures herself energized and healthy. Her hair flows, her eyes are bright. Light and beauty surround her.


Her talent is shining and bringing hope to others-- it brings me hope! In this season of preparation, Snowy is an example of what transformation looks like. She reminds me why our work is so vital. Without a safe place to heal and support, Snowy would not be overflowing with life. She would not be sitting at a piano, playing beautiful music.


Every survivor is precious. Every survivor deserves hope, healing, and joy. Snowy’s journey shows the transformation that is possible when we fight for survivors. Together, we’re fighting for hundreds of thousands of them. 


Wouldn’t it be amazing if The Sanctuary was a “forever home” for healing by the time the travel bans lift? We are so close to owning this property outright. 


Once we do, we will proudly claim it as a permanent beacon of hope. Already, it stands alongside Snowy’s art as a symbol that together, we can open the door to a world without slavery. This world already is taking root, and it grows every day thanks to people like you.


Gratefully,


Kim Westfall

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We're seeing more passion for making change now than I ever have before. I can’t help but think of what would happen if all of this determination and energy got channeled towards ending human trafficking. United, we could end this global darkness once and for all.  We still have a lot of work to do. You may have heard that the 2020 Trafficking In Persons report came out last month. Romania was ranked as a Tier 2 Watch List Country, one step away from the lowest ranking possible. Unfortunately, it’s easy to see that trafficking is still a huge problem there. 78% of sex trafficking survivors rescued in Europe are from either Romania or Moldova. 50% of these survivors are children. Romania is the biggest source of sex trafficking survivors in Europe. Ending trafficking in Europe means ending trafficking in Romania.


The Romanian Government is ready for change. They’re asking for support from organizations like us and from people like you. We believe we are uniquely poised to help Romania become a Tier 1 Country, the best ranking, by 2022. At the request of our partners in Romania, Uncaged has put together a pledge that people like you can sign to declare your support for anti-trafficking efforts. Let's show the world just how massive this movement really is! Now is the time to take action. I’d like to invite to join me in growing the coalition to end sex trafficking worldwide.


You can help Romania eradicate trafficking just by declaring that you’re committed to the cause. Our partners in Romania know that hearing voices from places like the USA and Canada will accelerate movement in Europe.


Will you sign the pledge and help us put an end to human trafficking? Your voice is key in this fight. Like with everything we do for these survivors, your support swings the door to freedom wide open.  You can sign the pledge here or below. Your voice is powerful beyond measure. Let’s do this together for the survivors.

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