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Hi Friends,


My heart is rejoicing today. In fact, it’s almost bursting out of my chest!


We are thrilled to announce that six young women are about to experience FREEDOM! Our partner on the ground in Romania, Beni Lup, is in the process of rescuing six women from a government shelter, where they’ve languished for over a year. The ladies are between the ages of 21 and 26. They will be placed with pastors’ families, where they will be safe and have their basic needs met.


It is our hope that these six women may be some of the first to enter our Sanctuary — a place of peace and safety where they will have access to trauma therapy, medical care, spiritual care, education and vocational training. The ultimate goal? To see them restored and reintegrated into society as happy, healthy, productive people.




We are getting close. We have found the ideal property for our first Sanctuary. It has housing and program buildings already constructed on site, with plenty of room for expansion. There are agricultural opportunities that will provide vocational training and immediate income to assist with operating costs.


God continues to open doors as we work through all the necessary details. We are so close to seeing this dream become a reality. We have the strategy. We have constructed the operating budget, and we have the potential land. We are finalizing our comprehensive campaign strategy and I’m excited to share more in the coming weeks. May I invite you to pray about how you might support our first Sanctuary, which will serve hundreds of trafficking survivors.


I thank you for your encouragement, concern and support!


We hold the keys to freedom!

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Updated: Jul 30, 2019

Hello Friends, It becomes clearer and clearer to me why we are being so strongly called to open our first Sanctuary village in Romania.  Our team there recently met with more than 20 anti-trafficking organizations at the European Freedom Network Conference in Italy. They were shocked to learn that Romanians are the most trafficked people in all of Europe — over 65 percent of survivors being rescued are from Romania and Moldova!


Beni and Rodica Lupe from our team in Romania

The reality is that the government of Romania is struggling to stem the tide. In fact, the country was just downgraded on the State Department’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) watchlist. That designation means that while they are trying, the government is still failing to meet even the minimum standards for eliminating human trafficking. While this is terrible news for Romania, I think it opens an incredible opportunity for Uncaged. With our model and our resources, I believe we can assist the government in powerful ways. For instance, when we visited in January, a government official asked us to help with a nationwide trafficking awareness campaign.

I am in Italy right now, and the Lord keeps bringing victims right in front of my eyes. As we drove down the highway the other day, I saw several young ladies on the side of the highway. One was doubled over in just her undergarments and high heels, in desperate need. The other night at dinner, I unknowingly sat right across the street from a brothel. It was hard to eat as I watched the traffickers and johns circling these women. It was heart-breaking. This makes me desperate to get the first Sanctuary up and running. We want to create a place of peace and safety where survivors, like the young ladies I saw on the side of the highway, have access to everything they need — trauma therapy, spiritual care, medical attention, education, vocational training ... even things like music, art and physical therapies. We believe they can be healed and restored and reintegrated in to society where they will make a difference! An incredible opportunity is taking shape, and I have great news to share about first Sanctuary. But you will have to wait for the next eblast to hear more ...

Until then, thank you for your support and encouragement. Please continue to pray for us, and for the survivors.

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Updated: Jul 30, 2019

We have been working closely with Beni and Rodica Lup in Romania, who have rescued dozens of survivors in the last few years. Last week, they were able to place the 6-year-old girl we wrote about in our last update in a safe home. Oceana is the precious little girl who was found abandoned under a cardboard box in the streets of Munich. We learned she’d been forced to beg on the streets for the last 2 years. She had been drugged and forbidden to talk to the point that she has difficulty speaking. Oceana is now safe and living with a Christian family back in her homeland.


Update from Beni and Rodica: “Last week we picked up little Oceana at the airport. As she met us, she seemed confused. Her eyes were big, and she was holding tightly to an airplane magazine and a little cookie. I asked her what she had in her hands and she was barely able to say, ‘a gift for you.’ I accepted these gifts on behalf of all of us involved in her rescue and restoration.  We took Oceana directly to the hospital and then to a dentist and counselors, where she was assessed, and her immediate needs were taken care of. A few things about Oceana: Like most little girls, Oceana loves ice cream and dolls. She likes the color red, and she has interest, and possible talent, in music. We played Christian music for her in the car, and she said, “This Jesus … I like.” At first, the music was in English, but then we played some Romanian songs. We could tell she liked them because she would say words from time to time. She repeated the word “Fericire,” which means “happiness.” Oceana is very afraid when someone tries to take a picture of her. This causes us to suspect that she was victim of child pornography. After the first night in her new home, she pointed to the window and said, “Angels and butterflies.” She says she saw angels and butterflies — and the angels were waving at her! There are times Oceana starts to smile, but often her little face turns sad. It must be the memories of the abuse and suffering. For such a little girl, she has already suffered so much. The family she is with is taking great care of her. But with limited resources and expertise, they are only able to take care of the basics.”

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