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For over 12 years, Safe Refuge has been Rescuing, Nurturing, and Rebuilding lives devastated by extreme poverty, abuse and the sex-trade. Click HERE to see and hear more stories of rescue.
Doors kicked in...
Girls in chains...
Captives being set free...
People often ask us what a rescue looks like and while many times it has looked like this, the real rescue isn't the moment physical captivity ends.
The worst kind of captivity and slavery is what happens in a young women's heart and soul when she is sold and conditioned to believe so many lies about herself. She believes she is worthless garbage. Self loathing and destruction are her constant companions.
Most of the time, in her first days at Safe Refuge, she won’t eat, she doesn’t want to bathe and all she does is sleep. Sometimes a rescue looks like sitting on the side of her bed in the middle of the afternoon, singing worship songs and asking the Holy Spirit to come near. It’s being there, ready whenever she starts to crawl out of her hole and interact. Listening to her story and letting her hear the stories of her new Safe Refuge sisters.
Family has not been a source of safety or refuge for her. Love and belonging are unfamiliar and uncomfortable. Sometimes she runs back to the familiar and we pray with broken hearts and passionate patience for her heart and feet to return. She’s already a daughter we love and cherish and we want to see her soul set free whatever it looks like however long it takes.
Last month a rescue looked like Noelle, who has been with us 2 months, giving her heart to Jesus and finding healing and wholeness. She’s found hope and family and is beginning again. Thank you for helping Rescue 1 and playing your part in the daily rebuilding and rescuing of souls. Please continue to pray for Noelle and each precious life God gives us the opportunity to reach.
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There are an estimated 800,000 prostituted persons in the Philippines and it is ranked fourth in the world for MOST children in prostitution. Manila has the most prostituted persons in the nation with an estimated 100,000 child prostitutes in Manila.
In underdeveloped nations half a million die a year from preventable pregnancy complications. 3,000 women die EVERY DAY. 2 women every 60 seconds. Safe Refuge cares for and provides the necessary medical provisions and birthing care so girls can give birth to healthy children and learn how to care for their lives and the lives of their babies. Every life is worth it! Making one life SAFE includes providing for the women and children who are pregnant and in need of care.