Transforming Hope Ministries was established in November of 2010 to offer hope and restoration to adolescent victims of human trafficking. This faith-based, non-profit ministry’s mission is “to transform the lives of child victims of human trafficking by offering hope for the future through the love of Jesus Christ.”
“I want to run a rescue station a yard from the gates of hell.” – CT Studd
Transforming Hope opened its first safe home, Emma’s Home, in central North Carolina on July 4, 2012 to put faith in action by serving the deepest needs of abused and abandoned youth.
“Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (James 2:15-17, NIV)
Emma’s Home provides shelter, security, and freedom from sexual slavery, so it is especially fitting that the home would open on Independence Day. This home currently accommodates up to three girls at a time. These girls, who have been rescued in North Carolina from human trafficking, are lavished with the unconditional love of Jesus which meets their deepest needs and helps them realize that their infinite value is found in Christ, not in their physical bodies. The home provides all the necessary rehabilitation services for victims aged 12 to 17. Residents receive health care, individual counseling, group therapy, education, skills training, and nurturing fellowship so that they may be equipped to successfully launch back into society along the path of life and on track to pursue their dreams.
Transforming Hope Ministries also seeks to increase public awareness by educating the community. Transforming Hope works with other anti-human trafficking organizations around the nation to help prevent other children from becoming victims. The statistics on human trafficking of children in the United States are both surprising and sickening. Consider the following sampling provided by Transforming Hope Ministries:
- Between 100,000 and 300,000 U.S. citizens under the age of 18 are being prostituted in the United States.
- Trafficking of minors begins as early as age five.
- The average entry age into the sex trafficking industry in America is from ages 12 to 14.
- North Carolina is ranked seventh on the FBI’s list of states most likely to have trafficking occur.
- Approximately 33% of all homeless kids are being sold into sexual slavery with most of these kids being picked up within the first two days of becoming homeless.
- There are currently only nine beds available for rescued victims in North Carolina where the demand is estimated to be 11,160.
Transforming Hope recently published a powerful video entitled “Ashley’s Story” shown to the left of this article. This video gives a poignant glimpse into the life of a young trafficked victim. For the protection of the victims, the video combines the stories of several U.S. citizens who are survivors of human trafficking.
To find out more about this ministry, please visit transforminghopeministries.org. To make a financial contribution or get personally get involved, contact the ministry by telephone at (919) 942-1477 or by email at email@example.com. Transforming Hope offers Christians seeking to make their lives count for eternity a profound opportunity to help change the life of the most abused and neglected.
“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’” (Matthew 25:40)
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