A Source of Mercy

Image of Mercy, former victim of Sexual Violence
31Jan

A Source of Mercy

She slept until some intoxicated men barged in and stole what they wanted: her innocence, her virginity, her future. She was only 15. Oh, the irony—this victim named Mercy was now in deep need of God’s mercy amidst the shame she was forced to carry through no fault of her own. All she had done was to go to sleep.

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Image of mom rescued from sex work cooking meal
28Oct

She had to tie up her children!

Thandar Oo's belly lurched with hunger as she held the feet of her children in place. One foot at a time, her fingers coiled rope around little ankles to secure them to the bamboo floor of her tiny hut. It was her only way to make sure her three children didn't run off while she "worked."

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Image of Mercy and baby
02Aug

A Second Rescue

Judith, Heaven’s Family’s Victims of Sexual Violence Ministry's trusted partner in Jinja, Uganda, has ministered to women for over a decade. Her weekly discipleship meetings have become a lifeline for people whose lives are riddled with poverty and extreme hardship. These groups have now multiplied throughout Uganda!

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Image of girl in Myanmar rescued from trafficking
09May

Light in Darkness

Life in Myanmar was difficult for Ei Zin. Her parents divorced when she was 16, and her mother's severe heart condition resulted in insurmountable debt from medical bills. Ei Zin found herself financially responsible for her mother and herself, so she began working in a factory where she could earn just enough money for food and rent.

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Image of Giann Smiling
01May

Found by Her Heavenly Father

Giann lives in the Philippines, and her childhood has been riddled with trauma. Her father was imprisoned for murder when she was only four years old. She was able to attend school until her mother died, but then her life changed forever. Her stepfather’s new girlfriend came to live with them, and Giann was forced to do the household chores and was ruthlessly beaten over the smallest things. She had no food on the rare days when she was able to get to school at all. A kind teacher noticed her hunger and helped with her lunch.

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Image of girl in Guatemala rescued out of human trafficking
31Mar

Rescued

Carla was among the most vulnerable people in her Guatemalan community. She had both physical and intellectual disabilities and absolutely no one to protect her. Unbelievably, the people who were supposed to be caring for her at the institution where she was living tied her to a gurney and sold her for sex!

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Picture of Suzan smiling
01Aug

Restoring a Lost Smile

Suzan would sleep on the cold dirt floor as her mother fulfilled the sexual desires of both men and women. If a customer was present in the daytime, Suzan and her sisters would have to stand watch for any other prospects and keep them entertained until their mother finished with her previous client.

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