A Refuge of Hope in a World of Cruel Bondage

SIM USASIM Global August 20164 Comments

Driving through a city in India, we turned suddenly onto a narrow lane with three-story buildings towering overhead. There was normal commerce at street level, but from the upper stories young women were leaning out the windows, casting alluring gazes on the men below.

This was the red light district.

We parked and walked past the crowds into the Beauty for Ashes Restoration Home (B4A)—a haven of safety where women escape the bondage of prostitution and addiction. Inside, the women were going about their lives in peace and dignity, laughing and working together.

But there was something else that stabbed my heart with pain. Because I suddenly realized they were not grown women at all. They were young girls—nine, ten, eleven years old. Their childhood had been ripped away, replaced with a life of bondage and abuse.

And that was all they had to look forward to—until now.

It made me understand again the true horror of sin, which hurts everyone it touches. And it made me so thankful these precious few had been able to escape.

At B4A, they enter a community of love and mutual support. They’re encouraged to pursue their education, and many are on their way to becoming nurses, teachers, and lawyers. Some of the girls come without even the most basic education, so B4A teaches them to read and write—in Hindi as well as English.

It’s just one more way SIM missionaries are sharing the love and message of Jesus Christ. And this is what your support makes possible.

4 Comments on “A Refuge of Hope in a World of Cruel Bondage”

  1. carol skold

    Excellent update, praying for this ministry as well as CH and all gleaned from regular requests received here

  2. Amy Zawislak

    Love this report!! thank you Jesus for this ministry & these SIM workers!! What important work ❤️

  3. Marie Denn

    I just want to hug and hold each one of them, and let them be children again
    I praise God for each one that He has rescued from this bondage, and pray that they all become bondservants of the Lord.
    I also pray that many many more will be rescued.
    Thank you all for everything you are doing.

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