A Note from Inside India
“Human trafficking is messy. But it’s a blessing to care for the rescued, to respond to God’s assignment to love all kinds of people well. Because that’s what the girls need most—love.
“Redlight Greenlight is a place of refuge and holistic care—a home—for the resilient survivors God sovereignly brings to us. Co-created and run with the local church, it’s been a place of healing and life-skills training for 184 girls since opening in 2012. While we see great needs—the girls are heavy with fear, shame, and jealousy—we also recognize these are feelings common to the human experience.
“And in time, we see healing. We celebrate each progress as it’s made…when a girl starts speaking, laughing, talking about her dreams; or when a girl starts praying to God, and asking questions about Jesus. We rejoice watching these girls become women who are redeemed, strong, loving, and ready to engage in the messy challenges of society—a society filled with all kinds of brokenness.”
—A 24-year SIM worker; based in India
“They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” — Isaiah 61:3 (NIV)
by a Redlight Greenlight SIM worker
Kushi was once a Redlight Greenlight resident. We asked her to come back and help when one of our girls had so many outbursts that we could not leave her alone. In the evenings, with only two caregivers on duty, we couldn’t leave the other girls with less supervision in the unsettled environment created by her behavior.
Kushi would stay every evening, sitting with the troubled girl. They would color, listen to music, talk, or watch a movie together. She freed the caregivers to focus on the other girls, restoring a sense of safety and balance back to the home, as well as help the agitated girl.
One night, when giving Kushi a ride home, I asked her what it felt like to come back to Redlight Greenlight.
“When I was staying at Redlight Greenlight, I used to pray that I would get to become a caregiver in the future,”Kushi said. “I am so happy that God has already answered my prayer—even if just for a short time!”
Now 21, Kushi is completing her high school graduation through distance learning and has been receiving training and counseling at Beauty For Ashes, another SIM aftercare home for young adults.
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