Raising up the broken to life

2dQ1ISRThe following story explains so poignantly why The Freedom Challenge exists. It’s a story of hopelessness, healing and redemption.

Daniela* was desperate. Far from home. Angry with her mother for forcing her to leave. Trapped in a life she could never have imagined, doing things she hated, with men who treated her like trash.

And now, pregnant. She didn’t know how far along she was or whether the baby was healthy. She just knew that somehow she had to get away. But how could she leave when she was locked up most of the day?

Who would rescue her when her own family didn’t know where she was?

A life of resignation
Beth* works as an outreach worker in Central Asia. Along with her team mates she walks the streets of a large town, known for its brothels and its trade in migrant workers and modern-day slaves.

They walk, observe and pray. Occasionally they glimpse the women they are trying to help; through windows, or a barely open door, they witness lives of resignation, despair and oppression.

One day, Beth and a few others carried flowers and cards with the team’s contact details on, hoping to give them to the women that they care so much about.

Not forgotten
Amazingly, there were able to enter a notoriously secure brothel. They handed out their gifts to some of the young girls; a sign that they are not forgotten and that they are seen by Someone who loves them deeply.

A few days later the team received a call. It was Daniela. She had been given the card by one of the other girls. She was scared but determined to at least try and get help for her and the baby.

The outreach team acted quickly and were able to move her to one of their shelters. A few months later she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. Now, she is in a safe house far away from the town where she experienced so much torment.

Rescued and restored
But that is not where the story ends. God did not only rescue her, he restored her.

During her time at the shelter, the team there prayed for Daniela and taught her about Jesus’ love. Though she was very angry with her mother, they prayed that she might be able to forgive her.

Recently, miraculously, Daniela met with her mom. They talked and shared and forgave. Together they are planning to attend a local church. And her mom is going to start renting a flat to support Daniela and her son.

What a transformation! And what an encouragement to that team of faithful outreach workers who experienced God breaking through in a seemingly hopeless situation.

God really does hear the cry of the broken and powerless.

Join a challenge at www.thefreedomchallenge.com and help restore many more women’s lives!

*Names have been changed

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“God is good and he provides for me”

OM Costa Rica - Pearl Process Coni Working copyIn Costa Rica it can rain for up to eight months of the year. For Coni and her family, living in one of the most impoverished slums in the country, this meant they had to put up with a constant drip, drip, drip in their one-room shack.

And what was even more distressing for Coni, was seeing her children covered in bite marks. At night, rats would crawl in and nibble on the hands or feet of her sleeping children.

But thanks to OM’s Pearl Project, Coni’s life is beginning to change and dignity is being restored.

This week Tina Yeager, Director of Freedom Challenge USA, has been visiting the Pearl Project with a team of Freedom Challenge supporters.

She has met many women like Coni who are, for the first time, experiencing hope for the future and freedom from their often oppressive circumstances.

On a practical level, the Pearl Process teaches vulnerable women to make sandals and create mosaics, skills they can use to provide a regular income for their family. This ability to make a living enabled Coni to move out of the city slum and into a safer area, into a house with a solid roof and access to a good school for her children.

But that is not all that the Pearl Process offers. Most of the women who go through the project have experienced physical or emotional abuse. The staff at the Pearl Process offer these women love and acceptance – something they may never have known before.

Alongside the skills training, the women enjoy Bible studies. Many have become Christians.

“I’m actually starting to believe that God is good and that he does provide for me and that he does love me and my children,” announced Coni one day to Julie Paniagua, the Pearl Process team leader.

Coni is so thankful that her life has been completely transformed.

That is what Freedom Challenge is all about. We long to see many more women released from oppression and modern-day slavery. We support OM projects that bring transformation to women and children in the most-at risk communities.

Please continue to pray for Tina, the Freedom Challenge volunteers and women like Coni who are so precious to God.

Visit next week for a lovely photo essay and stories from Tina’s trip!

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Freedom Climb 7 Summits – Lives Transformed

Four days, 70 women, seven 14,000 foot summits in Colorado,   What a combination! And lives were transformed in ways we never imagined!  At this point in the journey all we can do is stand in awe of all our Lord did for us, through us, and with us!  Hearts were broken and raw, tears streamed as struggles were faced, relationships were built, ……..and God was right there in all of it.  Amazing doesn’t even come close to describing the joyful exhilaration we are feeling.  

As the ladies head back home to their “normal”, nothing will be the same as it was when they left for Colorado.  They “went up the mountain one way, and came down the mountain another”. For them, the next step is to determine what they are going to do with what they’ve experienced, learned, and endured.  Not an easy task!  

The problem continues, but we are standing in hope as the women are mobilized to be the voice for the voiceless!  Freedom Climb: 7 Summits Colorado has finished, but the work goes on.  Join us as we move forward!  It’s never too late to be a solution to the global stain of human oppression, exploitation, and trafficking.

https:// www.thefreedomclimb.net/events/freedom-climb-2014

The 2014 Freedom Climb 7 Summits Team

The 2014 Freedom Climb 7 Summits Team

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Help End Modern Day Slavery!

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Help End Modern Day Slavery!

There are an estimated 27-30 million slaves in the world today. Will you join us and be a voice for the voiceless? You do not have to climb to be a voice. Help us raise awareness and funds to support OM projects that address modern day slavery, oppression and exploitation of children and women around the world. Go to http://www.thefreedomclimb.net/events to join us as a climber or a virtual climber. Help give Hope and True Freedom!

Welcome to The Freedom Climb Blog!

What is THE FREEDOM CLIMB? The Freedom Climb is an event where women from across the globe will begin their ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro beginning January 11, 2012 (National Human Trafficking Awareness Day) for the purpose of bringing awareness to the atrocities against women and children, and generating much needed resources to those who are oppressed, enslaved, exploited and trafficked. The Freedom Climb goal for 2012 is to provide opportunities for freedom and hope to 10,000 women and children through projects that break the cycles of poverty, shame, slavery, and despair. The Freedom Climb will raise finances for a variety of projects that help women: micro-loans that empower women to start a business and care for their children, skills training, education for their children, providing rescue and safe haven from exploitation, to list a few.

Why Mt. Kilimanjaro? Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is symbolic of the huge climb to freedom these women and children have to face every day of their lives. Believers are compelled by the love God has for his children to “speak up for those who have no voice” and “see that they get justice” and the human decencies they deserve (Proverbs 31:8-9 NLT).

The uniqueness of a group of women from a variety of cultures climbing Kilimanjaro has already attracted interest from media to tell this story, and in doing so, will bring a spotlight to the cry for freedom for women and children. This blog will document the climb each day, escalating the voice of advocacy on behalf of women’s freedom issues.