We were by Adreinne's side in September when she gave birth to a healthy baby boy that was adopted by a family in New York. We continue to support her as she bounces back from adversity with a smile and a sweet spirit. We've already seen how God has begun to heal her heart, and we are blessed to have the opportunity to meet her needs however we can.
On a recent Saturday afternoon, our friend began the process of giving back when she was asked to speak at a girl’s youth conference. A couple of us had the privilege of going on this journey with her, but we were not expecting the afternoon we experienced. We were more than nervous for our friend as we anticipated her pain of having to share her story multiple times that day. We wanted to protect her, but she was calm and eager to share.
As she began to honestly share her story, the feeling in the room was palpable. There was a stillness that was only broken by periodic heartbreaking gasps as the reality of our friend’s life began to settle across the listeners. Her message was direct: no one is immune, and anyone can be coerced into trafficking. She broke across the generational and socio-economic lines that divided her and the audience and without hesitation pointed to a beautiful young girl in the second row. She told her, “You are beautiful, and I could make a phone call right now and get $1000 for you.” The girls all shifted uncomfortably, but the point was clear, our girls are at risk and the enemy is smart.
That bold act began a dialogue between these precious girls and our friend that was real and candid. They didn’t temper their questions, and our friend answered with honesty, even when her answer cast an unfavorable light on her. She felt the message to keep these girls safe was worth the cost of her pride.
Then she was asked, “Why won’t you go back? What is different this time?”
Without hesitation our beautiful friend said, “JESUS!”
This time she is walking in freedom with Jesus. She shared her daily struggles and admitted that it was difficult, but gave glory and praise to the only one who can provide ultimate healing for her.
A young girl raised her hand and asked if she could give our friend a gift. Shocked, she put her hand to her chest and asked, “Me?”
The young girl stood and began singing in the most beautiful clear voice, “Create a clean heart in me.” There were tears flowing freely, and hands lifted in praise to the Creator of clean hearts as the Holy Spirit engulfed the room! When she finished her song, she ran to our friend and wrapped her arms around her. The entire room came to embrace our brave friend who put it all on the line for these girls.
One girl told our friend that her father sold her when she was young. Some of the adults found courage to talk about being victimized as children. The healing was continuing. The second meeting was just as powerful as the first, and our friend felt energized and ready to do more. God used her in a mighty way, and unless I miss my guess, we all should hang on and watch what God does with this one! This is going to be spectacular!
Lina (name changed for her protection) is an immigrant from Russia who was living in slavery. Your support helped Lina move from a dangerous situation to safety - with HOPE for a better future.