Written by Heidi Boyle
Well it’s an exciting time around Findesin (A safe home for girls). We have been anxiously awaiting for a bedroom and bathroom to be remodeled. Now that this project is complete, a few more girls will be rescued from extremely unhealthy situations. Thankfully, they will be able to join the home very soon.
As promised, here are the before and after pictures of the remodel project: A huge thank you to all who contributed to make this possible.
This week the staff is sorting out eight new applications of potential residents. This entire process has been very difficult. The administrator of the home (Mama Ruth) and her team have been repeatedly going to the red light district in Bogota. They have been passing out flyers with information about Findesin to prostitutes who have young daughters between the ages of 10-12. These daughters of prostitutes are also sold for sex as cheap as 5 mil COP, which is the equivalent of a couple US dollars. It is horrific and heart-wrenching to even think about such atrocities, especially when I think of my own children and how I would feel if this was forced upon them.
Some of these mothers have no choice. Some are abused, on drugs, and forced to do unspeakable acts. However, in the midst of the darkness, there is always hope. Findesin is offering these poor mothers trapped in a cycle of pain and abuse a chance to give their daughters a different life. This new and radically different life is filled with true love, freedom, hope, safety, education, and a bright future. Please pray for these young frightened girls and their mothers. Also, be praying for the beautiful girls currently living at Findesin. This is going to be a huge adjustment for all involved. No doubt, frustrations and fights will arise.
When I was young, my siblings and I fought, and believe me there were times when I was furious at one older brother in particular. However, even in my fury I never in my wildest dreams thought of wanting to sell my brother to make a little profit and rid myself of him. Apparently, many others think human trafficking is acceptable.
Joseph, one of the 12 sons of Israel was no exception to being trafficked. Yes, Joseph was foolish and prideful as a young man, but who of us isn’t at times? His brothers, in a fit of jealousy, sold Joseph for 20 pieces of silver to a few Ishmaelites headed to Egypt. Once in Egypt, he was sold again to a man named Potipher, an officer of Pharoah, the King of Egypt.
While in Egypt, Joseph was forgotten, betrayed, lied to, accused of attempted rape, and left to rot in prison. But God was with him and always showed him his faithful love. Soon, Joseph won the favor of the prison warden and God gave Joseph the ability to interpret dreams. When Pharoah had a disturbing dream that needed to be interpreted, God had a plan to use Joseph. At once, Joseph was taken from prison and when the dream was interpreted correctly by Joseph, Pharoah made him second in command in all of Egypt. Only Pharoah himself ranked higher than Joseph.
The dream Pharoah had was about a severe world-wide famine coming soon. As a result, Pharoah and Joseph prepared wisely. Meanwhile, Joseph’s father Jacob, who was made to believe that his poor son Joseph was dead, heard about the grain available in Egypt. So Jacob sent his remaining sons to go get some grain before they all died of starvation.
Long story short, Joseph was reunited with his brothers. He saved them, forgave them, blessed them all and told them, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Ex. 50:20
Only God knows the plans He has for you as well as the plans for these girls being rescued, and for your own loved ones. But this I know: What the enemy intends for evil, God intends for good to accomplish far more than we could ever imagine. So today, if you’re feeling forgotten, betrayed, or alone in a dark pit, remember God sees. God knows your pain. God will never leave you. God will comfort you. God has great plans to prosper you and not to harm you. He has plans to give you hope and a future. In your deepest pit, trust Him.
Let His light invade the darkness!