Engedi Celebrates six years

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Engedi Gala Celebrates Six Years of Successful Ministry

"Healing the past, Redeeming the present, Changing the future"

Hundreds of Whatcom County residents gathered at the Four Points by Sheraton last night to support Engedi Refuge Ministries and celebrate their six years of ministry.  

If you aren't familiar with Engedi Refuge Ministries, they are a local Christian ministry providing help for sex-trafficking victims.  "Their mission is "...to offer restoration and hope for women who have survived sexual exploitation and trafficking.  They utilize both safe housing and a comprehensive, three phase program to promote healing and personal empowerment."

Last night's audience was treated to a celebratory gala, complete with  fantastic food (did I mention the to-die-for flourless chocolate torte?),  a beautiful dance performance, and guest speaker Luanne Van Werven.  And then we heard from former Engedi client Staysha  -- her story of redemption and how the unconditional love at Engedi helped her change her course and her future.  

I had met Staysha before.  She's a smart, fiesty, highly-capable young woman.  After the gala ended, I was able to hug Staysha and tell her how good it was to see her and hear her story.  She truly is a light shining in the darkness of the world of trafficking.

Last night once again reminded me of God's faithfulness and how he works through people to accomplish his purposes.  Aaron and Lea and the Engedi staff and volunteers are the hands and feet of Jesus.  Day in and day out, they show His love to the residents and that love bears fruit -- resulting in one of the highest success rates in the USA for organizations helping women heal from and avoid future sex trafficking.

It isn't always easy. In fact, there are many challenges.  But again, God is faithful to provide, to sustain, and to encourage.  Last night, the hundreds in attendance showed their support and encouragement through both their presence and their financial support.

Engedi is truly making a difference.  Please continue to pray for the staff, the ladies who have been clients, those who currently are clients and those who will be clients.
SAH

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