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Dear Friend,

I can almost see Siya* as she walks down a dark street in inner-city India. She glances over her shoulder, opens the security gate, and steps inside. She closes the door and locks it. “Mama!” her young son says, greeting her. Siya scoops him up into her arms, turning her back on the dark street on the other side of the door—she’s home.

Siya was once a prisoner of the dark streets. But this new home has liberated her from a life of fear and hopelessness. The Voice of Prophecy sponsors this special rehabilitation home in cooperation with Child Impact International. Together, you and I can protect Siya and her son from returning to a prison of darkness ever again.

Siya grew up in a remote village in Orissa, India. A naturally quiet and observant girl, she enjoyed life in her quiet community surrounded by her family. She would never have left her village if it weren’t for the promise of love. Siya’s friend introduced her to a boy on the other end of her mobile phone. Siya talked to him, and soon he declared his love and promised to marry her.

Siya believed these words and left her family and home. She traveled to the big city where, sadly, many trafficked victims end up. Alone in the bustling metropolis, Siya never met the boy who lured her there—and her dreams quickly vanished. She was in a prison of darkness. Frightened and coerced by her captors, Siya soon realized that she was pregnant. Every day she looked for an opportunity to escape her predicament. Putting herself and her baby’s life at risk, Siya managed to escape.

A police officer found Siya wandering a dark city street—sad, depressed, and alone. He took her to a government-run facility. Siya was safe in this government facility, but she wasn’t free. She sat behind bars with thieves and criminals. She was physically, emotionally, and spiritually in bondage. Government officials looked for a solution for this quiet pregnant girl from Orissa. Thankfully, there was another option for Siya.

Officials reached out to Anita, the founder of the rescue home. Thanks to you, she was able to tell them that, yes, she had a place there for Siya. After the birth of her baby, Siya and her tiny son transferred to the home. Stepping through the security gate and into the brightly decorated rooms, Siya’s observant eyes soaked it all up. The women there embraced her—they understood her predicament and showered her with compassion.

Siya quietly settled into life in the rescue home. She observed the other women taking part in the sewing and baking classes. She talked with the counselors and participated in worship. When her son was old enough, she joined the sewing and baking classes. She learned quickly and fell in love with baking, discovering her creative side in the process! For a year, Siya perfected her baking skills.

Just two short years after escaping her captors, Siya now works as one of the lead bakers at City Baking*, a commercial baking company. She’s a valuable employee who can bake up to 500 muffins in just one day!

This rehabilitation home has transformed Siya and her son’s lives. Earlier this year, she shared her hopes and dreams with Anita. “I want to put my son in a good school, and when he finishes I may go to Orissa to see my family, but for now I am happy here. I never imagined,” Siya continued, “that my life would turn around one day. I was so sad and depressed, but all that has changed now!

As I write, Siya is still baking—but not 500 muffins a day. Like many of our cities here, the city where Siya lives is coping with the pandemic and a recent spike in COVID-19 cases. City Baking is closed and Siya bakes instead for her rescue home family. She’s eager to get back to commercial baking, but for now she is grateful. Grateful that in the middle of a global pandemic, she isn’t trapped in the prison of the dark streets. She and her son have a home and a family. Siya, at last, is truly free.

Our rescue home is a refuge of freedom for women rescued from human trafficking. Government officials recognize the vital work that Anita and her team are doing—sadly, there is a continual stream of rescued girls and women like Siya who need our help.

Jean and I are personally committed to providing the ongoing support that Anita needs to keep the rescue home open for Siya, her son, and other rescued women. Will you partner with us to keep providing the freedom that this home provides? In the midst of this global pandemic, I’m grateful that Siya and her son are free from the prison of the dark city streets and safe with their family at our rescue home. Let’s keep it that way.

Your brother in Christ,

Shawn Boonstra
Speaker/Director, Voice of Prophecy

 

* name has been changed to protect privacy

 

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