Bringing Hope
& Healing

Help launch a residential care home for victims of human trafficking

The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captive, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion - to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified." — Isaiah 61:1-3

This year’s One Great Hour of Sharing offering will help launch a residential care home for victims of human trafficking in Spain, one of Europe’s most organized and lucrative businesses, generating billions of dollars annually. John & Deanna, long-time mission partners, are overseeing this vital project. For security purposes, their last names and agency affiliations have been withheld.

The International Labor Organization (the United Nations agency that oversees global labor issues) estimates that 21 million people are victims of human trafficking worldwide, with a premium price tag of $150 billion USD per year. Due to its proximity to North Africa and Eastern Europe, increased numbers of newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers are vulnerable to trafficking. In addition, Spanish law neither permits nor prohibits prostitution, making it easier to exploit foreign victims in large numbers. Unfortunately, sexual exploitation is the chief cause of human trafficking.

However, there is hope amid this horrendous injustice that permeates our world.

John & Deanna and their team of nationals are launching a residential care home by the end of this year that will provide a safe shelter for women seeking refuge and a new life. Health and trauma services, education and job training, and small group bible studies will help survivors of human trafficking enter a new chapter in life, marked by the love and grace of Jesus Christ.

Why Spain?

Trafficking in Spain mostly takes the form of sexual exploitation, though labor exploitation is also an issue.

In 2019, it was reported that there are around 300,000 people working in Spain’s sex industry.

Around 90% of those in prostitution are thought to be controlled by criminal groups.


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