From Broken to Butterfly

Written by on March 20, 2012 in Freedom, God's Love, Healing, Missions, Redemption - No comments
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Editor’s Note: Freedom House is a home for survivors of slavery and human trafficking in the Bay Area. The
first shelter of its kind in Northern California, they provide long-term aftercare for adult female
survivors of sex or labor trafficking. Their mission is to provide survivors with the care and
services they need to rebuild their lives. For more information, see www.freedomhousesfbay.org.

As a faith-based organization, Freedom House’s hope is that the residents of Freedom House will come to
know Jesus Christ. Having suffered from severe trauma, these women need a lot of spiritual care to have their human dignity restored. They offer weekly Bible study and fellowship nights, and the staff regularly prays for and with the residents. The greatest example of Christ’s love comes through the love and support of the staff and volunteers. Praise God, several women have accepted Christ during their stay at the home. It’s a blessing to see these women come out of their pain and darkness into a place hope and faith.

WitnessSF is honored and blessed to have featured stories from non-profits in the San Francisco Bay Area, doing amazing work. We first featured Freedom House with a story from a survivor, “Living in Freedom.”

I hope this story blesses you and moves you to be blessing in your local community. – Jeannie

 
Lana (not real name), a survivor of sex trafficking who recently graduated from the Freedom House program, shares her story of transformation and redemption.
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No words can ever describe Freedom House. When you leave the world we come from you feel robbed of all that you are. Because of Freedom House I now know the true meaning of compassion, kindness, friendship, and trust. I have never felt wanted or like I belonged anywhere in this world, but as I write this I can say I have found a home and a family I know I will always have. I have found love from so many amazing women, from staff, volunteers, and my fellow sisters living in this house.

When I arrived at Freedom House my case manager gave me strength in my heart, mind, and soul once again. I owe so much to her and am grateful for the kindness she showed me. Without her I don’t think I could have accomplished what I have.

I am so grateful for all of the staff. They have done so much for me, for no other reason than it is the right and kind thing to do. I will always keep the wonderful memories I have shared with the staff close to my heart. I have kept them all up until the sun rises, talking, laughing, and joking.

Freedom House is a place I thought no longer existed in this world. When I was forced to become a prostitute I saw the ugly my family warned me of, and I believed that the world no longer possessed good. This home that the staff has worked so hard to create is a place for women like me to feel safe and see what beauty God has to give. My only wish for Freedom House is that it expands around the world to help so many more people that are in need of the love that is created in this house.

I have learned so much living here. I have learned how to empower myself, to stand tall and strong for myself. How to live with such vast variety of cultures. How to live with people full of imperfections and encourage my fellow sisters to thrive for strength and happiness. I have even learned to speak words from other languages and customs from other cultures.

I came to this house scared, broken down, and discouraged. I leave this house, and the only fear I possess is I will not have the women of Freedom House in my daily interactions. I leave with the fire in my heart to do all that I dream of. I leave a stronger woman then I ever was or ever hoped to be. I will never have a home like this one, and I will always miss my one true home.

God bless Freedom House and all the people that work so hard for us. I wish nothing but blessings for my sisters and my future sisters of Freedom House. I pray that God give his kindness to the Angels he has sent to Freedom House to help us. They are all Angels. I love you all, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Always,
A Fellow Free Butterfly

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Freedom House invites you to the 3rd Annual Freedom House Gala! Join us for a lively night
of celebration and coming together in the fight against modern day slavery. Get your tickets at
www.freedomhouse2012.eventbrite.com.

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About the Author

Jeannie is a lover of Jesus, writing, and San Francisco. She is passionate about helping people be curious about their lives, surroundings and purpose, and then helping them write about it! You can follow her blog "Ephemera for Eternity" at http://etudie.tumblr.com.