Monday, November 15, 2010

Bringing Hope and Healing to Domestic Sex Trafficking Victims

2009 Mercy Ministries graduate, Christine, was interviewed for an article in Sunday’s Tennessean on the shocking issue of sex trafficking in the United States. While many believe that sex trafficking only happens in other parts of the world, over 350,000 cases are reported in the U.S. each year. But there is hope for these hurting young victims and Christine is proof that with the love of Christ, there can be freedom.

Christine was adopted and throughout her childhood and teenage years, she was sexually abused and sold to others for sex by a family member. This betrayal left her scared, ashamed, and in a constant search for control. Her drive for perfection led to over-exercise, food restriction, and self-punishment by cutting. After graduating from high school, she spiraled into a deep depression and became suicidal. For the next 11 years, Christine found herself in and out of counseling and treatment centers. She eventually married and had children but her self-destructive behaviors only got worse. Christine heard about Mercy Ministries at a Leadership Team Development Conference and decided to apply.

While at Mercy, Christine experienced life changing transformation through the unconditional love of Christ and her relationships with her husband and kids changed dramatically. Christine now home schools her three children and is finishing a bachelor’s degree in Christian ministry. She is very involved in her church, singing in the worship choir and leading worship for kids on Sunday mornings with her husband. Here’s what Christine had to say about her life after Mercy:

I'm still learning and growing. We are watching God repair what the enemy was trying to destroy in our family. I've made so many fantastic memories with my kids this past year! Life is so much more than I ever knew it could be, and I'm truly grateful. I can go forward in victory now, because I know who I am, and, most importantly, whose I am.

Christine is just one example of how Mercy Ministries is helping victims of sex trafficking in the U.S. This is a growing problem in our country and Mercy Ministries Founder and President, Nancy Alcorn, is answering the call to become more involved with this issue. For more of Christine’s story and the issue of sex trafficking in the U.S. see the “Top Story” (left) from Sunday’s article in The Tennessean.