Trafficking of young women and girls is a worldwide crime of astonishing proportions. They are trafficked in many different ways. They are deceived, kidnapped and even sold by relatives, but poverty is the underlying factor. Girls who have no other way to survive are often lured into sexual slavery with no other options and no way out.
Our Mongolian partners, Khentii and Belgee (right), and their team reach out to these young women on the streets of the capital city and offer them a way out. It is a long and difficult process to gain their trust when they have never before had anyone in their lives they could trust.
Changing their lives is not easy. Many of the women have children and need an income to begin a new life. Our partners developed a jewelry project several years ago and asked Eternal Threads to help them with a market.
I was able to visit this amazing project last year to meet the team and the young women in the program as well as the day care center they had recently opened for the women’s children.
Watch this video of a young women making Break the Chains bracelets. One of the rescued women created the design for this bracelet as a symbol of her freedom.
Click here to see the beautiful jewelry that the women make. Please remember them in your prayers.
“Young girls do not dream about entering prostitution. It usually happens out of desperation, abuse or force.”
Here are the stories of how 3 womens’ lives were significantly changed through working at The Stream in Mongolia.
“I have been working here for almost 11 months. I have not become rich but I have learned many things. I really like this work, it is very interesting. If I worked at a restaurant, it would only be a job. But here, I really appreciate the people I work with. Now I have good relationships. In the mornings, we share with each other. Since working at Streams, my heart has changed. I have peace. I have become active in a church. All of my children and family except a brother and my mother have become believers. This is a very pleasant place.”
“My character has changed so much since my old life. I used to be very loud and aggressive with a hard heart and character. Even my voice used to be like a man. It has been almost 3 years since I first came to Streams. I have been working with jewelry for a year and 5 months. At first I got no money but I enjoyed being here. I can now make things with my hands. I am so thankful to be here. My life has changed. I really have peace and satisfaction in this work. When I am here, I am fed spiritually. We study God’s word. Now my son and I are both Christian and we pray and talk about the Bible together.”
“My heart has changed. I am happy now. I am so glad. I am now with nice people and have healthy relationships. We can share with each other and counsel each other. I have done many wrong things, but I have received forgiveness. I want to learn and grow. I want to learn this job and work here. I don’t go out on the streets any more and I don’t want to. This organization has done so much for me. They have given me whatever I needed. They are loving me. Their love is changing me. I like to make jewelry. Every woman likes jewelry. It is nice work. When I work here, my heart is at peace. I am so glad, I’m so glad to be here. I am always happy.”
Over 15 women gathered with their children to celebrate Children’s Day in Mongolia. Here is the testimony of their experience:
“One month ago was Children’s Day here in Mongolia. We had about 15 Ladies and their kids come to the café that we rented for a day of celebration and fun. It was a fun time of relationship building and sharing. Pray as we continue the long process of building trusting relationships with the Ladies. We now have 4-5 ladies coming every day for devotions, jewelry training and a weekly Celebrate Recovery meeting. All of these women have left their former way of life and now come regularly to our church. They are growing but also have their struggles, so please pray for us and them as we serve them and guide them in the ways of the Lord. The jewelry business is just starting to get going to the point that we can pay some of the women. Please pray that it will grow so that we can pay two or three women a living wage every month.”
Shop for Mongolian jewelry at Eternal Threads, here.