Trafficked Girls

Incarcerated Girls

Is the word “incarcerated girls” hard words for you to hear? If not, how does the word trafficked girls affect you?

As I sat and listened to two victims share their stories. I couldn’t help but, ask each of them, what words do you girls need to hear from us when we come in and visit?

Questions you may want to ask the incarcerated

  1. What gets you caught up illegal matters?
  2. How many times have you been locked up?
  3. What is your family life-like?
Are the words "incarcerated teens" hard words for you to hear? How about spiritual warfare are those hard words to hear?
Trafficked Children Photo by Markus Spiske on Pexels.com

Passing Out Flowers To The Girls

There were several weekends we walked the streets of Sacramento passing out flowers to the trafficked girls.

We love seeing the trafficked girls eyes light up when they see a bunch of flowers coming towards them. It’s like bringing color into their lives.

These precious children (victims) are in fear of asking for any kind of help, especially when their trafficker is nearby.

It’s a blessing to serve God this way.

A Smile

Do you know what it feels like to bring a smile to the hurting? Especially, when the girls don’t have to perform an act for another.

It’s amazing to see how a simple and an unplanned event can make all the difference in the world.

All these trafficked girls know is to get something you must do something.

Gods unconditional love shows up when they are least expecting it.

Although this is a time of pain, there is so much joy and hope for these girls who are being trafficked.

What Is Spiritual Warefare Exactly?

Our night started with a goal to hand out flowers to the girls walking the streets, we made signs to hold in our hands, we played music and asked the bypasses if they needed prayer. During this time I recognized three men that we had fed on the streets many times.

As the time approached 10:00 p.m. a security officer asked us to leave because it was unsafe for us to be out there.

So we gathered up our stuff and headed to the hamburger joint nearby. We invited one of our homeless friends we saw on the street to dine with us.

While we socialized a homeless couple came into the hamburger joint, they joined us. As we conversed they shared their faith with us. They said they lost everything and fell under undo hardship and got wrapped up in using drugs.

When One Business Closes Another Business Opens Within Minutes

Fast Food Restaurant Closed and The Trafficking Drive Thru Opened

The restaurant was set to close, your asked to leave, you head out, the lights dim. You pray with the homeless, you walk to your vehicle. A few cars pull up and park, it’s now a drive up for ordering girls. A dark haired girl walks towards the vehicle, wearing tight black pants, drugged out beyond all means. You ask her from a short distance if she needs prayer. She walks past without making eye contact with you, fighting back the tears, she proceeds to the vehicle, converses with the man in the drivers seat and you wonder how did this all come to be?

The enemy tends to seek you out when he knows there will be a significant impact for the Kingdom of God.

Parents Using Their Children

I met a young man who shared how his parents were using their children for their gain. He shared with me things that others struggle with in confessing and sharing openly with others. Openly he showed me the areas he shoots up heroin. He also shared that his parents got him started and that he is their drug dealer.

This young man knows right from wrong. He loves his daughter so much that he visits her daily. He refuses to live with the mom and daughter because of his addictions and his drug dealings.

The Knife

Attempted Robbery

Knife Photo by RODNAE Productions on Pexels.com

When the attempted robber finally retrieved the knife from me the robber swung me around to not face him and he put the knife to my throat.

The robber walked me back to the area where he was hiding out at. As, he forced me to move ahead of him I was thinking about what he may be planning on doing next. I had to think rather quickly about what was in that area of the bakery that I could use to protect my self. 

The robber walked me to the far back corner of the bakery where the office and the bathroom was located. We didn’t have anything in that area when it came to chemicals, cleaning supplies; brooms, tools, etc. We didn’t even have a lock on the bathroom door. I didn’t know what he planned on doing with me or to me.

The robber ended up taking me into the bathroom. He then told me to sit down on the toilet. Then, he told me to not come out. The light remained on in the bathroom including the loud exhaust fan. I could hear the robber rustling through our baking ingredient bins.

As I sat on the toilet waiting for what may be next. I had a thought, oh NO I gave him my purse and my grandma’s wedding ring was in there.

Shortly after I faintly heard the phone ring. The noise of the robber had stopped and I waited for a few more minutes to make sure there was silence over the loud exhaust fan.

Awaiting The Unknown

I thought to myself, I am leaving this bathroom now! So, I opened the door not knowing what was going to happen next.

Just outside the bathroom door was the knife laying on the ground. I sensed that the coast was clear because the weapon was on the ground.

I ran out the office area to the back of the bakery and closed the back door. I then ran through the bakery looking to see if he was lurking somewhere. I then ran to the front of the bakery and grabbed the phone and called 9-1-1.

As, I was speaking to 911, I heard a gun fire. Shortly after the local grocery store employee came down to check on us at the bakery because, of the police activity and knowing that we were the only business operating at this time of the night early morning.

The police came and took a report and fingerprints.

For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for your enemies to give you victory. Deuteronomy 20:4

Wrestling With Your Past?

When it comes to wrestling with your past, is it about learning how to forget what happened? If that is the case this will mean you will no longer allow the past to affect you moving forward.

Where are you able to find joy in your life regardless of your past?

  • Self-Worth – Are you confident in your worth or your abilities?
  • Spiritual Life – What are your abilities in order to serve others?
  • Morals – Were you raised in a family that taught you about morals; a lesson, especially one concerning what is right or prudent, that can be derived from a story, a piece of information, or an experience?
  • New Creation – Have you accepted Christ into your life?
  • Achievements – What ways are you able to find and build upon your achievements?
  • Volunteer – Have you considered volunteering in an area you are passionate about?

Your Past

Sometimes we look to our past successes as a source of happiness and a way to feel good about ourselves.  When we should be thankful for how our Lord has helped each of us.

Eventually, we will begin to experience joy.

Pain

Have You Forgiven Your Offender?

Hurt Hurts

It is impossible to go through life without being hurt. Our hurt may happen because of the choice we have made to do something we shouldn’t be doing. We may even get involved with someone who may hurt us because of their poor choices or their own upbringing.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Pain

Sometimes the pain we feel from the past can linger into the present, affecting the way we feel about ourselves, others and the Lord.

The Lord appeared to us in the past saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

Sometimes it seems like we will never live down the mistakes of our past.  Our sins seem too large, or we may even think we have exhausted God’s forgiveness.  

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Because of our past, we see ourselves as failures and unworthy of grace.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely, he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Good News Regarding Your Past

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God to comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve in Zion to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.

Juvenile Hall Mentoring

Sacramento Juvenile Hall

The day The Bakers Daughter went into mentor at the Sacramento Juvenile Hall was on a Saturday, it was our normal day to mentor but, it was not any ordinary day.

Prior to going into the juvenile hall, The Bakers Daughter received a phone call. The program coordinator asked that she get the girls set-up and that she should share her testimony.

The Bakers Daughter planned on being at the Sacramento Juvenile Hall for only one hour. But, God had bigger plans.

When The Bakers Daughter finally got through all the locked doors and walked the various corridors she finally arrived at the girls’ unit. There ready in attendance were around 15 girls and she only recognized three of the girls from the week prior.

Prayer Request

Who knew a child’s prayer request would mean everything to her on this particular day. This child wanted to meet with The Bakers Daughter in private. This child said, “The Baker Daughter was an answer to her prayers.” This child had only been at the juvenile hall for a couple of days.

This child sought out an officer to request an appointment with The Bakers Daughter. In order to meet one on one this child had to complete an application prior to us meeting up.

An officer asked the rest of the girls if they wanted to complete a mentor application, much to my surprise they all completed the application accept for two of them.

Lunch Break

It was lunch time for the girls. The Bakers Daughter had not planned to stay longer than the 1 hour. Which required that she go and grab lunch and return an hour later.

When The Bakers Daughter returned an hour later, she met up with this child. As we got to know one another the child said, “I am sorry if I get emotional, but I need to share with you what happened to me and why I requested to speak with you.” This child said, “I prayed beforehand and asked God to show me a sign, then, you spoke.” God showed me “you” as I listened to your story.

The child asked if it was okay for her grandma to call me. I responded with well of course she can call me.

Parents Bad Choices

You see…this child’s parents were not allowed to be in her life. The parents had made some pretty bad choices which prevented them from seeing their child.

The grandma had always been part of this child’s life. This child told me that her and her grandma stopped going to church because, her grandma had become ill.

This child got caught up with a boy, the girl shared that this boy believes in God too. The boy was being held responsible for obtaining money doing illegal things. He too shared with me in a different setting that it is all because of his home life. This boy is going to be a father to this little child’s baby.

God shows up more after our private conversation. As I was requesting to meet with the father of the unborn baby. The child went back to wait for an officer to pat her down. Prior to the child going back into general population a volunteer came in that this child happened to know. This volunteer was the principle at her school, so they chatted for a couple of minutes.

Followed Through

The child followed through on her word. It was about three days later that The Baker Daughter received a phone call from the child’s grandma. The grandma and I spoke for some time. The grandma said, she knows her granddaughter will be released and her and her granddaughter will be going back to church.

I explained to the grandma that when she gets out I can mentor her further but, only with her approval. Lets just say she was ecstatic and said, yes, yes, yes that would be wonderful.

I also advised the grandma about listening to a podcast, sermons on-line, if she is unable to attend church. She said, I will but, we are finding a way to get back to church. The grandma said, “because she needs to be back in and at the bible studies. She also said, I know my granddaughter has learned her lesson.