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Teens send out S.O.S. on human trafficking
Laura Moore, BR Editorial Aide
May 25, 2011

Teens send out S.O.S. on human trafficking

Teens send out S.O.S. on human trafficking
Laura Moore, BR Editorial Aide
May 25, 2011

Today somewhere near you is a girl that feels alone and sees

no hope. She is being used to provide income in a brothel.

She sees no way out. She might even have children. She sees

no way out for them either.

“Through S.O.S., I have learned so many things about God. He

has taught me what faithfulness is,” said Morgan Barney about Save Our Sisters

(S.O.S.), the ministry that she and her friends started July 14, 2010.

Four high school freshman girls, including Barney, from

Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, sat down together and prayed July 4,

2010, for women across the world trapped in the sex slave trade.

Before they

knew it, they were planning and shaping a vision for Save Our Sisters. Through

this ministry, they raise money for Project Rescue (www.projectrescue.com), an

operation that runs safe homes for girls being rescued from sex slavery.

Save Our Sisters strives to support the effort of freeing

girls in the sex slave trade and bringing them into safe environments where

they can heal and learn about Christ. When forming the ministry, the girls

chose Project Rescue to be their focus because “they are unapologetically

founded on Jesus Christ,” Barney said. Both Project Rescue and the S.O.S. girls

agree that the only true rescue these girls can have is through Christ.

Currently, Project Rescue has 11 homes in India, Nepal and

Moldova with plans for homes in other countries as well. These safe havens and

places of healing and teaching are called Homes of Hope.

BR photo Dianna L. Cagle

Amy Burke, left, and other young ladies from S.O.S. work at their display table during the North Carolina Baptist Men’s annual meeting April 2. The girls led breakout sessions at the youth conference as well as participated as an exhibitor at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. See photo gallery.

One of the S.O.S. girls, Amy Burke, was able to recently

visit a Project Rescue home in Delhi, India. Many of the girls in this home are

actually daughters of sex workers, and their mothers do not want them to have

the same fate they have had. Without a Home of Hope to turn to, these children

would have no option but to continue living in the brothels and eventually

become part of the prostitution. In the Homes of Hope more than 1,000 young

women have found freedom and a new meaning in life.

So far, the ladies have raised around $25,000, most of which

has been sent straight to the field through Project Rescue. A huge part of

S.O.S.’s mission in the last couple of months has been highlighting the Delhi

Home of Hope, which is older and outdated and needs to be rebuilt. They want to

raise $90,000 toward rebuilding this home. They are beginning to set aside

funds toward this effort as well.

Barney said, “It’s been amazing to see the positive

response. So many have wanted to help and be involved.” In just under a year,

S.O.S. has grown to include nine girls on their leadership team ranging from

7th through 9th grade with many others that support and contribute to the

effort.

Julie Barney, mother of Morgan and McCall on the leadership

team, talks with excitement about all that her daughters are accomplishing: “I

feel like I’m getting to be involved in ministry right along with my children,

and only our God would do that.”

Through their efforts, the girls have managed to hold a

fund-raising event for each season of the year with their spring event May 14,

a barbeque in Advance. Many supporters came to join in fellowship, music and

dancing, henna tattoos and eating while all of the proceeds went to S.O.S.’s

mission.

Reflecting on the bondage and utter darkness that sex slaves

are in, supporters put together a sanctuary project by bringing personal

pictures that they posted to a collective display. “These girls have no

sanctuary,” Morgan Barney stated as she talked about how she wanted people to

contribute photos of their own sanctuaries and safe havens: places that they

spend time with God.

As S.O.S finds more ways to raise support for girls in

slavery, they are advocating for those that have no voice. As they embrace

Isaiah 61:1-3, the Lord has given them a passion to serve girls often around

the same age as them, but who were never given the choice to fight for their

sexual purity.

The U.S. Department of Justice reports that the average age

for trafficked victims is 11-14. A 2004 study by United Nations International

Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has shown that 30 million children have lost

their childhood through sexual exploitation over the past 30 years.

Not only do the S.O.S. girls strive to be examples for

Christ with their own standards of purity, but they are fighting for the purity

of others.

S.O.S. is building these young women up in their faith,

teaching them how to trust God as well as stretching them to handle tough

challenges. One of the leaders, Brianna Weir, said, “We continually are

trusting in Him for our strength and courage even when things don’t go as we

had planned.”

“We want to encourage youth to be serving in things that

they are passionate about — to respond to God’s call,” Morgan Barney said in

response to being asked about S.O.S.’s local goal.

Visit www.saveoursisterstoday.com for more information about

S.O.S. and to donate to their cause.