"Eled has been with our SAFE Campaign for three years. When I met her, she was one of the tens of thousands of girls forced to sell their bodies to survive from one day to the next. What she endured during her life in the red light district was inhumane and beyond my ability to describe.

The night we met Eled, I told her that God had a better plan for her life. After we talked for a while, I asked her if she would like to leave the red light distinct; she instantly replied yes. Unbelievably, there are girls we talk with who are not willing to leave that life, primarily due to an overwhelming fear of their pimps.

Eled was unlike many of the girls we see in the red light district. She did not have a room in which she could work and live. Thousands of girls are forced to life in tiny 6’ x 8’ rooms made from rusted, corrugated sheet of metal. Eled was forced to sell herself amid the reeking raw sewage of the back alleys and the dark doorways trying to earn enough to buy her next meal.

She came with us that night, leaving the red light district forever! With all of her worldly possessions packed into one small plastic bag, Eled joined ICA’ SAFE home to start anew.

Eled was unique; she had graduated from the 12th grade and could speak a little bit of English. I asked, “Eled, do you have a dream?” She replied, “Yes, I do have a dream; someday I am going to become a nurse so I can help people!”

On August 23, 2010, Eled’s dream came true; she graduated from nursing college. In three short years, she went from being a hopeless victim of sexual slavery to having a career as a nurse. For me, it was a dream come true to see one of my daughters realize her dream.

-Pat Bradley from International Crisis Aid.

 "O LORD my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me." - Psalms 30:2

"He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds." - Psalms 147:3

"Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard." - Isaiah 58:8


Monica said...

Brought tears to my eyes..and gave me chills. Praise God!

elizabeth said...

Praise God that she is out of that situation!! Great post!

Jordan said...

wow! that's amazing! thank God!! thank you for sharing this!

Thegeekofwildwood said...

Wonder it the earth is going to end on may 21.