Mastering Life Ministries' Pure Passion Award this year goes to
an organization that combats international trafficking.
The award, which comes with a cash prize of $10,000, was given
International Missions. Bridgette Brewster is a spokesperson
for Agape, which works to get girls and women out of trafficking in
Third World countries. She tells OneNewsNow the cash prize will be
"[It will be used] to take care of the girls, to get them
healthy and feed them and educate them," she shares. "And we follow
up with them also, once they're reintegrated. So, as we get girls
coming through our program, there's that many that we continue to
follow as they go out into society as productive members of
Agape works primarily in Cambodia, where Brewster says children
are often sold by impoverished parents or conned by men who
promise parents that their children will receive a good
education and a job. But instead, they are sent to brothels.
Some are rescued by police, but the Agape spokesperson laments that
does not mean much because of corruption. So, there is a
great need for the organization's efforts.
"A lot of our rescues in the past couple of years have just come
from our own staff building relationships with the people in the
community and finding out where the girls are and rescuing them
that way," Brewster reports.
As part of the process of rehabilitation, the girls are taught
the love of Christ and immersed in scripture. The Agape facility in
one village is located in a building that used to be a brothel.