Girls find Christ, freedom from slavery

Saturday, February 2, 2013
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Despite international prohibitions, slavery is very much alive today. Free for Life International estimates that 27 million people this year are being sold into slavery for labor or for prostitution.

Free for Life International primarily rescues women and children who are being trafficked, and it provides food, shelter and clothing, as well as training for a trade and an introduction to Christ.

Spokesperson Colette Bercu tells the story of "Dede," a girl who was rescued and went through the program.

Bercu, Colette (Free for Life International)"She came to accept Christ," Bercu recalls. "She went back to her village (in Burma), and we sponsored her to be able to teach a sewing class because she learned sewing as a trade at the shelter. She taught 30 girls how to sew, and she led 25 of those girls to Christ."

That is just one of many successful rescue stories in which an individual converted to Christianity and found Jesus to be her one true hope.

Bercu tells OneNewsNow that Free for Life International operates on donations, and it only costs about $300 to rescue a girl.

"You can be the hands and feet of Christ with them for six months, a year, two years, so that they can experience what Christ is really like in a person's life," she says. "And I'm telling you, these kids end up being unbelievable evangelists."

But Bercu laments that trafficking has reached and continues at epidemic proportions.

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