Break the Chains and Stop the Pain
Break the Chains and Stop the Pain has provided grant funding for organizations addressing the oppression of women and girls worldwide. The Break the Chains and Stop the Pain project will end in 2013 with a final granting cycle. Fundraising ceases on April 30, 2013.
AB Women’s Ministries created the “Women and Girls Mission Fund”—a permanent fund specifically created to support ministry and outreach to women and girls. Developing Christian leaders, helping girls grow in faith and their self-understanding, and addressing global concerns such as maternal health, domestic violence, girls’ education, poverty and economic empowerment are all supported by the Women and Girls Mission Fund.
Break the Chains gifts have been a part of the Women and Girls Mission Fund to empower women and girls worldwide. Donations received for Break the Chains after April 30, 2013 will be used from the Women and Girls Mission Fund for mission initiatives in the U.S. and around the world that focus on providing healing and hope to women and girls.
Break the Chains: Slavery in the 21st Century
From 2007-10, AB Women’s Ministries worked to break the chains of sex trafficking. We raised over $480,000 and awarded grants in 2008, 2009, and 2010 to new American Baptist-related ministries both nationally and internationally that are addressing the sexual exploitation of women and children.
Funding received during for the Break the Chains Project is helping the following ministries:
All Hands In in Arlington, MA, is fighting human trafficking by educational awareness programs and providing the only safe house in Boston, MA, for trafficking victims.
- The Bethel Neighborhood Center in Kanas City, KS, is working with 25-30 adolescent girls, ages 10-18, to educate and equip them from becoming a victim of human/sex trafficking.
- Corporación Milagros del Amor in Puerto Rico, is helping the Dominican women and their children develop basic skills for reading and writing, develop skills in communication in English, and equip parents with the skills to identify and promote resiliency in themselves and their children.
- The Helping Children Read in Olympia, WA, is helping disadvantaged children who have trouble reading to be able to read well by 3rd grade. The ability to read well will allow them to go forward in school and ultimately have careers of their choice, decreasing their risk of being exploited.
- Deborah House, in Mexico, shelters women who have been battered and abused. A new Sewing Cooperative will give women opportunity to make income by making aprons, bags and uniforms while learning valuable skills.
- Safe House for Survivors of Human Trafficking in Southeast Asia*
- Temple Prostitutes in India, is providing women with vocational training in areas such as tailoring, sari embroidery, candle making and to provide self employment in a small business such as a vegetable car or breakfast center.
- A new ministry in Ghana provides care to persons rescued from sexual slavery, in a culture where families will give their daughters to witchdoctors in false hopes of combating evil spirits and calamities.
- Woman to Woman in Italy, is ministering to and empowering immigrant women likely to be trafficked into or through the country or working in prostitution. In 2011, this project began a preventative effort with a ministry in Sofia, Bulgaria
- Maids in Lebanon in Lebanon, is providing care, advocacy, and freedom to foreign women brought into the country to be maids, and who are imprisoned as "illegals."
- BE FREE Transformation Ministries, in Sioux Falls, SD, is restoring the community by addressing the issue of sexual exploitation in the US and transnationally. www.befree58.org
- NightLight USA, in Los Angeles, California, is training community members to help human trafficking victims and to organize and mobile volunteers to do street outreach to potential victims.
- Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service in Peoria, Illinois, is empowering more Hispanic immigrant women to earn a respectable income through its cottage industry crafting "Matthew 25" scripture-based charm bracelets, and to expand marketing efforts for the bracelets. You can buy one at www.peoriafriendshiphouse.org/matthew25.htm
- The New Life Center Foundation in Thailand, is educating girls and women who never before had had a chance to receive education. Funding for the New Life Center helped provide rehabilitation services to girls and women who are victims of sexual abuse, labor exploitation, and human trafficking.
- The Mansion of Light Baptist Church in Costa Rica, is situated in a poor community where children are subjected to physical and sexual violence in their homes and where young girls gather at bus stops to go into the city to sell their bodies. The church has opened a Family Life Center that is a safe place for children.
- The Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches in the Phillippines, ministered to young girls at risk and girls who prostitute themselves in five different communities in the beach area of Iloilo. Funds helped the Convention construct a building and provide staffing and programming that offered girls education and healthy alternatives to prostitution.
- First Baptist Church in Sioux Falls, SD began Elizabeth’s House to offer safe and secure housing to young, single women who are at risk of exploitation because of their situations. Funds provided practical training resources and a model for outreach ministry that can help all of us learn how to develop outreach ministries for at-risk women.
(*This grant recipient cannot have specific info about the project posted via the Internet for security reasons.)
Become part of the solution!
Fundraising for “Break the Chains” ends on April 30, 2013. Direct contributions to:
“ABWM Women and Girls Mission Fund”
(and write Break the Chains
on the memo line)
Donations received for Break the Chains after April 30, 2013 will be used for mission iniatives with women and girls through the Women and Girls Mission Fund.
American Baptist Women’s Ministries
PO Box 851
Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851
We thank you for your involvement!
God at Work
Adalia Schellinger-Guitierrez, IM missionary at Deborah's House in Mexico