From Director Barry Feaker
In the last two years, the Topeka Rescue Mission Ministries division, now called Restore Hope, reached out in love, rescue and restoration to more than 130 victims of human trafficking who were residing in our own city. Unfortunately, we are confident this is just the beginning of what lies ahead. According to statistics given by the Kansas attorney general’s office, there were 44 identified cases of human trafficking in 2012 in the state of Kansas. In 2015, three short years later, there were more than 400.
At the Topeka Rescue Mission, in spite of the enormity of suffering and injustice that we see every day, we still believe in miracles. However, after three decades in this ministry, I still find myself crying out to God and all too often in desperation asking Him, “God, why don’t You do something?” Time and again, that still small voice of gentleness speaks back to me and says, “I am doing something, that’s why I have sent you. Now go and do, be My hands, be My feet, be My voice.” While I do not pretend to be an adequate representative of such an assignment, I realize I am not alone. He has surrounded me with an army of compassionate soldiers equipped by His love. His Spirit compels us to stand in the gap on behalf of those so wounded.
Because of the nature of this ministry, you, our loyal and generous donors, volunteers and supporters won’t see posts on Facebook or other detailed information being shared. Just know that we are hard at work to see women and children know that Jesus loves them and free from sexual slavery. We need your sustaining support for these efforts. We can’t do this without you.
“The longer you stay the less hope you have.” — Mauri, a sex-trafficking victim who was forced into prostitution at age 16.
“The distinguishing sign of slavery is to have a price, and to be bought for it.” John Ruskin
“Person not possession; child not commodity” – Anonymous
“It is by standing up for the rights of girls and women that we truly measure up as men.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu
“We tend to think of human trafficking as a different issue, not something that could happen here in our back yards. But it’s a fast-growing problem in the United States, in every area, with no real defined demographic.” – Lori Foster
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” – Martin Luther King, Jr
“I have been in this lifestyle since I was 13, and it has been a pretty rough road. Two months ago I was jobless, homeless, everythingless. I didn’t have any hope or any kind of goals for myself. I didn’t care. I was comfortable with the lifestyle I was living, but I started thinking I was tired. I told myself, I have this little girl, I don’t want the same lifestyle for her.” — An unidentified human trafficking victim.
“Let it not be said that I was silent when they needed me.” – William Wilberforce