Xenos ministry partner Gracehaven recently opened a new residential facility, fulfilling a long-term plan to help underage victims of sex trafficking in Central Ohio. Annette Vasulka with Gracehaven shares with us more about the journey to this achievement.
Gracehaven actually began in 2004 with a phone call.
Dr. Jeff Barrows, an OB-GYN in Bellefontaine, learned about the dire plight of young girls in Asia who were victims of child sex-trafficking and wanted to help. But during a phone conversation with Adam Freer of the Salvation Army he learned that there were girls in Ohio--as many as 1,000-2,000--who also were victimized for sex. And very few people were doing anything about it.
“At that moment God called me to start a home here in Ohio for girls under 18 who were victims of sex trafficking...and He wanted the home called ‘Gracehaven.’"
Xenos played a critical role during these early years. Bev Delashment joined the first Board of Trustees and was a passionate advocate for this mission. Many Xenos members provided the funding to get the work off the ground. And we are so thankful for the many volunteers, supporters and Board members from our fellowship who have served through the years.