Rescued from the Red Light

WHEN SELAMAWIT WAS little her brother said she was cursed because after she was born people in her family kept dying…first her parents then her extended family. At 9 years old, she had no one and nothing to eat so she begged a neighbor for some bread.

That day a man she’d known her whole life raped her. Dejected, embarrassed and without hope, Selamawit moved to Addis Ababa where she lived under a tent. The next year a man convinced her the only option to survive was to begin a life as a prostitute in the red light district.

It wasn’t long before she ended up pregnant, but the baby died during childbirth. Three days later she ended up pregnant again. At this point she was addicted to drugs and continued to work as a prostitute—even hiding her son Josias (now 5) under a curtain so the men wouldn’t know about him.

It wasn’t long before she became desperate and cried out to God. Thanks to your support there was an opportunity for her to be rescued. God heard her cry and she was able to come and live at one of our homes in Addis Ababa.

“I’d like to thank God that He has a plan for me. I didn’t know that at first, but he used the people at the rescue home to help me. I know He hears me now,” she shared.

Her greatest desire is to give her son a different life than the one she endured. Thanks to your support, you’re making that a reality for Josias and so many others.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace
as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.
ROMANS 15:13


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