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Dear Friend,

Hand of Hope is more than just the name of the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. It is our heartbeat. There are many ways to bring hope to people around the world. We give hope to children by caring for their physical needs and telling them about their heavenly Father. Girls, in particular, can find hope when they are finally allowed to see their worth in Jesus Christ. A well of fresh, clean water can mean hope for an entire village. And sometimes . . . sometimes hopes an open door lock. And that’s what this real life story of hope is about.

Years ago, even though I always saw my primary call and passion as teaching the Word of God, the Lord made clear to me that I had an additional call, responsibility, and privilege to help those who couldn’t help themselves. And so, our ministry extended as we began doing everything we could to help others through our Hand of Hope world missions outreaches.

This calling was recently brought home to me again, when our team was working in Greece. As we looked around the area where we were working, we could see that many of the cement buildings had one thing in common – a heavy metal door. And we began to ask, what goes on behind those doors?

The answer broke my heart...

... because, behind those doors, there are young women, the victims of human trafficking, who are being abused, exploited, and enslaved.

Over the years, we have seen far too many young women or girls who are victims of human trafficking. And whether they are enslaved in Greece, Asia, Africa, or even the United States, there is one constant: the vacant, empty stare in the victim’s eyes; the result of the torture and fear they suffer every day and night.

My dear friend Ginger Stache has traveled around the world to our Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries outreaches and talked with many human trafficking survivors over the past two decades. She recently visited a red-light district in Thessaloniki, Greece.

“Here in Greece, prostitution is legal, so brothels operate freely. What’s happening behind those doors, however, is far from legal or humane. Many women who have been deceived, promised a new life, a good job, or even real love, instead are held prisoner. They are faced with physical violence, financial hardship, and emotional manipulation.

My eyes keep going to those metal doors. It almost doesn’t seem real from this side, as men freely walk in and out. But she’s right there – all that stands between us is that door. Yet a vast gulf separates us. I’m outside, safe, and distanced.

But I know behind the steel bars are broken promises, broken bodies, and broken lives.

Whoever she is, I picture her in my mind. She’s someone’s friend. Someone’s daughter. I think of how she must suffer as man after man after man enters that room and leaves with another piece of her soul.”

On this trip, Ginger met a girl called Rania who lived behind one of those metal doors – if you can call it living. Rania isn’t her real name; she can’t share that for safety reasons and because her family has no idea what she’s been through. As she put it, “how could a mother survive knowing her child has experienced such terrible things?”

Rania told our team she was so desperate for a better life that she believed a man who offered her a good job in another country. When she arrived, however, she found it was all a lie, and the people who trafficked her threatened to kill her family if she didn’t do what they demanded. She knew they would do it, so Rania worked day and night. She would ask for permission to take out the rubbish just to get a glimpse of the sun. Rania also shared through tears how they killed her unborn child.

Eventually, Rania found a means to escape with the help of A21, an organisation run by my dear friend Christine Caine, with which Joyce Meyer Ministries has been honoured to partner for many years to help combat human trafficking. Rania is now on a long road to healing and restoration, and today, light is finally replacing the emptiness in her eyes. Sometimes, she’ll go outside just to yell, “I’m free!” Rania knows that she is finally free, both physically and emotionally.

Rania’s story and the reality of slavery are heartbreaking, but I also have hope for change, freedom, and restoration for all those affected. Today, you can be a source of help, healing, and rescue for women and girls like Rania. You don’t have to venture into the darkness of a red-light district or sit down with a survivor firsthand to open those doors that stand between you and them.

Right here and now, you can pray – and you can give. You have what it takes to help more women shout out their freedom and begin their healing! So don't hesitate to respond generously today, knowing that your gift will be used to help as many women and girls as possible. Stories like Rania’s are the reason why I want to raise as much as possible to further Project GRL’s vital and lifesaving outreaches.

Your support will . . .

    • Help to provide a safe haven for girls like Rania with spiritual support and job skills training.

    • Deliver needed medical care to women who have been hurt and abused.

    • Provide nutritious meals, clean water, and other necessities, but most importantly, the opportunity to discover Christ’s deep and unending love for them.

Make no mistake: Our ministry doesn’t stop after rescuing girls like Rania out of slavery.

Together, with God’s help, we can guide them, help restore them to wholeness, and love them where they are, so they can move forward into their future with hope. Please prayerfully consider what you can give to further these efforts.

Standing for their freedom with you,

— Joyce

P.S. Human trafficking is a horrifying reality affecting young women around the world. Together, there’s no limit to the good we can do and the precious lives like Rania’s we can help save and restore. Your generosity today will bring hope and restoration to those who have been exploited and enslaved – just like Rania.