Refuge for Women at Risk

woman-with-childrenI am so excited that Oasis is finally becoming a reality.  God has been growing this ministry in my heart since June of 2005.  As the prostitution rates in the Dominican Republic have risen, so has my desire to Make a Difference in the lives of these women.  According to most sources, the DR has grown to rank fourth in the world for sex tourism and sex trafficking.  Living here, we see the ladies and we know their children.  To know the lives that they live, is heart breaking.  They have no hope of anything different for them or their children.  My desire is for Oasis to be a refuge for these women at risk.

Most of the ladies in these circumstances are single mothers with no more than a 6th grade education.  The need to provide for their children overwhelms them and with little education they feel they have no alternative to make money.  Many are just girls themselves sold into prostitution when they are only 12 years old or younger.  It is shocking to learn that girls can be bought for about the price of dinner for a family of four in the U.S.

As followers of Christ we must have compassion for these women.  One of our girls lives in a village that we visit often.  She is just sixteen years of age and she has three children.  We have recently learned that she is expecting number four.  Oasis women’s ministry will cover several areas, including: education, employment, counseling, discipleship and the education of the children. Education of these ladies and their children is the key to stopping this cycle.  We desire to lift these families up and shine God’s light in Sosua.  Our goal with Oasis is to be a refuge, offering hope to these women at risk.

“God is our Refuge and Strength, a very present help in trouble.”  – Psalm 46:1

– Renee

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One Response to “Refuge for Women at Risk”

  1. Veronica Lekstutis Says:

    Hi,
    My name is Veronica, my friend Theresa and I would love to help with teaching sewing related skills (if desired) and ministering to the heart of these women.
    Is there anything we can do?

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