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Children at a shelter
Margarita had a happy childhood in Guatemala. But when her mother passed away, she was forced to live with her grandfather. While there, her uncle began abusing her sexually and, when she was 12, her grandfather sold her to a stranger to pay his debts.

“A few days after I started living with this man, I managed to run away with a friend,” Margarita recalled. She ran straight to the police, who heard her case and took her to a shelter.

At the shelter, still reeling from the traumas of her life and frightened of what her future might hold, Margarita began attending a weekly Bible study – first timidly, and then enthusiastically.

“I received Scriptures to encourage and restore me,” she testified. “I am so thankful for having my first Bible and the chance to take part in the Bible workshops.”

Margarita’s healing will not be overnight, but through the constant guidance of staff at the shelter, and the encouragement she receives from God’s Word, she can leave her past behind.

Hear other stories from young girls in Guatemala in this 4.5-minute video.
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Help bring healing to God’s precious daughters

In a 2017 report, the International Labor Organization estimated that 24.9 million victims are trafficked around the world; 20% of these victims are girls under the age of 18. According to a 2016 report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 54% of victims were trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Because of its widespread and devastating impact, human trafficking has earned the epithet, “modern-day slavery”.

As young girls are being rescued, organizations like the Bible Societies in Cameroon, Ghana and Guatemala are doing their part to help victims find healing and purpose in life through God’s Word. The Canadian Bible Society partners with these Bible Societies to ensure that Bible-based trauma-healing programs like “Rescue Mission” in Ghana, “Free to Live” in Guatemala and “Project Esther” in Cameroon will continue to bring inner healing in the lives of young victims.

Your support makes all the difference for these girls, because when unimaginable trauma happens, only His Word can truly heal. Here’s what your gift can do:

• $12 can put a Bible into the hands of a victim of sex trafficking so that she may begin to rebuild her life in Jesus.

• $75 makes sure that a group of rescued girls attending a workshop have adequate Scripture materials to ease their suffering and find their way forward.

• $500 will provide Scripture materials for 5 Bible-based workshops for young abused women.

Please also remember to pray for these programs today, that God will use them in a powerful way to rebuild lives.

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