Two Years! Join us in celebrating two years of serving trafficked and exploited women in Greece, and the many miracles in between!
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Last month we celebrated two years ofÂ operation at Damaris!
We held a reception party on the new rooftop garden of our safe house (pictured above). It was a beautiful evening celebrating all of the blessings of the last two years since first opening our doors in April 2016.Â We gathered with manyÂ pastors and partnersÂ that have been praying and supporting the organization from the beginning.Â Damaris House is a seven year prayer and dream that came true.
As we look back on the last two years, we reflect on a season of ministry scattered with growth, miracles, and blessings.Â We have helped thirteen girls from many nations to be rescued, rehabilitated, and restored.Â Our girls have come from Greece, Romania, Dominican Republic, Iraq, and many countries of Africa â€“ we are an international family! Our family continues to grow, as we have welcomed four babies born with us and one more due next month!
In these years, God has shaped our ministry as the injustices around us continue to grow. Nearly all of the trafficked women in our house have also come to Greece as refugees, through Turkey to the Greek islands of Lesvos and Chios. We are continuing to grow partnerships with Christian initiatives on the islands to help moved trafficked women out of refugee camps and into our program at Damaris.Â When new women come to our house, they not only receive a safe place to rest and raise their family, but also access to education and recovery through our day program.Â Our day program will teach women necessary skills for their healing, such as anger management, self-esteem, parenting, budgeting, healthcare, healthy relationships, the Greek language, and the 12 Steps Recovery Program.
At Damaris, we are also passionate about introducing our participants to the radical love of Christ through the Gospel.Â We hold an optional Bible study for the women each week and are seeing spiritual growth in the womenâ€™s lives. Teams from the States also join us in this mission, as they will come for our Celebration Week. During this week, the teams teach the women a new project and share their own testimonies â€“ a time that has proven to be a powerful for our ladies to hear how God works in other womenâ€™s lives!
We want to model a lifestyle of prayer for the ladies in the program, so prayer is at the core of all we do. We thank the Lord so much for your prayer and support, we could not do this without you!Â As we look ahead into the next year of operation, we are faithfully praying for God to provide the funds to purchaseÂ second stageÂ housing.Â Currently, our house has five rooms and one emergency room. This year we hope to purchase two additional apartments for more independent participants that have transitioned out of Phase 1 and into Phase 2. We are also praying for the funds to start a business to employ the women. Please pray that the Lord will continue to miraculously provide for the ministry and we will be able to grow in these avenues we are pursuing!
So, hereâ€™s to the many blessings of the last 2 years, and to 22 more years to come!
Director of CHD
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You can give the gift of opportunity andÂ empowermentÂ for the women in our program!Â Help us reach our goals for this year by donating to our second stage housing program here.
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