Successes from the Mercy Jewelry

  • Two girls already have their first semester of college funds.
  • Microloan for a scooter-PAID OFF
  • Microloan approved and budget training completed
  • Microloan for a computer provided  for a poor woman in teachers’ college
  • Crisis money for sick woman.
  • Crisis money for woman victim of stabbing incident.
  • Outreach begun for prostitutes-Operation Scarlett Thread.  Can begin offering jobs and training.
  • Several  women have accepted Christ as their Savior and are attending church consistently .
  • Garments of Praise is a formal dress rental shop that has been established and is sustainable income within the country for women at risk.  This provides jobs and training opportunities as well.  The shop has well over 750 dresses to choose from.

What we’ve been up to:

  • The safehouse was opened in March of 2010.  It is called “The Workshop” because Ephesians 2:10 tells us that we are His workmanship.  The women can live and work in the workshop as well as receive discipleship and skills training for future job opportunities.  Proceeds from one jewelry party a month can support a home like this!
  • Bible clubs and discipleship programs have begun in poor neighborhoods which will also provide education and training as a preventative measure.

Statistics from Dominican Republic

  • The Dominican Republic ranks 4th in the world in sex industry.
  • Has the reputation of being a major destination for sex tourism
  • Over 25 children under the age of 18 are involved in prostitution
  • The number one reason for women to engage in prostitution is to feed their children
  • Women and teenagers are lured with promises of jobs then sold into sexual slavery to other countries including Costa Rica and Belize