SERVING IN: Mozambique, Africa
MINISTRY FOCUS: Mercy Ministry
Katie is the Founding Director of Project Purpose in Maputo, Mozambique. Project Purpose is a Christian, Non-Government organization working to rehabilitate girls who have been victims of sexual crimes. These “Princesses,” usually between the ages of 10 to 24 years old, have been prostituted on the streets of Maputo or victims of human trafficking. Project Purpose works with them to bring spiritual and emotional restoration. These girls are transformed through Bible-based teaching, practical and academic skills training, recreational activities and community service projects. Then they are reintegrated into their families, or substitute families when necessary.
Project Purpose began in 2001 and now has several Day Centers in or around the capital city of Maputo. It also has a Transformation Centre, which serves as a safe house for the young women and their children coming out of prostitution or who have been victims of human trafficking. Project Purpose teaches prevention of sexual abuse and sexual purity in schools, churches and children’s centers. Katie and her team travel teaching and advocating for intervention and awareness on behalf of those who do not yet have a voice.
Katie is currently also involved in establishing a Global Restoration Network for victims of Human Trafficking. She has been networking with other abolitionists for the past 20 years in Mozambique. Project Purpose helps to train and equip people who feel called to work with young women in prostitution and human trafficking. Their 20 years of experience has convinced us that Jesus is still able to set the captives free!
We WERE physically pioneering 2 groups of evangelism and outreach in two very different areas of the city. That quickly changed as we are on lockdown at the moment. We are all safe and healthy and we are taking all the necessary precautions to try and ensure the safety and well being of our children. We are in regular contact with the Princesses by phone and our Transformation Centre is running as usual, only on lockdown.
We are so pleased to say that our new sewing machines arrived on the 26th of September and we were finally able to start our sewing program on Tuesday October 1st, 2019. The girls are loving it!!!
Thank you to all who reached out to check on us as news of Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth, reached the States. The storms did no damage here in Maputo. Our hearts go out to those in Beira and Pemba who have lost everything.