Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ghosts and Goblins

Halloween will soon be over, but for some girls Traffick Free Pomona's (TFP) baking ministry gave them an extra special treat that could last a lifetime. 

Last Saturday, Jessica Figueroa and several others from Pomona First Baptist's TFP taught girls at risk, and perhaps some trafficking survivors, how to create these ghoulish cupcakes. The delectable goodies have probably already vanished, but in the process of baking, the relationships being built communicate a powerful message to the girls--they matter.

It takes more than professional skills to work with girls at risk of being trafficked. Those in foster care or group homes are especially vulnerable. But taking time to bake cupcakes tells these young ladies that someone cares enough about them to chat and listen while doing something fun. There's no place better for the warmth of  kindness than a kitchen. 

Several of these girls have already asked Jesus Christ to be their Savior and been baptized due to the regular visits of TFP's baking ministry. They participate in the youth service on Wednesday nights and that extends their social network to other healthy relationships and positive messages. Whatever skill someone has to offer--even baking--can produce a lasting legacy for girls at risk of being trafficked.

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