By Jamie Bagley, Pastor of Carll’s Corner Community Fellowship
On Friday September 10th I was contacted by a secretary of a social agency about a client in need. This agency will periodically contact me about assistance needed for people who are struggling. This woman was a victim of human trafficking and has extenuating circumstances that made her situation very difficult. The secretary forwarded me the following story that came from a social worker who was handling the case. *The woman’s name has been changed to protect her identity.*
“Adia is a 36 year old, widowed female from
On March 24, 2010, 4 days after her baby was born and she handed him over to the adoptive father, Adia contacted our services for advice on how to get him back. She had been very depressed since giving her child up for adoption. Adia spoke to one of our attorneys, and with the advice from our office she was able to get her son back a few days later. Adia and her baby needed a place to live. We helped Adia get into a local shelter for victims of domestic violence and she has been living there since March 28, 2010. We were working on her immigration case as a victim of human trafficking when Adia learned that her mother had a heart attack in
After receiving the information and the story I contacted other pastors in the area that are part of the Bridgeton Christian Ministers Association. The BCMA made a sizable contribution. We also arranged to tell Adia’s story during our worship service, prayed for her and took up a special offering for her needs.
On Monday, September 13th my assistant Jesse Renaud and I took the collected offerings totaling $600 to the social agency office in
On Monday evening we learned that the Salvation Army of Atlantic City had sent a contribution of $1,000 to further assist in this crisis. Two days later, another Salvation Army worker from their National Headquarters, Human Trafficking Division, made a personal contribution of $500. When we connected with the social worker to transfer the collected monies she was brought to tears and praised God for all that had happened in those few days. On Friday the 17th of September, Adia and her baby boarded a plane and began their journey home. Just before she left she gave the social worker a note expressing her thanks to everyone who had prayed rallied to her support. She arrived home the next evening and was reunited with her mother and children.
I praise God for the secretary and her faith that God would work through his people to bring aid to Adia and her family. I am also overwhelmed by the ways that people from work places and congregations here in Bridgeton responded in prayer and contributions to meet this need, to right the wrongs of injustice and express the love of Jesus.