‘God Showed Them They Could Be Washed and Cleansed’: African Orphans Thrive in Christ Despite Traumatic Past

East Africa (Mission Network News) Reports released this week detail the rescue of 85 minors from forced labor in Sudan. According to authorities, the minors came from several African nations: Chad, Eritrea, Niger, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Sudan.

Human trafficking poses a major threat to Africa’s 52 million orphans. With no adult protection, orphaned kids make easy prey for traffickers. Young men and boys are scooped up and forced to work or they become child soldiers. Orphaned girls become sex slaves or child brides. …

Several years ago, an email from an anonymous source arrived in Dean Vander Mey’s inbox. It warned of suspicious activity at an orphanage near a school Set Free supported.

“I couldn’t ignore it,” Vander Mey recalls, adding that he sent it on to Set Free’s partners and asked them to “check it out.” What they discovered was more than appalling.

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