Wellspring Living Creates 13 Month Residential Program

Over 680 children age out of foster care each year in Atlanta without a stable home, making them vulnerable to sex trafficking while girls at 18 years old are sent into the world alone without the ability to earn a stable home, making them vulnerable to trafficking according to statistics on the Wellspring Living website.

Wellspring Living, a nonprofit aimed at transforming lives of those at risk or victimized by sexual exploitation, recently formed the Women’s Residential Program—South, a 13-month residential program geared to heal and equip women, who have been victimized by sex trafficking, with foundations for living in the world.

Women ages 18-21 remain in the Women’s Residential Program—South for 13 months in order to mentor them as Wellspring Living supports them to reach their educational and career goals.

Wellspring Living accomplishes this part of their mission through teaching and equipping women through Life Skills courses offered through the Women’s Residential Program—South so that they know how to cook, clean, eat healthy, budget, use the computer, resolve, and other skills necessary for successful living.

“[Wellspring Living] is trying to get into the community and intercept [women] to make them feel like they have choices,” Communications Coordinator for Wellspring Living, Sara Beth Dean told Atlanta Christian Voice. “We understand their value and worth and want them to be able to experience joy again.”

The vision of Wellspring Living is to provide a world where every victim of sexual exploitation has access to transformative care. This transformative care is demonstrated in a way that Wellspring Living can share the love of God in Jesus Christ with the women so that they know their value and worth in Him. The love of God is put on display through the Women’s Residential Program—-South for the women to experience who Christ is through the Life Skills courses.

Dean describes the Women’s Residential Program—South as rewarding as the program shares the love of Jesus with the women.

“We are really into showing Christ’s love in ways for them to understand and for them to ultimately choose the Lord, as their strength and song, and that they have their hope in Him,” Dean said.

“We are really into showing Christ’s love in ways for them to understand and for them to ultimately choose the Lord, as their strength and song, and that they have their hope in Him,” Dean said.

The way that Wellspring Living shares the love of Christ with the women is through celebration.

“We do a lot of celebration in all of our programs,” Beth told Atlanta Christian Voice. “We make sure that their birthday and all of the holidays are celebrated. Every program highlights the Christian faith as the real way to freedom, self-worth, and joy.”

The main goal of the Women’s Residential Program—South is for the women to have a relationship with Jesus Christ.

“We want them to have an authentic relationship with God,” executive director of Wellspring Living, Mary Frances Bowley told Atlanta Christian Voice. “We see that when someone is treated with kindness, dignity, and love that they will choose a relationship with God and that’s how they enter into a relationship with God.”

“We want [the women] to have an authentic relationship with God,” executive director of Wellspring Living, Mary Frances Bowley told Atlanta Christian Voice.

Another goal of the Women’s Residential Program—South is for the women to find meaning in having a relationship with Jesus Christ, as they see their worth and value in the Lord.

“I think the main hope is that they see their value, see the love of God, and move on their life in a way that is meaningful,” Bowley told Atlanta Christian Voice.

To find out more about Wellspring Living and the Women’s Residential Program—-South visit www.wellspringliving.org and visit their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube page.

 

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Sarah Dickens is the News Editor of Atlanta Christian Voice. Sarah has a B.A. in Mass Communication from Georgia College and State University and two M.A. degrees in Global Studies and Pastoral Counseling with a focus in Dobson Center Marriage and Family Studies from Liberty University. She is currently working on her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University and hopes to be licensed to practice counseling in the next few years. Sarah lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she humbly serves the Lord, friends, and others at First Baptist Church of Atlanta. Her two greatest passions are ministering to children and serving on the missions field. After working on the mission field in Lebanon, Japan, and Uganda, she hopes to continue taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to other lands. Her favorite hobbies include blogging, ballroom dancing, making and creating art, and reading books by Christian authors while sipping a cup of tea from one of her favorite tea mugs. Her life verse from the Bible is Philippians 4:13, which states, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
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