Human Trafficking, Domestic Sex Trafficking, Modern Day Slavery, The Life, Commercial Sexual Exploitation, Hustling, Sex Work, Pimping, The Game, Prostitution. Call it what you will, but it’s wrong, it’s a biblical and social injustice….Exploitation is Happening in the USA and even in Iowa and we want to help. Garden Gate Ranch is here to tell the stories. Let’s start at the beginning;
SUPERNATURAL, what is it? Wikipedia describes supernatural; refers to unexplained or non- natural forces and phenomena. That’s what happened to me late January 2015.
Hi, my name is Brenda Long, an ordinary woman, a wife, mother, and a grandmother. Life happens, season’s change, things happen in our lives that change what our normal looks like. That’s where I was when I encountered a supernatural happening. Let me explain, 2010-2015 were not easy times for me or my family, one life-altering event after another was taking place. As soon as we caught our breath from one, another trial hit. Let me share with you just a few things we were experiencing minus the details. My parents home burnt to the ground, later my father passed from this life, my mother had a life-threatening bacteria, our adult foster daughter was diagnosed with brain cancer while pregnant, my mother had a brain aneurysm rupture a brother was killed in a head-on car collision and there’s more but I think you get the point. What do all of these have in common? The only thing that truly
matters, our trust and faith in a God who loves us and is always faithful in good times and in bad.
I recall the day like it was yesterday, I went to my prayer room as I often do and honestly I was going to pray yet again and continue to do what I’d been doing for month’s, for years. I had my idea of how things should turn out AND how we needed to get there in this most recent life-altering event. As I sat before the Lord that day and wept. I couldn’t do anything but say to Him, “Thank you! You’ve got us, You are SO faithful and you’ve got us”. I told him “I don’t know what this will look like from this day on, but one thing I do know, we will be exactly where you want us to be when this storm has passed and we will do what you want us to do. You have been so faithful to us and I trust you”. Then
I did something unplanned, I had the audacity to ask Him a question, I said, “Since you’ve got us, what can I do for you? Who can I help for you?” That’s when the supernatural took place. As soon as I asked the question my room filled with this amazing presence in which I had no doubt who had entered. I felt Him completely engulf me in his presence and He took me to what I believe was a secret chamber in His heart. I felt what he felt and then I felt what they felt. I supernaturally knew he was asking me to help free his daughters from the evil of human trafficking. I started hearing their cries saying, “will anyone help”? “does any see me”. “does anyone care?” I heard Him say “my daughters are crying out for help, will you help them?” I said YES and my life has never been the same.
Garden Gate Ranch was birthed out of the heart of compassion and a stand against biblical and social injustice. Hearing the silent cries of those trapped, compels us to do whatever it takes to get her off the street and to safety. These young women don’t need Garden Gate Ranch just because they are victims of sex trafficking. She needs a place like Garden Gate Ranch so she can realize she is more than what happened to her, what happened doesn’t have to define who she is. She was born on purpose for a purpose; she has a future and a hope. She just needs the space, time and love from people who believe in her, until she can believe the truth of her creator and believe in herself. Garden Gate Ranch’s mission is to offer her that pathway. A pathway to hope, a pathway to restoration, tools for empowerment, dignity, and purpose in a safe faith-filled environment. Do You See Her? Will You Help?
To be continued….next edition.
Founder of Garden Gate Ranch