Before The Sanctuary Safehouse
The vision of The Sanctuary Safehouse was beautifully crafted by the Creator of the universe and put into the heart of founder, Shalom Smith.
While at a women's Life Focus Retreat at True Adventure Sports in October of 2011, a friend gave a talk about how God led her to battle the issue of human trafficking and how others needed to join the fight. It was a compelling talk and I knew that more people needed to join this fight, but as I rode home with my friend, Christy, I knew that I could never be one of those people. In November 2011 my husband and I attended a church retreat. Our pastor came up and prayed over my husband and I. When he had finished praying and walked away, we both looked at each other with the "we are going to have a ministry?" look. Months went by and then a year and I thought a lot about the talk at the adventure retreat and our pastor's words at the church retreat. I would catch myself crying and praying for victims of human trafficking and even praying that "the right people" would help. I never expected it to be me. Slowly God started revealing things to me. As my husband and I sat teaching a small group at our church, God gave me a quick glimpse of a little boy playfully running from a garden to a white building. I wasn't confused. I knew exactly what I saw and what it meant. I would be helping children, but I still did not have a clear picture of who else I would help or why they needed help.
Vision in Full View.
I cannot even tell what day it happened or how I realized that I would be working with human trafficking, but I realized it fully and completely. God blessed me with an overwhelming passion for the victims and the mission. I finally began to look forward with excitement. After a while of praying and waiting, my dream is taking form.