The Kristy’s House story starts with a young girl. The girl experienced sexual abuse as a child. Her parents divorced and she became a latch-key kid at 8. By 12, she started smoking marijuana. By 13, she was having sex and drinking. By 16, she had an abortion. And by 18, she was in a relationship with a physically abusive alcoholic, addicted to crack cocaine, and stripping. There are many terrifying and terrible things that occurred along the way, but that’s not what this story is about. This story is about the power of God. You see, through God’s grace that girl escaped an abusive relationship, an addiction to drugs, and a lifestyle of sexual exploitation. She came out of the dark and into the light.
Although clean and sober and in a professional career for the next 15 years, it took 12 of those years for the girl’s pride to subside enough to realize she had nothing to do with overcoming that dark past. It took 12 years for her to realize it was God who saved her from destruction, but she finally got it. She came to Christ (again). She felt a calling to ministry at a women’s retreat in early 2011. She then left her job to spend time with her mother, who was in stage IV cancer, and to pursue her calling to ministry. She had no idea what the ministry would look like, but based on her history and testimony, she knew it would involve girls and women who were harmed by sexual exploitation and/or sex trafficking, the scope and ramifications of which are huge.
A few months later, the girl’s mother died. Her mother had a beautiful servant’s heart and loved helping others. She was a child advocate, a literacy tutor, and a friend to many. She was the embodiment of the person who would give somebody the shirt off their back if they were in need. She went to visit at-risk youth while having to pull over to throw up on her way due to chemo treatments. She served until her body literally gave out. After her death, it became clear that her house should be used to honor her memory and to help others. It then became clear to the girl that the instruction to use her house and the calling to ministry were to be united into one vision. And with God’s grace, and the love and support of amazing people, she helped start Kristy’s House.
Whether sexually trafficked by force, fraud or coercion, or sexually exploited through the sex industry and our hyper-sexualized culture, many of these girls and women share similar traits. Many have experienced sexual abuse in the form of childhood molestation and rape, many are addicted to drugs and alcohol, many struggle with issues of depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (among other mental health issues), many didn’t have a present earthly father (or they had one that contributed to their issues), and many don’t know they have a Heavenly Father who loves them. Kristy’s House seeks to rescue these girls and attempt to address these needs.