Route One Ministry

Executive Director & Co-Founder: Bonnie Gatchell

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Despite this being a difficult year, Route One persevered and found creative ways to reach women sexually exploited and continue to educate the church in the area of trafficking. On March 7, 2020, Route One hosted our second Freedom Concert (just in time, thank you, Jesus). We partnered with the Evangelical Chinese Bible Church of Boston, the Imago Dei Fund, and OAK Media to create an evening of worship, awareness building, fundraising, and a platform for a survivor to share their journey. We had nearly 200 people in attendance and raised more than $12,000 through this event. This, though we didn’t know it at the time, set us up for the next few months. By the next weekend, Route One (like the rest of the world) would move online.

The strip clubs all closed by the first week of April. Our outreach nights would be transformed from that point forward. April -June 2019 Route One teams would meet by zoom only. Each of our sites (Worcester, Springfield, Boston) would continue to be intentional in their meeting and prayer for women but do so safely by zoom. By mid-June, the teams resumed meeting (socially distant, with masks) to drive and pray over the clubs. In July, we started reaching out to women through Facebook and Instagram. And the women responded. Through these connections and referrals from past women we met in the clubs, we have built a small but growing mentor program. Across the Commonwealth, we are reaching women one-by-one. We have helped women find access to laundry, food assistance, child care, and given rides to the grocery store, and spent time in prayer. This is truly one silver lining in the midst of a difficult year. As the clubs re-open, we plan to return to clubs as well as maintain the mentoring program.

Other highlights:

  • In July 2020, we hired Wislene Augustin as our Director of Education
  • Between April -August 1, 2020, we educated more than 300 Christian leaders on trafficking 101
  • In May 2020, we launched our first public discussion on sex within consensual relationships
  • August, we launched our one-on-one mentor program which included 20 hours of training for our current volunteers and staff
  • Hosted a one-day socially distant retreat for staff and volunteers (in partnership with the retreat center in Simsbury, CT)
  • Hand-delivered 15 Christmas baskets to the HOMES of 15 women who have exited the life and their children

Every year I smile when I think of my friends at CPC. I am grateful for your ongoing partnership, use of the building, phone calls (Liz and Amber), prayers, and financial support.

 
Unreached People Group of the Day

Arab, Dhofari

Population
133,000

Primary Language
Arabic, Dhofari Spoken

Primary Religion
Islam

% Evangelical
40%

Mission Fact of the Day
The largest Least-Reached group in Northeast Asia without Scripture, Jesus film, or audio recordings is the Western Ghao-Xong of China, with 1,413,000 people.
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