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A few weeks ago we shared the story of four young children rescued from a red light district in Manila. We would like you now to meet their mother.

Mary has lived a life of horrific events that many of us could hardly imagine. At a young age she was raped by a family member, which caused her to run away from home. Eventually, and also at a young age, she married and had three beautiful girls. But one day she found herself on her own, as her husband was jailed for hiding a man involved in murder.

All alone, Mary had to work hard for her family. One day after work she came home and found that her youngest daughter had been kidnapped. Mary ran to the police, but not only did they do nothing to help, one of them knew where the girl was but would not tell her because she had no money. As bad as that was, he then tried to rape her. Another man named Rafael was there, and he intervened, saving her from the policeman. He then took her to find her daughter. He seemed like a savior to Mary, but she did not yet know that he was evil too, and he ended up raping her himself. And yet, she ended up staying with Rafael, and eventually bore him a son.

As time went on, Rafael became addicted to drugs and began to beat Mary and the children, especially their little boy. He even burned the baby with cigarettes, and another time threw him forcefully down onto the pavement.

One day Mary met Jeff Rice and some others from Frontline. It took time, but after a few visits trust developed; and two months ago Mary and her four children were taken off the streets, away from abuse and danger, and into the safety and love of the FTC children's center.

Mary is the first mother that FTC has ever taken in. She helps out by serving in practical ways while her kids are in safety, cared for, and enrolled at the Frontline School. Looking into her face now you will no longer see fear and worry; instead, you will see a genuine smile that reveals the peace of Christ that passes all understanding.

As a Frontline staff or partner, it's important to remember that though much of our day to day work may seem mundane and practical, or the donation we give "a drop in the bucket," it's important to remember that changing lives is what we are really doing. When you think about your work and role, think about how Mary and her children are now set free from a life of abuse, rape, deception, and fear.

With You in the Why,

The Frontline Team
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