Leap of Faith

1 year ago today my husband and I sat in a movie theater watching The Abolitionist, (a documentary of human trafficking), not knowing how our lives would be so dramatically impacted.  I remember feeling extra grateful when we made it home that night to our comfortable, safe space and kissed our sweet angels goodnight.  I remember thinking of all of my blessings and wishing that I had some talent, some money, something more that I could give to those who were effected by the plague of human trafficking.  I never imagined that within 6 months my home would be rented out to another family and many of our comforts would be sold off.  I did not imagine that our family of 6 would be sharing one bedroom in the same country that I had refused to visit with my children due to fear for their safety.  I definitely did not imagine myself opening a shelter for children who were survivors of human trafficking.

Well, here we are.  We have now been living in the Philippines for over 4 months and we are half way through our first phase of making the shelter a reality.  We have filled out loads of paperwork, stood in lines for hours on end, had meetings on-line, over the phone and in person.  We have met founders, executive directors and employees of multiple shelters.  We met with the leaders of the Department of Social Welfare and International Justice Mission.  We have volunteered for various non-profit organizations, studied operations manuals, employee manuals and any other materials we can get our hands on.

This month we are wrapping up everything that has to be done here in Manila and planning our next leap of faith.  We are shooting to move to a new city where we will be opening the shelter.  (We have chosen not to name the city on the blog or other social media for the safety of our family.)  We visited there recently and received a clear answer to prayer that the shelter is needed there.  Although we have that answer, we are running on faith alone because we do not have the funds needed to move forward yet.

This project is no small undertaking and we surely cannot do it alone!    It is not easy to ask for money, even when I know that every penny donated will make a difference in the lives of children in need!  We have seen the blessings come from being involved and would love to see more people taking part.

I have created an Excel spreadsheet of our needs, similar to a wedding registry. Everything is estimated according to what we have priced through locals, others who run shelters or just online.  We can get exact costs for those who are willing to pledge to cover specific items.   We are a 501c3 Non-profit company so your donations are tax exempt.  You can donate through a company, individually or create a group and split the cost.  If you see an item that you plan to cover, let us know and we will take it off of the list.

Please donate using our website www.lighthousesanctuary.org

Thank you to those who are making the miracles happen by joining the cause!



List of Needs Amount Needed How Often
Home Modifications  $2,000.00 1 Time
10 Bunk Beds  $3,000.00 1 Time
Linens and bedding  $450.00 Yearly
20 Mattresses  $1,500.00 1 Time
Mattress protector  $300.00 1 Time
20 Shelves for kid’s belongings  $200.00 1 Time
2 Large Kitchen Tables and chairs  $1,000.00 1 Time
Dishes  $150.00 1 Time
Utensils  $50.00 1 Time
Pots and Pans  $200.00 1 Time
Dish towels  $25.00 1 Time
Garbage Cans, bags  $50.00 1 Time
Broom and Dust Pan  $20.00 1 Time
Stove or look below  $150.00 1 Time
Oven with range  $300.00 1 Time
Vitamins  $200.00 Monthly
Water Purifier  $600.00 1 Time
Rice Maker – 60 cup  $150.00 1 Time
4 Couches  $2,000.00 1 Time
3 Fans  $100.00 1 Time
3 Storage shelves  $500.00 1 Time
3 Book shelves  $300.00 1 Time
Books  $200.00 1 Time
Toys  $200.00 1 Time
School Supplies: Paper, pencils, crayons, pencil boxes  $200.00 Yearly
Saxon Math workbooks K-6  $400.00 Yearly
School tables, chairs  $500.00 1 Time
White Board  $20.00 1 Time
Instruments  $500.00 1 Time
Office Supplies  $200.00 Yearly
Lockers for staff  $200.00 1 Time
Social Worker  $425.00 Monthly
Children’s Worker’s (2)  $500.00 Monthly
House Manager/Cook  $325.00 Monthly
Laundry Help  $250.00 Monthly
Electricity  $215.00 Monthly
Water  $45.00 Monthly
Phones and Internet  $85.00 Monthly
Food  $1,000.00 Monthly
Clothes  $150.00 Monthly
Personal Hygiene  $175.00 Monthly
Laundry Soap  $125.00 Monthly
Birthday and Christmas Gift Budget  $25.00 Monthly
Medical Needs  $175.00 Monthly
Dental  $35.00 Monthly
TOTAL  $19,195.00

9 thoughts on “Leap of Faith

  1. I’m wondering how much it costs to ship things there. I have a son who needs to do an eagle project and I’m wondering if gathering things and shipping them is a possibility.


    1. Meghan,
      Thank you so much for your interest in helping! There are different ways to ship. You can send a box, of any weight, that would cost $100 from Utah and $60 from Las Vegas. It would take 6 weeks or more to arrive. I have family members coming in September that might have extra space in their luggage to bring donations, if that is a better option. Please let me know if I can help you coordinate. Thank you again!


      1. I was just informed that there is someone willing to bring boxes so if you are able to donate items, let me know and I will help you coordinate. Thank you!


    2. I just rewatched the Abolitionist agai because my daughter worked with the national volunteer coordinator. I couldn’t stop thinking about the aftercare myself. What do you think of making a quilt for each child? Would something personal of their own be uplifting as well as useful? My daughters need projects for Young Women’s goals and we aren’t super fancy, but a quilt says comfort in many ways? Thank you, Tina Dimmitt


      1. What a beautiful idea! It is quite warm here so if you do make quilts, I would suggest making them with a light material. I believe the children would be so grateful for such a gift!


    3. We have been informed that one of our board members can bring donations when she comes. If your son decides to ship items, please let us know and we will help you coordinate.
      Thank you!


  2. Thank you for sharing your inspiring story. Would you mind contacting me at your earliest convenience? I’m in the Philippines now, and am hopeful to interview you for TV show.


  3. Thank you for all you do and for the hope you are spreading. We can make a difference. One person and one child at a time.


    1. Thank you for your kind message! I agree that together we can and will make a difference! Thank you for being a child advocate!


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