How we started
To what may have seemed coincidental at the time,
in October of 2013, Cynthia Smith and Judy Hamilton
participated in separate Out of Darkness’ Princess Night Outreaches
through the ministry of the Atlanta Dream Center.
Though they both lived in the middle Georgia area,
the two had never crossed paths; yet had individually returned home with like-minded desires to help women, who had found themselves trapped in the commercial sex industry at any point in their lives,
find hope and experience freedom.
While communicating their newfound experiences with others,
Cynthia and Judy soon connected Providentially via a mutual friend; which in turn opened the door to a growing number of compassionate men and women experiencing the same stirring of their hearts, who also wanted to somehow support these women in escaping further exploitation. Without hesitation this small but visionary group began meeting fervently in prayer at what may have appeared an unlikely place - a truck stop - seeking the Lord for His will in reaching the exploited.
As a result, in January of 2014, Out of Darkness Middle Georgia
was launched, followed by its initial outreach at a most fitting place
- the very same truck stop - educating truckers how to recognize, prevent, and report sex trafficking across the nation.
Soon thereafter, the second of many ministries to come was actualized, Princess Night - ministering to women
in and around hotels in the Macon and Warner Robins areas.
Since 2014, the Middle Georgia chapter has added: jail ministry,
club visits, Adopt-A-Block, Hotline members, education, speaking engagements, church and individual partnerships, and rescues
to its involvement against sexual exploitation; and desires to see
even greater restoration to these women through opening
a Transitional Home in 2021.