Lost and Found Refuge
Lost and Found Refuge is a shelter ministry for women at risk including victims of debt bondage, job termination, migrant worker abuse as well as emergency housing for women escaping sex trafficking. Lost and Found Refuge is where women who find themselves at risk can stay and find hope in Jesus.
In Hong Kong, there are more than 300,000 women employed as domestic workers. A majority of these women at risk suffer from debt bondage in securing employment, and once employed often suffer various types of abuse. If their employment is terminated by the employer, or they leave due to the working conditions, they have two weeks to find a new job. If they cannot find a new job in that short amount of time, they are forced to return to their home country, often in a worse financial condition than when they left.
At Harmony Baptist Church, we realize that people often need to find physical, financial and emotional freedom as well as spiritual freedom. Besides preaching the gospel, an important part of our mission is to help those who find themselves enslaved as a result of debt bondage or sex trafficking.
In the first ten years of the church’s existence, we have worked at educating our attendees about the issues of debt bondage and sex trafficking. We have intervened with abusive employers of domestic helpers and confronted unscrupulous employment agencies. We also have an outreach among the prostitutes of the Hong Kong red light district.
This is why Lost and Found refuge is so important.