Building a Dream

In the early 90’s, Rhonda Calhoun had a dream where Jesus walked with her through a building. He told her that one day they would build it and it would be like Noah’s ark. He also said that it would be at the heart of His Father’s farm. She woke with an insatiable desire to see God’s dream come true.

The Refuge is so much more than a 20,000 sq. foot building. It is a training center and a safe haven for women and children who have been sexually abused and exploited.  The second floor is fully functioning and serves as our training and equipping center, dorm-style housing and gathering place.  The first floor is still under construction. Upon completion, it will be a place of restoration and healing for women and children who are in need of intensive care.

The Refuge ministry center is so much more than a 20,000 sq. foot building. It will be a safe haven for girls who have been rescued from sex trafficking.

Slavery is alive and well on planet earth.  And many of the slaves are children. Born in America, standing around bus stops, hanging out by runaway youth shelters, McDonald’s or advertised online.

According to the FBI, there are currently an estimated 293,000 American children at risk of being exploited and trafficked for sex.

Forty percent of all human trafficking cases opened for investigation between January 2008 and June 2010 were for the sexual trafficking of a child.

While the term trafficking may conjure images of desperate illegal immigrants being forced into prostitution by human smugglers,83 percent of victims in confirmed sex trafficking cases in this country were American citizens.

The majority of these children being sold for sex are girls between the ages of 12 and 14. They are girls abducted or lured by traffickers and then routinely raped, beaten into submission, and sometimes even branded. When the girls try to run away, their traffickers torture and or gang rape them.?

Young girls are the new commodities that traffickers and gangs are selling. In many respects, the girl trade has replaced the drug trade. The Internet also allows the sale of a girl to be executed with ease, discretion, and convenience for the buyer. And unlike selling a drug, the girl can be sold over and over again.

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. – Psalm 34:18

Current Needs

There is still much needed to complete The Refuge. We are in need of volunteers to help with construction on the interior of the building. If you or someone you know has construction experience or can swing a hammer, hold a board then please contact Allen at:

If you have supplies or any other items to donate, please contact Danny at or phone 816-522-9011.

Or perhaps you would like to make a donation to the building fund?

Donate Now

When you donate, please designate your donation to “The Refuge“.
Remember, you are not investing in just a building—you are investing in the lives of devastated girls and giving them a chance at life.