Pope Francis has been calling us to go deeper than a surface level in our relationships with others, and to truly journey alongside them for the long haul. This is what he says in Evangelii Gaudium 91:
"One important challenge is to show that the solution will never be found in fleeing from a personal and committed relationship with God which at the same time commits us to serving others. This happens frequently nowadays, as believers seek to hide or keep apart from others, or quietly flit from one place to another or from one task to another, without creating deep and stable bonds. “Imaginatio locorum et mutatio multos fefellit”.This is a false remedy which cripples the heart and at times the body as well. We need to help others to realize that the only way is to learn how to encounter others with the right attitude, which is to accept and esteem them as companions along the way, without interior resistance. Better yet, it means learning to find Jesus in the faces of others, in their voices, in their pleas. And learning to suffer in the embrace of the crucified Jesus whenever we are unjustly attacked or meet with ingratitude, never tiring of our decision to live in fraternity."
Linda Watson is doing just that in her work in helping women escape from the slavery of prostitution. It is long term work, not only helping women find a way out of prostitution but also a way out of the drug addiction and other abuses that go with it. It is work that requires patience, and one to one personal care.
The following article from 'The Record' explains things better than I can:
There are many charities around that spend huge sums on newsletters, brochures, and promotional gimmicks, but Linda's House of Hope doesn't. Even the donation form is simple and without fancy coloured design (see the PDF below). So you know that a big slice of your money will not be spent on attracting further donations.
For even more background information read http://southlandmissions.org/index.php/we-help/ct-menu-item-29 and http://www.biblesociety.org.au/news/ex-madam-dreams-of-a-farm
Above all else, please pray for Linda, for her team, and for all those she is helping out of darkness and into hope and healing.
St Martha and St Mary Magdalene, pray for them.
St George, pray for them
St Andrew the Apostle, pray for them.
St John Eudes, pray for them.