Laura Baxter tells us how God prepared her to answer a big call to leave a successful, happy life in Central Kentucky and move to Honduras to minister to women escaping the sex industry. She had very little financial support, knew very few people and barely spoke the language, but she knew this is what God wanted her to do. She left home for a life far outside the comfort zone for most of us. But helping rescue women from sex trafficking was only the beginning. When COVID-19 and then not one but two hurricanes hit, Laura stepped up her mission work to the next level by serving those who serve. Talking to Laura you get the impression God is just getting started with her. I can't imagine the amazing things she will accomplish in the coming decades.
Joanna Ministries, Inc. seeks to work with churches and other ministries to reach teens who have been abused and may be at risk for life on the streets as well as being trafficked. We go into one of the local hospitals to talk with teens who are pregnant. We want to be available to them and let them also know that there are safe places they can go. In opening a pregnancy crisis center, we hope to reach teens who have been abused and have become pregnant. Sharing pre and post-natal care along with seeking to help heal their hearts in the process. Because of Laura's own experience in an abusive relationship, God has given her a heart for girls who have been abused; to be able to share that there is hope and healing through a relationship with Christ.