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Candy – A One Heart Dayton Story


*Candy is six feet tall in her bare feet, so she towers over my five-foot frame when she puts on her ten-inch stripper shoes. The strip club dressing room was crowded with entertainers dining on OneHeart Dayton’s homemade fare as *Candy stood up and said, “Miss Donna, you know what we need?!” I pulled up two bar stools and stood on the rungs to be a little closer to get eye contact. “What do we need, Candy?” thinking this should be interesting. She laughed and said, “You are a funny lady! We need a Bible study, Miss Donna!” she proclaimed.

The group agreed. Then a woman from the back said, “So, are we going to be the Christian strip club? Everyone laughed. So I said, “Of course, we can have a Bible study!” Two girls came up to me and shared that they didn’t have Bibles and asked if we could get them a Bible. OneHeart Dayton put the word out that we were in need of Bibles, and we quickly received a donation of New Believer Bibles! It was incredible to watch women be so excited to have their very own Bible to study. Then *Cassie asked me if I had ever heard of a Bible highlighter and, if so, could I get her one. I told her that I had, and I would find one for her. The next week before we were leaving on Outreach, a gentleman from Salem Church of God came around the corner and said, “I forgot to give you the highlighters that go with those Bibles!” What?!

As long as I live, I don’t think I will ever forget women jumping up and down in ten-inch stripper shoes like little kids just because they received a Bible highlighter. As we were leaving the dressing room that evening, I looked back over my shoulder and here were two young women still sitting, facing each other with their Bibles open, devouring the Word of God. This is not supposed to happen—but the truth is that God is everywhere, and he orchestrates the open doors and draws all people to himself. So, yes, in the dark recesses of a dressing room, in a strip club, in Dayton, Ohio, God’s light shines.

Their stories are often complex and complicated. Only through the healing power of Jesus Christ will they ever find their way. That is the only true way for all of us to find freedom.


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Tara – A One Heart Dayton Story


The EMT said, “She coded twice on us…I thought this going to be a death by overdose but the big guy upstairs must have a reason to keep her here.”

Tara had taken a lethal combination of heroin, painkillers, and alcohol before collapsing on the strip club floor. She was spiraling out of control with her children being taken away from her and no where to turn. Her shame was almost palatable. Her depression in a deep dark valley without hope. Tara’s trust was difficult to earn…she was more familiar with being used, abused, and dismissed.

OneHeart Dayton patiently became a consistent presence in Tara’s life. We provided christian counseling, and referred to her drug rehabilitation. We were successful in helping her find employment and a stable place to live. We facilitated her being reunited with her three children. Tara is an awesome parent and takes her children to church every Sunday. Through the funding provided by CHOG TRAFFICKLIGHT Tara has been going to a Junior College and is an excellent student. Her major is in addiction counseling!

Yes, the “big guy upstairs” has a reason to keep her here…not only does she have the potential to help others in a significant way but she changed the course of her children’s lives. Her dream is to one day own her own home.

From almost dying on a strip club floor to where she is now is a miracle…we believe that Tara* will live in a beautiful home of her own one day.


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Egypt-A One Heart Dayton Story


As far back as she can remember every one of her family members have “bothered” her sexually. Brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles, and father with his friends…she remembered that she would be bought, bartered or sold for favors by the time she was five.

Egypt believed that her beauty was her asset and it was her curse. She found it very difficult to trust anyone because she thought there was always an agenda attached. When OneHeart Dayton met Egypt she had been living in her car for one year and was in need of psychiatric care. Only by the grace of God were we able to establish a friendship with her fractured spirit.

In time we were able to provide christian counseling and refer her to a christian psychiatrist. As Egypt’s mental health became more stable she embraced the fact that God knitted her together in her mother’s womb and knew her even then. Her transformation was stunning. God doing what God does!

Egypt is in love with God’s word and walks in the light. As Egypt continues to build her life she hopes to pursue a career in cosmetology. With the funding provided by CHOG TRAFFICKLIGHT, we plan to help Egypt realize her dream!

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