Healing and Hope

  • Linda H. Dykstra


According to the statistics given by the human rights organization Equality Now, 20.9 million people throughout the world were victims of trafficking in 2016. Of this number, the majority were women and children who were being trafficked for sex.

International Justice Mission (IJM) developed a four-pronged model to attack the issue of sex trafficking. Their method involves victim rescue, perpetrator accountability, aftercare for survivors, and structural/governmental transformation. This chapter focuses on aftercare for survivors.

The 36-lesson Stories in Grace curriculum combines education and counseling with storytelling. The Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) film Magdalena: Released from Shame is the “storybook” or “textbook.” It shows Jesus Christ’s healing and compassionate ministry to the deeply wounded women of His day.

Each of the 36 film segments used in the curriculum is an individual story which is seen and then studied using a standard six-step lesson format. This format couples inductive teaching with an overarching TF-CBT (trauma-focused, cognitive behavioral therapy) framework. As can be seen in the teaching video on, this unique combination can gently and supportively facilitate emotional healing and spiritual growth.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda H. Dykstra
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  1. 1.Stories in Grace Ltd.,Spring LakeUSA

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