We started the ministry Hope Dies Last as a response to encountering so many people from the Central Europe region who had been trafficked to Western Europe. Nearly 4 years ago we moved to Budapest at the invitation of Carmelita and Yohanan to continue working towards creating prevention and educational tools around the topic of sexual exploitation and human trafficking. We fell in love with the region and hope to see more YWAMers focus long-term on this part of the world.
Since moving to Budapest, Hope Dies Last has created tools like The Book of Love for front-line ministries to use to connect to the more than 1 million people in prostitution across the continent. The Book of Love is a beautifully designed 186 page pocket-sized book in 6 regional languages. Currently this book which contains the gospel of John, life affirming art and hotline numbers is in use by more than 50 ministries. To meet demand we’ve started a fully redesigned version in Russian which will be ready for distribution this Summer.
We’ve also developed connections with regional anti-trafficking ministries and help facilitate the Shine Conference to create a more cohesive network to share information and encouragement. The next Shine Conference is in Bad Blankenburg, Germany this October 4-7. If you are interested you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Through our networking in the region, we’ve seen a need for more focused and trained anti-trafficking staff. To help meet this need we are partnering with YWAM Perth for an anti-human trafficking Discipleship Training School this Summer/Fall semester. The Priceless x Hope Dies Last DTS will consist of 5 weeks of lecture in Perth followed by 7 weeks in Budapest. Outreach for the 30+ students will be in Germany, the Balkans and the Middle East. More info: www.hopedieslast.org/priceless