NightLight Branson launched in Fall 2012 and is addressing the issue of commercial sexual exploitation specifically in the Tri-Lakes area, which includes the cities of Branson, Ozark, and Springfield, Missouri. The Tri-Lakes area, one of highest drug producing areas in the nation, has 30% of its families living below the federal poverty line and has two national airports located within 50 miles of each other. These conditions, in addition to a bustling tourist industry, create an environment that is conducive for sexual exploitation.
NightLight Branson will address exploitation through prevention, intervention, restoration, and education. The prevention team will work with at-risk children, breaking the cycles of poverty and single parent homes by building relationships and sharing the love of God.
The NightLight Branson outreach team will head into the dark places weekly to meet with those trapped in the sex industry. We will build relationships with individuals in the strip clubs, those who solicit on the streets, pimps, club owners, and individuals who are buying sex. We believe only the love of God can redeem what the enemy has stolen. Therefore, our heart is to lead these individuals into God encounters.
NightLight Branson will pair individuals with a mentor and partner with these mentors to help meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of those transitioning out of the sex industry. We recognize that it is through deeply committed relationships that the broken find healing.
The NightLight Branson team is spending time at local schools, churches, organizations, and events, educating the community by discussing the issue of exploitation and giving the community ways to get involved. The Branson office will resource local churches in the fight against sexual addiction and pornography, as we believe that it is through education that we can decrease the demand for commercial sex.
In addition to dealing with the issue of commercial sexual exploitation in the Tri-Lakes area, the Branson location will train the next generation to address the complex issues of sexual exploitation. We have victory over the darkness and we will train others to do the same all over the world.