Orphans from Moldova thank supporters in East Tennessee

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An East Tennessee church partners with a charity far away to rescue children from forced prostitution.

Those orphans are thanking their supporters here.

Thursday wasn't the best day for a car wash, but a group of young women from Moldova cleaned up cars at a small car dealership to say thank you.

"I didn't have any hope or anything and I just kind of survived every day," Nadia Rosca said.

The 22-year-old grew up in an orphanage then through her cousin found Stella's Voice.

"That day my life changed, I had hope and I knew God had a plan for my life," she said.

Philip Cameron and his wife founded Stella's Voice.

"We've literally saved them from being trafficked or from death," he said.

He explained that girls in Moldova are released from state-run orphanages at the age of 16 with $30, a bus ticket, and no options.

"The American ambassador told me that within 24 hours she's in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, or Russia and they use them 30 to 50 times a day until they kill them," he said.

Stella's Voice prevents that. Instead, the girls are educated and have legitimate jobs.

"Churches, their generosity, and monthly support and the offerings they give has made all of this possible," he said.

The owner of the car dealership is a member of Covenant Life Church in Lake City. A percentage of the car sales go to Stella's Voice, so cleaning up was a show of appreciation.

Tony McAfee is one of the pastors at Covenant Life Church. He said, "I've never seen something more powerful and more rewarding than supporting Stella's Voice."

He is proud his church is a partner in rescuing people from sex trafficking.

"When we lend to the poor or we lend to an orphan, the bible says when we do something for them then we actually lend unto God and it's a debt that don't go unrepaid," he said.

Nadia described what Stella's Voice has meant to here. "I felt loved and I felt the love of God and I started loving myself and accepting myself the way I am."

They will share their stories Sunday morning during the 10:00 service at Covenant Life Church.

Stella's Voice gets its name from a disabled teen named Stella who was trafficked and died of AIDS at age 19.  

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