About this Artisan
Pen, a 23-year-old estranged from her parents, started working full-time as dishwasher in the red-light districts of Bangkok, Thailand, at the age of 9. She continued to work in various jobs in go-go and show bars throughout Bangkok. The jobs varied, but the hypersexualized atmosphere stayed the same.
Pen’s life changed when Thom, herself a former go-go bar worker, met Pen one night. Thom informed Pen about the hope and love of God, which was shown to her through Samaritan Creations. Pen was interested, as no one has ever really shown her love, much less hope. Pen quit bar work, joining Samaritan Creations.
At Samaritan Creations, Pen, surrounded by patient and loving people, encountered a loving family unlike anything she had ever experienced before. To put it another way, Pen encountered the love of God. God’s love so overwhelmed her that she reached out to her fellow bar worker, Da, telling Da, “They really help and care for you.” Da soon quit bar work too.
WorldCrafts provides an outlet for the women of Samaritan Creations to not only sell products they produce but also to change their lives.
Samaritan Creations exists to rescue, restore, and empower women by the grace and love of God. By offering women an alternative income to prostitution, we both rescue them from the trap of selling their bodies and empower them to alter the course of their lives. Through the telling and living out of God’s love, the rescued women are restored to a right relationship with God and others. Via entrepreneurial training and funding, Samaritan Creations empowers women to return to their hometowns to plant churches, alter the local economy, and forewarn people of the trap of prostitution.