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The Day I Purchased a Porn Shop

It was April 11, 2014 a normal Spring day, just a bit warmer than typical Virginia weather. I walked into my 9-5 with nothing but my “dream” job on my mind. Two years prior I began working stateside with an organization in Uganda called The Zion Project. They were on the front lines empowering and employing women who had escaped the sex trade. At the time I was introduced to their mission, the word sex trafficking did not exist in my vocabulary, and I truly believed that slavery was abolished in 1863. When faced with the reality that slavery was alive and well in the world, my nation, and community - my life radically shifted.

What began as a simple ask, “What can I do here, where I am, with what I have?” quickly escalated into transforming my dining room into a boutique to sell jewelry made in Uganda , to traveling the country to educate myself on sex trafficking, all the way into dreaming about bringing this newfound passion into a full time commitment to impact our community and world.

When faced with the reality that slavery was alive and well in the world, my nation, and community - my life radically shifted. - Sabrina Dorman-Andrew

In 2013 we decided to take a leap of faith and start a nonprofit, New Creation. Our heart was to create space for others to engage with the issue of sex trafficking but we basically had no idea what we were actually doing. Little, little and piece, by piece our vision started coming together. 

Within a year we were partnering with five organizations, all tackling sex trafficking through job creation and human empowerment. We were selling candles made by girls rescued in North Carolina, to aprons stitched in Cambodia, to jewelry handcrafted in India, and coffee harvested in Peru. We traveled to open air markets, schools and churches to start the conversation around trafficking and encourage people to purchase with purpose. 

It became evident that we needed space to grow this mission that had rapidly taken over our home, but we wrestled with the question of where? While in this season of asking, we were in a sermon series regarding the “land that God calls you to,” it wasn’t necessary about physical land of course, however, that was exactly what God was speaking to my heart.

Every Sunday our drive to church took us past a local porn shop that had been in our community for years, prior to closing down due to legal trouble. This candy pink and white eye sore was in utter decay, boarded up, sitting empty. While everyone else was turning their heads as they drove by, I was drawn to it. I got a real clear sense that this - a former porn shop - was my land. Ummmm say what Lord? 

How exactly do you tell your family you feel the Lord has asked you to buy a porn shop? I am fairly certain I blurted it out with some emotional, jumbled speech regarding redemption, God using bad things for good and that building being the perfect space to talk about how porn fuels trafficking. Whatever I said seemed to make sense to them or at least garner their support.

It was April 11, 2014. It was a normal Spring day, just a bit warmer than typical Virginia weather. There on the county courthouse steps, with my pastor by my side, I spoke the final, winning bid for a porn shop at 3051 South Main Street.

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With the help of our community, we redeemed this crumbling mess into the most beautiful place of healing. We have worked within this building now for nearly 3 years - the bottom level is our shoppe filled with products both fair trade and survivor-made, and our offices above.

We spend our days inviting common people, just like you and me, to become a part of the solution to modern day slavery. Today we partner with 35 organizations, fund rescue and restoration around the world and have had thousands of conversations to bring awareness to this issue...far exceeding my wildest dreams.

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People ask how I made this dream a reality. I wish I could write a blog called “3 Easy Steps to…..,” however, what I found  was obedience in the small and large steps and placing my trust firmly in the Lord was what ushered it into being. My encouragement to you would be to ask yourself, “What can I do here, where I am, with what I have?”  We would love to hear about it! 

We took this once pornography shop and transformed it into a market place for fair trade + survivor made items. Each purchase helps see individuals rescued + restored from human trafficking. - Sabrina Dorman-Andrew


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Sabrina Dorman-Andrew Co-Founder + Executive Director New Creation  Sabrina hails from the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Her passion for tackling the issue of human trafficking quickly developed after volunteering with The Zion Project, and she made it her mission to learn about this issue on a local and global scale. In 2012, she and her husband, Steven founded New Creation, a non-profit that creatively counteracts sex trafficking with a local heart and global reach. She is a mama of daughters, a drinker of coffee, a teller of truth, and a lover of Jesus.

Sabrina Dorman-Andrew
Co-Founder + Executive Director
New Creation

Sabrina hails from the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Her passion for tackling the issue of human trafficking quickly developed after volunteering with The Zion Project, and she made it her mission to learn about this issue on a local and global scale. In 2012, she and her husband, Steven founded New Creation, a non-profit that creatively counteracts sex trafficking with a local heart and global reach. She is a mama of daughters, a drinker of coffee, a teller of truth, and a lover of Jesus.

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