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COVER SECTION
New Orleans churches and ministries demonstrate the love of Christ to a community in need
The Care effect
By Diana Chandler


Sue Yocum thought the man was crazy. He had approached her in Washington Square Park during one of her daily strolls with her daughter, Lena, who was only seven months old.


“Your baby is very pretty,” the man had said. The proud mother thanked him, but his next comment took her by surprise. “Can I buy her?” he asked.


“Can I buy your baby?” Yocum recalls the man asking. “It didn’t click. I asked ‘excuse me?’” 


The stranger repeated himself.


Assuming his insanity, Yocum quickly returned to Baptist Friendship House across the street, a Southern Baptist mission and her home since her boyfriend deserted her upon the birth of their child. There, staff members explained to Yocum what really happened. The man had asked to buy her baby as his property.


Unable to support herself and her baby, Yocum’s circumstances placed her in two groups the Friendship House works diligently to help: the homeless and those vulnerable to human trafficking.


“To know that under-aged girls are bought, obtained, prepared, packaged and distributed like products into strip clubs, online pornography and prostitution breaks my heart,” says Kay Bennett, Baptist Friendship House executive director.


18 Summer 2012 • onmission.com

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