The vision for Created Tampa was birthed in Manila, Philippines as we served in a ministry called Samaritana. Our 9-month experience in Manila inspired us to start created. We realized at the time that our city had no Christian organization or ministry dedicated to reaching these women and we had a heavy burden to initiate and contextualize what we learned and experienced first hands in the Philippines.
We discovered the extent of sexual exploitation evident in our city, Tampa, FL. Our current approach is to befriend women, invite them into trusting relationships and empower them to leave prostitution or the dangerous lifestyle in which they live.
By providing personal relationship, regular places for the women to gather and interact with God's word, we hope to see God break the power of oppression, isolation, and helplessness that currently grip many of their lives. We also know that part of seeing women become free from exploitation will only come as we walk alongside them, advocate for them, and empower them to speak up for themselves.
As women are empowered through relationship with Jesus and grow to understand their true identity as image bearers of God we fully believe it will be the starting point for them to begin to use their gifts and skills in healthier, non-exploitive environments.