In 2017, Lesotho, Africa continues to be the primary focus for Beautiful Dream Society moving forward.
Although Beautiful Dream Society, along with the support of our dedicated partners, is grateful and privileged to have served trafficking victims and their children in our Oklahoma crisis shelter during 2013 through 2016, we are excited to fully return to our original call to help Lesotho where BDS is the only organization dedicated to sheltering victims of human trafficking in the country at this time. We celebrate the lives of the 216 human trafficking victims including 57 US women and children that have been changed through our Oklahoma operation, and we are grateful that other organizations have been raised up to take over the mandate to provide assistance for trafficking victims in Oklahoma.
BDS will continue to raise awareness about human trafficking in Oklahoma and at every opportunity we have all over the US and the world. Our message is that human life is valuable. Every human being deserves love, respect, and freedom from exploitation and domination.
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In March 2008, Jennifer Crow, founder of Beautiful Dream Society, had a very vivid dream. In her unusual dream, Jennifer was on a ship with Christine Caine (only an acquaintance at the time), looking over the ship’s railing, cruising past a dark rocky coastline. As they glanced across the horizon, in the sky above the land, Jennifer saw the word “L-E-S-O-T-H-O,” spelled out in capital letters, a word she was unfamiliar with, and had no recollection of ever hearing. On the rocks of the coastline were hundreds of seals. One particular seal in the middle, a mother seal, was much bigger than the others. This mother seal had a large pouch, like a kangaroo, filled with baby seals; some were bleeding, pale, and sickly. While Jennifer and Christine were watching, the mother seal’s pouch was ripped open, and hundreds of her children, from embryos to different sizes of babies, spilled into the sea and were lost. As Jennifer looked into the eyes of the mother seal, the seal’s face turned into the face of a brown-skinned woman. Although she didn’t speak, the tears spilling from her penetrating eyes conveyed her voiceless but urgent plea: “Help me.”
Jennifer was shocked to discover that Lesotho is the name of a tiny country completely surrounded by South Africa. It’s a country ravaged by poverty, with the second highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world. Jennifer’s dream became the catalyst for several trips to Lesotho, and in May 2010, the Beautiful Dream Society was founded. BDS’s initial purpose of helping the woman in the dream (Lesotho) with her hurting children was only the beginning.
BDS operates a 24-hour, emergency shelter for victims of human sex trafficking and their dependent children in Maseru, Lesotho, Africa. Referrals are provided from multiple sources, such as law enforcement, healthcare agencies, and individual community members. In the shelter, women and their children receive shelter, food, and clothing. Trained volunteers and staff provide trauma-informed care throughout the process of helping the individual or child to accomplish his or her goals. BDS partners with the community in order to facilitate individual needs, such as medical care, mental health care, and further education and vocational opportunities.
Love House Lesotho
Rescue a child. Raise a leader. Rebuild the family. Restore the nation.
It is estimated that orphans comprise 10% of the Lesotho population, with most of those being orphaned because of the high prevalence of HIV infection. With 28% of the people being infected by HIV, Lesotho is the second highest country in the world, per capita, for HIV infection. BDS had been operating the shelter for victims of human trafficking for two and a half years, when BDS was made aware that there were orphan children who were in dire need due to other orphanages in the country being closed and over crowded. BDS opened the Love House and provides extended family support and guidance to ensure the children are raised to be the next generation of Basotho leaders. Three dedicated women were trained and chosen to serve as mothers to the children. Two of the women had been former victims of trafficking and had come through the BDS Crisis Care and Transition Program. The model of vulnerable women empowered to serve as nurturers and caregivers to orphaned and abused children has been proven to work at Watoto in Uganda, after which the Love House Child Care project is modeled. BDS currently supports loving family homes where thirteen vulnerable children are loved and cared for.
Beautiful Dream Society is an organization depends upon community partnerships. Here are some of our needs:
Our dream is to see lives made beautiful.
Thank you for your interest in Beautiful Dream Society! We are very excited to share the wonderful story of BDS. It is the story of people helping people, it is a story of seeing lives made beautiful, and the story of those who've been forgotten, abused, and exploited coming to know their love and value.
Our name says it all: our mission began with a beautiful dream--a profound dream in 2008, which has led us on a journey. The dream began to take shape when BDS was formed in 2010. Today the dream has become reality and has culminated, thus far, in two 24-hour emergency shelters for victims of human trafficking and the care of orphans and vulnerable children. Thank you for taking the time to hear our story. We would like it to be your story as well. Would you join us in the Beautiful Dream?
Founder and President
BDS operates a Lesotho Government Certified, 24-hour, emergency shelter for victims of human sex trafficking and their dependent children in Maseru, Lesotho, Africa. Referrals are provided from multiple sources, such as law enforcement, healthcare agencies, and individual community members. In the home, women and their children receive shelter, food, and clothing. Trained volunteers and staff provide trauma-informed care throughout the process of helping the individual or child to accomplish his or her goals. BDS partners with the community in order to facilitate individual needs, such as medical care, mental health care, and further education and vocational opportunities. Length of stay for the women varies, and is determined on a case-by-case basis. Each resident chooses her own personal plan for safety, determines the course of actions to be taken, and is assisted as needed in creating a transition plan to resume a healthy, fulfilling life beyond their time in the BDS Hope House.
Human Trafficking Victims and Vulnerable Women Served in BDS Shelters:
191 Total human trafficking victims and their children served 2011-2016
13 Orphans cared for full time since December 2013
366 House Mothers trained since 2011
57,989 People who have heard the message of awareness and prevention of human trafficking since 2010
5316 Nights of shelter provided
"I was abducted by a boy from my school after winter class. He tightly grabbed me by my hand and took me to his house. I was taken into the home for two months and forced to stay there. I do not remember much of this time except that the mother would talk bad about me because I would not perform the duties of a wife. I was kept in one of the rooms where every night I was sexually assaulted. They were always there so I could not escape.
Later I learned from my sister that my parents were in negotiations with the boy’s family to force me in an unwanted marriage against my will. When she tried to talk the parents out of the forced marriage they told her that if she takes me away from that family then she would be responsible to pay for my fees.
After speaking with my family, my sister took me to the police station. The police station referred me to the social workers, but due to threats from the boy’s family, the social worker referred the case to the Lesotho Embassy. They brought me back to Lesotho”.
This young lady was brought into the care of Beautiful Dream Society in Lesotho where she received love, medical care, food, clothing, counseling and psychological care. When she came to BDS she was timid, undernourished and frightened. She had trouble sleeping at night because of bad dreams. She was numb to her experience and would not talk about it because she did not want to remember anything. She believed that by not talking about it the thoughts would disappear.
Over time, she regained weight and strength. She began to sleep better, laugh more, and performed very well in her trauma program. Her outgoing personality began to show. Now, almost one year later, she is back in school, and working hard to achieve her goal of finishing school so she can become a teacher!
A person's value comes from their Creator. When societies recognize this essential principle, then human exploitation decreases. By increasing education and awareness on matters of human trafficking in the state of Oklahoma, Beautiful Dream Society strives to raise awareness that human value that can never be diminished. Since 2012, BDS has spoken to thousands in schools, universities, churches, and at community and tribal events. BDS also provides customized instruction on topics such as trauma informed care and care of trauma victims using principles of validation and acceptance.
Short term success includes:
Tools used to measure and track success include:
BDS Lesotho had been operating the shelter for victims of human trafficking for two and a half years, when BDS discovered that there were orphan children who were in dire need due to other orphanages in the country being closed and over crowded. BDS answered the call to help by forming homes to ensure that children are raised to be the next generation of Basotho leaders. Three dedicated women were trained and chosen to serve as mothers to the children. Two of the women had been former victims of trafficking and had come through the BDS Crisis Care and Transition Program. The model of vulnerable women empowered to serve as nurturers and caregivers to orphaned and abused children has been effective at Watoto Church in Uganda, after which the Love House Foster Care program is modeled. BDS currently supports loving family homes where thirteen vulnerable children are loved and cared for by three dedicated mothers.
Four-year-old Ntoetsi* was brought to the BDS Crisis Care Shelter by Lesotho police. BDS hasn't typically taken in abused children, but the most prominent Lesotho shelter for abused children had recently closed and the police were out of options for Ntoetsi. She came to BDS in a severe state of trauma with third degree burns on her feet. Her step-mother had dipped her feet into boiling water causing painful open wounds. She could not be left alone but had to be in constant physical contact with BDS house moms and staff. As the wounds on her feet began to heal, so did the wounds in her heart. Once she could walk and bathe normally, Ntoetsi joined a family at our Love House Children's Home. Her new House Mother (a former victim of trafficking who has been rescued and cared for by BDS), loves her, protects her, and values her. Ntoetsi attends classes at the BDS pre-school and is flourishing there.
A person's value comes from their Creator. Beautiful Dream Society strives to raise awareness at every level of society that human beings have value that can never be taken away by another human being. This is portrayed through our presentations and trainings to multiple governmental organizations, schools, community groups, law enforcement, churches, and healthcare providers.
Fourteen-year-old Lintle* was brought to BDS by the Lesotho Office of Immigration after she was able to escape from her captor. Lintle was kidnapped from her village and taken to a location where she was repeatedly raped and held against her will. Lintle's parents accepted an amount of money in exchange for the wrongs perpetrated against Lintle for the perpetrator to 'marry' her. Although illegal in Lesotho today, ancient customs allow a negotiated fee called Lebola to be paid in exchange for a kidnapped girl who is treated more like a possession or animal than a human. Fortunately, Lintle escaped to authorities who brought her to BDS Crisis Care Shelter where she began to heal. Lintle has now been placed in a loving family environment at the BDS Love House. Lintle's desire is to finish her schooling, and live her teenage years free to pursue her hopes and dreams. Lintle is excelling as a student at the BDS school as she feels loved, protected, and has the hope of a better life.
Jennifer Crow has been in non-profit corporate management for over 21 years and has founded 8 non-profit and for-profit corporations in Oklahoma and Lesotho. She is the founder of the Beautiful Dream Society, an Oklahoma 501(c)3 corporation and Beautiful Dream Society of Lesotho, a government certified organization, dedicated to fighting exploitation and instilling value by helping victims of human trafficking and orphans in Lesotho, Africa.
She is also the owner of Barn at the Woods LLC, a premier wedding venue in Edmond, Oklahoma
Previously, Jennifer served as a founding board member and Senior Pastor of Victory Church in Oklahoma City, which grew to over 5,500 in weekly attendance at 5 locations in Oklahoma and Lesotho.
Active in community service, Jennifer serves on the Board of Directors of Branch 15 in Edmond, OK, an organization founded by Life Church Pastor Craig Groeschel's wife, Amy, which exists to provide Christ-centered transitional housing with individualized support for women on their paths to recovery and independent, sustainable living.
Crow also founded a music production and publishing company, Victory Productions, LLC, whose artists produced ten full length albums of original music in English and Spanish for 316 Media and Dream Records. She holds a degree in Vocal Performance from Oral Roberts University where in 2010 she was honored as an Alumnus of the Year.
Jennifer is the author of the book, Perfect Lies, published by Tyndale House, and her accompanying Perfect Lies workbook for individual or group study for victims of trauma that promotes healing through meditation. In 2004, diagnosed with a dozen chronic health issues, Jennifer entered a deep depression and crisis. And as everything in her life seemed to unravel, Jennifer began to see how the perfect lies she’d told herself—lies like "I must prove myself because my worth depends on what I do" and "I must gain the acceptance of others because their opinion matters most"—were literally crippling her body, mind, and soul. In Perfect Lies, Jennifer reveals nine key lies that held her back, walks us through her journey of miraculous recovery, and shares practical techniques for overcoming these same lies in our own lives and finding true freedom instead. Jennifer's experiences have perfectly prepared her for work with vulnerable women and children.
Jennifer has resided in Oklahoma City for 21 years raising 5 children and 4 grandchildren (so far!)
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Why Doesn’t Beautiful Dream Society File Form 990?
Beautiful Dream Society, a 501(c)3 Oklahoma Non-Profit was formed in 2010 as a Foreign Mission Society of Victory Church in Oklahoma City. The “Foreign Mission Society” is a designation by the USA Internal Revenue Service as an entity affiliated with one or more churches, more than one-half of the activities of which are conducted in or directed at persons in foreign countries, which has as its primary activity the provision of humanitarian aid to individuals in foreign countries. Victory Church appoints one Board Member to serve on the BDS Board of Directors. The financial operation of BDS is completely separate from Victory Church, which is a separate 501(c)3.
As a Foreign Mission Society of a church, BDS is exempt from filing the annual Form 990.
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