BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Pastor Doug Bennett began the Magdalene Hope Ministry in 2009 as a means of reaching out to prostitutes and offering them a way off the streets.
Twice a month, Bennett and a dozen volunteers fan out across the streets of Bakersfield, meeting and praying with women who are "on the job." Along with a prayer, volunteers provide a gift bag filled with toiletries, inspirational literature and several emergency phone numbers to be used if the women decide they need a way out. This story follows Bennett on an average night through the streets as he and his volunteers meet and pray with women they have come to consider their friends.
Bennett also started a group known as People Against the Trafficking of Humans or PATH. To find out more about volunteering or donating to either Magdalene Hope or PATH, call (661) 808-HOPE. Or visit their website at MagdaleneHope.org.