August: Elizabeth Van Dine

About Elizabeth Van Dine:

I experienced abuse at an early age, so early I couldn't process it, and it caused me to shut down emotionally. At 14 years old, my first romantic relationship became violent and by the time it ended I had pretty much lost the ability to form meaningful attachments. Though I had a loving family and was told God loved me, I couldn’t feel it.

By age 18, I was jaded and detached from anything resembling healthy relationships. By age 21, I was alone and broke. Stripping was my solution. It felt like my whole life led me there. I had little regard for my well-being, so the work came easy. I worked at the club for 6-8 months constantly numbing myself with drugs and alcohol. 

My path began to change when I met my future husband. He inspired a desire for authenticity I hadn’t felt in so long. I quit the club, went to college and reconnected with family; however, I was still broken.

In college, I was drawn to fight sex trafficking. I identified with vulnerabilities of victims because of my past. This gave me purpose, but in January of 2011, I was given an identity in Christ. I received redemption and felt genuine love—and I was given a mission.

In 2013, I co-founded a successful nonprofit to fight sex trafficking called BE FREE Dayton. In January of 2016, we merged with Oasis House creating a holistic and comprehensive organization to educate the community and restore victims.

Pray for Elizabeth:

Pray I continue to work on building authentic relationships. Pray Oasis House would continue to thrive and carry out the mission to restore victims of sex trafficking, exploitation and addiction through Christ’s love.  

Contact Oasis House:

Oasis House

937.898.7811

Contact Elizabeth:

lizzie.vandine@gmail.com

Message for Apex:

VOLUNTEER! Oasis House needs women and men to join the fight against sex trafficking in our community. There are multiple ways to get involved, including mentoring and outreach. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.” Luke 4:18