The Poiema Foundation was founded by Rebecca Jowers. When she was a student at Dallas Theological Seminary, she was introduced to the problem of human trafficking in an international context. As a wife and mother of four, her circumstances prevented her from moving overseas to serve in a ministry, so she began researching domestic human trafficking and realized that it was a problem right here in our own country. She spent two years studying the problem of sex trafficking in the United States. Once she became aware of the scope of the problem, she felt compelled to act and could no longer ignore the plight of the victims. She started a human trafficking ministry at her local church. But then, with the vision and hope of opening a safe house, she created the Poiema Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The name “Poiema” is a Greek word found in Ephesians 2:10, which states, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” The word “poiema” is translated as “handiwork” or “workmanship.” God intimately and lovingly creates each person, and he cherishes every person as a precious work of art. Sadly, women and children in the sex industry believe they have no value or self-worth. But regardless of how they feel, the truth is they are God’s workmanship. They are custom-designed by the Master’s hand to do good works. The Poiema Foundation hopes to reach these victims and share the love of Christ and the good news that they have value and self-worth because are intimately created by a loving Creator.