Sarah Dunn took her first mission trip when she graduated from high school.
Her time in Africa working with orphans was life changing.
"It opens your eyes," she said. The daughter of a pastor - her dad, Phil Dunn, leads the congregation at Valley Christian Assembly on Bigley Avenue - she has always been active in her church family.
Mission work made her realize she could serve in a broader way.
Dunn, a dental hygienist who works for Health Right in Charleston, has gone on medical missions where she has worked with dentists. It's a much-needed service and she hopes to continue the work.
But Dunn also became aware of another problem in poor countries, one that shook her to her core. During a video presentation at her church, she learned about the human trafficking problem - girls snatched from their homes to be forced into prostitution or sold as sex slaves.
"I was shaking and crying the whole time," she said. "I wanted to go and rescue these girls."
Dunn researched human trafficking and discovered a Missouri-based Christian organization called God4girls that seeks to help girls in this situation, rescuing them from their plight and providing safe housing, schooling, skills training and scripture practice.
Saturday night at her church, Dunn has organized a fundraiser and information session about a project by God4girls in the hopes that she can contribute to its efforts to purchase a safe house in Mexico.
The event is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m., and the church is located at 1703 Bigley Ave.
Her initial efforts have raised more than $4,000 through direct donations and sales of jewelry Dunn makes, and now she's ready to do more.