The Philippi Project

At about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened...
— Acts 16:25-26

The philippi project is an initiative focused on bringing women out of the sex trade and abusive situations and empowering them to live productive, fulfilling lives.

We believe in restored hope, restored joy, restored life and restored dreams.

Okoa's goal is that every woman would know and understand peace, joy, love and hope. We believe that through love and mentoring each woman will discover who she was created to be. 

The Philippi Project started with two Bible studies each week in one of the well known brothels in town. Now, women come and learn about Jesus, receive prayer and build positive relationships. Readiness to transition into the Philippi House depends on the woman and her commitment to changing her future. 

Once transition takes place, she receives more in depth counseling and Bible study, is taught English and receives vocational training. Okoa walks closely and personally with each woman to ensure that her transition is smooth and successful!

A woman graduates from the project once she is ready to support herself and has the confidence to face life independently! 


Okoa believes that radical love combined with radical actions will lead these women to a freedom they have never known.


"I had been on the street since I was 14 years old. Ever since joining the Bible Study and coming off of the streets, I am sober, I am joyful, I have hope and I know that I am loved!" - Sarah, PP Member

Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.
— Maya Angelou

Freedom Banquet

Once each quarter, Okoa hosts a party for all of the women who work on the streets. The banquet has been named Women of Freedom because our prayer is that these women will truly discover the true freedom that only comes from Jesus.

Hosted right in the area where the ladies work, they come and eat dinner, receive encouragement from speakers, sing, and pray! As they return home, they receive a simple gift and an invitation to come to church on Sunday!

The event costs $800. If you would like to partially or fully sponsor a banquet, click the link below! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you! We certainly could not do this without you!