MISSION & GOALS
Who we are:
We are a Christian organization. We believe in one God, and that the blood of Jesus shed on the cross provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. We believe the Bible is the inerrant, complete and true Word of God. We seek to provide a voice in the fight against the sexual exploitation of boys, because boys are often left out of the conversation and because God commands that we protect all of our children.
We are committed to a three-fold ministry in the fight against child trafficking.
As a survivor of child trafficking, Sean Wheeler speaks to help people understand that boys are trafficked too. He seeks to break the myths about the impacts of trafficking on boys (and men) who are survivors because they have fewer resources available to deal with the effects of abuse, and because many people do not see this as a problem for boys. Sean asks how is the rape of any child ok? Sean wants to shine a new light on this problem to show how big it really is. A light for the boys, alongside of the one already shining for girls. Not take away from the work already being done, but because more light means fewer shadows, and fewer places for evil to hide in the world.
We are committed to sharing a message of hope and forgiveness to convicted sex offenders who have accepted Christ as their savior, who have repented of their sins, and who seek to become the people God created them to be. We do not excuse what they did, but this idea is Biblical and it is shown to reduce the likelihood of someone reoffending. Sean works with convicted offenders today and says, “it will mean fewer “me’s” are created and fewer lives are touched by hurts that last a lifetime. I offer forgiveness because God forgives me”. Sean forgave the men (and women) who molested him. He says, “offering forgiveness did not let them off the hook, it let me off the hook”.
We are committed to providing a place for training of those coming out of prison to teach them new skills so they can find meaningful work. As a long-term goal, Starfish would like to build a church where former inmates can worship and develop a new relationship with God. We want to provide facilities where counselors can work with people to bring God’s healing into this world. Our ultimate goal is to combine all of these things in a southwest style Spanish mission, as a safe place where an Ephesians 3:20 moment can shine a message that says God can give us an exceedingly, abundantly, above and beyond all that we can imagine kind of healing, because of His power in us. Through Christ, all things are truly possible. We have His word on it.
Sean’s Story: As a pre-teen Sean’s family lived in a small town in the Midwest United States. Around age 5 a predator came into his life, who went on to share him for sexual purposes with others over a period of 4 years. At age 7, he was used in child pornography along with another boy, a girl and several adults. By age 9 Sean knew how to drink alcohol, smoke and was addicted to pornography. When his family eventually moved away from that town, the damage was done but God rescued him, in God’s perfect timing. Sean’s family relocated to Arizona where he was able to visit old southwest missions. These places greatly comforted him and Sean’s goal for Starfish is to build a mission style facility in Colorado.
Sean’s story was told first in the Greeley Tribune on September 10, 2017. He has been a guest lecturer at Christ for the Nations in Dallas (a private Christian University) and he was a guest on 100 Huntley Street, Crossroads Christian television in Toronto, Canada. Sean has been written about in Charisma Magazine (on-line) and in other Christian publications in the US and in Australia. Sean wrote an article on the impacts of being used in child pornography for “Fight The New Drug” which is an anti-pornography organization in Los Angeles, California. He is the author of “Wretch: Haunted by Shadows – Rescued by Jesus” available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other book sellers.
“God rescued me and gave me hope and a purpose. He told me to go, and share His hope with others. Some would ask how I can do this, but I say how can I not do it? To ignore God’s request would be to dishonor the one who rescued me. So I’ll do what I can to make a difference, one life at a time. What happened to me is not the end of my story, and to other survivors I say it doesn’t have to be the end of yours either. That’s the Starfish message.”
- Sean Wheeler, Survivor, Author and Founder, Starfish Ministries
Public speaking to inform about child trafficking, providing a voice for boys in the public arena. The founder, Sean Wheeler, is a survivor leader having been sex-trafficked as a pre-teen boy for 5 years.