Meet the Douds
Robert and Pamela Doud are the founders of For the 1 Ministries. Together they manage a Non-Profit, their family and household. Brother Robert runs a small construction business and Pam has worked in retail management for 25 years.
Since the first day God introduced them to each other, He has guided the Douds to start and lead some very unconventional yet fruitful ministries. For the first 6 years of their marriage they ran and operated 'The Basement', a ministry primarily focused on providing a safe place for youth who had either been neglected by family or just simply did not fit into what’s considered normal society; the misfits. Located in the literal basement of a building in the center of their small town, Fayetteville, Tennessee, Robert and Pam provided hundreds of adolescents and teenage kids with a loving and safe environment they could call home, church or just simply a place to hang out. God kept the doors of The Basement open for as long as He needed them to be. In 2015, He began to move the Douds outside of those doors and into the very dark world of Human Trafficking.
“MOST VICTIMS COME OUT EXTREMELY TRAUMATIZED PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY, MENTALLY AND SPIRITUALLY AND LACK THE SUPPORT, STRUCTURE AND EDUCATION TO REINTRODUCE THEMSELVES INTO THE WORLD AND MAINTAIN A HEALTHY LIFE”
For some time Robert and Pam could sense that God was about to transition them into some new territory in their ministry. One Friday evening Brother Robert received a phone call from a friend who had previously served with him in the Basement ministry. This friend had just moved to Nashville and told Robert that he needed to drop whatever he was doing and come meet him the next morning to have breakfast with some people who would tell him about Human Trafficking and how prevalent sex trafficking is in Nashville as well as through out America and the world. That was it. The situation was worse than Robert could’ve imagined and in his own back yard. Before the morning’s meeting had even ended he stated, “Well looks like we’re going to open a safe house”. God was clear and the timing of The Basement closing couldn’t have been more obvious.
Robert began serving with a ministry located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. It was here that he learned how the sex trafficking industry functions, where to find victims and the best methods for facilitating their rescues. There was just one problem; there are absolutely no safe places to take these victims once they decide they want out. Most victims come out extremely traumatized physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually and lack the support, structure and education to reintroduce themselves into the world and maintain a healthy life. There was no question that God was leading Robert and Pam to help fill this gap and since then they haven’t stopped working towards this goal.