Daniel Hughes


My Story.

Colonie Hughes


     Knowing first hand what if feels like to be a victim of sexual violence and carry deep shame.  I spent years afraid to look anyone in the eyes; I was scared someone may see the filth that I felt on the inside.  I felt like my life was not only a failure, but I was nothing more than a piece of trash tossed away and forgotten.  I spent most of my childhood and early adult life running from myself.

I was introduced to the sex-trafficking industry at a young age and became an intravenous drug user at 14 yr. old.  Before I turned 18 I had been raped several times, and I was devastating when I found out I was pregnant.  Not knowing how to take care of a baby, I “thought” my best option was to have an abortion.  This only caused ​deeper shame and trauma that further wounded my soul.  Burying the pain of my decision I delved deeper into the drug culture where I was later beaten and left for dead, overdosed several times, incarcerated, and eventually lived on the streets.  By accident I found myself involved in the drug cartel, and my life spiraled further out of control.  The only glimmer of hope came when a woman I didn't know reached out to me.  This angel shared the Gospel with me, and it changed my life forever.  However, I could not stay sober and I didn't know why, so I continued my drug use for several more years.  This eventually led to 12 felonies and trafficking morphine in which I found out I was pregnant again.  Several more years of extreme trauma and chaos I finally came to the end of myself, and I was all alone. God was the only hope I had left.

It was hard for me to imagine that God or anyone could love someone like me. Surprisingly, he took me as I was, and I didn't have anything to lose except my pride.  I finally took the first step and went to Teen Challenge, a christian discipleship program, recommended through a loving friend.  It was there that I discovered the amazing and never-ending love of God.  I realized my drug use was a result of my unresolved pain that I had been running from for years.  I tried several times to stop using drugs, but it wasn't until I realized that God loved me that I was empowered to do so.  This revelation enabled me to walk through the process of restoration and wholeness and I discovered my true identity in Christ. I rid myself of the shame of my past, and dedicated my life to helping people just like me.

Within two short years of completing the program, I received custody back of my daughter and found true love. I graduated from the University of Alabama with a Master’s Degree in Social Work; this was a huge accomplishment for someone who always felt like a failure.  I founded 7 Springs Ministries in 2014 with my husband, Daniel Hughes, and expanded our women's program known as the Esther House.  A ministry that brings hope and restoration for women rescued from sex-trafficking, abusive relationships,  and the hopelessness of addiction.  My life has been a journey; with no regrets.  If God can do it for me than he can do it for someone else.

Next Steps...

We invite you to come rebuild your life with us. Please fill out an application if you are interested in one of our programs. Restoring the Broken, Rebuilding the Cities....

Get Involved

We rely on your generous contributions to ensure we can meet the high demand in our communities.