How to Soften a Mother’s Heart


How to Soften a Mother’s Heart

Cambodia is a nation with a dark past, but a bright future. We're hearing this optimism repeated over and over these two weeks as we visit many of the projects you are involved with here through the Human Trafficking & Slavery Ministry. But this hopefulness doesn't come from the nation's political process, which is awash in corruption. Instead, it comes from poor, marginalized people who are working hard to make something of their lives—and they're finding opportunities like never before, thanks to Heaven's Family and many other organizations working in concert to end human trafficking and slavery in this Southeast Asian country.

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Sending Out The 12

Um Vorn wears many hats in Brasat Muoy Village—husband, father, pastor, farmer and teacher. He is one of 12 men and women scattered all over rural Cambodia who have been tasked with a very special assignment: educate children, and do all you can to prevent them from becoming victims of human trafficking and slavery, an endemic problem throughout Southeast Asia.

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Many Thanks

During this Christmas season we are reminded again of the greatest gift of love our Heavenly Father has ever given to his children—a gift He desires us to then give to others in ways only limited by our willingness and creativity. And we're so glad you've been willing to partner with us through the Human Trafficking & Slavery Ministry to show His love to those who've become victims, as well as those who are at great risk of becoming one.

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A Different Kind of Trek

My heart wept as Jeff and I drove through the Thamel district of Kathmandu, listening to our guide tell us about the exploitation and trafficking of young girls that happens there everyday. We are here in Nepal to find ways of helping victims on behalf of the Human Trafficking & Slavery Ministry.

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Bound for Nepal

You may recall last spring when devastating earthquakes rocked Nepal, home to the Himalayan Mountains and Mount Everest. Jeff traveled there in May to help survivors, and also learn more about the scourge of human trafficking and slavery in that nation—a problem only made worse in the months since the earthquake.

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Bandana Party!

We felt such joy meeting some of the young girls rescued from slavery (a culturally-accepted, centuries-old practice known as restavek) in Haiti during our visit last January. We are also delighted that Lynne, one of our team members on that trip who happens to be a local friend, continues to stay involved with the girls.

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A Rocky Future

I first met Rocky a couple years ago while visiting a ministry called Hope House in the slums of Cebu City, Philippines. Not many boys come to the Bible studies or church services held at Hope House (reflecting the tendency for adult men to avoid any such activities), so Rocky's warm smile and charm has stood out each time I've visited.

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Wings Needed

It's not easy to change the way we think, or how we respond to the conditioning we've received since childhood. The photo above, taken at the entrance of one of the thousands of beer gardens and karaoke halls that operate throughout Southeast Asia, may spur several thoughts—but many of them might be wrong.

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