It was a fairly large house, but we soon learned three families shared it. Our partner Marry and her foster daughter Sanda Htun, now 16, sleep in one bedroom and everyone in the house shares the kitchen and single toilet.
Below are just a few of the many testimonies we receive about lives being impacted and transformed by the Human Trafficking & Slavery Ministry of Heaven’s Family.
We’re here in beautiful Taunggyi, the capital city of Shan State. Because of its location nestled on top of a ridge 5,000 or so feet above sea level the climate is quite nice—low 70s in the day, mid-40s at night—even though we’re in the tropics. Today our partner took us to a local outdoor-type restaurant where 6 of us ate our fill for around $3.25 each.
Is it worth it? Sometimes we ask ourselves that question. The answer is again a resounding YES. We’ve flown half-way around the world to help protect women and children from human trafficking and slavery. And to reach the remote places where some of the most vulnerable people live, we then had to drive for many hours.
With groaning engine and grinding gears we lurched ever higher toward the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains before us. Behind, the valley below was bathed in glorious afternoon sunlight, a view unimpeded by the safety of guard rails—which made for some scary moments!
March 30—just last Friday—a dirty, rail-thin girl gobbled down a grilled cheese sandwich as if she hadn't eaten in days. She asked for more. Her intense, penetrating eyes, full of fear and pain, darted uneasily around the room as she devoured her food. Once her ravenous appetite eased, she began to tell her incredibly sad story.