Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Cambodia 2011--Here we go again...

For the third summer in a row, I'm heading to Cambodia to work with Agape International Mission,(AIM) a group that helps rescue, heal and restore girls sold into the sex slave trade. Cambodia is a well known global hub for sex-trafficking. And Svay Pak, the community where Agape ministers, is well known as a place for pedophiles to come and have sex with very little girls. Although having sex with a child under the age of 16 is illegal in Cambodia, law enforcement and the government have closed their eyes to this evil. But God and AIM are changing that. AIM has exposed the evils of sex-trafficking of little boys and girls in Cambodia through their investigative work, as well as the success in being able to rescue so many girls out of harm's way. At their restoration home in Phnom Penh they've brought love, joy, hope and healing to scores of young girls who otherwise would have no hope. As well, Svay Pak, once a place of oppression, evil, darkness and poverty, now has a beacon of light and hope in their community at Rahab's House, a former brothel, turned community center, church, school, and medical center--all free services ministering to the entire community of Svay Pak.
This year I'm taking a team of 12 men and women from Bayside Church and we will spend two weeks working in Svay Pak at Rahab's house, diving into all the outreach ministries AIM is involved in every day. We'll be working with about 300 children from the community who are currently being sold for sex by their parents.
Please pray for us as we bring the love and hope of Jesus into this community and work alongside the Cambodian team of brothers and sisters who tirelessly serve God and this community every day. We ask you to pray for our safety, unity as a team, opportunities to share God's love through action and word to all God brings our way, and the finances to support all the needs God brings to our attention. God has blessed our team financially because of many of your faithful gifts, and because of that, we'll be able to pour much needed funds into the community as God leads. Some of the things we'll be able to do is...buy rice and mosquito nets for local brick factory families, medicine for the clinic, and food and school supplies for the children who come to kid's club.

I'll be blogging at this site during my stay...we leave Thursday June 23rd. Look for my blogs starting June 25th once we arrive in country.
thankyou for your support and prayers,
Blessings, barb

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