Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Countdown to Cambodia #2

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT) So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 

What will you be doing?

It’s the most frequently asked question about our mission trip to Cambodia and the answer isn’t clear.  This trip differs from a hurricane cleanup or a Habitat building project where participants come away having accomplished something concrete. 

Really, what can we do in two weeks to impact the sex trafficking problem?

We can love each girl we meet.

We can encourage the missionaries who face the problem every day. 

These men and women have left the comforts and conveniences of life in a developed country.  They have answered God’s call to fight human trafficking and care for the victims.  They look evil in the eye.  They are the heroes.  Donna, Steph and I just show up, listen to stories, share the experience, support their efforts and give them a great big physical hug.  We also share their stories with you in the hope that you will join the effort.

Some of our specific activities will include an update about current trafficking issues, changes since our last visit and progress in the battle.  We’ll spend time with girls between the ages of 12-19 who are trying to transform their lives and visit businesses selling survivor made products and restaurants run by ‘graduates’.  I anticipate a spa day at Tropical Oasis, a training ground where girls learn hair and nail care.  We’ll stay in at a new guest house with a larger vision to employ young Cambodian people and contribute 40% of profit back to Christian NGOs supporting at-risk women and children.

You can be encouragers too.  We are assembling your messages to the missionaries as a gift of encouraging words.  We invite you to write a note that might serve as a virtual hug.  Thank them for lives transformed and their life of service.  Remind them of God’s presence.  Promise your prayers.  Write your message as a comment on this post or email me.

How would you encourage a full-time missionary?  (tweet this)

#seedsofscripture #Cambodia #missionaries #humantrafficking #WorldHope

Read the next trip installment - Countdown #3

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