Have you seen this vimeo? It is a ‘must see.’ http://vimeo.com/26869019
It is one girl’s story of being trafficked; rescued; and then trafficked again. The vimeo takes place in India, and is produced by International Justice Mission. But it could be in any country, and it could be any one of the girls. The line in the vimeo that haunts me is spoken by Saju Mathew (IJM National Director, India). “It is very easy to exploit the poor. Who is going to come and defend them?”
“Who is going to come and defend them?” Is that not exactly what our God has asked of us?
Prov 31: 8-9
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy y; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
2011 Mission Team
Sept 27 – Oct 11th
Thirteen of us will leave for Thailand/Cambodia on September 27th. We will begin our ministry in Pattaya, Thailand where between 40,000-60,000 girls are sold each and every night. Yes, that is THOUSAND, you read it correctly. Can your heart comprehend that much pain? Can you imagine the heartbreak God feels when He sees the very child that He created in His image, used in such a vile way? The same child He designed to be a temple for the Holy Spirit?
“Who is going to come and defend them?”
Not everyone can come. But everyone can help. And we are asking for your help. Our ministry expenses will be very high. Chomno has asked us to do day camps for up to 400 children in different locations each day. (This is daunting!) We will also be doing pastor training, women’s seminars, art therapy, and teaching in the sewing school.
If you can help us financially, please make a check out to Northshore Baptist Church;
10301 Northeast 145th Street
Kirkland, WA 98034
And write: Cambodia on the memo line.
But even more than financial help, we covet your prayer support. We are all so very aware of our own inadequacy. We can do nothing in our own strength. We need your prayer support, and God’s strength.
Jer 1: 6-8
“Ah Sovereign Lord, “ I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child,” But the LORD said to me. “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you, declares the LORD.”
Just like Jeremiah we buy into the notion that this problem is too big for us. But God can and will use us to carry out His work. He has promised to give us not only the words we need, but the strength. We offer our sack lunch, He multiplies it to feed the multitudes.
Oh LORD, as we step out in obedience we offer our hearts and our hands to your service. When things feel impossible help us remember, “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” Phil 4:13Tweet