There are only a few days left before we take off from Calgary airport to fly to Thailand and Cambodia. We are excited to be part of a team of 16 happy Canadians (from Arise Canada, Renaissance Ministry and the Lighthouse) that will be helping in the area of child sex-trade prevention/education/rescue. We know it is a heart-wrenching issue and have already seen and read horrific stories which really touched our hearts. We want to make a difference and believe that as we network with others, there will be changes in these children’s lives.
We will be networking with Hope for the Nations of Kelowna, B.C., which has a voice in the United Nations. In Asia, we will connect with ministries and organizations that are serving in various areas where children are at risk, specifically in sex slavery. Our main contact in Cambodia is the Cambodia Hope Organization, who has been working with Hope for the Nations for years. The vision is to build seventy safe-houses along the highway of human trafficking in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. They have established a safe haven village and we look forward to helping and ministering in many areas of need. Of course, this will not be accomplished in one trip but we are committed to this work for the next ten years.
We will be connecting with Dean and Kathy Torgerson and their family who have moved to the city of Pattaya, Thailand to start a new ministry to child-begging rings on the streets. We want to support their work in every way we can. They are Canadians and have been in Thailand over a year now. We will also connect with Rahab Ministries, who help young women trapped in prostitution in Bangkok. Also in Bangkok, we will be connecting with an organization called Nightlight, which is committed to addressing the complex issues surrounding trafficking and prostitution of young women and children.
We leave November 15th and will be in Asia until December 15th. We look forward to keeping you posted on our journey.