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IMG_4448I have been in the Kingdom of Cambodia for 5 days now and am once again astonished by the beauty of this country. The people, the landscape and the culture. This is the dry season, and its coming into the hot season, way hot. So amongst the beauty there is this layer of death that continues to settle on everything. Dust, rice fields that are drying up and broken people. On the outside all these things seem fine, but when you look closer you see that they need some lovin.

Yesterday I met with my good friends who work with a children at risk NGO in Phnom Penh. They told me about a young girl who lives in the community they work in. Turns out she was taken from her mom and dad by her auntie. Thinking she was being trafficked they went with the mom to the Province to find her.

Our friends left in the middle of the night and drove almost 12 hours to the Province where she was. After talking to a few people they found the girl. Turns out her aunt took her to the Province because she saw how bad she had it in Phnom Penh. She wasn’t going to school, she was malnourished and she was getting beat by her dad who is a heavy drinker.
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They found out that the situation she was in was a good situation, minus the fact that she was taken from her mom and her town. She didn’t want to go back, but saw how much her friends with the ministry loved her, and so she went back to be with them. She held their hands on the way home and fell asleep in the car ride home. It breaks my heart as I even type this story. This girls life was not good, but people loved her, believed in her and wanted to help.
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The other day they just did her placement test for school, she has never been to school. Her placement test puts her in grade 3, she is 14 years old. The school is a good private school. They are also talking to the dad about being a better father and working with the mom to make sure the child is protected.
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There is so much brokenness in our world, and it is Gods hope that we, His kids would respond and bring healing in Jesus name. Caring for the sick, visiting those in prison, feeding the hungry, giving water to the thirsty and preaching the good news to the poor. This call is a privilege that we all carry and its up to us what we do with it.
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Peace.

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Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 8.44.34 AMOver the next 6 days that Im in Cambodia I will be posting on things that I see involving poverty and trafficking. Cambodia is a beautiful country, filled with wonders and overflows with the heart of Jesus. But, because sin is in the world it is also filled with the horror of extreme poverty and human trafficking. Here are some of those things that desperately need the love and justice of Jesus.

It is 8am in Phnom Penh and most of the city is already at work, including the young girl that waved at me from the bar I was passing on my way to the cafe. 8am and the bars are already open, and not only for drinking, but for the selling of girls for sex. As I drove by I caught this girls eye. She waved at me like she had been taught and most likely prayed that I wouldn’t stop, but would just wave back and drive on by. 8 hours in Cambodia (5 of those sleeping) and my heart is already broken.

This is not the life that this girl dreamed of when she was a child. Working for sex under the watchful eye of her pimp early in the morning. Somewhere along the way her dream of life was stolen from her. Maybe by an uncle or friend, but most likely from a family member, as usually is the case. Was she tricked into this, or did she voluntarily go thinking that this is the only way she can make money for her family? Either way, she is stuck and needs to be set free.

Cambodia is filled with NGO’s fighting for girls like this. Fighting to give them a new life, filled with opportunity, dignity and hope. But, its not enough. There needs to be more ministries fighting for these girls. With over 50,000 sex slaves working in this country a few NGO’s is not sufficient, there needs to be more.

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This is going to be raw, I am sorting my thoughts and feelings on this as I write.

Ariel-Castro-main_1772234aOn Tuesday of this week Ariel Castro, who kidnapped and enslaved 3 girls for up to a decade, died in his cell by hanging. This was only after 1 month of serving his 1000 year sentence. I am and have been super bothered and emotional about this since I found out last night. A part of me is screaming UNJUST, UNFAIR, COWARD.

I also scream for those three girls. These girls suffered under the hands of this man for years, 10 years for the first girl he took, raped and imprisoned. Then, when they finally get free and justice is brought, their captor only suffers for  1 month and then takes the easy way out by killing himself. Ugg, I couldn’t imaging what they must be going through, it’s not fair, they continue to suffer and he isn’t anymore. This is one of the reasons why I am so against the death penalty, this and that I don’t believe that taking another persons life is right, no matter what he/she has done.

Then there is the other side of me. The side that tries to see Ariel Castro as Jesus see’s him, as His son who made a horrible decision when he took those girls. I see the side where if he was sick, which he claimed to be with this quote “At his sentencing, Castro told the court that he had been “driven by sex”, adding: “I’m not a violent predator… I’m not a monster, I’m a normal person.” “I’m just sick. I have an addiction, just like an alcoholic has an addiction” that he felt unable to control himself.  I wonder if when the realization of what he had done hit him could he just no longer live with himself? I wonder if he met Jesus in those last hours? I wonder if he killed himself out of regret over what he had done, or fear of what his life was going to become?

I feel rage, sympathy, anger, remorse, pity, frustration, helplessness and confusion. I pray that I don’t forget to continually bring those 3 girls to Jesus in my prayers. They need healing, they need hope. It is not a hope that comes from their captor being caught, it is a hope that comes from Jesus, their maker.

What are your thoughts regarding this?

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