Only 3 words are all it takes to start this journey of mine to search, to weep, to pray for Cambodia …
The invitation to the conference says the following :
“Child Sex Slaves – 3 words that do not belong in the same sentence and yet this unthinkable and horrible travesty not only exists but it is thriving and growing. Today, there are over 1 million children who enter the sex trade each year. In Cambodia, girls may be sold into sex slavery as young as five! The “old” girls are 11-13 years old! Torture and violence are a girl’s daily companions. She will be raped 8 to 10 times a day by adult males who come from all over the world to humiliate her. They will take photos and videos of her terror so they can “re-live” the moment and impress their friends.
But her story remains untold. Her voice is silenced by the fear, shame and guilt that she is forced to endure. Her body is desecrated by the multitude of sexually transmitted diseases it is forced to host. She is hopeless, helpless, has no passport or papers, no identity. She has become what they want her to be – a product- a sexual commodity!
Yet it is into this darkness that God is calling His people through the words from Isaiah 61:1-4 to be His light by entering into the battle against oppression, to bind up the broken hearted, to release these prisoners from the dungeons of sex trafficking, to set these captives free; to bestow on them His crown of beauty instead of ashes, to replace their spirit of despair with His garments of praise, to pour His oil of joy upon their crushed hearts so that they can become oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.
Will you be part of God’s Isaiah 61 team by reflecting His beauty in a broken world as you speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, restore hope and dignity to those who are viewed as disposable and invest in their lives in order for them to fulfill their God given destinies?”
I put down the invitation, checked the box “Yes, I will attend”.
God has invited me to walk on this journey to search, to weep, to pray, for Cambodia …