A day, not another ordinary day. We pray, not another ordinary prayers.
The only spot left in Chapters here is this little bench sitting across two shelves of erotica literature. A guy is standing 2 feet away from us, having his fingers brushing across the books. What is he looking for? I pull my eyes away from him. I pull out my journal and look up once again. How ironic! We come here to pray for two girls who are treated exactly as erotic products in Cambodia. Someone come here to look for a “literature” of same sort. Now our eyes are leveled with all these pornographical titles and book jackets. I look at Paul, Paul looks at me. I again pull my eyes away but to look inside the heart of God instead … Air and the moist. Smoke and the dirt.
Leab, 20 years old, who was raped at a motor taxi. She is an orphan. (I stop.) Where are her parents? Died of AIDS when she was young? Then how young when her parents died? (I stop again.)
This morning, I am reading the Trafficking in Persons Report (June 2009), there are 165 countries being ranked under different tier to evaluate whether the country is taking substantial steps to end human trafficking. What is the use of reading such a report? To educate myself, to provide to my logical side of the brain that all these statistical facts and numbers are representing millions and billions of human beings being trafficked is happening, in real time, in real life, in a really hot sunny summer day. It is worth the fight. It confirms to me why we are here now praying for Leab Sok.
Father God, the battle is yours, not ours. 2 Chronicles 20:12, “For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” We are to fast, we are to set our eyes on you, we are to worship you before the battle is being fought, we are to worship you after the won battle with Your deliverance. Father God, we are coming here with such a decision and direction, to set our eyes onto you, for the sake of the girls. Even in the process of doing that, our hearts are praising you, are worshipping you, giving thanks to you as we are promised with your Words, “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions, and stand firm and see the deliverance of the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out and face them tomorrow and the Lord will be with you.” – 2 Chronicles 20:17
Father God, we sing to you and praise you for the splendor of your holiness as we go out at the head of the army. As we go out to fight this very fight – fighting against child sex trafficking – we know you will walk before us and all we need to do is to take our positions and stand firm and see Your deliverance.
In your name. I pray. Amen.