The verdict was scheduled to be out on Christmas Day. (Please see the previous posts about a trial in Cambodia.) Not to our surprise, there was delay. In the waiting of these few days, much of the concerns were that that the girls would be so intimidated by both their trafficker and by the potential presence of family members that they would not feel safe to tell the truth of the violent abuse they have endured. We have been praying for the trial that would be swift and free of corruption, and that the girls would have great courage.
Now the VERDICT IS OUT AND ANNOUNCED. Both traffickers were deemed guilty and have been sentenced to 10 years in prison each.
Such a verdict doesn’t stop us from continuous prayers for the 2 girls, aged 9 and 16, who so bravely testified in this case. They continue to be safe and undergoing long-term recovery from the abuse they have endured. Pray that they would grow into strong, courageous women, free of the false shame that so often enshrouds victims of abuse, free of fear, full of joy, deeply healed through the One who is able to do immeasureably more than all we could ever ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Please pray for the two perpetrators who will now remain in prison for the years ahead. Pray that their hearts would break with the knowledge of what they have done, and that Christ would be revealed to them as their Redeemer, their way to true life and restoration.
Pray also for our staff team in Cambodia – another trial commenced on Christmas Day, the verdict to be announced January 5. There has been little time for rest – pray that they would know the deep rest of the Holy Spirit, sustaining them through each new day, bringing joy and peace that surpasses all understanding.
May now justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream (Amos 5:24) on these days when we celebrate: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)