“Children and young women bound in sexual slavery is but one of the off-springs of evil. The torturous prisons and fields of slaughter are part of the national psyche and time does not heal wounds. Time, in and of itself does not heal the soul; teach forgiveness, good parenting, literacy, sound business, commerce, morality, health, honesty, hope, peace, love, wisdom. Time is not a reconciler. It is just a ticking clock.”
As I am reading the above written by one of the mission team members who will be spending three hot and sticky weeks in Svay Pak, Cambodia, reading through her words taking me, someone who longs to one day rest her feet on such ground, only half a minute to grasp the truth of the words behind. Time cannot heal wounds. Time cannot bring back the health a girl once had before she was “processed” before being trafficked.
From where I am right now typing this blog entry, I am sitting in this comfortable chair, overlooking my beautiful family, enjoying our get-away. All of a sudden, such anger and disgust fill up my lungs, I pray that such anger and disgust will be wiped out by the hope He promise me when He opened up this door to us, when He planned this trip for us to speak up, to challenge the complacent, to afflict the comfortable. While some others who are now half way across the world, hold on to the same hope our Lord God promise them when He opened up the same door for them, when He planned the trip for them to comfort the afflicted.
We all have our part to do for the fatherless and the oppressed!! Are you doing your part as He calls you??
Isaiah 58:6-7 —
6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”