Hello friends and family!
As most of you know, my heart has been deeply burdened for the rescue and restoration of women and children trapped in sex slavery for more than a decade now. My involvement began with launching an awareness campaign -- Regent University's first Human Trafficking Awareness Week -- while I served as IJM Student Chapter President. In recent years, I have focused on conducting research on the role of religion and spirituality in the lives of women leaving in the sex industry, as well as on disseminating practical information through writing and speaking at conferences. Because of what God spoke so powerfully to me a few years ago, I remain fully committed to the prevention of sex trafficking and aftercare for survivors. I will never forget swimming in a puddle of tears as He asked me if I would be willing to help rescue women and children from the garbage dumps where they have been discarded like trash, washing them with the water of His Word and restoring them to their rightful identity as jewels in His Crown. As I said "yes" that afternoon, He enlarged my heart and downloaded an even greater measure of His compassion and mercy for the innocent victims of extreme exploitation and sexual abuse.
In the past year, the Lord has been very faithful to resolve a major health condition that has prevented me from traveling abroad since 2003. As a result, I am very excited to share that I have an opportunity to travel with XP Missions to Thailand and Cambodia along with Patricia King and a group of business and church leaders. We will be gathering to share current and future vision, tour three strategic cities and strategize solutions to transform these nations. Following this time, we will embark on a week-long outreach in Phnom Penh, Cambodia involving intercession, worship, evangelism, mercy ministries and service projects. This is a time to shine forth God's glorious light into some of the darkest areas of Cambodia, specifically targeting the sex trade of women and children!
April 29, 2014 "“ May 12, 2014
"¢ Tour of three strategic cities in Thailand and Phnom Penh, Cambodia
"¢ Ministry in slum and garbage dump communities
"¢ Healing ministry
"¢ Ministry to women working in the sex industry
"¢ Children's ministry
"¢ Service projects
"¢ Evangelism activities
"¢ Onsite prayer and intercession for the city, nation, and social justice issues
"¢ Partnering activities with other local ministries / organizations
I would love to invite you to partner with me in this outreach to the women and children of Southeast Asia, both through your prayers and through your financial support. If you would like to be part of my personal support team, please feel free to contact me via GoFundMe. I do plan on keeping in regular contact with my support team with updates and prayer requests.
I am also asking you to prayerfully consider partnering with me financially. It will cost me $3,519 to go on this missions trip. I am praying you will consider contributing whatever the Lord places on your heart to help me reach this goal. No amount is too small!
If you prefer to make an online donation, follow the directions on this website (note that a 5% fee is assessed by GoFundMe). If you would rather make a donation by check, please contact me and I will send you my mailing address. Thank you so much for a prompt response. I deeply appreciate your prayers and support!
The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the LORD's favor has come! -- Luke 4:18
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