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August 31, 2017 - No Comments!

A Successful Village Outreach

written by Les Ginoza

The August 2017 Short Term Team recently accompanied our bible school and human trafficking awareness team to do a joint outreach to a small village just outside the area of Hot, in Northern Thailand.

The night event where 95 people came in the rain! It rained almost the whole time, yet people kept showing up because of the excitement we created in the house visitations conducted earlier that afternoon!

This village had approximately 100 homes with an estimated 600-700 people.  Our entire team went house to house, meeting and greeting everyone in the village and invited them to our evening outreach.  95 people came out to see our presentation, which included games, dramas, singing, a short human trafficking awareness program and also lots of FUN!  Little did we know, the pastor from the next village over met us to watch the events unfolding and told us an incredible story.

He was amazed at the response of our presentation. His church tried to do an outreach at this same village but the people of the village threw rocks at his congregation!  They were not receptive to the gospel at all!  This was a miracle to see all these villagers welcoming the team and actively participating with us!  The favor of God truly was on this group!

The next day, we presented a human trafficking awareness program at the local school.  It was a day filled with games, crafts, activities, dramas, evangelistic themes and a human trafficking awareness presentation.  There were about 70 children and they laughed, loved and connected with everyone from our short-term team, ZOE bible school and staff.  To top it off, we ended the day by giving every child a goodie bag filled with some of their favorite candies! 

      

Many of the children accepted JESUS and the teachers were genuinely appreciative of everything that we did for the school!  We left the village entirely spent as most of the team simply slept on the way back!  They gave everything they could, but it was ENTIRELY WORTH IT, because GOD was GLORIFIED!

August 17, 2017 - No Comments!

An Unseen Impact

written by Marji Iacovetti

I’ve spent hundreds of hours researching over the last seven years. I’ve learned about child trafficking from survivors, therapists, social workers, and other heroic individuals.

The hardest part for me is the opposite of what I would have expected. When I see beautiful, loving, healthy parenting, I often ache inside.

As I see genuine parental love, I can’t help but picture the enormous number of young people who need and deserve that same love but never find it. I long for every child to see a face light up because he or she just walked into a room. When children know they’re cherished, they are well armed for life’s challenges. They’re also protected from the lies of traffickers and others who might hope to exploit them.

Fighting child trafficking doesn’t need to be complicated. It can be as simple as becoming a helper in a youth group or making room for a young neighbor at your dinner table.

It’s impossible to know this side of heaven the impact you will have when you take the small steps of showing love and treating people like they matter.