You Have to See It To Understand It. By Pam Noritake
As short term teams, we blow in, blow up and blow out…but to see what breaks God’s heart will stay with us for a lifetime. Our desire is to share this “burden” with you our family, friends and supporters so we can understand more of who He is and why we’re here.
Last night as we were adjusting to our jet-lag, we saw a child on the streets who seemed to have fallen victim of a begging ring where the child was drugged until she was unconscious. As this child is lying on her “mom’s” lap, the woman was actively asking for money and portraying herself as being homeless. As we walked passed them and rounded the corner to where we were staying, we saw a little boy with his sibling also on the streets with their mother. This second scene was different. This truly homeless mom was taking care of her children and not asking for money. The poor and vulnerable have a real need here in Thailand and yet there are those who will use this need to fulfill their own greed.
Seeing what breaks God’s heart first hand gives us such a better understanding how to fight human trafficking. He commands us in Matthew 12:29 to “take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls.” We want to help those who have fallen victim to human trafficking so that they may find rest in Jesus. This fight is vast and dangerous…being here, seeing with our own eyes can be overwhelming. This “burden” is not impossible with God. He promises in the same breath in the following verse: “for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Our team is here to do all we can that is humanly possible and then God will do what is impossible!