Thanks for all the prayer mon amigos. It’s really been helping. Jesus is up to good things here in Phnom Penh, especially the red light districts (the bars/clubs).
So, these past two weeks I’ve been putting my fingers in a few pies. Aside from the orphanage, God is blowing my mind with the opportunities He’s putting in front of me. I’ve been able to work with several anti-sex trafficking organizations, such as Precious Women, The MST Project, and Love 146.
A couple weeks ago, a few of my teammates and I went out with Precious Women. We went into a beer garden, ordered a table and a few bar girls, sat down and had some good conversations with them. It was great to get to know them, and to give them a break from being man handled by customers.
The beer garden we went to caters to mostly bussinessmen, so needless to say, when our group of mostly women plus one man walked in with jeans and tshirts, we got a lot of confused looks from the staff.
The woman I talked with was such a sweetheart. She’s 31, and she earns $17 a month working at the beergarden. She rents an apartment with a cousin for $50 a month, and she has a second job training as a beautician. But it’s still not enough.
Can you imagine only earning $17 a month to be manhandled constantly? It’s heart breaking.
We’ve also been out prayer walking the red light district, which has also been hard, but it’s so good at the same time. Seeing Jesus move is always worth it.
This past Friday a couple of my teammates and I went out with the MST Project. MST stands for Men and the Sex Trade. There are so many organizations out there that fight for the women in the sex trade, but there are very few out there that pray for the men who are buying the women. This is what MST does. So half of us stayed back and prayed, and half of us went out and had some conversations with the men who are out there to buy sex. My small group was along Street 136, which is a street filled with nothing but dark tint-windowed bars with flashy signs advertising sex. I’m so glad I went out. MST is doing such a great job, please keep them in your prayers.
Along with all this comes spiritual warfare. So thank you so much for praying over us, and please continue to do so, as we’ll be continuing to go out prayer walking, talking with bar girls, or talking with the buyers.
I love what God is doing here.