Westside King's Church - August 2016 | Hungry For Life

August 2016: ,

A team from Westside King's Church traveled to Southeast Asia with the purpose of partnering and encouraging international workers in their fight against human trafficking. The team saw how our field partners use international development principles and projects as preventative measures by increasing education and the socio-economic status of at-risk girls and families. The team also joined with an organization who operates a safe house to assist women out of the sex trade and equip them with basic life skills for employment, as well as offering a safe place for healing and mental wellness. Time was spent touring the project locations, building relationships, praying with locals and ministry staff, and participating in some of the ministry activities at the project sites.

Team Testimonials:

"Hearing the stories of the girls... broke my heart. The words 'we are all broken' rang out in my mind."
"[In the next six months I will] speak more openly of the Lord's love for us to others."
"The 'invisibleness' of women in Cambodia [broke my heart] — God sees me, and all women, as valuable!"
"[On this trip] I met the people, heard of the issues, built a relationship and experienced love returned to me in a new way. This time I choose not to forget. This time I will speak out for them."
"I want to see all people through God's eyes."
"I'm more grateful of where God has placed me. I'm more educated in terms of what trafficking is. I want to educate others on trafficking & help stop it."

Team Blog:

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Coming home!

It’s our final day in Cambodia.  Today we toured the Angkor Wat UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Amazing to see the engineering and work that went into building this ancient city and many temples dating back to 1113. 

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Sunday, August 14th, 2016

By this you will know

Today we had church on our own and shared how the trip impacted all of us and prayed for the AOC staff and the people we have met on our trip. We have met some incredible people who have committed years of their time and invested in the local people.

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Saturday, August 13th, 2016

My Favorite Things

It’s been quite a whirlwind experience. Visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21) in the morning on day two and then The Choeung Ek Genocidal Center that same afternoon was an emotional day to say the least.

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Friday, August 12th, 2016

What a day!

On day 12 of our adventure, in a part of the world that is quite unlike what I am used to, I wonder what I will see today.  My senses have been overloaded, and at times assaulted, with new sounds, sights and smells. What next?!

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Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Reflections from a "beginner"

Today was a travel day, and by that I mean 7 hrs in a bus that felt more like we were lost at sea in a storm, it took a little while for us to get our sea/bus legs but after a good lunch we were back to our selves again.

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Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

The Provider

Today was our first glimpse into urban poverty.

The place:       Prek Ho district, Phenom Phen
The people:    genocide survivors
The time:        preschool time, whatever that looks like to you

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Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Our Restorer

Today was hard and very heavy. We spent the day visiting the Genocide Museum (S21) and the Killing Fields.  All I kept thinking about was the time just before Jesus died and how he felt the weight of the world’s sin (Peter2:24, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Matthew 27:46).

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