I’d like to introduce you to some friends who are preparing to head to Southeast Asia on abolitionist expeditions.
SETH AND MARLO JOHNSON
My husband and I met Seth Johnson first through twitter, and later met up with him in person in Jacksonville, Florida. Last year I wrote a post on Seth and the work he is involved with at Transitions Global, a fantastic organization that fights sex trafficking in Cambodia.
Seth and his wife Marlo are heading to Cambodia with a team of abolitionists, where they will be learning about the country and its recent history with genocide, taking an in-depth look at human trafficking, meeting with Transitions Global’s partner organizations, and doing community service along side the brave girls that they’ve worked so hard for and love very much.
There is no doubt in my mind that this couple will come back with even more vision, energy, and vigour for their work to restore the lives of those who have been exploited. This is more than just a trip – this is leadership development, dream building, and vision-loaded investment into people who are already good stewards of the influence they have been given.
Seth and Marlo are raising $8500 USD for this trip, $2000 of which will go towards the yearly care of one of the girls in the safe home with Transitions Global. The first deadline is coming up fast – $4000 by the end of this month.
Please check out their story and give a donation toward their trip here. My hope is to interview them when they return so you can see what impact your support can have. Let’s get this couple to Cambodia!
Tara Teng, who currently holds the title of Miss Canada, is also heading to Southeast with her father, Terry. I had the opportunity to interview Tara in Langley BC in March, and got to hear about her passion to end modern day slavery.
This June, father and daughter will be participating in an amazing journey with the Traffic Jam Campaign to raise awareness in the fight against child trafficking in Southeast Asia and around the world.
Their experience will begin in Bangkok, Thailand, where they will encounter the country’s flourishing child sex industry that enslaves children as young as four years old. They will also be visiting ministries who are working the front lines to rescue these precious children from further abuse and exploitation.
From there, the team will head North to participate in MTV EXIT‘s Freedom concert in Chiang Mai. Traffic Jam is supplying MTV with an incredible band, Sargent Avenue, who will bring a message of hope to the 30,000 to 40,000 people in attendance. Tara has been asked to be a speaker at this concert.
The Thailand portion of the trip will finish in Pattaya, where so many young women, girls and boys are trapped within a wicked sex tourism industry frequented by predators from the world over.
They will then spend a few days in Cambodia, principally visiting the Vietnamese communities that live on the waterways. These families are so poor that 30% of them have sold a child into the Cambodian sex trade in order to survive. Traffic Jam partners with churches to provide skills-development programs to give these vulnerable children an alternative future.
Traffic Jam has partnered with World Orphans to facilitate this trip. World Orphans has prevention, rescue and care programs for orphaned, abandoned, sold and trafficked children in over 50 countries.
The portion that they need to raise for the team is $6,600 USD and they need to raise it rather quickly (by May 15th). Contributions can be made online here.
Instructions: (1) Upon clicking on link above, scroll down to the bottom and click the “DONATE NOW” button (2) Designate the amount (3) Under fund designation select Re: Generation. (4) Under message instruction, write the following: Thailand/Cambodia Mission 2011. For those of you who would like to get prayer updates, include your requests to get prayer updates.
Via Mail:WestCoast Baptist Association
131 East Kings Road,
North Vancouver, BC
Make cheque payable to: WBA Re: Generation
Write in Memo: Thailand/Cambodian Mission 2011
The effects of the Thailand and Cambodia trip will be seen right away, as in August Tara will also be leading a team composed of a band, dancers, actors, and human trafficking specialists on a tour called Ignite the Road to Justice. They will be visiting 10 cities across Canada raising awareness about human trafficking, waking up the country to the importance of pursing righteousness and justice.
All excess funds that are raised for the Southeast Asia trip in June will go directly in to the general funds of Re: Generation and will be able to be directed to the cross Canada trip in August. Many have been asking how they can be involved in supporting both of Tara’s trips. This opportunity allows you to support both.
I would challenge you to support Seth & Marlo and Tara & Terry as they head out to Southeast Asia to learn more about human trafficking and fight for what is important. Keep in mind the deadlines that are fast approaching. Know that your support will go a long way as these four amazing individuals step onto that jet plane!