One of the things I love about jet lag is that I, who am not naturally a morning person, wake up bright and early. Thus I found myself wide awake at...
June 20, 2014
December 4, 2014
In a classroom full of women who have experienced exploitation, pain, corruption, and betrayal, sits a girl, barely eighteen, with an excitement to learn and a new stuffed turtle pencil case. Every morning, she is the first to arrive, eager to study. She is like a sponge, soaking up all the knowledge we can offer. You see this bright, beautiful girl has a dream. She wants to attend university and become a nurse! Sara* has not been drawn into the massive sex trade here in Patong, YET. She still has the bright light of innocence in her eyes. During the breaks, she sits and plays with her cute turtle pencil case like a young girl. It is a beautiful site to witness and makes me smile every time.
And YET, Sara is already under pressure to start making money for her family. In the poorer areas of Thailand as soon as a girl is old enough to start working she is expected to quit school and find a job, leading many of these unskilled and uneducated CHILDREN to the red light district where they are easy targets for pimps and bar owners. One of my good friends left home when she was only fifteen, now in her early thirties the light of innocence as long been extinguished from her eyes. Every time I am with her I work hard to rekindle the dreams that she had as a young girl. To recapture and restore that which was stolen from her as a child
Sara brings us the rare opportunity to protect innocence. Most of the women who come to us are jaded by the harsh realities of several years of exploitation in an industry that cares nothing for their hearts and souls, but views them as a commodity to be used. All of us at the Good Shepherd are desperate to give Sara the tools she needs to make her dream come true. So we teach and listen and pray. We teach to equip her to succeed. We listen to affirm and support her ideas and goals. And we pray that as we teach and listen Sara will understand that she is loved and valued. We pray that she will come to know her Creator!