How It All Started
Have you had something that grabbed your heart and wouldn’t let go?
That was the issue of modern day slavery for our founder, Buddy Rathmell. After watching a video of Francis Chan speak at the Freedom Summit in 2009 he began to pray that God would end the problem on human trafficking and modern day slavery.
About 10 times over the next 5 weeks Buddy was up at night praying that God would move. Finally, one night Buddy felt like God said, “Maybe you should be part of the solution.” Over the following month the vision of Stop Slavery was formed.
Originally the plan was to raise a lot of money to combat human trafficking and not get involved in hands on work. The reverse has actually been the reality. Stop Slavery has gotten involved in hands on work, which you can read about on the next page, and not raised much money, which you can help to change by going to the Donate Page and becoming a Hero.
Meet our founders!
Buddy & Jen Rathmell Founded Stop Slavery on Oct 5, 2009 and received 501 (c) 3 Non Profit status in the summer of 2010. In January, 2011 they moved to South East Asia to start a discipleship training school and so they could more directly be involved in the work of fighting human trafficking. The first 2 years were discouraging for them as not much progress or success was visible but the groundwork was being laid for better things to come. In year 3 they were able to see traction and fruit in the anti human trafficking work.
Buddy & Jen have a heart for discipleship and to see God glorified in the nations. Jen is a counselor and also teaches at a missionary school in Chiang Mai. Both Buddy and Jen get the opportunity to use their gifting to speak in Thailand and around the world. They are launching CEO Shortcut as a way to combine their heart for discipleship and launching Christ-Centered Entrepreneurs.
Kayty and Colby
Modern Day Abolitionists
Kayty and Colby discovered their heart for the people of Thailand during their college years. After a stirring in their heart to respond to the crisis of modern day slavery they will be working alongside a local organization to seek justice and restoration in Northern Thailand. Utilizing their backgrounds in Social Work and Criminal Justice, they are anxiously awaiting all that God will do during their time on the field! Colby and Kayty find great value in relationship building and can be found in the outdoors during their free time!
Marketing and SEO
Peter has focused on creating and maintaining websites for StopSlavery, leading efforts in social media, web marketing and SEO. He worked on a variety of web-based projects for StopSlavery and occasionally provided photography assistance for mission teams coming from oversea and the organization’s website and social media. He is currently working on a limited part time bases, having returned to America to pursue opportunities there. When not working, he can often be found playing or watching soccer.
Buddy and Paul had a God-ordained meeting in the spring of 2010.
By the fall of 2010 Paul Chamrong had completed an internship and opened the Hope In Christ Orphanage outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Paul and his lovely wife have 3 of their own children and ran the orphanage for five years before moving on to focus on business and church planting. He continues to preach the gospel in and around Siem Reap and will help us on missions trips though he no longer runs the orphanage.
Most of our orphan ministry has switched to Sok Pheannara who we affectionately call, “The Widow”
Mike and Jennie Gaudet
Stop Slavery Interns
Mike and Jennie have long felt a tug to be involved in missions and to make a difference in the world. After a couple of meetings with Buddy Rathmell the opportunity came together for the Gaudet Family to join the CEO Shortcut project both as interns and participants. They will be coming alongside to help with the inaugural 8 month CEO Shortcut program and during that time see how they might best be used long term in the fight against human trafficking.
The Gaudet’s have 5 wonderful, adventurous, loving children that will be experiencing the international mission field first-hand: Connor, 12; Annika, 10; McKenna, 9; Lucienne, 4; and Finn, 1; Please pray for this family as they embark on this calling!
Making Christ Known
For a number of years we have been supporting two indigenous missionaries in a place on
the globe their identity needs to be kept secret. Starting in 2017 one missionary is being led
to work in a city and will no longer be supported by Stop Slavery. Together these two have
started over 50 Truth Groups, baptized countless believers and planted 4 churches.
We are still supporting one of the missionaries and very proud of the work they are doing in
proclaiming Jesus Christ to those who do not know him.
Leading a Village to Christ
The Widow has been tirelessly working in her own village to minister to, and share the gospel with those around her. She leads a church service on Sundays, and supports various other activities throughout the week. She started her church with just a roof to stop the rain, and seating on the ground. In rainy season, flooding would make it impossible to meet in this location because it was covered with water. But over the last few years, Stop Slavery has partnered with mission teams who have come in and built a church that is off the ground, so that flooding is no longer an issue. The church continues to grow in this village with the Widow reaching many of her neighbors.