Well we have found a building that is perfect for the Orphanage and Paul and his wife and Ravy have completed their internship under Pastor Sokunthea. All we need now is you. We are looking to open the orphanage in 10 days but we need people to help us make that a reality.
Here is our current pledge and needed amount. Please think about pray about being part of the Stop Slavery team. Right now we need another $723 a month to open the Orphanage.
Some people have asked about donating monthly to Stop Slavery in amounts other than the $27 a month that we had originally put up on our Donate Page. Now you can donate in different denominations ranging from $10 to $250 a month. If you would like to donate a different amount please let us know and we will work with you to get that exact amount.
At this point PayPal is still the most cost effective means for us to accept donations because of our volume of giving so until we go with a different processor we will have operate that way.
You can also donate to help with Stop Slavery projects using this form below.
October 5th, 2009 is the day that Stop Slavery was officially incorporated so that make today it’s 1 year birthday. Hopefully Stop Slavery won’t be needed before it turns 25! Thanks to everyone who has been a part of this first year.
October 25, 2010 is fast approaching and it is the date we would like to open our first Orphange in Siem Reap, Cambodia. If you would like to be a part of it please go to do our donate page and select an amount for a monthly donation. It’s amazing the wealth that we have been blessed with in the Western world and it is so easy to take it for granted and not use a portion of what we have been given to bless others.
David Platt, author of the book Radical, wonders if 150 years from now Christians will look back at poverty and wonder how people could live in such opulence without doing much of anything to help those in need just as 150 years ago many people who claimed the name of Christ were fine with upholding slavery and racism.
Some have wondered why we would open an orphanage as a project for Stop Slavery. Mainly because that is the direction that God led us as we were praying about how to get started. Also it fits in line with our 3 original thrusts of Stop Slavery for Prevention, Justice and Healing. In a 2005 study it was estimated that 1 in 40 girls in Cambodia would end up as in the sex slavery industry. While I am not aware of a study done specifically for orphans I have to believe that it would be much higher.
Also I think the way that Slavery will best be brought to end is for Cambodian girls and boys to grow up knowing the love of Jesus Christ and being discipled in him. Chamrong, who will be running the orphanage along with his wife, grew up in an orphanage and was discipled by the pastor who ran it. It is because of the love of Christ that he was shown that he in turn wants to be there to love other boys and girls who are growing up without parents.
The October issue of Reader’s Digest has an article on a lady whose job is busting slave holders in America and bringing the slaves to freedom. Pretty cool. As of Sept 22 it is not available online. When looking I found an article from 2008 about a a girl Shyima Hall, whose parents willingly sold her as a slave to a family in America for $30 a month.
Only about 2% of slaves are freed each year in the US and it usually comes from an observant person seeing something that they think is not quite right an alerting authorities which was the case for Shyima.
You can read the full article here. http://www.rd.com/your-america-inspiring-people-and-stories/slave-in-the-garage/article55737.html
Be sure to keep your eyes open as you go through life. Who knows, God might use your awareness of the issue and willingness to be get involved as a means for bringing freedom to someone held in slavery some day.
“When Injustice is great all men must shoulder a portion of dishonor.” ~Stephen Lawhead
For much of my life I have been blissfully ignorant of many of the travesties of justice that go on each day throughout the world. Honestly, on any given week I am more likely to be upset about a call against the New York Giants in a football game then about some of things going on in our world.
Lately that has begun to change. As I have become more aware of what is going on in our world I can’t sit back and just think, “Well someone else will deal with that.” As God has brought things across my path I realize that I need to act and be part of the solution to restore Justice.
In Proverbs 14:24 it says, “If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?”
Each one of us will stand before God and be held accountable for our INACTIONS as well as our actions some day. I don’t say that as a threat or to guilt you into something but hopefully as a further encouragement to live lives that are focused on eternity and not on this world.
I read the Lawhead quote above and was challenged by it. I think it moves me to fight against the injustice going on in the world today to think about shouldering a portion of the dishonor that injustice and dishonorable people bring to our world today. May it challenge you to fight injustice as well.
The historic and contemporary reality of slavery is never far away from how we think about the Bible. Instead of a frontal attack on the culturally pervasive institution of slavery in his day, Paul took another approach, for example, in his letter to Philemon.
Onesimus was a slave. His master Philemon was a Christian. Onesimus had evidently run away from Colossae (Colossians 4:9) to Rome where Paul, in prison, had led him to faith in Jesus. Now he was sending Onesimus back to Philemon. This letter tells Philemon how to receive Onesimus.
In the process, Paul does at least 11 things that work together to undermine slavery.
1. Paul draws attention to Philemon’s love for all the saints. “I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints” (1:5). This puts Philemon’s relation with Onesimus (now one of the saints) under the banner of love, not just commerce.
By John Piper. © Desiring God. Website: desiringGod.org
I don’t know if you have ever heard of Matt Chandler but he preached a great message on the 1st of August that you might enjoy. You can get it from the Itunes if you search for Village Church or download it from their site at
I hope you enjoy it. If you don’t know of Matt Chandler he’s a great guy to listen to and he have some good thoughts on what the Bible says about slavery.
The 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report was released by Secretary Clinton and United States Department of State. The US Department of State has probably had the most impact on human trafficking around the world in the last 10 years. I am usually a less government is better type of guy but one area where the government has had a huge impact has been in curbing human trafficking. If you would like to read the Report you can download it here.
If you would like to see Secretary Clinton speaking about the report you can watch the video here. The report is really more like a book so you probably aren’t going to read the whole thing but you might want to look at it and skim parts of it and especially any countries that you are interested in.
For the first time the United States has included itself on the list in recognizing that we need to continue to make efforts to combat slavery and trafficking in the US as well.
Trevor Frank Mclvor, 62, and his live in girl friend, Kanokporn Tanuchit, 44 are being charged with 5 counts each of possessing and using a slave. The slaves were recruited in Thailand by a third party who had arranged Australian visas for them. Once they arrived in Australia their passports and phones were taken from them.
They would stay at either the Fairchild brothel or the couple’s house. They had to work at least 16 hours each day servicing many clients for which the couple made about $125 each. The women were told they had incurred a debt of between $35,000 and $45,000 and needed to work it off, according to Crown prosecurter Bruce Levet.
The women were often locked in one of the two places and were told what they could wear and where they could go.
The trial is ongoing in Sydney, Australia before Judge Jonathan Williams.