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.