Over the last year we’ve had the privilege of supporting the SHE Rescue Home in southern Cambodia - an incredible organization of people driven to protect and nurture young girls who were rescued from child trafficking or prostitution. It has been so exciting to help them fund and launch the Home of Hope transitional home, and to read the stories of the girls playing, crafting, and experiencing true healing through the love of the volunteers who work there.
God has done and is doing some wonderful things through those women, and we can’t wait to see what is in store for them and their ministry. While we would love to forever help them run and launch more projects, we have decided after much prayer to now hand off that role.
As our final update, we have included the latest monthly report from the Home of Hope, which includes some new milestones, praise reports, and prayer requests. We would encourage all of you to take a few minutes to read the update, connect with the She Home and consider supporting them directly!
Joy and laughter filled the outside courtyard as the girls rode round and round on their bikes spraying each other with the rainwater that fell earlier. The fun times when we sat on the porch area and cut out shapes together to decorate the living room. The bookshelf and television found right inside the door that would securely lock each night for the girls’ protection. Hanging the English alphabet in their room to help them learn, a huge family tree hanging above the stairs, and paper balloons on the wall to represent each of the girls’ birthday. All of these memories flood back to my mind when I think about the times I visited Home of Hope during the time I spent in Cambodia. The girls would get home from school and time always went so quickly before we had to leave, but sometimes they would come with us so we could go do devotions together at the rescue home. When I visited I saw housemothers involved in each of the girls’ lives and meeting their needs. I saw joy due to the restoration and healing the girls had undergone.
Before Cambodia, I did not know what to expect. To my knowledge I had never crossed paths and interacted with children who had been through so much trauma in their lifetime. I did not know whether or not this organization was truly helping Cambodian girls in the restoration process or creating a dependency and just putting a Band-Aid on the problem. But what I saw was something I believed in. I heard about the situations they came from. I loved that the organization was fighting for their justice and their freedom. Considering everything each of the girls had been through, I saw genuine joy on their faces and a glimmer of hope. The Home of Hope is proactively meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the girls in the home. They seek to build unity between the girls so they become like family to one another, but when the girls are able, the organization seeks to reintegrate them to their families when it is safe. I am forever grateful to be able to see with my own eyes what is happening right now in Cambodia to fight the injustice of trafficking and to see the impact Home of Hope is making in the lives’ of precious, young girls who are wonderfully made with purpose and passion. This home truly is a home of HOPE, because not only are they given hope through restoration and healing, but they are also taught about the true Healer. The staff and volunteers share with each one of the girls the deep love of Jesus; the true, eternal HOPE. And for that, I am thankful.
God has been doing amazing work at the Family Home in Cambodia! The wonderful women and local workers of the SHE Rescue Home organization have been showing the six girls there such love and emotional care, and we are excited to share some of their recent updates and praise reports:
The past few months brought both challenges and opportunities for the home. Several local festivals and holidays have kept the girls very busy with craft making, field trips, and family visits when possible. In October the home hosted a small self-defense class for the girls, which helped them to learn some important new skills in a fun environment. Weekly swim lessons have proven to be very popular with the girls as well, with many improving rapidly and enjoying races together. The water is not always welcome however, and recent flooding throughout the region has caused a few issues around the home (though steps are being made with local authorities to address this challenge).
Christmastime afforded the home some great opportunities to reach out to the families. The girls were able to make cards and Christmas gift bundles to give to their families with toys, clothes, and toiletries, which meant quite a lot to the girls and their families! Family situations are complicated among the girls. Some are having great interactions with their families and are progressing closer to safely reintegrating with them. Others are having difficulties due to family finances, unsafe living environments, or even families who may turn down their opportunity to reintegrate. This is a main prayer request for the girls, as a positive reintegration to a healthy family environment would be ideal for them.
All of the girls have their own personality and interests, from schoolwork to sports to crafts, and it’s amazing to see how God is using these activities to restore and encourage them. Let’s pray that God will continue to shower grace and love on these little ones through the gospel and opportunities for reparation and relationships!
For more info and image updates, see our reports from the SHE Rescue Home: