Less than 3 weeks ago our church held a viewing of the movie “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls.” This documentary details human trafficking across the globe. (It is phenomenal; please take time to educate yourself, as a believer in Jesus Christ.) These gruesome and horrific crimes happen in various forms and devastate millions.
As the filmmakers began depicting the enslavement in Cambodia, Cody and I were moved. Many in Cambodia live in poverty. They have shacks as homes, scraps for clothes, and meager meals. Parents sell their young girls into prostitution, not to alleviate their impoverished situation, but for televisions, cell phones, and other luxury items.
Millions of dollars, dozens of organizations, and government intervention hasn’t made a difference with this problem. It’s a bottomless pit of a problem. What could be done?
As the film showed a young girl playing outside her house, Cody leaned in my ear, “We should adopt a little girl from Cambodia.” The Lord spoke. I responded, “Yes, we should.”
The emotional drain of watching these horrific stories of ruined lives, lost childhoods, and stolen souls kept us in silence as the film wrapped up. At the end, the documentary shows the restorative power of the name of Jesus. It showed how each person who had once been wrapped up in trafficking was rescued because of the saving knowledge of our Lord and Savior. We both began to cry as the message of the cross was shared. Prostitutes, pimps, traffickers, “Johns” – all redeemed because of Jesus.
See the story of the cross shows us that no one is too far gone, He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we could ever ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand. Psalm 40:2
The slimy pit of despair found in Cambodia shown in the film was more than either of us could imagine. We know sin is everywhere; we know we are sinners, but we could not even fathom the idea that you would sell your child for anything.
The Holy Spirit continued to speak to us. You don’t have to understand the problem to be part of the solution. You can do something. You can be obedient to what I am asking you to do. It’s going to change the life of 1 girl, reroute her destiny, and bring completeness to your family. Your daughter is awaiting you.
Deborah and I will be unpacking this journey from beginning to end. Please be in prayer with us and join us in the journey.