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The four weeks I spent in Cambodia were some of the most heart-warming of any trip I’ve taken. They were also some of the most heart-breaking. It seemed as if every person I met was more warm, kind and happy than the last. But everywhere I looked I saw evidences of the terrible tragedy of sex trafficking happening right below the surface.
To say that I left Phnom Penh feeling a bit upside down would be an understatement.
And yet I was consistently filled with hope as I encountered pockets of the kingdom of God throughout the country; small communities of peace where girls are given life, dignity and love.
It will be a long time before true justice is available to the poorest of Cambodia’s women, but thanks to the organizations I spent time with, that day is closer than ever before…
How can one place both fill and break your heart?
How could these shy, giggling girls be the victims of one of history’s greatest injustices?
In a muddy, impoverished slum, girls can soon be girls again…
A sure-fire strategy for eating quail neck, tarantula and spicy Mekong river snail with a smile!
These women have a reason to be proud…
In this episode, meet the girls of CGI’s brand new culinary school!
Can broken lives be made whole once again? Absolutely!
In the midst of crushing injustice, there is one story that burns bright with hope!
So, how are you doing now that you’re home from Cambodia? Hmmm… Good question!
About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.