Thursday, November 29, 2007

We Just Got Back From Cambodia

It's always a long trip. But it's always worthwhile to visit our safehouse and aftercare program in Cambodia.

This trip was especially eventful, since we held our first ever graduation from our aftercare program. Nine girls graduated. And it was a night to remember--a lot of tears, hugs and laughter.

I'm completely exhausted. I'll post more in a couple days.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Things Are Changing At Rapha House

I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better. --Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

We just signed the lease on our new vocational training building. Now we can house up to 30 girls in our aftercare program!

Furthermore, we've added a new course to our program that teaches our girls the wedding business. Weddings are big business in Cambodia. The median age there is 21 years. And there are plenty of young people in Cambodia getting married. So we thought it would be wise to offer our girls an opportunity to learn this business for their selves.

Additionally, we are keeping our old facility and opening a restaurant there that will be run by one of the girls who left Rapha House after she married. It’s our first micro-finance project!

Things are changing at Rapha House. And with your help, we're bringing hope where there was no hope. Thank you for caring.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Rapha's 40/40 Campaign (Week Six)

40 Ways to Pray (Week Six)

Thank you for journeying with us during these forty days. And thank you for each prayer that you've offered on behalf of this issue and our girls. With God's help and your prayers, we'll continue to make a difference together.

36. Pray for an individual survivor by name.
37. Pray for an individual leader or worker who is helping to eradicate this evil.
38. Pray that prevention programs will reach and influence at-risk individuals and families.
39. Pray that captives who are still enslaved will find freedom.
40. Pray that God’s blessings be upon the staff and children of Rapha House.

But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! (Amos 5:24)