Team Trips Change Lives: Rachel’s Story
Filed Under: Blog, Cambodia, Team Trips, Thailand
I first discovered my passion and love for Asia in 2011 while on a three-month mission trip. I wanted to travel to Asia again, so for the next five years I prayed and searched for another organisation to go with. During that time, I read a book called God in a Brothel: An Undercover Journey Into Sex Trafficking and Rescue, by Daniel Walker. It impacted me greatly but I didn’t know what I could do to help.
In October of 2015, I finally felt God say, “You can go.” I googled “mission trips” and Destiny Rescue was the first result. I applied, and before I knew it I was on a plane to Thailand! I wrote this blog the night after I returned from my team trip.
It was the night after I arrived home from Thailand, 12 a.m. and the tears started flowing.
I am so broken from the things I have seen, looking into the face of the beautiful young girl who has seen more evil in her childhood than most people see in their whole lifetime.
I can’t imagine the rejection and betrayal she must have felt to be sold to a brothel by her own parents.
How could I comprehend that the very same hotel we stayed in, had secret rooms where such evil could be done to an underage girl in secret?
Walking through a red light district trying not to cry as I hurried past hundreds of women trapped in unspeakable pain, helpless to do anything to set them free.
Evil was thick in the air and the chains of despair could almost be seen.
How painful it is to have your eyes open to the darkest of evil.
I can’t go back to who I was before, not after these sights.
But more than that I have seen the joy, hope, light and restoration in eyes of the girls who have been rescued from hopelessness.
I have seen the power of a God who breaks every chain of shame and guilt and brings these brave girls into a place of true freedom.
I have to be part of the hope.
Only through Christ can such hope be born from such darkness.
These last two weeks I have meet real life heros, people who have given everything to fight the good fight: families, young married couples, single men and women who have left everything behind to create change.
I must do my part as well.
Since returning from my trip, I’ve been working to spread awareness about child sex trafficking. I’m writing a book about the trip, and I’m saving money in case God calls me to move to Thailand or Cambodia. I don’t know what my part will be in the fight against child sex trafficking, but I pray God will continue to use me!
Want to see firsthand what Destiny Rescue is doing to fight child sex trafficking and restore children? Learn more about our trips here!