Although living overseas if full of trial we can not help but focus in on some great things that have been part of our lives over here. We celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary in August! We are so thankful for God’s gift of marriage and are still amazed by how his love can be manifested in our relationship. It is safe to say that we are more in love today than any day that has come before.
We have been blessed by community in every place we have been so far and here is no exception. The amazing part is that it always looks so different, and here it often takes place in our neighborhood. We often find ourselves in deep conversations with our neighbors sitting outside on our patio or at the local park. Even Marigold has found a community with the neighborhood dogs.
How fast can a year go by? Tommy turned one year old on September 14th! Being parents has been on of the greatest gifts of our lives and our hearts could not be more full.
A Note from AIM on a recent case
We wanted to share with you a recent case directly from AIM:
We are in the middle of one of the most unique trafficking cases we have ever been involved in and wanted to inform you of our situation and ask for your prayers.
A few weeks ago, our SWAT team and officers from the Phnom Penh Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police raided two locations in Phnom Penh where a baby trafficking ring was suspected to be operating out of.
During the raid, 5 suspects were arrested on human trafficking charges and 32 women were rescued, 31 of whom are pregnant. The other woman had recently given birth a short time before. The women were immediately transferred to our Restoration Home and received proper lodging, nutritious meals, clothing, medical care, counseling, pre and post-natal health training, and early childhood development training.
The women stayed in our Restoration Home until recently, when they were charged with cross-border baby trafficking as they had agreed to receive money for the babies they were/are carrying. These babies would have been sent to China, however, it is not clear yet as to what form of trafficking the children would have endured once there. The judge sent the women to a police hospital while the investigation continues.
The Cambodian government agreed to allow AIM to continue to provide extensive care for the women while in the police hospital.
We believe that with the necessary equipping and support these 32 families will become models of loving Christian families positively impacting the communities in which they live. However, if any mother chooses otherwise we will place these children in Christian families where they will be loved and cherished.
23 Accept Christ
Twenty three of the thirty two women who we rescued from a baby trafficking ring have accepted Christ, plus nine babies have been born. It is an answer to prayer that these new mothers are accepting their new babies as their own and are showing them love.
Get to know Tommy:
Big flirt! Will let almost anyone hold him
You’re most likely to find Tommy: climbing up the stairs, playing in the mud, splashing in the water, jumping on his Dad, playing with the neighbor kids, being toted around by the locals
Fun experiences for Tommy this year: saw his first monkey in the wild, played in the ocean, building friendships with people from Cambodia & all over the world
Most complimented on: his cheeriness and hair/eyes
Word he says the most: DADA
Preferences: to be outside, to be around people, to explore
Somethings to celebrate/answered prayer:
Visas obtained, Car, Motorcycle and settling in
Trip to Kirirom and Kep
Health and recovery from Dengue fever and other various illness