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Where Do We Even Start?

By Angie, RMM worker in Thailand

Where do we even start?

This is a question I asked myself on a recent trip to Pattaya, Thailand. Three leaders from our sending church joined Jacob, Karly, and me, to continue discovering what ministry will look like for us as a team. For part of that trip, we spent two days in Pattaya to see if God is leading us to relocate there in the future.

Pattaya is one of the main hubs of the sex tourism industry in Thailand. There is so much going on in this city and the needs can feel overwhelming. Our focus while there was to meet with Thrive Rescue and to prayer walk the infamous bar streets. Thrive Rescue is an organization that works directly with the police department in Pattaya to rescue children that have been trafficked or are at risk of being trafficked.

The one thing that impacted me the most was the prayer walking. Navigating the bar streets was like being on sensory overload for me. I saw the crowds of tour groups snapping pictures of the bars and the girls out front. I heard the girls calling out invitations to the bars, and all of the different languages being spoken, and the music pounding so loud I couldn’t hear myself think. I smelled alcohol mixed with the slight scent of sulfur in the air. I felt the shoves of people trying to get past me, and the crazy heat even at ten o’clock in the evening.“Being in this kind of environment solidified the calling I feel as a modern-day abolitionist.”

Being in this kind of environment solidified the calling I feel as a modern-day abolitionist. God has called me to be his hands and feet, to help break chains, and to pray that his Kingdom would come here in Thailand, but what does that look like?

Where do we start?

There are so many people that need to be set free and so much that needs to be done. The good news is that there are ministries and organizations who are dedicated to this cause. Pray for our team as we explore the different opportunities to best assist these liberation and healing efforts.

Thank you so much for your prayers. Please continue to pray for entire RMM Team in Thailand as they serve in various ways. Pray also for the many victims of slavery throughout the world, that they would experience the freedom and restoration of God’s love.