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No Independence from God

By Jada, RMM worker in Thailand

I am beginning to settle into my roll at Night Light International (NL) as a case manager. I started working with NL in mid-July and I've been in the process of training and learning the ropes. It has definitely been an exciting adventure and one of my favorite parts of my job is the unpredictability. You can never be totally sure what your day is going to hold.

I work with both Thai women and women from other countries who are being trafficked here. Many of the international women are from Tanzania and Uganda, and most of them come from extremely impoverished backgrounds. They come from a country where jobs are hard to find or so low-paying that they are starving as they work. This puts them in an extremely vulnerable position, and makes it unlikely that they will refuse a “high paying job” in Thailand. Sometimes they are told they will be waiting tables, and other times they are promised a job at a hair salon. Eager to feed their starving families, they often jump at the opportunity. Upon arrival they quickly find out that they have been fed nothing but lies, but it's too late. Many different methods are used to force them into sexual slavery, including witchcraft, physical force, and taking their travel documents. They are also bound by debt bondage to their boss, who paid to get them over here. NL partners with the Thai government to see these women repatriated to their home countries.

NL has done an amazing job building relationships with the police and government. This is a miracle and a gift from God. The police actually bring girls to us at this point. We then take them into our program and lead them through the legal process to get them home and recognized as victims of human trafficking and not as criminals. Without going through the legal process they would be charged with prostitution and deported from Thailand as criminals.

God is so good to let me have a hand in this work. Some days consist of walking certain popular streets and talking with the girls we encounter – trying to be a bright face and presence of safety in a chaotic life. We hope to see them weekly and build a relationship of trust. “I could serve in this country my whole life but unless God is changing hearts and fighting the darkness of sexual immorality it’s all worthless.”Then, when and if the time is right and if they will let us, we offer them a helping hand. It’s exciting work and there's nothing like taking a girl to the airport to go back to her family and reunite with her culture.

Something God has been teaching me is that it’s all in vain without him. I am, by nature, a very independent person, but there's no such thing as independence from God. I could serve in this country my whole life but unless God is changing hearts and fighting the darkness of sexual immorality, it’s all worthless. He changes things that I have no control over. I'm just honored and humbled that God is using me to serve these amazing women. This is not a simple issue and I'm not pretending to understand it all or saying that it’s all going to be made better. What I’m committed to do is to love and serve the women and people God puts in front of me.

Please continue to pray with Jada that the darkness will be defeated and that the captives will be set free.