Join this Passport Team for ages 18-22 on a mission trip to Cambodia and Thailand!
Thailand is home to some of the world's most beautiful beaches, biggest smiles, and interesting cultural experiences. But behind all that Thailand offers to visitors lies a terrible secret: modern-day slavery, fueled by poverty, and often funded by its tourism industry.
Because of the extreme poverty, families often go into debt to pay for food and rent. When family debts are called in, their young girls are sent to Bangkok, Pattaya, or other tourist cities in order to provide for their families, often in harsh and even exploitative environments. The result is a seemingly never-ending cycle of unhealthy families, extreme poverty, and exploitation. These women need to be loved.
Cambodia's story is "same same but different":
Cambodia boasts one of the Seven Wonders of the World- the temple at Angkor Wat- and it's delicious food, beautiful scenery, and kind-hearted people make this small country a truly tropical paradise.
But Cambodia is struggling to heal from one of the worst genocides in modern history. In just a three-year period, one in every five people died, decimating the population and wounding the psyche of this small nation. A predominantly Buddhist culture, Cambodians struggle with the concept of hope for the future. They have never heard of grace. They have never felt forgiveness.
For both Thailand and Cambodia, the key to ending poverty is two-fold: receiving both the unconditional love of Jesus and getting an education. Practically speaking, educated children grow into educated adults who are able to secure jobs and provide for their families.
In Thailand, you will work with ministry partners that want to bring hope to those trapped within oppressive cycles-- poverty, harmful family patterns, and the sex trade industry. Depending upon which ministry you are paired with, this could mean visiting with children in the slums, educating refugees, teaching English to a variety of age groups, playing sports with kids, manual labor, going to Monk chats, and building friendships with women working in the bars. More importantly, you'll pray. Because of the spiritual oppression in the region, prayer and intercession are a must here.
In Cambodia, you will work with children at local orphanages to share the Father’s love and acceptance. In addition, you will help with light construction projects around the orphanage, English classes, and partner with the local church to reach the community in the surrounding area.
But most of all, you'll be sharing hope. Will you go and be the light in countries surrounded by darkness?