Its funny, cuz its true.

October 31, 2008

So a friend forwarded this blog post along to me and I figured I would pass it along because I couldn’t agree more. It’s on “Awareness!”

Oh, and its funny.        Blog on Awareness


Now…

October 28, 2008

…its time to edit!!!!

We have roughly 100 hours of footage to go through (which is a lot by the way). Our first order of business will be to make a detailed catalog of what we have so we can begin to place the right shots/scenes within the outline that we created.

We will also be working on figuring out the best process for distribution of this film. Thanks for all your support while we were out there. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we put all of the pieces in place.

Peace!!

s


Final thoughts before leaving Mars

October 24, 2008

Our last day was a great one. Micah and I split up to maximize the diversity and amount of footage that we could acquire. He rolled around with Clay gathering the last bits and pieces that we needed while I spent the day roaming around the country with Moses. We traveled to one of the many churches to bring disaster relief (one of the areas affected by flooding) and the Gospel. When it was all said and done, about 100 or so wanted to be baptised. Moses surprised me by asking me to help baptize them. I was honored and humbled. One of the top 5 experiences of my life to be honest. In retrospect, I should have brought a change of clothes. Oh well. minor inconvenience is all.

We leave tomorrow at 12:45 in the afternoon. I am going to miss it here despite all of the horror that goes on. I really don’t think that I still even understand the depths of what really happens out here. I realized this about a week ago. Don and Bridget had invited Micah and I to eat lunch with them in the same hall with the girls. As we sat there is slowly dawned on me that these girls really are children. I don’t really know how to describe it. I knew the age range all along but I think that even I had subconsciously dehumanized the girls to emotionally cope with the stories that I heard. I felt sick to my stomach. I wanted to beat the face in of every man who had ever touched them. I still do to be honest. I’ll need to spend some time talking with God about that.

Even with all the good that Agape does (and other NGO’s like IJM), it is not nearly enough. There are known, working brothels that if only one of them were to be raided today, there would not be enough aftercare centers to care for the girls. The global economy is being felt here as well. The price of rat meat (the cheapest meat available) has tripled in the last year or so. A very good NGO’s just had to shut down its after care center for girls who are 18 and older.

I have seen how good can, and does, triumph over evil. I want to be a part of that fight. I feel that it is time for us in the West to actually do something rather than binge out on “awareness.” If we do not get involved, then even Agape’s Restoration Center may be forced to shut its doors. It costs around 100 grand a month to take care of roughly 50 girls. If that sounds like a lot, then wait to watch the documentary. It’s not, and its more than worth the price.

This whole project has been about getting regular people like you and me involved in this fight. I feel the need now more than ever. Don told me a story about one man who fasts all three meals for one day a week and donates the money he would have spent of food to the center. What a great idea! The fields are ready to be harvested. Lets do this!!!

s

PS. Faith without works is dead. I am going to start a page on this site that is dedicated to simple and practical ways to join the fight. Until then, here’s a link to a page where we can donate via paypal.

AIM’s Paypal Account


October 23, 2008

Today we had the privelage to capture some footage from family members of girls from the center who have used micro loans from Agape to help them get on their two feet. One woman today showed us different kinds of vendor snacks that she would sell to the public to help generate money for her family as well as help pay back the loan offered to her monthly from Agape. Another sold books ranging from child sex slavery to the history of Cambodia. Many of her customers she said were Westerners and the money that she earned, she used to help feed her family and also pay back Agape. It was amazing to see how even the small amount of help that Agape offered her helped in such a profound way. Quite simple, but very effective. After our interviews with the vendors, we headed back to the restoration center to interview Don and Bridget together which also happened to be our last interview. The stuff they shared was gripping and at moments rather intense due to the graphic nature of what we’ve been covering. Again, Seth and I are both very humbled to be out here and the opportunity to partner with everyone out here has been such a joy. Finally, for the last part of our day, we visited for the last time Rahab’s House, located in Svay Pak, where many of the neighborhood children come and visit. Thanks to everyone for their support and prayers and we will see you soon!

-Micah


Prison

October 23, 2008

We got a chance to do some under cover filming at the prison here in Phnom Penh. Some of the girls were visiting their mothers who had been incarcerated for selling those very girls into the sex trafficking industry. It was sickening. One of the girls parents spent the entire time trying to convince her to lie about what she did so she could get a second hearing. The mother cared nothing for the child or for the hell that she sold her daughter into. It did not take long before the girl decided she did not want to be there anymore. There was an unusual ammount of guards there today as well so we had to film the scene secret agent style.

We also had a great interview with another girls parents this afternoon at there home. Agape will be helping to rebuild the families house so the young girl will have a safe home to return to when she is reintegrated.

Well, it’s off to bed for me. Only a few more days until we hop on the plane and head for home.

Peace!!

s


More Apologies

October 21, 2008

Hey everyone. If you have not yet noticed, I find it necessary to apologize from time to time (mainly, this is due to the fact that I am very good at making mistakes). For a second time, after having a day or so to ruminate on my previous post, I find that an apology is needed. I abbreviated a word that under normal circumstances, I would never even want to allude to. I was wrong to do so. We dealt with some very depressing stuff up in Siem Reap and I allowed my experience to influence my thought process. I believe that our speech should only be used to edify, and such words do not edify in my opinion. I am very sorry.

On a lighter note, today was a good day (even with its frustrations). We finished up our interviews with Don and Moses as well as went to visit One of the girls in her Taylor shop. Tomorrow we go with the girls to visit their mothers (who sold them into prostitution) in prison. I really don’t know what to expect. Also, there is a mosquito in my room taunting me as I try to fall asleep.

God bless and thanks again for all the support and prayers.

s


Back in Phnom Penh

October 20, 2008

Well that was a very busy, very short trip. This country is totally f*d up (sorry for the harsh letters). I really cant say any more than that at this time. You will have to wait for the documentary to come out to know more about the last few days since I do not know what I can talk about publicly and what I can not yet.

Needless to say, I am fighting the urge to just bomb the whole country to kingdom come (its a good thing that I have no way of actually doing that since that is not a good solution). I can not think of a darker, more evil place on the entire planet.

All that said, the church out here is this countries saving grace. I love these people. They are wonderful. They need our prayers and support. God Bless them!!!

Until my next post.

s