Greetings from Thailand. Our team left Cambodia today and we are now in Chiang Rai, Thailand. We had wonderful meetings with the new Directors of JOY International Cambodia. Yes, JOY International is beginning a new work in Cambodia with… oops! I almost let the cat out of the bag (whatever that means). Sorry friends, but I’m sworn to secrecy in revealing who our new Directors are. The announcement will come soon enough. Needless to say – we are very (and I mean VERY) excited. The Headquarters for our Cambodia Operation will be in Phnom Penh. There is much more to come on this exciting new work.
Right now, the concentration is on our time here in Chiang Rai with Tony Kirwan and his team. Tony will be taking me out to the brothels to go undercover with him as I learn the methods being used to rescue children who are forced into the sex trade. I am not looking forward to this as I know there is some degree of danger. As the President of JOY International, I felt it was important for me to personally experience what goes on and what is involved with the undercover rescue operation. For those reading this who pray – please remember me, Tony and the rescue team during the next week.
Please know this… none of this would be happening without our faithful partners. To those of you who have chosen to partner with us – I will never be able to thank you enough for your love, care, concern, prayers and financial support of the work we do in the rescue, restoration, reintegration and prevention of children who are sexually abused and forced into the child sex trade. The task is difficult and at times very challenging – but when you see the end result of one of these girls living a life with renewed hope and joy… it makes all our efforts and hard work well worth it.
Until my next report… Dr. Jeff