Stories of Hope
Our global community of advocates and partners allows us to prevent some of the worst forms of exploitation, protect victims and empower families. The work is sometimes difficult, and the children and families we work with have an uphill journey to wholeness, but it is our continuous prayer that we can share stories of hope and impact that we see daily.
Determined to Provide - A mother’s relentless pursuit
“What do you want to do?”
“I want to work... and then I want to work more!”
This is a beautiful attitude to find here on the Thai-Myanmar border. The desire to provide, educate, and protect one’s family – while understanding the cost – is a big first step in hope-filled forward motion.
“How can we say yes to a child when our future is so unclear, yet how can we say no to a little girl who needs a mom and dad more than anything else?”
These questions weighed heavy on two of our team members’ hearts. John Stephen and Jo Lin were newlyweds, about to move back to Burma but a little girl named Myia, had captured their hearts.
For two years, no one listened.
Isa Lin* spoke up to everyone who might stop the abuse but her father's words were more persuasive.
He had convinced everyone, including Isa's own mother, that her stories were made up.
Thamee lived with her mother inside Myanmar. She never knew her father. Thamee's mother needed to work in another city so a couple in her village offered to pay her travel costs in exchange for her daughter.
The mother agreed and Thamee was bought at age 9 for $74 to be a servant in the couple's home.
San San Aye’s son, Tin Lay, was born with a severe disability and before she met our team, she had already decided to give him away.
Her relatives were constantly telling her to do so because she was struggling to get by herself...