Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided,
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
- We got 84% of our insurance claim and were able to replace pretty much everything.
- God put very friendly people on the other side of everything who showed compassion to us!
- We received donations that will be enough for us to live off of during our 6 weeks or so in the U.S. and pay off our deductibles and car smog/registration! We haven’t had to dig into what we have raised so far for Southeast Asia.
- We got our new passports on the day that we were praying that they would return!
- Our parents continue to graciously feed us and house us.
- We received our new passports on Friday!
- We have to reapply to our school in SE Asia for our education visa. This is done through email and although it took 4 weeks this past summer, we are working with the school and are hoping to have it next Monday.
- We will buy plane tickets once we get this back.
- We will print it off, sign it and drive down to Los Angeles and stand in line at the Consulate. Our expectation is that we will physically stand in line for 6 years, but we’re hoping it will be shorter!
- Once it’s completed, we will drive back to Santa Rosa where we are based and finish packing, rest and get ready for SE Asia!
- Pray for ‘Goong’ who is processing our school application in SE Asia
- Safety down to L.A.
- Speedy Visa approval at the Consulate
- Available plane tickets that are affordable for us and seats next to each other for our long travel journey.
- 1,200 miles of safe driving down south
- Safe events in Washington DC
- We got our passports back with approved visas
- God continues to provide financially as we fundraise
- Our training program is paid for and has greatly exceeded our expectations
- 35 days until we leave!
- We are starting to pray for a building to start renting in the red light district to serve as our office and community center
- Pray for our Training. That our studying would be pleasing to God and we would take away as much as possible.
- Prayer for our Language Learning. We’ve hit some frustrations with retaining and are busy with full time training
- We are still praying for monthly supporters. If you are interested please contact us or click here
We have a quick thought and an update. Consider this:
“The sale of women and children, not prostitution, not pornography…the sale of another human being is the 3rd largest industry in the world.”
~ CIA Statistic
We saw this quote in a movie called Nefarious: Merchant of Souls and it blew my mind. A year ago, when I thought of the word ‘slavery,’ I thought of what I learned in grade school while studying American history. I thought about the presence of slavery in the old and new testament whether it was the Hebrews in exile or Paul writing a letter to a slave owner in the book of Philemon. But this idea of ‘modern slavery’ was hard to grasp. How could this go on in the world I thought I knew?
Just like drugs and illegal weapons are trafficked over borders and sold, men, women and children are exploited and forced into various forms of work. On our 3 month trip to Cambodia we saw slavery first hand. Whether it was the 26 year old men I was teaching who had been working 14 hour days on fishing boats with no pay for the last 8 years of their lives or 14-22 year old women who have been sold into prostitution internationally.
It’s clear to say that modern slavery s real and growing rapidly. Some might say it’s just business. There is obvious opportunity for earning lots of money from a trafficker’s standpoint. The scariest part to me is the “why” behind the increased human trafficking numbers. Think about it. Why is this infringement on basic human rights growing? Let’s use the example of the rising demand for prostitution in specific areas of South East Asia. SE Asia is a place where people go to live out their sexual fantasies. Because of the increase in ‘sex tourists’ (the demand), it increases the need and the supply of more women and child prostitutes. One could argue that it’s an increase in sin or more sinners or the lack of Christ in the hearts of people who can afford to go to SE Asia and sleep with prostitutes. It breaks our hearts to see the realness of sin and the effect is has on the poor and vulnerable around the world.
With the above stated, we wanted to share what our team is looking to do to fight against both the supply and demand of the sex industry. These respected ministries serve to show the love of Christ through Evangelism, Education and Community Development.
Red Light District Ministry: Having a presence in the red light district is a key priority for establishing a communal base for Evangelism and making the name of Jesus known in the epicenter of sin and corruption in SE Asia.
Learning Center: In our attempt reach out to workers in the red light district and develop a more informed community, we want to offer free educational opportunities such as English, Business, Personal Finance and other various classes.
Hair Salon Training Center: Creating a cosmetology school for women rescued out of modern-day slavery provides women the opportunity for sustainable education and dignified career. This program will include counseling, daily devotions, personal development and learning how to cut, color, and style hair along with other cosmetic services.
“Johns” Ministry: This ministry looks to seek out individuals who are susceptible to or are seeking out temptations in the red light district. The goal of this outreach is to point people towards true love and true satisfaction.
Please help us by praying over these ministries.
With our September 1st departure in sight, we are getting more and more excited for our mission to SE Asia. Here are several examples of how God has provided for us as we prepare for what He has called us to:
- We are 56% Funded!
- Paul is working full time when in Santa Rosa working for a general contractor. His boss is a Christian and is very flexible with giving time off when we are out of town to fundraise.
- Partnering with churches and sharing about our ministries all over California and in Michigan.
- We are being sponsored for our Missions Training this Summer in North Carolina.
- Gaining numerous connections both state side and overseas.
- Our Team in SE Asia has nearly doubled for our arrival in September.
- Please pray for safe travel and productive preparation as our last months close in.
- Pray for fundraising. Our goal is 60% funded prior to departure.
- Please pray for the above ministries.
- Pray for a safe path against corruption as we put roots down in SE Asia.
For those of you who have followed Allie and I or supported us through prayer and finances, we wanted to update you on what’s been going on since we had initially announced our departure to SE Asia! 2016 brings new challenges/opportunities to trust God and final preparations to successfully launch and transition overseas. I want to announce that we couldn’t be more excited to buy our plane tickets today! Thank you for reading our web posts and we can’t wait to keep you updated with our trip from overseas!
Here’s what has been happening:
- One of the ways we are going to prepare ourselves for living in another country is attend an intercultural training program this summer. You may have noticed that we have changed our departure date to September 1st from a hopeful early May departure. We will be in North Carolina at the Center for Intercultural training to learn how to successfully navigate cross cultural contexts in practical and theoretical ways. We know this is going to be an awesome investment in ourselves and a great way to prepare for overseas life- long term.
- By far, the most daunting task that we are preparing for is trying to learn a language where the tone dictates the meaning. We have to learn 42 consonants and 20 vowel sounds. Allie and I are working on our own while in the states, but we are looking forward to immersing ourselves in the language and having a tutor. For the first year, we will be on an education visa as language students so our ability to stay in the country will be directly connected to our success in learning the language.
- We realize that we can’t go to SE Asia without the support of other people and so we have been fundraising for the past 3 months. Whether it’s meeting with churches or individuals, we are trying to convey a ministry worth getting behind with finances and prayer. Readers, I’ll be honest… Fundraising is the worst. If I’m being real, it is not fun to ask for money. Unfortunately, it’s a real part of missions, moving overseas, making sure we can survive and are able to accomplish what we feel called. Contact us and we would love to discuss partnering with you financially! Or Click Here.
- We have recently celebrated some mile markers. Cheers to my mom who turned 50! On her big day, one of her friends said, “Wow, I would have guessed you were in your 40’s!” #shewasyesterday
- Allie and i celebrated two years of Marriage. Thanks to everyone for your wishes! Year three is going to be an adventure and we agreed that we want to make it a year of hard work but most importantly completely letting go of control and trusting in God. We can’t wait to see how He will work through us.
We are excited to bring you much more interesting updates once we make it to SE Asia. Until then, please keep praying for our departure and our fundraising. We are hoping to meet our minimum 60% by May 1st so if you were thinking about donating to us, now is the time to start praying about a potential partnership with us and what God is doing in SE Asia. Please check out our donation page for any questions around giving and prayers.
Thanks again to all of you who have already contributed to our fundraising where you can. Your faithfulness helps us live out our faithfulness as we trust God with all of our provisions. God Bless you!
Paul and Allisan
The next years will be spent in SE Asia! Known as one of the largest human trafficking hubs in South East Asia, we will be working alongside church planters and missionaries to start the first anti-trafficking network and ministry in the region.
We are committed to living out the Bible’s instructions to “proclaim the good news to the poor…bind up the brokenhearted.. [and] to proclaim freedom for the captives” (Isaiah 61:1). What better way to do this than with the skills God has given us. I, Paul, will be looking to grow the ministry and advance the organization while A uses her expertise as a Hair Stylist to help start a vocational training salon. The training salon will be one of the ministries we start to help keep women out of prostitution by learning career skills to make it on their own outside of the sex industry. Of course, the goal is to bring these women not just freedom from human modern-day slavery, but the true freedom which is found only in Jesus Christ. With all the stains of shame and guilt that come with working in the sex industry, there is a heightened meaning to God’s analogy in Isaiah 1:18 when He says, “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” We invite you to witness this transformation! Please join along side us and be a part of what God is doing in SE Asia by supporting us through prayer and finances.
What the months ahead look like for us:
We are planning to leave in the beginning of September. As we start our two-year initial commitment, we have budgeted for all of our first years legal, living, medical, housing and ministry costs. Although we still need to raise our initial set-up costs for our arrival, our biggest need at this time is monthly support. We are trusting the Lord for all of our needs to fulfill His calling on our lives.
Thank you in advance for prayerfully considering partnering with us during our time in SE Asia. As an example of transparency and putting our best foot forward in a partnership, please check out our projected annual budget below. Please let me know if you have any questions! We look forward to sharing our ministry journey with you. Check out our other pages!
We are excited to announce that we have prayerfully decided to move to SE Asia to continue the fight against human modern-day slavery! After 3 months of serving in Cambodia and working on the prevention and recovery fronts of trafficking, we have decided to continue this initiative in one of the least reached areas of SE Asia. Known for one of the most notorious red light districts in the world and it’s beautiful beaches, SE Asia shows both what God intended for his creation and the overwhelming reality of brokenness and desperation in the sex industry.
The numbers are shocking…
- 4.5 million people in sexual exploitation.
- 14.2 million in forced labor.
- 2.2 million in state imposed labor.
- 99% of people are NEVER rescued.
- EVERY 30 seconds somebody is forced into modern-day slavery.
- The average price (in today’s dollars) to purchase a slave in 1850 was $40,000.
- Today, the average price to purchase a slave, as shared by rescue organizations is $72. This is typical.
- 1-2% are rescued.
- The average age of a trafficking victim is 12 years old.
Allie and I will be working with a small group of missionaries from a Justice and Compassion team of the CCMA who were sent to SE Asia to focus on church planting and evangelism. Although the organization has been in SE Asia for 70+ years, they saw our town as a particularly unreached region and it wasn’t long before they saw a need for social justice. We are excited to be working with people who are taking a holistic approach to missions through Evangelism, Community Development and Social Issues. Allie and I consider ourselves blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of starting a ministry branch while being a part of something much larger at the same time.
What the next months ahead look like for us!
- Raise Financial & Prayer Support
- Financial – We have created a budget based on an initial 2 year commitment. See our support page for ways to partner with us financially.
- Prayer– Living overseas has given us a new appreciation for prayer, especially knowing that we had family and friends praying for us back home. Christ created the church as a body of believers to journey together and we are looking for partners who feel led to be part of this journey to SE Asia. You can partner with us by signing up for our newsletter here.
- Assimilate to SE Asian Culture and Build Relationships. Our team requires 6 months of language studies in country to have a base for communicating, gaining trust, spreading the gospel and making relationships.
- Create Ministry. We want to have a presence in the heart of the Red Light District. Implementing a ministry that brings people of all kinds closer into relationship with Jesus Christ. A part of this will be a hair ministry; a way to love people, promote therapeutic skill learning and teach them a new trade to support themselves and their families.
We are so excited to see what God is going to do in SE Asia. We would love to talk with you more about our mission in person before we leave to encourage you about what God is doing in our lives. Awareness is a huge passion of ours so if you think your church might be interested, please free to email us or give us a call.
Paul and Allie
We saw going to Thailand as an opportunity to take a step back from ministry and further discern the direction we felt like God was calling us to. It was also great to explore a new country which turned out to be extremely different than Cambodia. One of the fun parts was having Allie drive me around on a Moto….very emasculating… I had no idea that Thailand would have nice roads, modern public transportation and overall a cleanliness that equated to cities in the U.S. Add some more skyscrapers, diversity, baseball and hot dogs and we might as well be in some nicer areas of Chicago. This picture does not show that at all….