Who Else Wants to Help Her Find a Better Way?

I vividly remember my first trip to Pattaya, Thailand in 2006. Our team of 12 ate dinner at a nice outdoor restaurant. Our trip had just begun, so I was still suffering from jet lag. As I enjoyed the food, listened to conversation, my mind tried to comprehend the scene at a nearby table.

About four couples sat at the table. Four western men, middle-age to older, enjoyed dinner with what looked like early 20-something Thai women. All were dressed nice. Something seemed odd though.

Who were these men? Why were these Thai women with them?

I began to look around the restaurant and noticed several other tables with similar clientele. Something here was very wrong. My jet lag turned into an emotional buzz saw. I knew that prostitution existed in Thailand, but was it really this pervasive; this “in my face”?

Over one year later, Danielle and I moved to Pattaya, Thailand. We began to learn much more about the systemic problem facing young Thai women. We learned that Thai women move to Bangkok and Pattaya in large numbers to find a way out of poverty.

These girls hear stories of finding a foreign man who will marry them and take care of their family. Yes, this happens to a few, but for many, they end up caught in a life of prostitution and abuse. An estimated 20,000 girls work at some level in the prostitution scene in Pattaya.

This summer Danielle is traveling, along with nine other women, to Pattaya, Thailand to work alongside the staff of Tamar Center. This team will visit girls working in the bars, teach ESL classes, and throw a party for the bar girls. Each event gives these girls another chance to find freedom from a life of slavery.

Here is part of a testimony from one Thai girl:

Have you ever had a dream? I had a dream, but it was a dream that did not work out. I was married and lived in my home village in Thailand and had two children. Life seemed to be going well but my husband left me and I needed to support my family. I worked very hard and tried everything I could think of to support us, but nothing seemed to be enough. Always though, I worked honestly and in a right way. Finally I thought, if the right way is not helping, maybe I should work in the wrong way. That is when I moved to Pattaya. I found a job in a bar and worked there for ten days. I then had another dream.  A real dream! This is what I saw in my dream: a big man with a long beard and long hair, was reaching for me. He was reaching out to rescue me and to pull me out of my bad situation. He was going to lead me somewhere safe and good and, he was going to bring two of my friends. Shortly after I had the dream, a lady from the Tamar Center came to the bar where we worked. She explained their training program to us and I went with her to the Tamar Center. When we went inside, there was a picture on the wall and it was a picture of a big man with a long beard and long hair. “That’s him! That’s the man in my dream! I know him!” I told them. My good dream was just the beginning of my new and great  life with Jesus. I have become a Christian and learned to trust the Lord and walk with Him. Now, I have two new dreams of my own. I want to reach out to the women in Pattaya who feel hopeless, like I did.  And I would also like to go back to my village one day, and share the love of Jesus with them.Tamar Thai staff member

We have heard many stories of how God has pursued these girls. Many times it is through dreams like it was for this young woman.

Most times God uses someone like you to reach them.

You can help these young women find a better way:

  • Pray for this team. They travel July 8-17. 
  • Visit TamarCenter.orgYou can find out more about this ministry, sign up for its newsletter, follow on Facebook, and give to their ministry.
  • Read this blog I wrote a few months ago. Here you can find out about several other organizations working to reach those caught in human trafficking, slavery, and prostitution.

Contact me if you want to learn more about how you can financially support this team or some of their projects.

Also, I am thinking about providing some of their hand-made cards for sale on this website. All the profits will go directly to support the Tamar Center. What do you think about that idea?

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I am a longtime Austinite. Married my beautiful wife over 25 years ago. Adopted our son September 2012. Currently a writer and loving it. Previous jobs and careers include project management, missionary, and pastor. I enjoy sports (both watching and playing), traveling, reading, digging in dirt and hanging with my friends and family.

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