Lent Day 18: Nathan & Priscilla

I’ve fallen behind in my posts – so I apologize for that.  Today, we’re supposed to visit the Facebook page of our missionaries in Cambodia:  Nathan & Priscilla Chan.

I remember when I first met them in Cambodia.  I was immediately moved by the story of how God called them each to leave their old countries, families, and lives behind in order to serve ‘the least of these’ in Cambodia.  Meeting Cambodians helped me see the need and the hope.  Meeting Nathan & Priscilla helped me see what a distant spoiled Westerner like myself might be called to do.

To get a glimpse of what their ministry is like, read this article about Priscilla and her ministry with Hagar International:

Priscilla Chan was a corporate lawyer at a large international firm in Hong Kong and Beijing before she decided to change course and follow her heart. She had always believed she was destined to do more than just develop a professional career. Surely her gifts and talents were meant for more than just generating profits?

So in 2010, after finding her life calling, this perky young lady moved to Phnom Penh. Today Priscilla is a legal advisor with Hagar Cambodia, an NGO that serves survivors of human rights abuses, including human trafficking and gender-based violence and sexual exploitation. Qualified to practice law in Hong Kong, the UK and Australia, she now uses her expertise to counsel victims of child trafficking in Cambodia.

Lawyers always have a way with words, and here she talks to AmiraCulture about some of what she’s seen so far.

Her turning point
“I remember coming across an article on the internet, some news about a major operation cracking down on traveling sex offenders. And it talked about men being arrested and taken back to their home country. One of the men had actually been arrested in connection with the exploitation of a boy. And I remember reading that the boy was 13, and his mom had sold him to the man for $2.50 and a bag of rice. That was the like the turning point. That was the article that changed my life—because I just couldn’t understand it. For a long time I really struggled with—wow!—Cambodian parents really don’t want their children.”

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