Thank you for praying for our sweet Srey Mom. I'm writing to give you an update so you know how to pray as this saga continues.
This week. we learned that Srey Mom went through with a shot-gun wedding and married her 17-year old boyfriend. Sometime in the past week, Srey Mom decided not to wait for a month or two and has also left with her now-husband to work at a banana plantation in a remote part of Thailand. As you can imagine, news like this is so hard to hear and process for us as a staff as well as for our in-country managers and ladies in our program. We are all deeply saddened by it.
Today, our in-country program manager, Leakhenna, visited Srey Mom's parents in the village. We were so thankful to learn that they are terribly upset about the situation and were not in favor of the marriage or Srey Mom going to Thailand to work. Don't misunderstand me; I'm not happy that they are so upset. Too often, families in poverty situations such as this don't see the bigger picture. They typically simply follow the same pattern that has been deeply rooted and the cycle of poverty is replayed over and over again for generations. What I am thankful for is that Srey Mom's parents see a different future for her. They hoped for something far beyond repeating the cycle of poverty.
We also learned that they are trying to contact Srey Mom and push her to return to the village. Our in-country manager, Leakhenna, also will try to contact Srey Mom and let her know that we will hold her job with LandMine Design, if she will return.
Now, I'm asking you to pray with us in this next phase. Honestly, I just have a sense that God isn't finished with this story. My son, Zach, shared that it feels like a Prodigal daughter story. It does feel that way. Would you pray with us about these things specifically:
- That Srey Mom's parents and Leakhenna are able to contact her.
- That Srey Mom is seeing the reality of her choices and that she would desire to make different ones.
- That the Lord would be her Protector (and her new husband's). The ladies in the program informed us that they are very worried about the safety of these two. Whether it's rumor or true, we've learned that the plantation owners often are cruel and create problems with their migrant workers so they don't have to pay them. From what the ladies say, sometimes, these owners take drastic measures and injure the workers, or worse. Please pray for Srey Mom and her husband's protection from harm.
- Srey Mom doesn't have a passport so is traveling illegally. Without such documentation, she has no rights in Thailand and therefore can be easily taken advantage of.
- That Srey Mom and her new husband would return immediately. and seek to remedy the situation that they've created.
- That their hearts would be convicted of wrongdoing and that they would desire to be made right with the Lord, with their families, with their schools, and with the LandMine Design program.
To be honest, I have great hope for what God can do...and I'm praying that He will! The ladies in our program have been gathering together to pray over Srey Mom as well and that gives me such deep hope. They are praying on their own, without the leadership of our staff or in-country managers. How incredibly hopeful is that?
So would you join us in continuing to pray? Thank you for walking this road with us...the road of the Prodigal Daughter! Together, let's pray her home!
With Great Hope,