Hello Prayer Team,
Today, I'm sending you an email from my dear friend and co-laborer, Amreitha Jeeva. She is our Director of Advocacy for LightBridge International. This week, we learned some difficult news about one of the ladies in our job creation program, LandMine Design (www.landminedesign.org). We're asking our collective prayer teams to join us, as one voice, and pray over the situation. We're asking the Lord to intervene and would so love for you to join us in this prayer covering. Would you? Read on for the story, and thank you for being a part of what God is doing.
"Wow, she is so beautiful!"
"Have you seen her smile in this photo?"
"It's like she's a natural model!"
"And beyond that smile, she's just so sweet and joyful!"
These are the comments made by our team during the very first photo shoot of the women in our job creation program, LandMine Design, two years ago. We were talking about Srey Mom. She's 17. When we met her she was 15. Believe me when I say, she's a bombshell. Absolutely gorgeous. She has beautiful long black hair, straight like most women in Cambodia. Her smile is met with dimples on each side of her cheeks that just don't quit! And most importantly, her personality is one that our team has fallen for. Srey Mom is silly. She likes to laugh and sometimes in the most awesome way, she can even be mischievous.
Two years ago during our first photo shoot, the women had completed their very first collection - one that feels ancient to our team now. We wanted the women who spent hours rolling paper beads onto toothpicks, glue to seal, and lacquer for finish, to be the very first women who ever modeled the jewelry they created. Srey Mom was a natural. She hardly needed to pose, her natural physique was enough for such stunning photos.
Since then, Srey Mom has been working at LandMine Design so faithfully. Each week, she works hard, receives an income that helps provide food for her family, and most importantly she's receiving an education. As one of our high school girls, she was required to attend school in order to be in our program. We believe that education at her school and through our program is one of the greatest gifts we can give her as we work together toward full economic and holistic sustainability for her and her family.
Today across the world, 600,000 million girls in the developing world are not receiving an education. The cycle of poverty continues. Statistics say that girls with eight years of education are four times less likely to be married at a young age. The reality is, educated girls are a powerful force for change in their communities and their countries.
We recently got news that our dear Srey Mom is planning on leaving our program and quitting school. She plans to be married and in order for that to happen, she and her future husband intend to move to Thailand where they will work menial jobs that often include some sort of slavery. Culturally, this isn't a big deal to them. This is what you do when you're poor. You get married and work. You have children, they work, get married and the cycle continues. The part of this mindset and lifestyle that's so difficult to swallow is that education is not important, and often non-existent. But, education would break that cycle. Srey Mom could break this cycle for her family. Education gives her opportunities for work without putting herself in danger. Education gives her the ability to teach her own children in the future that there's more to life than merely surviving. Education gives Srey Mom a sense of deep value and purpose; that her life means something much more than what she's been told.
In a moment of deep anguish over the reality of the choice Srey Mom is wanting to make, our fearless leader and boss Karla Tillapaugh suggested we pray. Honestly, I was so sad that it hadn't crossed my mind yet. But it's absolutely what could change everything. Srey Mom is a believer! Jesus lives in her heart and she is learning about who He is and what that means for her life during her time at LandMine Design. Praying unceasingly that God would intervene and change the course of deep cultural realities is really what can turn this situation around. At the end of the day, only Christ can save a life. Our team can only do so much. We recognize our deep dependency on the Lord to do the impossible.
Our team at LandMine Design invites you to pray with us for Srey Mom. The reality is, we've got two months to get on our knees on her behalf before a possible move to Thailand. Will you join us in prayer that Srey Mom will change her mind? Will you pray with us that Srey Mom would realize how important she is and that fighting for her education is worth it? Pray that our dedicated in-country managers can have meaningful talks with Srey Mom that would persuade her to make a different decision.
So to all of us who believe in the mighty powerful name of Jesus, let's humble ourselves and pray. For God can heal a land! And now I'm crying because this promise is true. It's real. It's for today. It's for Srey Mom. Her life could alter because of our diligent prayer. 2 Chronicles 7:14
If you would like to partner with us in prayer for Srey Mom, would you let us know? Simply reply to this email and add your mailing address. We would like to send you a bead from LandMine Design, made by the women in the program, that would remind you to pray for her each day. We believe that this one bead represents each of us joining together as one voice praying for one woman to end her cycle of poverty. Today, this one woman is Srey Mom.
Thanks for reading about Srey Mom and for considering being a part of the team of folks that prays over her faithfully in the weeks ahead. I can't wait to see what God will do through the committed prayers on her behalf!