Cycles of Poverty for Vurn

Vurn is a wife to a disabled man who cannot work.  They live in a village that sits on top of a former minefield.  Unable to find work in Poipet/Cambodia, Vurn did what many people we work with do.  She crossed the border illegally in search of work and found it on a Thai farm.  Hired as a harvester, Vurn worked 12-15 hours a day far from home. The promised pay was $10/day.  However, as many illegal workers in Thailand are treated, Vurn was given $1/day and told she had to prove herself for three months in order to earn her remaining share.  After three months of back-breaking work, Vurn was excited to receive her promised $9/hour pay. Her request was denied. Instead, Vurn’s employer threatened to report her to authorities as being illegal.  They demanded that she work an additional three months in order to get paid. Vurn was living as a trafficked human. 

I cannot tell you how many times I hear this same story repeated by countless Cambodians we work with.  You see, human trafficking happens in fields, in factories, in plantations, on ships, and in hotel rooms. The vulnerability to traffickers is an all too real reality for those stuck in a vicious cycle of poverty. Trafficking It enslaves everywhere and is just one another cycle in the vicious world of poverty. 


Cycle of sustainability

By God’s grace, Vurn was able to leave her trafficked situation, walking over 25 miles to return home without a cent.  She came to our program, Landmine Design and asked for a job. 

That was five years ago. 

In those five years, Vurn has been able to work for us, rolling beads and hand making lovely jewelry.  And she does this work from her own home where she can also take care of her husband and children. Together, Vurn and her husband have toiled and worked the land where they live (on top of a former minefield) and now grow potatoes in these fields.  They harvest them and sell in local markets along with bananas, papayas, coconuts and other vegetables. 

Today, they are also busy building their new home, on the land they own, next to land they farm.  They both love Jesus and talk about the ways He has provided, protected and redeemed their stories.  This is how God changes cycles of poverty into cycles of sustainability! It is happening and we are overwhelmed with joy to be part of seeing Him change these very cycles. 

Would you join us in thanking Jesus for His care and redemption of all areas of life – eternity, finances, relationships, slavery, health, homes, farms…EVERYTHING!  And would you consider joining us through your one-time, or monthly gift. God is redeeming and He is using His people to do a work beyond what we can imagine. I hope you will partner with us to see the ways God changes cycles for more families, like Vurn’s. Giving today goes directly to our LandMine Design program that creates cycles of sustainability for women like Vurn.