It’s easy to get into a rut in our daily lives. Though little about Asia is comfortable for westerners, it’s possible to get into a “routine” there, too. I think it’s in our nature to revert to the “norm”…whatever that is. I often take people to Asia, who are experiencing a lot of “firsts.” Whether they’re new to international travel, to Asia in particular or to the kind of work we do, there’s a lot of sensory overload.

As much as I love change and challenge, the shock and awe of Asia can be so overwhelming. As a leader, my nurture-nature sneaks out trying to protect my newbies. I often find myself going back to the few constants…whether that’s certain hotels, restaurants or in-country contacts.

This year’s trip didn’t provide much room for reverting back to any norm. With exception of the 13th annual International Ladies Retreat, in which at least 13 nations were represented…it was all new to me too.

We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps (Proverbs 16:9). Although we knew some basics of the in-country contacts we’d be meeting this year; it’s impossible to grasp the magnitude of the battle they fight until we walked the frontline. In China and Mongolia, the battle of human trafficking…is indescribable…but being fought tirelessly. Have a look at these two short videos…

Starfish Project

Starfish Project – Restoring Hope to Exploited Women – Promo Video from Starfish Project on Vimeo.

Tumee- Streams in the Desert

Our new friends provided these to share with you. The thing is, these are just normal people like you and me. They are just being used in a different way. They love and help guide these women and girls to a new life of security and hope.

If you would like to know more, I’d love to talk in person. To protect our contacts we limit what we share publicly.

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