In December of 2012, I travelled to Bangkok, Thailand, and walked through one of the largest red light districts in the world for the first time. What I experienced during that ten day ministry trip both shattered and inspired me. I grew up in Thailand as a missionary kid in a small country town, and while I knew the language and understood the culture, I had no idea how bad the problem really was. The reality is that hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children are trapped in Thailand’s sex industry. Some are sold for sex by their families, others are lured away and trafficked, still others turn to selling their bodies to support their families due to lack of education, history of abuse, and poor employment opportunities.
At first I felt hopeless. Then, I met the staff of Home of New Beginnings and the young women they care for. What I found was a safe place for them to heal, a family environment with stability, and resources provided including counseling and scholarships to go back to school through university. I found hope, and ever since I have been passionate about doing everything I could wherever God was leading to help. I began volunteering at a local anti-trafficking non-profit stuffing envelopes and organizing races; I took pictures and called newspapers to raise awareness; and in 2016, I returned to Thailand for a second time.
This time around, I visited Pattaya, and a renewed sense of hopelessness threatened to creep in. On any given night, up to 30,000 people are for sale in Pattaya. But God is good, and faithful, and in His grace, he provided Home of New Beginnings with a new shelter and plot of land to build a garden for a farm-to-table restaurant that will provide employment and life skills for the women living there. In 2017, Brian had the opportunity to help build that garden, and when he returned home, we knew. In all these ways and more, God was leading us to move our family to Thailand. We didn’t know exactly when, or what it would look like, or for how long, but we said “yes”.
About two years later, God has opened the doors and made a way for us to officially move, and we are so excited for what He will lead us to do in Thailand! We have been so blessed with the absolute best community here, and we are understandably sad to leave, but we know that community will stand by us, encourage us, and lift us up from afar!
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Libby & Brian Bundrick, and Family