My friend, Dan Notley, recently spoke at our church about his work in Thailand to help rescue and restore children who have been victimized by human trafficking. I have included an audio clip from this session below.
Dan and his wife, Trish, had just returned from five weeks in Thailand. He shared how they ministered and equipped Thai pastors and church leaders and how God sovereignly connected them with a couple who lives in a northern city on the Myanmar border that is known as the “gateway of human trafficking into Southeast Asia.” They are pastors who have the same vision to rescue children and will be working with Dan and Trish on this project in their city.
What this ministry (DTN Ministries) is doing is setting up permanent homes for children. These homes are not orphanages. They are family homes where rescued children will live, be loved and grow up in a family environment.
The following is a brief description of this project from their website (dtnministries.com):
On a recent trip to Thailand we took preliminary steps in establishing a safe home for children who are at risk of being “trafficked” or have been rescued from human trafficking and sexual slavery. As unimaginable as it is this is true of children as young as four and five years old! Recently the United Nations declared that Human Trafficking was now the second largest source of income for organized crime world-wide! We have been talking to a Thai non-profit foundation about partnering with them to establish the first of what we hope to be several such homes. In the initial phase we would have only one home and care for 10 children ages 4 to 10.
- Currently, Thailand is often referred to as the “Disneyland for Pedophiles”
- The United Nations has listed Illegal Drugs, Illegal Arms Sales and Human Trafficking as the three largest sources of money for organized crime world wide.
- The UN recently upgraded Human Trafficking from third on this list to second!
- Thailand has up to 600,000 AIDS cases. Many are children.
- Most of the industry is driven by European and American Tourists
- There are an estimated 800,000 to 2 million prostitutes in Thailand. 20% of them are 18 years young, or younger. Many held as slaves in brothels are under the age of 15.
- Prostitution is “illegal” in Thailand.
- Often times when brothel owners are being prosecuted, or others involved in enslaving people, politicians and police officers are bribed to sway cases.
- According to many NGO’s, prostitution is actively encouraged by both police and the government. (Reporter Thembi Mutch)
- With the economic boom in South East Asia, the frantic rate of construction springing up in the region has brought more staff with a desire for young sex workers (Reporter Thembi Mutch)
- In 2008, Traffickers made an estimated $31 Billion buying and selling humans. In that same year, .05% of this figure was spent by the global community to combat human trafficking.
“I will go before you and make the rough places smooth;
I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars.
“I will give you the treasures of darkness
And hidden wealth of secret places,
So that you may know that it is I,
The Lord, the God of Israel,
who calls you by your name.” (Isaiah 45:2-3 NASB)
Here’s how he described the prophetic promise that the Lord gave him about this:
“The treasure of a nation is its children. And these treasures, these children, and this wealth, it’s hidden away in secret places and dark places, these children that are locked up in brothels (to be abused 10,12, 15 times a day, until many of their little bodies give out and they die). He said this is the treasure of a nation and I’m going to give them to you…I’m going to shatter the doors of bronze and cut through the bars that have kept them prisoner and I will give them to you.”
Dan and Trish will be selling their home in the Minneapolis area and moving to Thailand this year. Would you pray for them and consider being involved in some way? You can get more information about how to do that on their website here.
Here’s a brief audio clip from Dan’s visit to our church last Sunday. Please hear his heart and vision for rescuing a generation from being stolen in Thailand, along with some great testimonies and challenges. Finally, prayerfully consider how you might be involved. Thanks!
Blessings to you.