Through our mission, Center for Global Impact seeks to bring the Good News of Jesus to those in the grip of poverty and bondage through education, vocational training and business development. Primarily working in Cambodia, many of those we serve are victims of — or vulnerable to — human trafficking.
-CGI Mission Statement
What causes human trafficking?
Human trafficking varies from country to country, but it usually preys on vulnerable situations.
People in vulnerable and precarious situations are looking for a way out and in their desperation can fall prey to human traffickers. We see these in multiple different circumstances.
The following four scenarios are examples of the conditions and/or realities people may be fleeing.
1. Leaving a place of poverty to gain wealth
Many victims want to get out of their situation so they risk everything to leave the place that sees them mired in poverty. This gives the human traffickers bait to lure victims to move to a different country.
Traffickers lie, promising jobs and stability in order to recruit their victims. Upon their arrival to another state or region, captors take control. More often than not, they are held in places where victims did not to want to make their home.
*The practice of entrusting poor children to more affluent friends or relatives may create vulnerability. Some parents sell their children, not just for money, but in hope that their children may escape poverty and have a better life with more opportunities.
2. Political conditions
Political instability, militarism, generalized violence or civil unrest can result in an increase in trafficking as well. The destabilization and scattering of populations increase their vulnerability to unfair treatment and abuse via trafficking and forced labor.
Armed conflicts can lead to massive forced displacements of people. War creates large numbers of orphans and street children who are especially vulnerable to trafficking. Their families have either passed away or are fighting a war, complicating child-rearing.
4. Social and Cultural practices
Many societies and cultures devalue, abuse and exploit women and girls, creating perilous living conditions for these women. With little opportunities of upward mobility and with little value placed on women and girls, they are more vulnerable to human trafficking.
We see a broken world and recognize a need for Jesus to intervene in so many lives. At CGI, we hope and pray for a future in which those we serve experience the freedom, dignity and fullness of life that comes when we enter into relationship with Jesus Christ.
How can you fight human trafficking from your home? Check out one of our earlier blogs for a few beginning steps.
United Nations Office Of Drugs and Crime – https://www.unodc.org/documents/human-trafficking/Toolkit-files/08-58296_tool_9-2.pdf
Cambodia is a beautiful country. We have been blessed to be a part of it and to get to know the community within it, full of wonderful people. As a part of this ministry, we thought you would like to know a little more about the country itself. So, here are 10 important facts about Cambodia- to allow you to step into their culture and see a piece of the past and present.
1. Cambodia has been through many name changes.
Whenever a new government has come to power, the country’s name has changed.
Here is a breakdown of name changes:
The Kingdom of Cambodia: 1953-1970 (ruled by a monarchy)
The Khmer Republic: 1970-1975 (ruled by President Lon Nol’s government)
Democratic Kampuchea: 1975-1979 (under Pol Pot’s terrible Khmer Rouge regime)
The People’s Republic of Kampuchea: 1979-1989 (under the rule of the Vietnamese sponsored government)
The State of Cambodia: 1989-1993 (under the United Nations Transitional Assembly)
The Kingdom of Cambodia: 1993-present (under the restored constitutional monarchy)
2. Cambodia has a very young population
A compelling fact about Cambodia is that it has a very young population with 68% of its people are between the age of 15-30! There is a small percentage of people over the age of 50. The unfortunate reasoning is because of Khmer Rouge genocide in the late 70’s.
3. Cambodia is the only flag in the world featuring a building
The building, of course, is the country’s famous world wonder: Angkor Wat. It is the main reason tourists travel to Cambodia. It is the world’s largest religious building and considered one of the wonders of the world.
4. Birthdays are not traditionally celebrated in Cambodia
Traditionally, birthdays are not celebrated in Cambodia particularly in the rural areas. Recently, the youth have started celebrating birthdays because of western cultural influences. Many of the girls CGI works with, don’t know their birthdays.
It’s interesting to believe that older people may not even know their exact birth date.
5. Cambodia has seen much sorrow over the years
During the four-year rule of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge (1975-1979), one-fifth of Cambodia’s population was killed. These people were mostly the educated, priests, and monks.
6. In Cambodia, the head is considered the highest part of the body and shouldn’t be touched- even if it is for good intentions.
7. Traditional Cambodian weddings are quite involved and can last for up to three days and three nights.
8. Phnom Penh is Cambodia’s largest city, and it’s capital. Roughly 20% of Cambodia resides here.
9. Buddhism has been the state religion since 1989. About 93% of all Cambodians practice either Hinayana or Theravada Buddhism. Less than 1% of the population is Christian.
10. Center for Global Impact has been working in Cambodia for 7 years
CGI has had the privilege to walk alongside many families in Cambodia and share the Good News of Jesus. Ever since we were called to this mission, we hope to bring education and vocational training to women and families who have been effected by poverty. Our vision is to hope and pray for a future in which those we serve experience the freedom, dignity and fullness of life that comes when we enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
If you would like to receive more information about what we do, please contact us at email@example.com!
1. Become Educated
A great way to start is to read a book about human trafficking.
Learning with a community is beneficial and there are strength in numbers. Establish a book club, talk with your Sunday school class or your small group about reading or watching a movie on human trafficking.
3 Books we would recommend about human trafficking:
1. Terrify No More by Gary Haugen
2. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Cheryl WuDunn
3. Not For Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade by David Batstone
Another way to become educated is to click through a few websites of organizations that are involved daily in fighting trafficking.
Click through this digital booklet— You will learn the “story behind every barcode.” Are you wearing something that could have been made by a slave?
Or here: Slaveryfootprint Does your lifestyle impact people in a negative way?
We can make an extraordinary difference in the lives of those suffering simply by becoming aware of human trafficking and changing habits in our lives, right here at home!
2. Get Involved
You have been blessed with unique skills and gifts that you can use to empower the poor and protect the innocent. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with the fight right at home. We encourage you not to do it alone either. There are plenty of organizations that are in need of help. Choose one that best fits you and your group of friends!
Here are a couple that we have partnered with and know they are doing great things!
Purchased– Local organization. Purchased realized that not much was being done to fight sex trafficking locally, so they narrowed their focus to Indiana. Since that time, they launched curriculum that they take into schools and churches in an attempt to educate and raise awareness. Get Involved…
Destiny Rescue– It is a grassroots, internationally recognized, Christian based, non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing children from human trafficking and sexual exploitation. They help rescue the sexually exploited and enslaved, restore the abused, protect the vulnerable, empower the poor and are a voice for those that can’t speak up for themselves. Get Involved…
Center for Global Impact has some was to get involved as well. Learn More!
- Host a Trunk Show or Fashion Show, raising awareness of byTavi purses and clothing
- Volunteer your time at our office in Greenwood, Indiana
- Create your own awareness event in your community
- Host a sponsorship weekend at your church to financially invest in the future of these women
Pray for victims of human trafficking and everyone involved. Pray that God may liberate those that do not have a choice. May their lives and spirits be free.
Pray for the lives of the survivors. May they heal spiritually, emotionally and physically. As they return to their community, may they be safe from worry and disappear.
And lastly, pray for CGI and our families, as we work with our friends in Cambodia, may come to know the true hope of Jesus Christ.
Want to get involved with CGI? We are passionate about bringing the Good News of Jesus to those in the grip of poverty and bondage. Please contact us if you would like to know more and get involved: firstname.lastname@example.org.
My two weeks of travel in Cambodia came to an end a couple of weeks ago. It was great to be home and reunited with my family. But I do already miss being with the CGI staff & participants in Cambodia. It was a great trip and fruitful in many ways. I really enjoyed spending time with everyone there and deepening our relationships as a team. I thought about what I would consider my top three highlights from the trip and I decided to share them with you. So here goes–
1) The Culinary Training Center graduation ceremony was incredible. If you received my last update you recall I shared how wonderful this ceremony was. The eight girls who completed their training in our 3rd culinary training class graduated on March 12th. Several of their family & friends came to see the girls receive their certificates of completion. Through the smiles and the tears of joy, you could see this great accomplishment meant a lot to not only the girls graduating but also their families. The 70+ people in attendance got to eat lots of food the girls had prepared for everyone to show off their cooking skills. Best of all, prayers and the Good News of Jesus was a central part of the ceremony.
2) A big focus of this trip was to figure out what to do with the Culinary Training Center & Green Mango location. We learned a few months ago that our lease on the current property could not be renewed long-term. Thus we were looking at a new property to move to. The new property was a former school and is twice as big as our current property for less monthly rent. This new location has great potential and we believe it is also in a better location for restaurant customers. There are obvious build-out costs and operational issues for which to consider and plan. We are trusting that God will provide the needed financial resources and leadership staff to make the move a reality. Please pray that we would have wisdom & clear discernment in this decision.
3) Before I left for this trip I had the idea of sharing about how Jesus is the light of the world with the CGI staff & participants in Cambodia. And so I purchased several small LED flashlights and I prepared a ‘light of the world’ devotion and took them with me. I had several opportunities to share them with everyone there. I explained how Scripture tells us that Jesus is the light of the world. And how light always overcomes darkness. We looked at the invitation from Jesus to follow Him, and if we do we can walk in the light instead of the darkness. And the coolest part – like Jesus – we become the light of the world too! I explained how we let our light shine by doing good works that point people to Jesus, the one true God. I gave everyone a flashlight and explained how it is powered by the battery which gives it the ability to shine. And as followers of Jesus we are powered by the Holy Spirit which enables us to shine. And I told them to think of Jesus every time they used that flashlight, how He is the light of the world and how they too can be a light in this dark world if they choose to follow Him. I also told them that is why CGI exists – to share the light of Jesus!
Every time I have been to Cambodia I have a moment (usually many moments) where I stop and ask myself – “How did I end up here?” This trip the answer was crystal clear. I ended up in Cambodia because that is where Jesus led me. CGI is there to do good works in the name of Jesus. We shine the light of Christ in Cambodia through the programs we operate and relationships we build. To God be the glory!
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” [Matthew 5:14-16]