Bella

Bella: Rescued for a Purpose

When Bella was only 12, she was tricked into leaving her home to work as a house cleaner for a woman who ended up beating her and trafficking her for sex. After years of abuse, Bella was rescued and eventually came to an Agape International Missions (AIM) restoration home where she witnessed Christ’s love and began to recognise her value.

Now married with a baby daughter, Bella offers exploited women the same freedom she once received by working as an AIM social worker.

Handcuffed suspect

Expanded Anti-Trafficking Role for AIM

Our friends in Agape International Missions have recently expanded their work of combating human trafficking in Cambodia.

Billy Scanlan explains how this has happened:

In 2014, we were given permission to work with the Cambodian Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police (AHTJPP) to rescue trafficked girls and women and arrest traffickers. God provided the funding, the staff, and the legal permission, and by March 2018 – just 4 years later – AIM SWAT has been responsible for rescuing over 700 people from trafficking!

Recently, we learned that God has even greater plans in store for the AIM SWAT Team.

In the beginning of this year, we were honored to be invited to assist the Cambodian Government in cases that involve traffickers selling someone living in Cambodia to another country for exploitative purposes. This includes cases of sex trafficking and all other forms of human trafficking.

AIM SWAT’s collaboration and close relationship with the Cambodian AHTJPP opened the door for the team to help in these other areas. We have already begun working with and supporting police in other departments and areas of the country; In March, two young girls were rescued along the border with Thailand, and in April AIM SWAT assisted AHTJPP in Phnom Penh with the arrests of two high-profile Vietnamese traffickers and rescue of two Vietnamese minors.

There will be a sizeable increase in the cost of operating the AIM SWAT Team across a much larger geographic area and taking on additional cases, but once again God has been faithful to provide! When AIM was asked to step into this expanded role, our faithful partners at Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) offered to provide the financial backing we needed to make it happen.

We are honoured for this opportunity and look forward to sharing more stories of rescued lives.

[From an article on the AIM web site]

Huot Chanthoeun at meeting with PM

CCC Mission Co-ordinator Attends Meeting with Prime Minister

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen held a get-together and solidarity dinner with over 3,000 Christians at Koh Pich Convention and Exhibition Centre, Phnom Penh, on 5 May.

This was the third annual meeting between the Prime Minister and members of the Christian community.

Among those present was CCC's Mission Co-ordinator (pictured, right) Ms Huot Chanthoeun.

The Cambodian leader called on the Cambodian Christian community to take part with the royal government in maintaining peace, stability, security and order in Cambodia as there is no religious freedom in a war-torn country. He stressed that different religious beliefs are not an obstacle for national unification and development.

Huot Chanthoeun and friend
School outreach

CCC Mission Co-ordinator Bears Fruit

As well as her involvement in CCC’s projects in Cambodia, our  Mission Co-ordinator Ms Huot Chanthoeun is also seconded to the Living Hope in Christ Church, Phnom Penh, to participate in their work of evangelism, disciple-making. church-planting and leadership training.

Ms Chanthoeun recently participated in a mission to Tbong Khmum Province in the east of Cambodia. There were two strands to the mission:

Outreach to school children

School outreach  School outreach

Equipping of church members

 Training session Training session

Back in Phnom Penh

Ms Chanthoeun also shares in the church’s ministry to women and children in Phnom Penh and recently had the privilege of leading two women to the Lord.

She joins in the activities of the church women’s group, which include praise and worship (seen below), Bible study and care for the poor in the community.