Hope Stories: Sparky

Hope Stories: Sparky

Sparky. That’s what we’ve renamed her because when we try to say her name we mispronounce it and it sounds like a very nasty word in Khmer.

Short black hair, big dark eyes: just darling, especially when she smiles. The peppy sweetness of the name really suits her now, but not when she first came here.

An orphan from Svay Pak, she stayed with a family whose mistreatment was unfathomably inhumane. If there was any food left over after the family ate, they would throw it on the floor, and she would have to scramble and fight the dogs to get anything. After contracting head lice, they shaved her head which is culturally humiliating. The community sneered at her and called her degrading names.

The absolute worst part was that the family would sell her for sex whenever they needed money and allowed strangers to rape her. Sparky was only 6 years old.

Pastor Chantha and his wife, Bunthen, found out about her, and called ARC. When she first arrived, she wouldn’t raise her head or look at anybody. At meal time, her head was always down low to the table, protecting herself and her food.

One day a house mom offered her some food, and she just stared and looked dumb struck; she wouldn’t take it. When the mom walked away and left it on the table by her, she grabbed it and ran from the table ninja-like. An adult offering her food?…It was unthinkable to her, and it certainly hadn’t happened very often in her very short six years.

Day by day she has become more relaxed and confident knowing she is in a place that loves her. I met up with her at one of the water coolers, one that has a hot water tap, and she was there with a bowl of ramen noodles to make herself soup just clicking her chopsticks away. She looked up and gave me a big smile, “Hey Nana!”  It just choked me up because here she was so confident just making a snack in the middle of the day.

It is because of God’s grace and his love and provision flowing into Cambodia through you that little Sparky is eating, and learning, and laughing and playing and thriving, and she knows it’s because of Jesus and people like you. She is one happy girl.

~Bridget Brewster


  • Kathy L. on April 16, 2012

    It’s for little girls like Sparky that have me crying, praying, and battlling in the Spirit for their precious lives. Thank you for sharing her story. It’s encouraging to know she’s on her road to recovery. She will be added to my prayers.

    • stephanie on April 16, 2012

      THANK YOU! Your prayers are working!!! Blessings as you battle in the Spirit with us!!!

  • Lesley on April 16, 2012

    It’s incredible what people will do to their own children but it’s more incredible how the Lord place people in the right place at the right time to help especially children out of the hand of bondage and hopelessness. God bless Agape Int’l for all they are doing to save lives and souls!

  • tekhelet on April 16, 2012

    Praise the L_RD. This testimony gives such encouragment to knowing of the work that workers/missionaries do out there. That these are not mere statistics but real people who are rescued, sheltered and get to hear of God’s Good News.

  • Jason on April 25, 2012

    Wow, what a powerful story. Im a 38 year old man and i was in tears reading that..im so happy that little girl is getting better but it makes me sick that there are other sparky’s out there facing this abuse right now. I probably wont be able to sleep but i will be donating so for that im glad i read this.

    • stephanie on April 25, 2012

      Thank you for your partnership Jason. It’s men like you that are changing cultures and nations, rising up as protectors instead of predators.

  • Charina on April 25, 2012

    A good friend of mine shared this link and it makes me cry after reading the story. Im from Philippines and worked in a goverment hospital. I’ve encountered a lot and different sad stories and situations. I’ve done hands on care for those who are in need and for a change i’ll be donating.

    • stephanie on April 26, 2012

      Thank you for serving and giving to those in need, Charina! Many blessings

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