Currently, Agape International Missions (AIM) has two Rahab’s House Community Centers in the heart of Cambodia’s child sex trafficking epicenters. Our center in Svay Pak is a former brothel that sat chained and locked for 5 years after being raided by International Justice Mission (IJM) and emptied of its child sex slaves. Since opening our doors in 2007, free food, medical care, dental care and education have rehabilitated the ravaged communities.
Kids Club is a daily program where the local children get a Khmer literacy and English lesson, a life skills lesson, a Bible story, worship music, an arts and crafts project, and a snack. Currently over 100 children attend Kid’s Club each afternoon at Rahab’s House, and once a month the discipleship team takes Kids club to three nearby brick factory villages where 150 – 180 kids at each village attend.
On Sunday, Rahab’s House hosts a Christ centered, Bible teaching Community Church. The pastor and staff are all Cambodian nationals and the current adult attendance averages 300 a week. The church has rescued 16 young girls directly from sex trafficking in Svay Pak, one rescue led to the rescue of 12 children and 8 adults held as labor slaves in a nearby brick factory, several young men have left the sex trafficking business, and one man that owns a large brothel stopped selling under-aged girls for sex.
The Medical Clinic serves 300 to 400 people each month. People walk for miles seeking help at the clinic as there is very little health care available, and the little that is available, is unaffordable. Many of these adults become church members after attending the clinic and experiencing the tangible love of Christ.
Several children in the community of Svay Pak find themselves abandoned when family is in crisis. AIM’s certified Emergency Foster Care Center gives these children a safe home.
The mission of AIM’s Community School is to provide academic and spiritual excellence in education while protecting children from sex trafficking and abuse.
Bible lessons and biblical principles are interwoven throughout the Khmer curriculum of literacy, math, life skills and ESL.
An accredited school opened with two kindergarten classes of 12 students each in January 2011. All the teachers are certified with the government and the students will graduate after completing the 6h grade. With this education, graduates will have a much greater employment opportunity than the general population.
Through the power of Christ’s unconditional love at work, these ministries have claimed the main street of a village for Christ that was once filled with the evil of brothels offering little girls for sale.
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Nine-year old Thong was placed in a secular aftercare center for six months because of a brutal, sexual attack. After the program, she was placed with her grandmother because her father, mother and four siblings had disappeared. The grandmother had no legal power to protect her beloved granddaughter so Thong was being trafficked by members of her community. The Grandmother felt hopeless until attending church at Rahab’s House. Rahab’s House staff advocated for her with the government and got Thong rescued and placed in ARC. Additionally, it was discovered Thong’s family had been sold as slaves to a brick factory owner to pay off her father’s gambling debts. AIM staff gathered enough evidence for the Anti-Trafficking police to free Thong’s family and 18 additional forced-laborers. One freed family of twelve were aided by AIM’s humanitarian fund and given a fresh start with farmland and a home.