Bethel has partnered with Agape International Missions (AIM) since 2012. Some of you may remember the first Run for Rescue (Run for Rice back then). This ministry is important to Bethel because of the amazing work they are doing, meeting physical and spiritual needs. AIM works holistically to end sex trafficking by protecting girls, rescuing the exploited, and empowering survivors. Defeating a complex, decentralized problem like child trafficking requires a holistic strategy that involves survivors, law enforcement and the community. AIM’s programs prevent sex trafficking, and work to rescue, restore and reintegrate survivors of this horrible crime. Through this approach, AIM is committed to lifelong and community-wide transformation that is effective and lasting through the power of the gospel.
Today, they have rescued over 1,250 survivors and has arrested 350 sex traffickers. While these numbers are a great testimony of a changing community, what's more important is the restoration of these victims. The AIM staff want them to feel loved, valued, and equipped. They teach them trades and skills to help them reintegrate into the community, all while sharing the love of Jesus.
In early 2013, we sent our first short term mission team to work alongside the staff at AIM. The partnership between Bethel and AIM has followed a unique but somewhat logical progression. The early years were defined by ministry support, or actively engaging in AIM’s Cambodia ministries including Kid’s Club, Health Care Clinic, and the Restoration Home. As trust and familiarity grew, Bethel had the opportunity to engage more deeply in encouraging the staff through leadership retreats and technical SWAT team support. Today the relationship between Bethel and AIM is fully transparent allowing for support of their strategic planning efforts, staff development, and technology roadmap design. Bethel enjoys the privilege of supporting AIM in every part of their ministry and highly values the trusted relationships that have been almost a decade in the making.
You can be involved with what God is doing in Cambodia!
PRAY: You can partner with AIM and the team in praying for the community that is torn apart by sex trafficking, pray for healing and peace for the victims, the love of Jesus shines throughout, and pray for the team that is going.
: If you feel called, you can support the ministry directly by going to their website
. Your financial support can help protect, restore, or even rescue a victim. Another way you can be involved in giving is by partnering with a Bethel short term mission team member going to Cambodia. By supporting the team member, you are helping someone who answered the call to go! Through your support, that person can bring encouragement and support to the AIM staff and children. For more information on how to support a team member, email global@ bethel.ch or call 509-628-0150.
GO: If you want to be directly involved with the AIM ministry, you can go on a short term mission trip. We are sending a team from July 10th-19th. This team will be focusing on the Kid's Club ministry: 3-15 year olds where we play a game, create a craft, sing some songs, give a snack, and, most importantly, act out a story from the Bible that teaches them about God. They may also serve in the Lord's Gym, where men from the village come to work out and hear the Word of God shared with them; and also support and encourage the staff that lives and works there full time. Serving on a mission trip is a wonderful opportunity to be a world influencer and grow as a disciple of Christ.
EVERYONE CAN PRAY, SOME CAN GIVE, FEW CAN GO
There is a part for everyone to get involved with what God is doing amongst the nations.
"How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things !”