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God Did This

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e didn’t even know where Cambodia was,” Thais Kilday said upon her family’s return from living in Phnom Penh for a year. “We had to go look at a map to see that it was next to Vietnam and Thailand,” she explained.

A year later and now well educated about Cambodia and the surrounding region, the Kilday family has returned. What a year it was! Thais and Doug both had major impacts on helping innocent people get freed from slavery, and — along with their children Naeda, Lincoln and David — they grew in their faith, as a family and as people. Both Kildays are quick to give the glory to God. “We didn’t do this,” Doug said, presenting at Covenant on a Wednesday night in January. “All of us together did this and God did this.” Doug kicked off the short presentation with a little background on the International Justice Mission (IJM) for which he and Thais worked. IJM is the largest international anti-slavery organization in the

Photo: IJM

world. The organization works to free more than 40 million people who are in slavery. “There are more people in slavery than at any other time in history,” Doug said. “It is a $150 billion industry. That’s more than the annual profits of Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Exxon and BP combined.” Thais took over to explain that IJM addresses slavery through a four-step model. The organization works to rescue victims, restrain and prosecute criminals, restore survivors ­­— Thais explained that IJM “comes alongside the survivor, helping them find a place to live, a job and more” — and reform the justice system.

The State of Cambodia

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oug and Thais explained how Cambodia became a hub for trafficking. Once considered one of the loveliest French built cities in Southeast Asia, Cambodia, during the Vietnam War, had more bombs dropped on it than were dropped in all of World War II. A Cambodian genocide, carried out by Cambodian Cornerstone | March - May | Lent/Eastertide

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Cornerstone March 2018  

Inside: The Kildays describe their work in Cambodia, a guide to Holy Week at Covenant, one member's effort to provide relief in Puerto Rico,...

Cornerstone March 2018  

Inside: The Kildays describe their work in Cambodia, a guide to Holy Week at Covenant, one member's effort to provide relief in Puerto Rico,...

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