A PUBLICATION OF YWAM STRATEGIC FRONTIERS
BIBLICAL JUSTICE A RESPONSE TO STREET KIDS BURMESE REFUGEES HUMAN TRAFFICKING BUSINESS AS MISSION
W W W. Y WA M C O L O R A D O . O R G
A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR Change takes on many different forms and has a myriad of meanings. I want NatOTE FROM THE DIREC TOR Sfuture course, toA look this meaning “to make the form, nature, content,
etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone”. This is what we are attempting to do at our Campus. We are in a proYesterday, I spent the better part of my day holding a baby. Little “Mattea cess of taking whatever “is in your hand” and using it to change Nations. Jewel”is the latest child born to one of our staff familiesand dearly loved by our YWAMColorado Springs community. For too long too many people have been standing on the sidelines of the missions playing ﬁeld, because their “gifting” did no match up with the idea The birth of children makes us feel as if anything can happen. An infant life is of what a missionary is supposed to be. We are starting to see those walls before us - the opportunities and future possibilitiesfor a newpersonare endcome down. We are engaging business people, artists, educators and othless! ers to ﬁnd their places alongside the evangelists and church planters out in the mission ﬁeld. This issue of GLOBAL is about new beginnings. In each of the stories here, there is the senseof a fresh start by following Jesusand allowing Him to work In this edition of Global we will look at some stories and hear how these in us. people are getting involved and ﬁnding their place in establishing the Kingdom of God in all spheres of society. We cannot transform a person, village We invite you to rejoice in the new fe li we see all around us. or a nation without the whole body of Christ using all their gifts to change the course and future of the Nations in this world. And enjoy this al test issue of L GOBAL.
Mick andMary Haegeland
I invite you all on this journey with us. Another world is possible! Directors Youth With A Mission Colorado Springs Director Youth With a Mission Colorado Springs, CO
BIBLICAL justice D BY MARY HAEGELAN Jus-tice: noun. a) the quality of being just, impartial or fair; b) the principle of right action; c) conformity to truth, fact or reason; d) the principle of right action. When GLOBAL staff asked me to write about Biblical Justice, it was hard to know where to start. (and ﬁt it all on one page?) Sure, there are scriptures in the Bible that seem to express God’s view of justice. “Treat foreigners with loving care, and make sure that orphans get their just rights; leave some of your food for them to glean.” in Deuteronomy. The evil described by Job about what people do to other people; “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-ﬂowing stream” from the prophet, Amos. “Take care of the widows and orphans” from the New Testament. Even “an eye for an eye” is a tutor for equitable justice. (vs, “if you take out my eye, I’ll kill your whole family”...which is the norm in many of the places where YWAM SF staff live and work.) The Bible teaches what justice should look like. But these are just words on a page, or a point in a sermon. Biblical Justice, by deﬁnition, is incarnational.
BIBLICAL JUSTICE BREAKING THE CYCLE BUSINESS AS MISSIONS FACE OF SHAME: HUMAN TRAFFIC OPENING OUR DOORS
Where do we begin? How do we as Christ’s ambassadors express the Biblical view of justice to a world aching for someone to act? In the body of Christ there’s been a growing awareness about today’s injustices around the world. We know world events on a global scale, we’ve read some statistics, or traveled to places like India. And we have been overwhelmed. It’s like a really bad car accident on the freeway. Ev-
eryone sees it, and we may even slow down to take a closer look, but most of us just drive past, going on with our day to day life and busyness. It’s forgotten before we reach home. Unless someone we know is involved. I’m increasingly impressed with the rising generation of Christ followers, those who’s stories you’ll read in this issue. When they learn of injustice, they stop, pull over to the side of the road, jump out of their cars, (and their lives), and rush to the scene, eager to get involved and help in any way they can. To me, THIS is Biblical Justice! It’s the Samaritan who stopped what he was doing, and cared for the one who fell among robbers. Everything changes. We don’t go on like everything is normal, because it isn’t! Biblical justice is the body of Christ learning about injustice, making relationship with the injured, and taking right action to change what is going on. Maybe it comes down to feeling responsible, or meeting the victims. If the injured were our loved ones we’d all act differently. Take a moment and read the stories in these pages. And ask God to impact your heart and mind to affect some action. Then, the world will see true Biblical Justice. Here are some ways that you could begin to impact the staggering statistics: Join the Justice DTS and travel around the world impacting people you don’t know yet Learn how to spot injustices in your own neighborhood. Go on a short-term trip – to see with your own eyes Watch the documentary, “The street is my home.”
breaking the cycle: STREET KIDS
BY STEPHANIE HICKS
Manoj is fourteen years old. But his grimace betrays pain beyond his years.
When he was eight, he ran away from home and now he is the leader of a gang of kids that roams the streets of Kathmandu, Nepal. YWAM Nepal, through a program called King’s Kids, helps them get off the streets. But most of the boys smoke and are addicted to sniffing glue (huffing) and so they do not want to give these things up to enter a group home. Roaming the streets in packs, they spend their nights stealing food or money from tourists, and huddle together for warmth in the corners of temples, where the poor come to live and beg. Kimbo-y and Atalee are thirteen-year-old Burmese girls who walk five miles each way from Burma to Mae Sot, a small Thai border town. Every day their parents send them to the streets to beg. The girls will often stay out begging after dark, afraid to return home, because a beating is their only welcome if they do not bring in enough money for their families. But as the girls get older, they have more to fear from their parents than being beaten. Traffickers offer their families large sums of money to take the girls to major cities in Thailand as forced
labor or sex-slaves.
Badar is seven years old and spends his days on the streets of a small town in the south of Morocco. His only food comes from the charity of local vendors. Last year his father broke his hip and has been unable to work. Both Badar and his older sister have dropped out of school because they cannot pay for the supplies. In their town, homosexuality, AIDS, violence, gangs and drugs are common amongst the boys that roam the streets. Badar’s mother fears that he will soon become caught up in these things. But as she works day jobs trying to put food on the table, she can only sit by and hope her son finds an alternative to the dangers of the streets. For these kids, their only childhood memories will be hunger, violence and abandonment. Stories like those of Manoj, Kimbo-y, Atalee and Badar are too common. Yet, they are not alone in this world. There is hope. Injustice perpetuates itself in cycles, as the victims eventually become the abusers. However, transforming a society through justice can also work in the same way. The ripples of one changed life affect many. From February to April of this year, our Communications Team traveled around the world filming these children. Our hearts broke as we laughed and played with the kids, bandaging their wounds and listening to their stories. They have been betrayed by their families, cast out by their culture, and ignored by the world. For these kids to know there is someone who cares for them, a chance for a life beyond the streets, makes a tremendous impact. YWAM Strategic Frontiers partners with organizations in each location that help these children get an education, food, shelter, and hopefully help them break the cycle in their family of poverty and hopelessness.
Contact us to learn more about our documentary “When the Street Becomes Home.”
business as missions ENGAGING THE MARKETPLACE by stephen groves
It’s business as usual at a candle factory in the middle of India. Workers quickly move back and forth between their stations, supervisors shout instructions and a management team strives to carve a niche in the market. But behind this small company is a big message. In fact, it may hold the key to the next explosion of the gospel. In Pune, India, and locations like it all over the world, business people are becoming missionaries, and missionaries are becoming business people. Through a concept known as “Business as Mission” (BAM), Jesus’ message of love and justice is being proclaimed across all levels of society: in factories, in offices and on the streets. BAM is a business that serves to spread the Gospel. “BAMers,” as they call themselves, confront injustice, promote development, share God’s word and integrate into a culture, creating a model for holistic transformation of society. This takes visionaries, people who wear the dress shoe of the entrepreneur on one foot and the sandal of the apostle on the other. Men like Frank Bakker, the Managing Director and pioneer behind Chikali Great Commission Engineering (CGCE), the candle-producer from India. Frank has a background in industrial design and had a successful career in the Netherlands when God called him to use his entrepreneurial spirit and expertise in India. “In order to confront injustice, you need a really good business; you have to make sure your business is real and that your product is real,” Bakker explained. Today, CGCE is a beehive of life. Workers are producing decorative candles, as well as developing new products such as foldable chairs and tripod stands. The company has given new hope to its employees, many of whom are widows from the lower castes. Using innovative teaching tools, the company witnesses to its employees. “We pull out parables from the products they are working with,” said Bakker. “If they are making
candles, we use it in a parable. Their life is like the manufacturing template for the candle, and if they go out of it, it is like straying away from God. Everything we do, everything we say, translates to God’s message.” The message has real effects. “One of the employee’s husband died of AIDS, and she is HIV positive. She was excommunicated and kicked out of her home and lived on the streets. She ended up on our doorsteps and asked for help, so we gave her a job in the candle-making department. She had no resources so we had her stay at the orphanage. She was on the verge of giving up,” Bakker told of one success story. “Now she oversees candle-making. The injustice done to her is definitely broken, and she loves Jesus.” The company is also a model of sustainability. The leadership team runs an orphanage for HIV-affected children, and is planning a home for HIV affected people, as well as an education center. But the ministries are not dependent on foreign donors. “We generate the resources for the ministry from the same soil as the company,” explained Bakker. As an estimated two billion young people will be joining the work force in the next twenty years, BAM’s strength lies in its ability to span the spectrum of society. It breaks down the sacred-secular divide to reach people with the Gospel. It witnesses to the young graduate looking for a job, the successful businessman trying to integrate into a global market, the corrupt official used to taking bribes, and the downtrodden orphan whom society has turned its back on. Early Christianity spread in the market-place, along trade routes. The hope of Jesus Christ was not preached from a pulpit, but integrated into daily business. Its time to return to that call.
BY JON TUVESON
FACE of shame
Reviving those broken by human trafficking
Human Trafficking is more than a buzz word. It is not a list of statistics; it is a girl being held in sexual slavery, or a family forced to make bricks for the rest of their lives. Human Trafficking affects everyone, and in turn everyone affects Human Trafficking. This winter my family and I worked in Cambodia and Thailand with a JDTS (Justice Discipleship Training School) team. We served in many different areas of the fight to end Human Trafficking. We cleaned and prepared a building, for an organization named Kaleb, to be used as a drop-in center for street kids in Cambodia. The center provides a healthy meal, a medical clinic, and a bed where they can sleep at night without worrying about their safety. They also provide a permanent home and schooling for five boys who used to live on the streets. We also worked with schools for immigrant children in Thailand. An education is one of the best weapons to fight Human Trafficking. When a child is in school they are not out collecting trash, or walking for miles to fetch water for their family; both of these jobs put children at great risk of being kidnapped. Having an education also makes these children less naive to the schemes of traffickers. While in Thailand, we worked in Pattaya, which is ground zero for sex trafficking (forced prostitution). The women on the team would go to the bars, which are fronts for brothels, and start up a conversation with a prostitute, through a translator. The women who were translating used to be bar girls themselves. During the conversation the translator would invite the bar girl to English classes, which the brothel owner would approve of since his or her girls could make more money from western tourists.
The English classes are a way to get the girls out of the brothels and show them a different way of life. Through the English classes they also learn about free training in card making, baking, or working in a coffee shop or nail salon. The training is a gateway to a job and a new life. Some of the girls finish the training and even give their lives to Jesus. However, others cannot leave their life in the brothel. Many reasons snare the girls in their old lives, but the main two are shame and fear. When a girl is brought into a brothel, either willingly or through coercion, she is brainwashed to believe that she deserves to be beaten and raped. She is also afraid of the authorities; if a girl runs away she will be picked up by the police and returned to the brothel where the police beat and rape her. This, coupled with the stigma on prostitutes in the Thai culture, creates a fatalistic mentality that thinks, “I don’t deserve anything better than this,” and “there is nothing at home for me but shame and ridicule.” Everywhere we worked we ran into these issues. Who can you go to for help when those who are in authority are also the perpetrators? The situation seems hopeless, but it isn’t. There are ways you can help. Research human trafficking, especially in your community. Raise money for organizations like International Justice Mission (IJM), Love146, or Not For Sale Campaign. Volunteer for an hour, a day, or a year. The biggest thing you can do is not forget those ensnared in bondage. Human Trafficking will come in and out of the news. But in those times when we don’t see it on Oprah it isn’t any easier for the family forced to make bricks or the teenage girls forced to sell her body.
To learn more you can contact the Justice Initiative by email at email@example.com or by phone at 719.226.3042.
opening our BY CANDACE DATZ
There’s nothing much worse than being forced out of your homeland by your fellow countrymen. Maybe being refused asylum in the country you flee to is a bit worse. Or maybe being exploited in the country you hope to find peace in is the worst. This is a familiar pattern for the hundreds of thousands of Burmese that have fled from the tyranny and persecution of the military government in Myanmar (Burma). Minority groups such as the Karen, Shan, and Chin have faced the brutal destruction of their villages by the regime. Women are raped, families are torn apart and businessmen are forced to pay huge bribes to keep their doors open. Those who flee are often turned away from neighboring countries, due to overpopulation and racial tensions. In December, the Thai army sent more than 400 Burmese refugees out to sea on a single boat, after refusing them asylum. There’s no hope for the Burmese in any direction they turn. Yet the campus at YWAM Colorado Springs is mobilizing to support these refugees. In the fall of 2008, I read an article in the local independent newspaper about the need for families to open their homes to Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URMs). URMs are not orphans, but they have entered the United States by themselves with no adult supervision. Their plight immediately impacted me. Our director encouraged me to contact Lutheran Family Services (LFS) to see if there was anything we could do as a large community. When I told LFS who we were, an international community with staff from around the world and a number of staff who were familiar with Southeast Asian culture, they excitedly encouraged us to help. We decided that we would set up an independent living program on our campus. URMs would be transferred into our care once they turned 18 and would live on their own within our community, learning how to be productive citizens and how to function independently. And that’s where Sasa comes in. At the end of April 2009, we welcomed to our campus an 18-year-old Burmese boy named Sasa. Standing five feet two
inches, Sasa brought a new spark of life into our community. His bright eyes and traditional bow of respect quickly won our hearts. I was given the privilege of driving him back and forth to school many days of the week, and during those rides I learned a lot about him and his story. Sasa grew up in a small village in the northeast Chin state, which is named after his ethnic group. At the age of 14 he moved to the big city of Yangon (Rangoon) to finish his schooling. At 15 he fled the country and moved to Malaysia, where he took odd jobs at Chinese restaurants and grocery stores, waiting for the opportunity to move to the United States. Being one of the lucky few to be registered with the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Sasa moved to Colorado in December of 2008. Listening to him recount his first encounters with snow and ice gave me quite a laugh. With his better than normal English skills and his love for Jesus, Sasa was the perfect person to kick off the Burmese project at our campus. He has jumped into our community life, helping out with dinner cleanup without being asked and going out to movies with DTS students. At a recent giving night on campus, Sasa received a guitar, a brand new iPod, a new MacBook, and a digital camera. Seeing his expression of complete gratefulness and his little bows of respect each time his name was called was something I’ll never forget. He is currently enrolled in English as a Second Language courses at the local community college and he hopes to be able to earn a degree in political science so he can return to Burma and help his country find peace and stability. Our campus has been blessed by Sasa. We hope to receive up to 10 Burmese URMs at a time, encouraging them to find their identity in Christ and helping them find their place in the world. We are honored to know that when we clothe, feed, and love these beautiful people, our Jesus is being glorified.
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