Defend the cause of the weak and the fatherless; maintain the rights for the poor and oppressed.
This is our friend Leik, on the right, holding the little girl. These young women are the fruit that began with one sacricial act.
Ctaí g, kata, 5atah, Lní í ee, kaiy, & ] acob Cattí son ✠ 5etví ng ihe Peoµí e oí Uyannat
M Y A N M A R P R O J E C T • A U G U S T 2 0 1 2
Dear Family and Friends,
We hope this letter finds
each of you well. We give thanks
for the opportunity to visit with
many of you this summer. What
a gift! We are also selfish in
feeling sad that there were many
of you we missed seeing.
! This month will be difficult
for us emotionally. Craig will
return to Thailand the first week
with Kate and Jake, while Kara will
help Sarah and Emilee settle in at
John Brown University in
northwest Arkansas. Please pray
for us during this time of
! This month is also the
mark of our 22nd wedding
anniversary! We will be in
different hemispheres, and will
have to celebrate late.
! Please remember us in your
prayers as we strain to understand
God’s plan for this season of our
With Grateful Hearts,
The Garrison Family
Many thanks to our friend, Sam Stanton, who took
our family pictures at the same park where we
had our very rst family pictures taken about
twenty years ago.
A Prayer Request from the Front Line:
A week in the life of a rescuer.
The story of Chaw Chaw and Pwe Pwe requires that we
rst remind you of our friend, Leik. She was my (Kara’s) translator
along the northern Thailand/Burma border and she just turned 29 at
this past May. All the work we have done in that area is somehow
connected to her. She has given her life to help people. Approx-
imately four years ago she began taking in young girls who were
going to be sold by a family member. Her safe house was rented
to her cheaply because it was known as a house that was haunted.
The week following Leik’s birthday she wrote (see below)
about the stress she was facing. She had just returned from the
hospital with one of the girls (Nan) who had recently moved into the
safe house. The doctor told Leik that Nan’s baby had been dead for
more than twenty-four hours by the time she arrived at the hospital
with her. (Note: we chose to keep most of her original wording.)
“By the grace of God, Nan came back to the house from the hospital
today... she can’t stop crying and I worry for her health...I remember
about the lesson ‘Trauma’ (taught during our discipleship class).
And, happening at the same
time Pwe Pwe and Chaw Chaw’s
aunty will come tomorrow and
meet me. Their aunty wants to
make money through their lives
by sending them to Laos to work
as prostitutes. In my sprit, I feel
we have to ght the evil and
protect the girls from slave's life.
Their mom passed away after
she gave birth to Pwe Pwe and
one and a half year later, the
father passed away.
So, I need all of your prayer
for God to protect all our girls
from every suering.”
When you think of us, please pray for Leik.
Chaw Chaw (15) and Pwe Pwe (14)
are sisters being cared for at Leik’s
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In Southeast Asian countries, where there is no
Social Security, many parents will sell their
daughters into prostitution. This is not only
happening with increasing frequency, it is socially
accepted and defended.
Some law ocials perceive Leik’s intervention as
“interference,” so she cares for these “girls at risk” by
putting herself at risk. It is exhausting, because there
are no “days o” and her house is a “gold mine” for any
human tracker. Additionally, she has to pay
appeasement money to the relatives.
of 2008, Leik
received a phone call
from one of the local
prison guards, “I
someone gave me
your phone number.
We have a thirteen-
year-old girl in a
cell who was arrested for prostitution. She has cried
nonstop for seventeen days...can you come talk to
her?” asked the annoyed guard.
The frightened girl told how a man had picked
her up from her grandmother’s village in western
Burma and escorted her to the eastern border, to meet
the mother who had left her 11 years earlier. The
assumption of both grandmother and granddaughter
was that the mother had been doing well living in
Thailand, and was now ready to receive her daughter.
Immediately after crossing the border, however, the
daughter was sold into prostitution by her mother. The
Thai border police intervened when the girl began to
cause a commotion and, not knowing/caring to assist
the girl further, the girl was placed in prison back in her
own country of Burma.
Leik gathered money
from new believers and paid
the girl’s nes at the prison. Many people think of
rescuing girls from prostitution as a one-time act of
mercy. That’s fast-food-thinking. Rescuing girls from
tracking is a long-term decision. It requires a person
to see these girls as adopted daughters. Leik brought
the distraught 13-year-old to her parents’ house, which
was already busting at the seams. After
communicating with the elderly grandmother, Leik
agreed that she would raise the girl as her own. She
named the thirteen-year-old, Ruth, because they were
from dierent ethnic groups, like the Bible’s Ruth and
This one seless
act, changed the
course of Leik’s life...
and the lives of many
others. Today Leik is
the mother of ten
teenage girls, one of
whom gave birth three
months after being
rescued by Leik,
making Leik a
“grandmother.” The blood related grandmother insisted
on “cutting the baby out” because she had a “buyer”
lined up for her daughter (the baby is sitting on Leik’s
lap in the photo on the front page). By providing safety
for the pregnant mother, two were saved.
Six of the ten girls in Leik’s home were from
Buddhist backgrounds. They now not only follow Jesus,
they teach Sunday school to the many impoverished
children who pass through the doors of their safe house
Thank you for investing in us. We consider
it a great privilege to be able to invest in Leik,
who in turn invests in the girls in her house,
who in turn invest in the lives of children in
poverty. It is exciting to see how blessings are
Sunday morning at Leik’s safe house. Ten of the young women living there teach
Sunday School to children who are sent by their Buddhist or Animist parents.
NEFARIOUS is the hard-hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends of
modern sex slavery, oering hope to the seemingly impossible task of changing the
One portion of the documentary details the exponential growth of tracking in
Southeast Asia. It is gut-wrenching, but helpful for those who pray. Consider
One act can change the course of your life... and the lives of many others.