Jul 3, 2019
You know very well by now my intense
passion and heart for ending human trafficking. This is an issue
that when I first REALLY learned about it in 2011, I could no
longer sit back and ignore it… it’s an issue I quickly dove into
learning as much as I could about it. It’s an issue that affects
women, men, and children of all ages, races, socio-economic
statuses, genders, religions, cultures… it happens in every state
in the United States and every country around the world. It’s a
massive issue… but when we let the fact that something like human
trafficking is such a massive issue cloud our vision and keep us
from DOING anything about it… that’s when we have to sit back and
realize that we CAN do something… we have to start
3:00 - The Bridget 101
- Bridget and Don Brewster
discovered, AIM, Agape International Missions while Bridget’s
husband Don was the Executive Pastor of a church in Northern
- On a 10-day trip to Cambodia with
AIM, it became obvious that the country was still suffering from
the effects of the civil war. They witnessed extreme poverty and
broken families. A longing for kindness and hearing about the hope
of the Lord was evident all around them.
- Two weeks after returning home to
the US, Bridget and Don saw a news special about children being
sold into trafficking. It was happening just outside Cambodia’s
capital of Phnom Penh near the areas Bridget and Don had visited on
their prior trip.
- Having not heard anything about
the problem until they’d returned home, Bridget and Don reached out
to the founders of the church planting arm of AIM and returned to
Cambodia to learn more about the problem.
- Many organizations were forced to
stop rescues due to lack of resources and safe places for survivors
to experience restoration. At this point, many children ended back
on the streets, in brothels, or in jail.
5:28 – Prevention, Rescue,
- Bridget and Don sold their home in
the US and moved to Cambodia to help Agape set up a restoration
home where trafficking survivors could begin the healing process
and prepare for the future.
- After just three months, their
facilities were at capacity, but step-by-step, God revealed
resources to help them manage the needs of
- For Agape, it’s based on four
pillars of prevention, rescue, restoration, and
- Agape checks in with each survivor
once a month when they have entered the reintegration pillar. Only
5% of girls in the Agape program go back to their former
- Christ is at the center of Agape’s
mission. Unconditional love, community, and employment with a
living wage (for both a survivor and her family) allows them to
return to a new life with honor and dignity.
8:20 – Restoration
- Rescuing is not as simple as
finding trafficking victims and getting them out. There must also
be trauma-informed approach tailored to each individual’s
- Children of many different
religions or no religion come to Agape. While they do not have to
become Christians, they are taught about the hope of Christ and who
Christ created them to be.
- Agape knew that Jesus needed to
move into the Svay Pak community, a large hub of trafficking in
Southeast Asia. Agape planted a church there and reached out to
help the men in the community learn about their identity in
- The school, church, transition
home, and clinic have served as preventative tools to help keep
kids safe from trafficking risks. Agape just opened a new school
facility where the children learn together instead of being spread
out in different buildings.
11:33 – Changing Hearts One At A
- Agape creates stability and
assurance by providing a living wage through three employment
centers where daily devotions, family-style meals, benefits, and
child-care are provided.
- The community was resistant to
Agape’s presence in the beginning, but the creation of sustainable
jobs and the building of intentional relationships helped with the
trust needed to implement true change.
- Much of Cambodia lost the
traditional family structure during the time of the Khmer Rouge.
Agape works to restore families through parenting classes and
teaching about the ways God reveres children.
18:45 – But What Can I
- You don’t have to leave town to
fight human trafficking. Start by being aware of the problem.
Bridget recommends several documentaries including: Nefarious, The
Pink Room (this one is about Agape International Missions), and
CNN’s Every Day in Cambodia.
- Be aware of what trafficking looks
like and get involved in local community organizations that support
the welfare and education of children.
- Support Women: Find Molly’s lists
of places to shop that support not only survivors of trafficking,
but companies that also provide sustainable economic opportunity to
- Help organizations that provide
mentoring, shelter, and resources to girls who age out of the
foster care system when they turn 18.
- Prevention is key: Homeless
children are especially vulnerable to trafficking, and it happens
in your own backyard. Become a foster parent, volunteer in schools
and teen centers. You can even support the local PTA system,
regardless of whether or not you have kids.
27:34 – What’s Next For Agape
- Agape and its partners are
constantly at capacity. Their goal is to build another transition
home to relieve some of the existing homes that are already
- Job creation is key: Agape hopes
to build 12 more employment centers within the next 7 years to
employ 1,000 more girls.
- Agape also hopes to increase
marketing efforts to grow sales and launch a unique brand for AIM.
With their Three Strands Brand, they are featuring the 22 Bracelet
(a bracelet that represents one girl trafficked being one too many,
and one day in trafficking being too long). You can hear more about
the compelling story behind the 22 Bracelet in Bridget’s
Meet Your Guest:
After learning about the issue of
sex trafficking in Cambodia in 2005, Don
and Bridget Brewster sold their home, Don gave up his
position as Executive Pastor of Adventure Christian Church in
Roseville, CA, and they moved to Cambodia to lead Agape
International Missions (AIM). AIM is a non-profit organization that
is stopping the cycle of exploitation in Cambodia by preventing
trafficking and rescuing, restoring, and reintegrating
The Brewsters have spearheaded AIM’s
efforts to fight trafficking through AIM Restoration Home, a
community center, the Lord’s Gym, a community church, transitional
homes, employment centers, an accredited elementary school, and
their own SWAT Rescue Team.
Their leadership has led to over
1,000 survivors rescued, over 800 survivors restored and
reintegrated, and thousands of girls prevented from being
- Plastic Free Cambodia: https://plasticfreecambodia.com/
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