STATELINE (WIFR) – In parts of Thailand, the country is dealing with issues like child prostitution and now, some locals are doing something unique to try and help victims.
Child prostitution and child labor are problems that happen too often in third world countries and people thousands of miles away can be a part of the solution.
Rockford First Members, Esther Kumar and Nick Durick are leaving in February for a mission trip to Thailand, working with an organization called ZOE. This is Durick’s second trip.
“We had to drive through the red light district and just seeing bar after bar after bar with women and people lined up for sale, it was a gut-wrenching and heartbreaking sight,” Durick said.
To help victims, missionaries must raise $3,200 for the trip.
“I was freaking out.” That’s when Kumar fired up the sewing machine to make scarves, something her mother was already doing. “I thought, since she can do it, why can’t I?” She’s now selling them to raise money for her mission.
“I want to go to give hope to kids, not only does ZOE rescue kids, but they give them shelter and teach them, and give them education and I want to do that,” said Kumar.
Kumar is working towards that goal one stitch at a time.
Once missionaries are in Thailand, they’ll help with prevention, telling families what to look out for, what could happen if they sell their children, they’ll also just be there for support and to spread Christianity. About 98% of Thailand is Buddhist.
If you’re interested in helping Kumar with her mission trip, she has a Facebook page where you can check out the scarves and bracelets. Durick is also selling T-shirts to raise money for the trip. You can find the links to their Facebook pages below.