Who do you turn to when you have no family or friends?
Where do you go when you have no education, training,
skills or other means to take care of yourself?
These are the tough questions being faced by many Cambodian girls and young women seeking to forge a better life for themselves in the city. It isn't until these vulnerable women leave their humble, rural lives in search of a better life, that they realize there is no help for them. They are often lured into the sex and entertainment industry without fully realizing what they are committing to. Although brothels have been made illegal in Cambodia, thousands of karaoke bars and beer gardens provide the opportunity to purchase the “service” of women for a night.
In Phnom Penh, Cambodia, women exploited by the sex trade are being helped and shown God's love through the Precious Women ministry. Through their butterfly program, these women gain access to counseling, health checks, social and emotional support, vocational training, scholarships, and safe temporary housing so they can remove themselves from the influence of the sex trade. Training opportunities include sewing and design, cosmetology, culinary and front office administration. These programs provide the opportunity for staff to build relationships with these women, and to share the Gospel and God's love with them.
Fellowship International missionary Allison Montgomery will be returning to Cambodia to work with this important ministry and has this to say about her previous experience working with Precious Women:
“It was so exciting to be at Precious Women and witness the transformation in the women's lives. Precious Women is a place that embodies God's love for the women, teaches them about His love, their own worth, and walks alongside them as they find healing in their lives so that they can once again have hope for the future.
“Vocational skills training is an incredibly useful and practical way to make a difference in the lives of women. They come from a place where they haven't had the opportunity to receive much of an education, and then through Precious Women they get to dream of something more and pursue what they are interested in. Throughout my time in Cambodia I was blessed by the community. Precious Women is a family that loves and cares for all in its midst. As a result, they are witness to beautiful healing and growth among the women in their programs.”
As the ministry continues to grow, Precious Women is seeking to be able to reach and support more women. Our goal is to raise $15,000 to help the ministry continue to provide these programs to the women of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Funds will help support Allison as she takes part in this ministry and to provide empowerment training through the purchase of materials and resources, and to help with planned expansions to the Butterfly Home.
May we ask you to prayerfully consider giving to the Precious Women ministry? We encourage you to participate in this project either through Allison’s ministry, or the overall Precious Women ministry.