As I am winding down my day, on the other side of the world, Emily is beginning her last day at the SHE Rescue Home in Cambodia, where she has served for almost 8 weeks.
Even though I know that she already has her bags packed and is anxious to be home, I also know that today her heart is breaking. It will be hard for her to say goodbye to the girls that have put real names and faces to her fight to end human trafficking. This is the end of this leg of her journey. A journey that began when she was a young girl with a heart wide open to help the orphans of the world. A journey that she has laid in God’s hands.
Long before human trafficking was the “in” cause, Emily became aware of the plight of young girls all over the world. She has worked to raise awareness of this horror that even the adults in her life were ignorant to and not willing to acknowledge and many of her peers just wanted to ignore. While awareness is finally beginning in the U.S., Em is done with just being aware. She wants to “get her hands on” these girls and help to restore them through healing in Jesus Christ. She is asking God what that is going to look like in her life.
This sumer has been a hard one. She has traveled all alone to the other side of the world and despite a lot of health issues, she has worked hard and faithfully. She has let God be her one and only and she has been open to his voice. She has pored her heart into these young ladies as she has loved them and shared with them the one who loves them the most. She is offering them hope while putting her own hope in God, because in getting closer to this problem she sees how huge it is and how hopeless it seems.
Emily’s brothers have a small group leader who often reminds me not to say how proud I am of my kids. He points out that in the Bible, pride is never used in a positive light. Even God refrains from using the word proud when he acknowledges his own son Jesus as he is being baptized by John the Baptist.
And a voice from heaven said,
“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Emily will be gaining back the day she lost on her way to Cambodia, so her journey home will seem unending! She will live July 12th for way more than 24 hours. Add a long layover at LAX and it will be early Saturday morning before she is home. Like a true southern girl, she has already requested Chick-Fil-A and sweet tea for breakfast.
I can’t wait to get my girl home and give her a whole summer’s worth of loving in just a few short weeks before she heads back to college. I can’t wait to hear about the amazing things God has shown her this summer, ‘meet’ the girls she learned to love and hear about her exciting adventures. (You can check out her blog here.)
And I can’t wait to tell her how much I love her and how pleased I am with her.
So very pleased.