Not Safe

It’s 3:45am & I’m in Bangledesh. Just when I thought I was safe to take out my ear plugs, the prayer call thing started up again. Maybe tonight is a special occasion for some city-wide prayer meeting via the Goliath loudspeakers blaring outside my window.

It’s one thing to struggle with changing time zones & getting decent sleep with the blaring city-wide prayer call. It’s another thing to think about the babies & toddlers I met yesterday whose moms work in the largest brothel in Bangledesh. When I asked these moms about where they keep their babies when they work, 7/10 said that their babies & toddlers are on the bed with them as they work because these moms have no other option for their babies. And many of these are at risk from being abused by their moms clients.

So these babies & toddlers are NOT SAFE. Enter nightcare with Saving Moses. In nightcare, we provide a safe place for the babies & toddlers of sex workers to sleep while their moms work. We have been doing nightcare in Cambodia for almost 5 years & I’m super keen / eager to open nightcare here in Bangledesh.

The moms of these babies desperately want to keep their babies safe so they’d can keep a “fresh mind.” This was a quote from one of the moms I interviewed. It unraveled me.

hot topic: Nepal & Earthquake Babies

The recent earthquake in Nepal is massively tragic!  More than 5,000 people have died and there are tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands and possibly millions who have been affected by this tragedy.  With our work with Saving Moses, I’m super concerned about the babies and toddlers who can easily be overlooked when these kinds of tragedies happen.  So here’s some helpful insight about these babies.  Please feel free to help us send relief and aid to these babies, who desperately need our help, attention and tangible love.  Let’s love lavishly with divine extravagance!

politically correct

When I look at Jesus’ life & words, it seems to me that He made folk either super happy or super ticked.  He frequently made the religious establishment of His day really upset with how He confronted their hypocrisy & double standards.  On the flip side, He readily embraced & accepted those who were marginalized, unpopular & even semi-rogue-ish.  Jesus was known as a friend of sinners.  So in my thinking as it relates to our modern living, it seems to me that if I’m going to follow Jesus, then it’s important to authentically connect with people who have been marginalized, those who are less popular and even some folk who could be considered renegades.  Maybe this is one of the reasons why I love what Saving Moses does with our nightcare program, where we take care of the babies of sex workers while their moms work.  Some people think of this kind of help in terms of fostering prostitution, empowering fornication or enabling seedy living.  I prefer to see nightcare as a way to genuinely love these babies, who are easily the least of the least in our modern world 🙂

An update on nightcare :)

Hey friends!! I’m super excited about w nightcare!! For more than a year, God has put the idea of nightcare (in a safe & loving environment, taking care of the infants & toddlers of prostitutes while they work) in my heart. This has been an incredible dream & adventure in my heart because of Jesus’ words that say, “when you do this to the least of these, you do it into Me.” These words ring in my ears when I think about the infants of prostitutes being “the least of these”.
So for more than a year, I’ve been working to launch our 1st nightcare w www.savingmoses.org.
Finally, we are now up & running in Cambodia since the beginning of this week & each night, we’ve had a few more babies than the preceding night. We are starting small, building trust w the moms & getting to genuinely love the “least of these”. It’s going SUPER WELL!!!!
I’m returning to Cambodia in July so I’ll be able to share about our progress with more depth then, but I couldn’t wait until then to share this exciting news!!!!!

what is nightcare?

You may have heard me mention this term, “nightcare” and perhaps you’re curious to know what this is and why is it important.  Because of my work with Saving Moses I came across a need for infants and toddlers that completely blew me away.  I’ve discovered that it is very common for prostitutes and sex workers to bring their infants and toddlers to work with them or leave them abandoned at home because they have no other options available to them.  I’ve even seen a toddler chained to his mom’s bed & heard that these toddlers and infants are even drugged or sedated during the time that mom is working so they won’t interrupt the income that their mom is earning.  When I heard of this, I was totally overwhelmed and began to think of possible ways that Saving Moses could help, specifically with these infants & toddlers because they are the sole focus for the mission and vision of Saving Moses.  I felt like God dropped a plan into my heart for the idea of “nightcare” – a safe place with nurture, love and support for infants and toddlers of sex workers to stay while their mom works (kind of like the US equivalent of “daycare”, but just at night).

So with this in mind, over the last year, we’ve been working diligently to implement “nightcare” and I’m elated to announce that we will be opening our first nightcare shelter next week!  To get a brief perspective on this need, please check out this video:  nightcare

Saving Moses is making headway :)

Today has been an extremely interesting day for saving Moses. This morning I had the great privilege of getting to minister to more than a hundred women with their small babies & kids about Jesus’ great love for them. These women form some of the group that saving Moses has been helping for almost 2 years in the way of some emergency medical care w pregnancies, formula for infants & help w some prenatal vitamins. It was extremely rewarding to get to be with these women & connect w their children.
Additionally, I was able to meet an amazing mom with a newborn. This mom had been a prostitute for more than a year, but she became pregnant by her boyfriend who had taken her out of prostitution. After she was pregnant for 7months, her boyfriend kicked her out of the house & she now lives w her 5week old baby in a slum. She doesnt want to return to prostitution, but she is struggling to find a job & care for her newborn, w no family support. Her story is deeply touching to me bc it is the epitome of what is happening to thousands of girls.
If you’ve been keeping up with our efforts to bring nightcare for the infants of prostitutes, we are starting to make some progress on that area. We had a potentially really fruitful conversation today & we’ll discuss this idea tomorrow w another organization, so maybe we will get to launch 2 nightcare faculties & not just one 🙂
Wouldn’t that be UBER COOL?!?!
so thank loads for all the prayers & please keep praying for us to have favor, wisdom & strategic appointments 🙂
Thanks much!!!