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6 years and about 10 months

On February 13 at 2 am PST a trial started after a long, long wait. It has been almost seven years since IJM learned about a case of the forced prostitution of a minor and took it on. This was one of my cases and I spent a lot of time on it with very [...]

Time Flies

We’re done. It’s unbelievable to think that a year has passed since we started.  When we first arrived it seemed that time was moving at a snail’s pace. When we left South Asia it felt like the year passed in a whirlwind. In our usual style, we left in a bit of a rush (packing [...]

Finishing Well

Although the last two weeks have been spent celebrating the holidays and winding up our work, we’ve been able to make these last days in the office count. Today, using a document drafted by Kyle and me, a team from our office had the opportunity to meet with the labour committee of the central government [...]

Visitors

This past year we’ve been fortunate to have several international visitors, the most recent having left the city a few short hours ago.  We have loved sharing our bright, loud, chaotic, and beautiful South Asian life with friends and family. It’s given us an excuse to play tourist and see other parts of South Asia [...]

Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Night

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining It is the night Of the dear Savior’s birth! Long lay the world in sin and error pining Till he appear’d and the soul felt His worth A thrill of hope The weary world rejoices For yonder breaks A new and glorious morn! Fall on your knees [...]

Cooking a Feast

It’s feeling more and more like Christmas here. My holiday homesickness prompted me to break down and buy a small fake tree and ornaments.  Add in a couple Christmas parties and some Christmas carol singing at church and during our office devotions and I’m getting into the spirit.  But, before I move on to Christmas [...]

I could get used to this

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The Holidays

It’s the start of the Christmas season back home but the South Asian equivalent of Christmas was celebrated here about a month ago.  Someone told me that it is a festival of lights, which makes sense given the way that it is celebrated with the lighting of lamps. Traditionally they light small oil lamps called [...]

Do Not Feed the Animals

These monkeys live at a temple, high on a hill overlooking the city we visited a few weeks ago. This picture was taken right before the monkey took the bag of chips right out of Kyle’s hand. Let’s just say, this ain’t their first rodeo. [ apache/2.4.35 (win64) php/7.2.10 server at 188.165.193.163 port 80 | [...]

Hello Monsoon

We finally got a taste of the rainy season that everyone warned us about. It doesn’t take much to flood the streets, but a couple weeks worth of rain will definitely do it. It rained so much that our office actually had to close for the day because of all the flooding. For nine months [...]