SE Asia

Because Rescue is Coming (Over at InCourage)

by Laura on January 7, 2013

I met a girl in a brothel named Sarah about eight months ago via covert camera footage. And while I’ve yet to speak in the flesh to this young woman, I know her story. Sarah’s home country in SE Asia is notorious for both government oppression and extreme poverty, and at the hands of her own […]


Two Projects

by Laura on November 15, 2012

I know, that is the most boring title I could think of, too. Regardless, I’d love for you to take a minute to check out two things I’m excited have come together just this week. 1.  First, for any of you who have been here with me any amount of time, you know that I […]


One of the problems with fundraising is that you feel like you are always fundraising. It’s like that neighbor selling her tupperware who seems to always be able to work your food-storage needs into conversations about the barking dogs across the street or the latest deals at “theWalmart.” And, so, forgive me for taking up […]


The Gospel of the Brothel

by Laura on November 1, 2012

My husband has been into over 300 bars and brothels in SE Asia looking for victims of sexual exploitation, and the strange thing is, he’s  re-learned the Gospel more powerfully in that setting than anything he’s ever experienced in a church building. Funny that he would find Jesus in a strip club.  But he did, […]


As I write this, my husband is on an airplane right now. He has super-spyish equipment in his luggage, and we’re praying that customs doesn’t flag him for carrying in tasers and undercover camera gear. It’s the first time he’ll be back in SE Asia since we moved back to the States two and a […]


When You Didn’t Sign Up for This

by Laura on October 11, 2012

“I remember one morning last Spring in SouthEast Asia with striking clarity. I had taken a break from homeschooling our three young children, with attitudes and arguments surfacing that day more than normal. I remember I hadn’t showered, because I’d been up the previous night until 3 a.m, and I can remember the constant hushing […]


The One Where I Come Clean

by Laura on August 27, 2012


I’ve written lots over the past year about the realities of sexual slavery and exploitation as we’ve come to witness them from our time in SouthEast Asia. I’ve written about street children and prostitutes and the men who visit them. I’ve told stories about stumbling into one of the worst red-light districts in the world […]


As I send my kids to public school for the first time this week, I have been reminded of the importance of asking them the right questions. Matt and I have been doing little “coaching sessions” for them in the mornings– how to be friendly, how to recognize a bully, how to respect the teacher, […]



You’d think after living in a place for two years, I would be able to pronounce the name of my neighborhood clearly. Apparently not. The following is a little personal video/vlog, inspired by the boredom which comes from a 20 minute trip taking an hour and a half. Ah, let the good times roll. *********** […]


It was the dented light saber in the hands of the neighborhood boy that made me cry at 6:30 am this Saturday. Though I loathe yard sales, we decided the best way to scale down before we left the country was to do one. And so last week it was a mess of junk drawers […]


This is potentially one of the most difficult posts I’ve had to write in the three years I’ve been blogging. I don’t know how to communicate in my online life the detours, false-starts, apparent-dead-ends, and surprising corners the journey in our real lives has taken– especially in the past year. I don’t know how to […]