HOPE61 in Thailand
When Bethany Ury interned with HOPE61 the ministry was brand new, and Bethany’s future was unclear. Years later came October 2012 – and an acceptance letter to work with OMS as a HOPE61 trainer. What happened in between was God’s glorious hand at work.
In 2010 Bethany spent four months in Thailand. Later she spent a year in Thailand with a ministry sharing the love of Jesus Christ with Thailand’s "ladyboys," a group vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. In Thailand God gave Bethany a scripture that spoke to her heart.
I, the LORD, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You... To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the prison, Those who sit in darkness from the prison house. - Isaiah 42:6-7
This scripture continues to motivate Bethany as she looks forward to returning to Thailand. Bethany is eager to be a part of expanding OMS’ work in Thailand and to work with a church she previously attended in Bangkok. Currently, Bethany is on staff at the OMS student center of Asbury College and will soon begin fundraising. Bethany also considers her experiences as a HOPE61 intern to be preparation for what God has called her to now. As an intern Bethany helped to write training materials that have been used in various African countries and also gained experience in publicly sharing the HOPE61 vision.
"I’ve known for a while that I was called to be in ministry overseas." she said.
While visiting OMS headquarters this summer Bethany "Saw that HOPE61 had grown since I’d been an intern; the vision expanded,"
If every red light district was shut down today, another would exist tomorrow. The Bible’s truth is that man is sinful, depraved – and Jesus Christ is our only hope. Among so many anti-human trafficking groups, HOPE61 is unique for its mission to use the Gospel as the chief tool for human trafficking prevention.
"Ultimately that’s going to be what changes the face of modern day slavery."
As Bethany prepares to serve in Thailand, she considers justice to be "the love and righteousness of God expressed through our efforts to heal and restore brokenness." And for her, living in freedom "means living to the full expression of who God made us to be...not held back by anything,"
Will you pray that God continues to prepare Bethany to share His freedom in Thailand?