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  • ivanildotrindade 4:28 pm on April 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , pepperdine university, , rescuing children in asia, , , , , vacation with a purpose,   

    Go and Do – a little book with a big dare 

    It’s not every day that you get a book for free and you go home and you read half of it before you go to bed on the same day, but that’s exactly what happened to me last Friday!

    Just before I went home, as I always do, I checked my mail box and found a yellow envelope from Tyndale Publishers. Inside it was a brand new copy of Jay Milbrandt’s book Go and Do: Daring to Change the World One Story at a Time with a note from the author. The book is outstanding and I can’t recommend it enough. You can pre-order it on Amazon now and it will be available on Barnes & Nobles starting this coming Thursday.

    Jay Milbrandt is a young attorney and serves as the Director of the Global Justice Program and Associate Director of the Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion, and Ethics at Pepperdine University School of Law. He is also a friend and more importantly, he is a friend to Faa, the young lady with whom I co-founded G.R.O.W., an organization that is rescuing children from the sex trade industry in SE Asia.

    For this reason, I am partial to the book. I knew it was being published and I even got an advanced copy of some of its contents. Gosh, I even made some suggestions to the author, a couple of which made it to the final version of the book. But I am biased for another reason: every purchased copy of Jay’s book will generate a contribution to the work of G.R.O.W.

    And here is why: I met Jay in Thailand. He already knew Faa and had been working with her on some projects rescuing at-risk children and advocating on behalf of some landless, displaced youths who had no place to go. Jay had his life changed by the children Faa introduced to him on the streets of Chiang Mai and in fact in the first 55 pages of his book, he tells the story of how me met Faa and how the children she was helping on the streets changed his life.

    Jay is convinced that every change starts with us first and he tells the story of how this happened to him. Faa played a big part in it and thus his tale is filled with stories of redemption and chaos from the life of children with no voice. You will laugh and cry as you read Jay’s story, and I hope it will inspire you to go and do something.

    It could start with a trip overseas. Not simply a vacation, but a vacation with a purpose. Perhaps your journey will parallel Jay’s. If nothing also, you will be helping G.R.O.W. build a learning center in Wiang Pa Pao, Thailand, which is how Jay is going to use part the funds generated through the sale of his book.

    I hope you will buy a copy of this book. It is not a long book, in fact, as books go, it is a little book. But there is a big dare inside of it. Read it to find out. You may find yourself, just like Jay, asking the question, “What Am I Here For?” And the journey will start.

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

  • ivanildotrindade 12:12 am on January 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cries of joy, cries of sadness, mission trips, rescuing children in asia,   

    Cries of sadness, cries of joy 

    Snow has fallen finally in Wooster and I couldn’t be getting out of town sooner…

    If things go according to plan, in less than 48 hours I will be in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, leading a team of 10 people from my church. We are going to serve children who were once orphans but have now been rescued. Our mission is to give love but most of the team members will find out that how little they know about that subject once they get the first hug from one of our kids.

    I also will get to spend time with our children at the G.R.O.W. home. I know the personal stories of the children who live there now. I have cried thinking about how it used to be for them and now I cry when I think of how it is now. Cries of sadness and cries of joy.

    You would do the same if you were in the same room with a 10-year old girl who had been raped multiple times by four different step-fathers. If you never felt like killing someone, the thought would cross your mind if you sat on the floor with a six-year old little boy who had been forced by his parents to perform sexual acts with his sister from the time he was two years of age. And if you heard of a 9-year old girl whose body had multiple scars and open wounds from being beaten with electric wire by a drunk step-father, you would never be the same again.

    Sadly, what I just wrote above is not fiction. Every single one of these stories are true and that’s only the ones I can share here. But the good news is that for our kids that long nightmare is over. For the last two years, we’ve been rescuing children with these kinds of backgrounds and putting them in a safe home in Thailand. These children, after receiving the kind of help they needed, are now thriving, full of hope, and with a bright future ahead.

    I have several ambitious goals for this trip. In addition to leading the team from our church, and loving on the children in the homes our church has started in Cambodia and Thailand, I am going to gaze at the land which will be the future headquarters of G.R.O.W. in Thailand. I can’t believe I just said that. Three months ago it was just a dream. Now, because of donations from individuals from around the world, we’ve put down a healthy down payment on this blessed ground.

    And to think that I get to do this in my “spare” time. Like I said, most of my time in Asia will be spent with the wonderful work I do with my church. But after the team comes home, I get to spend a few extra days “conspiring to do good.” In a couple of years, we will build homes on this land that now sits empty. There will be more kids whose lives will be changed forever. I can’t wait to see that.

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

    • rachel bar 10:19 am on January 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I am not a Christian, and not a religious person at all, but what you are doing is the most divine act of all, which is to care about other people. I don’t care which church you belong to, if this is your behaviour, if these are your actions, then you are a special human being.

    • ivanildotrindade 1:48 pm on January 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      thanks for the comment, rachel. i don’t consider myself a “special human being,” but i have been compelled by the love of God to love others and endeavor to make a difference in their lives. for me, there is no other way to live.

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