To mark the end of Human Trafficking Awareness month, I’m offering a special sale of my published work that shines a light on the issue.
The first publication has sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 7 languages. It gives a good overview of gender-based injustice around the globe.
The second is a best-seller in Malaysia that shines a spotlight on the very urgent issues that migrants and refugees from South and South East Asia face in that country.
The third is a digital copy of my critically acclaimed stage play currently being made into a feature film that imagines a thrilling and dramatic scenario of one person caught up in the sex trade.
Let me tell you more about them, including why I wrote them:
A lot of times it’s hard to even know where to begin. We hear some of the unthinkable statistics about gender-based violence and our blood boils, our heart breaks. But we also feel helpless to do anything to change it.
This book starts with prayer. As I’ve shared the books across Canada, one of the things I often repeat is that, “even if you don’t pray, you’ll start once you read this.” That might not be the best way to market a publication, but it’s true.
What I love about this book is that it looks honestly at the issues. I wrote 14 of the 30 stories, and my intention as I wrote them was to imagine real issues, personalize them, imagine one person.
The publisher’s goal was to compel 100,000 people to pray for 5 mins a day for 30 days about these issues, which means that some 30+ years of prayer time was given to the issues, which is incredible to consider because prayer works. I’ve heard stories from around the world about how this publication has compelled them not only to pray but to act.
Although published in the early 2000s, the book remains incredibly relevant today.
In the foreword, Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With A Mission, in response to the question about what the greatest global challenge will be as we enter the 21st Century writes, “the abuse and suppression of women. Why? Because it is the biggest, most far reaching, and most hidden.”
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Just before 2010 I was invited to work on a publication in Malaysia with my friends at YWAM Penang. It became this book.
Illegal immigrant and migration are becoming buzz words of our time. If you’re concerned about the migration crises in Europe, the conversation about border security in the USA, or Canada’s response to the Syrian refugee issue, this book will be relevant to you, even though it focuses on Asia.
Why is it relevant? Because it looks at our own views and prejudices. It is a call of compassion to the other. It is also a wake-up call to government bodies that policy actually matters. For instance, in Malaysia, which isn’t a signatory of the UN 1951 Convention relating to the status of Refugees, the government wants foreigners to come into the country as cheap labour to do the work no one else wants to do. This government policy creates a perfect environment for corruption and exploitation to flourish, while human rights can be trampled.
I had the privilege to meet with refugees in hiding from the government-appointed volunteer immigration force who regularly round up and detain “illegal immigrants.” What I witnessed, heard and encountered was shockingly unforgettable.
Some of the stories I wrote for this publication come from my time spent with emaciated, homesick Vietnamese migrants in a Detention Centre. These workers came to Malaysia legally but were arrested (because their employer took their passports). With no contact with their families, little food or basic hygiene and no legal representatives they, like some 230,000 other illegal immigrants in the Detention Centres, spent day after day withering in despair.
This book jumps into the messiness of migration. If you care about South East Asia or if you are perplexed by the global refugee and migration crisis, this is a great resource. It will help you to see migrants and refugees as people first, and then consider how policy can be shaped to address real, pressing issues.
I only have a few print copies left, but you can also by the book on Kindle.
Note: Our follow up to this publication called Hope in Action, will soon go to print in English and Mandarin.
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If you’ve followed me much over the last few years, you’ve probably noticed that this story takes up a lot of my attention.
It’s a narrative that has changed my life. I started writing the play in 2008. In 2012 it had its Premiere and opened to rave reviews. In 2013 it toured Canada. And in 2015 it became a movie (that is currently in post-production and will be ready in 2016).
The play is a story about a young girl who is forced to work in a brothel. It imagines her life, which is suddenly interrupted by a man who pays to spend time with her, but not to do what she expects. Instead he starts to ask her questions about her life and he becomes convinced that details from her past might be the key to arrest, prosecute and send her pimp, the leader of a trafficking ring, to jail. All he has to do is convince her to testify.
The opening line for the play was triggered from my work on 30 Days. If you read closely, you’ll see that the dialogue that opens the dramatic first scene comes directly from one of the stories of the global publication.
When I first started to write the play, I cast a massive net, and tried to use multiple characters from around the globe. I soon realized that I had to locate the story in one person and share one circumstance. That person became Number 18.
What thrills me is that this is a story people react to, that gets under their skin and that leaves an impact. It gets people talking. I’m grateful that theatre companies in North America continue to produce the play, and that it will soon have life on the big screen.
This is a great purchase for anyone who loves a good story. It’s also a great resource if you’re looking to introduce the issue of human trafficking to your community in a way that goes beyond the surface and gets to the heart.
Note: Stage Performance rights can be acquired through The Playwrights Guild of Canada.
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