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Unexpected Places
By Guest Author on December 7th, 2012

As I walked and prayed with a group of other missionaries through Boys Town, part of the Red Light District in Thailand, it hit me. Rarely had I felt the presence of the Lord that strongly. My senses immediately perked up, and I prayed, “What do you want me to do, Lord? Who do you want me to talk to?” No response.

I waited and looked around. Lining the streets were very young boys, boys dressed like girls, old men sitting with their night’s purchases, everyone participating in lewdness and vile sexual exploitation. All of a sudden I understood.

“My heart is here, Amber.”

A new scene played through my mind. I pictured pure Love walking the street, familiar with the cry from these eyes. Realizing this picture wasn’t just my imagination, hope for the ending of human trafficking came alive in my heart. The King of the earth is the King of justice. The Jesus who showed up healing on the Sabbath, touching lepers, holding kids, teaching the poor, and making peace with harlots, has never left us.

Who is this King?

I don’t fully know, but I do know where to find Him. He’s not with the Pharisees. He’s with the outcasts. So when we pray, “we want to be with You where You are,” we can confidently look to unexpected places and find He’s already there. The place of His presence looks like the inner city, the places of the fatherless, the precious ones with special needs, the poor and the broken. His glory is all around us.

– Amber Helms

Amber Helms is on staff at the Orphan Justice Center. She serves as the OJC Fellowship director.

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