A special thanks to Carl Ralston of Remember Nhu for being our guest speaker today. For more information about Remember Nhu and its ministry, please go to their website and learn how you can contribute to this important cause.
The Story of Remember Nhu
The 501(c)(3) organization known as Remember Nhu exists to eliminate the exploitation of children in the sex trade industry throughout the world.
Remember Nhu was conceived in 2003-2004 by Carl Ralston of Akron, Ohio. In November 2003, Ralston was attending a conference hosted by the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Cambodia when he was made aware of the horrific problem of child sex trafficking. Particularly striking was the story of Chup Ly, a 16 year-old who was sold into the sex-slave trade and died three years later of AIDS.
After telling Chup Ly’s story, the missionary speaker then told of Nhu, a 12-year-old girl who had committed her life to Jesus Christ, was baptized, grew as a Christian, and began to share publicly her faith. However, a Buddhist family member then sold her virginity, partly as an act of disapproval of Nhu’s conversion to Christ. At that time, the missionary did not know what had become of Nhu. Ralston felt inspired by God to “Remember Nhu” and in December of 2003 committed to God that he would do everything in his power to eliminate the use of children in the sex trade industry around the world.
In 2004, Ralston finished a master’s degree in Religion in which his final project created Remember Nhu: a ministry that would prevent children from entering the sex trade by meeting the physical, emotional, education, and spiritual needs of potential victims.
Oh, and Nhu? She is now safe and became the first official employee of Remember Nhu! She manages Agape Beauty Salon in Cambodia, which employees other young women who, without the intervention of Remember Nhu, may also have been sold into the child sex trade. Many of their customers at the beauty salon are young ladies who have been sold into prostitution, and Nhu and the others are able to share with them the amazing love of Jesus.
About Remember Nhu
Remember Nhu exists to prevent the exploitation of children in the sex trade industry throughout the world.
Four objectives keep us anchored to that vision…
- Meeting physical needs: Children with little to no shelter or food and not even basic medical care are at risk of being sold. Meeting the physical needs of children protects them from the sex trade.
- Meeting educational needs: When honest, sustained work is an actual possibility, the financial allure of the sex trade industry lessens immensely. A quality education and/or practical vocational training gives children the means to opportunities for a future.
- Meeting emotional needs: Children disconnected from the loving care of concerned, responsible adults are at risk. To grow and nurture children inside the love of a family protects them from the sex trade.
- Meeting spiritual needs: Children deprived of any real, lasting hope are at risk. When introduced to the incomparable love of Jesus Christ, children are introduced to a new and accurate vision of themselves: that they are of deep, intrinsic, and eternal value. Nurturing children into mature disciples of Jesus Christ protects them from the sex trade.