Tualatin church sets out to build special rescue home in Cambodia

Religion notes

TUALATIN - Horizon Community Church in Tualatin is planning on building homes of hope in Cambodia to rescue children who are being targeted by the criminal enterprise of sex trafficking, Roger Levasa, senior associate pastor has announced.

Earlier this year, Pastor Stan Russell (lead pastor of Horizon Community Church) traveled to Cambodia to meet with missionary Ken Huff and Carl Ralston, founder of the Remember Nhu Organization at the ministry dedicated to rescuing young women from the criminal enterprise of sex trafficking.

Around the world, 1 million children are trafficked into the sex trade each year, said a spokesman for the church. 'This means that 2,740 children enter each day, or 114 children each hour. That's almost two children every minute of every day.'

Children as young as 2 years old have been found locked in rooms as sex slaves, according to the church, and this regularly happens with 8- to 12-year-olds. Four of the five worst countries for child sex trafficking are Cambodia, India, Philippines and Thailand. In Cambodia, if a child enters the sex trade prior to her 18th birthday, there is a 90 percent chance she will contract AIDS. Some girls are sold at the age of 6 and even younger.

Remember Nhu has built homes in several countries. One of its homes in Thailand houses about 80 girls. 'Ninety percent of those girls would have been sold into slavery had it not been for this home,' said a release from the church. 'The homes provide shelter, food, education and more for each child.'

Remember Nhu homes provide impoverished families, who are resorting to selling or abandoning their little girls, another option.

Pastor Stan Russell said he felt that God was impressing on his heart for Horizon Community Church to help the children in this war-ravaged, poverty-stricken country.

During morning services on Sunday, Oct. 9, the church will take an offering to buy land and build such a home.

'Our goal is to raise $100,000 in cash and pledges on Sunday,' said Levasa. 'That is all that is needed to buy the land and build the home that will house 60 children. We are asking our church members and friends to pray and ask the Lord what amount He would have them bring for this special miracle offering for the children of Cambodia.'

To learn more about Remember Nhu, go to remembernhu.org.

For more information, contact Pastor Roger Levasa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 503-612-6688.

Art of Marriage seminar scheduled

Beaverton Christian Church, 13600 S.W. Allen Blvd., will host 'The Art of Marriage,' a 1½-day video seminar, on Friday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 15.

The seminar, presented by Family Life, is built on biblically based content that is designed to help couples develop godly marriages. It brings together some of the most respected and influential pastors and experts of marriage and family all in one setting.

The seminar consists of six video sessions and an accompanying manual that provides couples with projects to help apply the principles taught during each session. The manual is also designed for couples to use after the event by offering articles, date night notes, and useful tips for continuing to strengthen their marriage.

The Friday session will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m., and the Saturday session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $47 per couple and $24 per person. The price for alumni is $15 per couple and $8 per person. The cost includes conference workbook for each participant as well as child care and children's programming.

For more information, contact the church office at 503-646-2151, or register online at bcc.org.