Not Another Conference. Why?

Published October 30, 2013

Throughout the Asian region there are numerous small organisations doing amazing work in difficult circumstances. Some of these are working with people with drug or alcohol addictions, seeing them through recovery and onto a better life. Some of them are working with the sex slaves, those who have been sold into this business and are trapped there for many years. Some of them are working with street kids, offering them a better outcome for their future.

People have come from Pakistan,Iran, Nepal, Phillippines, China, Australia, US, Europe, Sth America, Russia, Ukraine, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Lebanon, India and of course, Cambodia.

The ISAAC Asia Regional Conference is an opportunity for these workers to come aside for some much needed input after giving out so much. This conference is a place where these people can receive some teaching, maybe pick up some new material to take back to implement in their programs. It is a place where they can share their stories with each other, gain new relationships in their field and for some a place to take an emotional step back and relax for a few days.

This conference is based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The facility we are meeting in is directly across the road from the notorious S1 prison. The place of torture and interrogation that we used by Pol Pots henchmen before the prisoners were transported a few miles up the road to the “killing field’ just outside the city. In a 3 and a half year period more than 3 million people were killed in this country. It will take many years for this country to get beyond the trauma of that time.

Trauma is one of the main subjects being spoken about during this conference. Where it comes from and how to deal with it. It all seems so appropriate to be here in a traumatised nation to look at such a subject.

Having said all that the conference is not a sad place. There is much laughter as old friends meet up again. There is vision being cast as to how we can all continue to impact the places where we work. Needs are shared, options are offered, ties are strengthened. Asia is bustling and God is impacting this region.

I will be posting more detailed stories from the conference over the next days.

Thank you.


2 Responses to “Not Another Conference. Why?”

  1. Nessie Smart November 1, 2013

    Love reading blogs like this, so good to hear that these willing helpers can draw aside for some time to share their stories and to receive some teaching from people that have been in the fiels of Drug and Alcohol abuse for many years.
    May God bless you all.

  2. Michael Quinlan November 2, 2013

    Trully glad you are still in the game after all these years Warwick…Would love to go with you one of these days if God leads us that way :0)


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