Over the last several months, the Agape International Missions (AIM) SWAT Team together with the Siem Reap police in Cambodia rescued 30 children who were being exploited at brick factories. This was a result of AIM’s involvement with the case of a 9-year-old girl who tragically lost her arm in an accident with a machine while working at a Kandal province brick factory and it was clear to them then that the sheer number of children working at these factories in appalling conditions demanded a response.
Despite difficult obstacles along the way, the AIM team was diligent in their efforts to remove 30 children from dangerous and hazardous working conditions over the course of five months. They are now safe, healthy and are either studying at school or receiving vocational training; opportunities that otherwise they would have never had.
Read more on the rescue operation at the AIM web site.
From 8 to 11 October 2019, the Country Director of Cambodian Communiies out of Crisis will be part of the Cambodian delegation to the 16th meeting of the South East Asia Prayer Council.
11 South East Asian nations will be represented at the gathering in Singapore, which this year will have the theme From Glory to Glory and be inspired by these scriptures:
- “My Name shall be great among the nations.” (Malachi 1: 11 Amp)
- The mystery … hidden for ages and generations … is now disclosed th the Lord’s people … Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1: 26-27)
- But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3: 16-18)
Pov Phearun is the son of the pastor of The Light of God Church in Chheu Teal village, to the south-east of Phnom Penh. In 2012 while still at university, he began to notice how the young people of his village were increasingly coming under the influence of a growing drug and gang culture. This, in turn, was fuelling crime and the disintegration of family life. Phearun felt called by God to use the youngsters’ love of football as an opening to share the gospel with them.
Since 2012, apart from a two-year break when he ran out of money to fund the programme, Phearun has been organising football training and tournaments for the village young people.
“They like playing football so much, and among them I also have some youth they addict using drug so I spend time with them and start to share the gospel and let them to learn Bible to know more about Jesus,” he says. “They also open their heart to believe in Jesus and change their lives. I have worked with many children and youth of my football teams. That is good way that we share the gospel and protect them from the drug abuse and gangster group by teaching about dangerous using drug, drink alcohol and smoking and fighting.”
Now, the farmer who owns the land that the team have been using for a training pitch wants to use it to grow crops, so Phearun has been searching for an alternative plot to rent. He has found some land that would be suitable but the cost of renting it is beyond the team’s means.
They also need funds for:
- football kit;
- transport to matches;
- outreach and fellowship.
Can you help? This is such a valuable and effective ministry and if it had to stop, the young people of the village could be at risk of falling back into the drug and gang culture. If you would like to make a donation, please visit our Giving page and contact us to let us know how you would like your gift to be used.
CCC Country Director Huot Chanthoeun participated in the third Cambodia National Interfaith Forum on Combating Human Trafficking on14 August. The forym was covened by the National Committee for Counter Trafficking, who reported that police had tackled 78 cases of human trafficking and saved 263 victims in the first six months of this year. That represented increases of 25 and 148 per cent respectively, compared to the same period last year. Phnom Penh municipal and provincial courts had sentenced 101 people to prison and released 25 on bail. Another 63 cases are pending.
In his address to the forum, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng urged the freezing of assets of those involved in human trafficking and other crimes. The minister called for collaboration between the authorities and faith groups to help fight against trafficking. The appeal came after the US Department of Defence downgraded Cambodia’s ranking to Tier 2 in its watch list.