Ross Rennie

Keeping His Mouth Shut for Cambodia and Terminally Ill Children

The Ultimate Sacrifice

Anyone who knows Ross can testify that he loves to talk. Without the ability to speak, Ross could not do his job. He prefers the spoken word to the written word as a means of communication. Ross loves to talk about Cambodia and above all he loves to talk about Jesus.

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So for Ross to stop talking voluntarily would be a great sacrifice and a testing experience. But that is exactly what he plans to do from midnight to midnight on Saturday 5 August 2017.

There will be no talking, no telephone calls, no sleep (to avoid snoring) and no comedy programmes on television (so that he does not laugh) for Ross for 24 hours. He will be closely monitored so that he is not tempted to cheat.

 

What Is the Point?

This is not an exercise in self-discipline or self-punishment. Ross is raising funds for two charities close to his heart.

One, of course, is Cambodian Communities out of Crisis.

The other is The Rainbow Trust children’s charity, ‘the charity that no-one wants to meet’, which supports families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness.

Ross’s company Integrity Supplies UK Limited works with Walther Strong and Company Ltd. Just as some of Integrity Supplies’ profits support the work of CCC, so also the purchase of Walther Strong’s products helps support The Rainbow Trust.

Sponsor Ross

Ross is inviting his friends, his business contacts, CCC supporters and the general public to get involved.

You can support Ross’s fundraising effort by donating at

my.give.net/silence

Ross will be silent for 24 hours, so you could choose to sponsor him at so much per hour, for example 24 x 10p = £2.40 or 24 x 50p = £12, or give any lump sum of your choice.

If you are a UK taxpayer you can increase the value of your donation by 25% by confirming that you would like to reclaim Gift Aid.

Rainbow Trust

Ross Rennie and Touch Polo

The Cambodian Herald

The latest edition of our newsletter, Issue 19 of the Cambodian Herald is available to view here or download.

In this issue:

  • Timothy College and Business Institute
  • What You Give Is What They Get
  • Strong and Stable Leadership
  • Keeping His Mouth Shut for Cambodia and Terminally Ill Children
  • 35,000 Cambodian Children in Care
  • Help CCC When You Shop Online
  • Visiting Phnom Penh and Need a Reliable Taxi Service?
Cambodian Herald Issue 19

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Girls for sale

Sokha’s Survivor Story

Sokha was trafficked for sex as a child and rescued at the age of 12.

She was then brought to the AIM Restoration Home run by Agape International Missions.

“They didn’t even see my face or know my name when I needed them most, but they still helped me. I want to inspire people to help other girls,” Sokha shares.

We hope you are as inspired by her story and her life as we are.

Barnabas Mam preaching to the Suoy people

New Life in Christ for the Suoy People

The Joshua Project estimates that there are about 1,600 Suoy in Cambodia. This people group has its own language but most people also understand Khmer. Most are animist in their beliefs, worshipping spirits to whom they offer sacrifices in order to appease them. The Joshua Project puts the number of Christians among the Suoy at 1.5%, or 24 persons.

Recently, a CCC team had the privilege of accompanying pastors and a church planter from the Association of Living Hope in Christ Churches on a visit to a Suoy village near Phnom Aoral, Cambodia’s highest mountain. We were joined by our long-time friend Barnabas Mam, one of the pioneers of the Cambodian church, who was to speak to a gathering of Suoy adults and children.

Having reached Aoral District, we drove through steady rain along a further 20 miles of muddy, uneven roads to the village. We prayed that the rain would stop so as not to hinder people from attending the meeting and hearing the good news of Jesus. As we arrived, the rain petered out and did not start again until Barnabas had finished speaking.

Starting from the existing beliefs of the people, Barnabas delivered a humorous but compelling presentation of the Christian message. At the conclusion of his talk he invited any who wished to put their trust in Jesus Christ and turn to Him from spirit worship to signify their intention. 42 adults and a similar number of children did so. If they were all born again the percentage of Suoy Christians has increased from 1.5% to nearly 7%.

The CCC team contributed nothing to this outreach other than our prayers and encouragement. Even after, say, 20 years of language and cultural study we could not have achieved what Barnabas (in the power of the Holy Spirit) did in a single hour. We came away humbled and renewed in our conviction that the people best able to reach Cambodia for Christ are the Cambodian Christians. Khmer can reach Khmer, but they can also cross barriers to other people groups in their country far more effectively than could an expatriate missionary.

Seng BouAddheka

If on this Earth There Are Angels

Book coverMs Seng BouAddheka has been a good friend of CCC since its inception. Her courage and determination in the face of disability have been an inspiration and the sacrificial service  she has given her people has demonstrated how Cambodians with sufficient motivation can change their country without relying on hand-outs from outside their country.

Now Addheka has published the story of her life. She recounts how as a child disabled by polio she was surrounded by full and half siblings. Then comes a tragic and moving account of her experiences as a teenager during the Pol Pot regime, when she lost her parents and most of the rest of her family to disease, starvation and execution. Finally, Addheka describes her struggle to help contribute to the rebuilding her country’s infrastructure, her battles against prejudice, the story of the formation of the Khmer School of Language and the life-transforming work of her Aid Projects of Mercy.

Addheka’s autobiography not only relates the story of a courageous woman’s triumph over many forms of adversity but is also infused with a narrative of her spiritual journey culminating in her discovery of the God of the Bible.

If on this Earth There Are Angels is available for purchase from Amazon and other retailers.