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Almost Married off at 16, Now She Needs Our Help to Study for a Degree

The leaders of the Living Hope in Christ Church in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, have brought to our attention the need of a young woman (whom we shall call TS) for help in going to university. This is her story.

TS is 19 years old and has five brothers and sisters, but she is the only one who has a strong commitment to study and the only Christian in her family. At the age of 16 her parents urged her to marry a young man and go with him to work in Thailand. TS attended a teaching session at which a pastor warned children and young people about the dangers facing Cambodian migrant workers. TS refused to marry and to emigrate, and as a result her mother has not spoken to her since. She left home and went to live in a church building in Baray, Kampong Thom province, where her father visited her and brought her food. She has been helping to run the church’s Sunday school.

TS has completed high school and has secured a place at the University of Commercial Law. She has saved $150 (£125) towards the fees but her father is unable to contribute anything. The fees are $480 (£400) per year for four years and the first year’s fee must be paid by 19 November.

The Associate Pastor of the Living Hope in Christ Church describes TS thus: “She has a strong commitment to serve Christ and she completely trusts the unfailing love of our mighty God.”

If the Holy Spirit leads you to help support the education of TS you can do so through Cambodian Communities out of Crisis. You can make a donation online by PayPal or through Stewardship or the Charities Aid Foundation, or send a sterling cheque to us at 32 Springfield Way, Shrewsbury, SY2 6LW. Please contact us if you would like to send a regular gift by standing order or would like to increase the value of your gift by 25% through Gift Aid.

The Lord Our Provider

At the CCC Council meeting on 15 March 2015, the Treasurer informed the Council that we were approximately £1,000 short of the amount that we needed to send to Cambodia by the end of the month. Convinced that (1) ‘God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply’ (Hudson Taylor), and (2) it is God’s responsibility to provide for His work, not ours — our responsibility is just to ask in faith, we simply laid the matter before the Lord in prayer and moved on to the next item of business.

24 hours later we had received £600 of the required amount. Half of this was in the form of an unexpected gift from a church at which we had been invited to speak about Cambodia and the work of CCC.

We hope this will encourage you, as it does us, to pray for God’s provision of the remainder of the money.

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4: 19)