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Children of Cambodia

Original dumpWe started the Dump Kids project nine years ago with the aim of rescuing 15 children from scavenging for recyclable materials in appalling conditions on Phnom Penh’s rubbish dump. We sent them to school, gave them some basic healthcare and provided a daily cooked meal for them in order to improve their standard of nutrition and remove some of the pressure on their parents to force them to work in order to get enough money to pay for their food.

Some of the children have completed school and found employment or are in vocational training centres. Some were placed in orphanages following the death of both parents from AIDS. Some families’ level of income has risen sufficiently to enable them to provide for their children without our help. None of the parents now has to work on the dump (so we renamed the project Children of Cambodia) but all are still desperately poor. Every time a child has left, another needy one has taken his or her place.

HomeThe dump was filled up and has been replaced by another in a different location. What used to be wasteland just outside Phnom Penh’s city limits is now part of the suburbs. The standard of living of people in the area is rising, but the families whose children we support are an exception to this. Some of the parents work in Thailand and their children are living with grandparents in little more than shacks. Support for their education and the daily meal are still vital.

In December, I spent a morning with the pastor who manages the Children of Cambodia project for us, and some of the children whom we help. Because of the shortage of teachers, Cambodian children go to school either in the morning or in the afternoon; these were due to go in the afternoon. Those cared for by our project cross over at the pastor’s home where his wife cooks their daily lunch that we pay for.

HomeTen years or more ago, the pastor planted a church near the then Phnom Penh municipal rubbish dump, located just outside the city’s built-up area. His vision was to make disciples among the dump scavengers and their families. Since then, the dump has been filled to capacity and the city has expanded. Much of what used to be waste ground is now heavily built up. The pastor bought a modest house in the area and the church now meets on its roof under a metal awning, but the church members, most of whom had to find other sources of income after being excluded from the replacement dump, have been displaced by the new development and have had to find new places to live outside the ever expanding city.

AlleyThe pastor told me his calling is to preach the gospel to the poor, so where the poor go, he will follow. He anticipates that when he retires from his job he will move to a poorer area to plant another church and serve the people there. I admire this humble man, who could have done well for himself out of the corruption normally associated with his job but has instead decided to serve the kind of people that Jesus delighted in spending time with. He even pays for food for the children out of his own pocket when CCC has insufficient funds to send to Cambodia.

After our meeting, the pastor took me in his dilapidated car to visit some of the children’s homes. As I trod gingerly along a path of scattered bricks and stepped over a rivulet of something unpleasant I offered a silent prayer of thanks that this was the dry season and the area was not under a foot or more of water. As you look at some of the photos of these homes that the pastor took, please pray for the children and their families.

Myers Cooper

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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)

 

Prayer request in the aftermath of a fire

From the Evangelical Fellowship of Cambodia Relief Disaster Management Programme:

It was a sad event to share you about a fire occurred in Kampong Thom city last yesterday evening where a house burned was an office rent of Ps. Khan Khon, a senior pastor of Evangelical Mission Church.

Please keep him and his church members in your prayer.

CCC Council Visit to Cambodia Achieves Goals

With just two full days left of the visit to Cambodia by CCC Council members Ross Rennie, Myers Cooper, Austin Allkins and Russ Bowyer, the team give thanks and praise to God for His hand upon the trip.

  • After being delayed and diverted, the team and their luggage arrived safely in Cambodia.
  • Council members had opportunities to preach, give testimonies and pray for the sick in a Cambodian church.
  • The team visited and evaluated the Dump Kids project, strengthening CCC’s relationship with the pastor and his wife who manage the project and getting to know some of the children who are being educated, one of whom is top of her class.
  • Austin and Russ, who had not visited Cambodia before, were able to discover something of the nation’s tragic history under the Khmer Rouge regime, see the living conditions of the poor and enjoy the hospitality of a Cambodian family.
  • Ross and Myers renewed, and Austin and Russ forged, relationships with Cambodian Christians and church leaders.
  • The team established a connection with an organisation working to rescue, rehabilitate and provide training and employment for victims of sex trafficking.
  • Several of the students whose studies at university or college CCC had sponsored expressed their appreciation for the education they had received. One young woman from a poor family is now the personal assistant to the head of one of the largest non-governmental organisations working in Cambodia.
  • One member of the team received healing from persistent diarrhoea and vomiting.

The team request prayer for their remaining engagements and their homeward journeys: Ross, Austin and Russel on 23/24 October and Myers on 29/30 October.