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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HomeThe dump was filled up and has been replaced by another in a different location.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.

Violent Clashes Lead to Arrest of Opposition Party Officials

Several members of the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party are in prison having been charged with insurrection and incitement and instigation of violent acts. They could face more than 30 years in prison if found guilty.

The politicians, including Mrs Mu Sochua, the party’s public affairs chief, were arrested following violent clashes with security guards at Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park.

Please pray for peace and justice in Cambodia.