Hello again! It’s good to be back home! Going to Cambodia was fun, and I experienced a lot while I was there; but let’s be honest – I like Pizza Hut, non-bottled water, and western toilets. Thus, I’m excited to be back and get into the routine of things again!
I definitely don’t want to forget what I saw and experienced in Cambodia, and I want to share it with you! While in Cambodia, we were blessed to meet many long-term workers, both local and foreign, from different Christian Non-governmental (Non-profit) organizations. You can see below a brief explanation of some of the organizations we met with and what their role is in living out the Gospel in Cambodia.
Hard Places – This NGO works with the poor, the homeless, and those who are at-risk. A kid’s club, strategically placed in an area where young (approximately) 15 – 30 year olds are being sold, occurs throughout the week, in order that kids can come to do crafts, learn skills, and learn about Jesus. The relationships I saw developing through this kid’s club RADIATED the beauty and the love of Christ!
Resource Development International – provides water filters, produces national TV & Radio programs, offer educational programs to local villages, provides employment for local folk. Check out their strategy here.
International Justice Mission – trains local police, raids brothels to perform rescue operations, employs lawyers to carry out justice through court cases, networks with safe houses and transitional care houses. Check out specific information about how IJM is working in SouthEast Asia by clicking here.
Hagar International – Works with the restoration side of things. Personally, this was probably my favorite NGO we visited; because my heart is very much for restoration. The motto that kept coming up here was, “we focus on the individual to do whatever we can, for as long as it takes”.
Agape – focuses on restoring communities that are heavily involved with child-sex trafficking; we visited one of the centers where they had kid’s club in Svay Pak, and our entire team was intensely impacted by the beauty of the children who were full-heartedly dancing and singing, worshipping Jesus! If you have seen Nefarious, you may remember seeing Rahab’s House in Svay Pak (the scene where Benjamin Nolot was speaking with Don Brewster). We were able to walk into the building which was previously a brothel, but is now an open space where children come for safety, shelter, and community. The grace of God has IMMENSELY changed this place!
Daughters of Cambodia – provides transitional housing, offers micro-financing plans, and trains clients with certain skills in order that they can work to earn money outside of the sex-work industry. We visited two different locations for this organization, one of which included a cafe which served phenomenal food!
Rapha House – provides rescue, shelter/safehouses, vocational training, counseling, and works to also reintegrate those who have overcome. We were able to meet Hannah Burkle there, who some of you may know, as she used to live and work in Cedar Falls, Iowa!
English Language Institute/China – sends English-speaking teachers to certain areas of the world in order that the teachers can live out their faith, meet students, develop relationships, and share the Gospel. This organization, unlike the others, works with the more wealthy population of Cambodia. We were able to visit the university, meet the teachers who are currently building relationships with the students, and pray with the team there. God is definitely at work there! The teachers are receiving amazing feedback from students who feel loved and well cared-for by the teachers from ELIC.
Bloom Cafe – provides employment at a fantastic, professional bakery/coffee shop for women who have been previously trafficked, abused, or at-risk. For those of you who are familiar with the Cedar Falls cupcakery, Scratch, this is of the same caliber.
Phnom Penh House of Prayer – last, but definitely NOT least, we were able to view the BEAUTIFUL PPHoP! We were blessed enough to be there on the day it opened, Saturday, June 30th! We worshipped together, as a unified body of Believers, praying and singing that God would reign in that place. We, the body, came from Columbia, Indonesia, the UK, Cambodia, the US, and from other places as well; but we were united in Spirit. This was one of the most precious and encouraging moments of the trip for me; because I know that God is starting something HUGE when He calls people to pray for a nation. Keep Cambodia on your radar, because now that the body of Believers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia is uniting for the specific goal of praying and worshipping God, who knows what can happen! With God, there are no limits!
Stay tuned for more specific stories, pictures, and ways to get involved. I will be updating the blog soon with more information. For now, take a look at the different organizations and ask God how He is working in Cambodia and in YOUR heart.
“The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom…”
– 2 Corinthians 3:17