Special Activities of the Month and EMERGENCY NEWS-(September 2016)

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EMERGENCY NEWS

Just as we prepared this newsletter we suffered a disaster. Heavy rains caused the river next to Shalom International School to undermine the ground and severely damage one of our buildings. This is heartbreaking and a real headache! Please pray for us as we seek God about what to do and contact us if you are able to help.

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The History of Shalom International School

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Shalom International School was conceived in my heart. I love children and within me a yearning grew to provide a high quality, Christian, English language education for the poor children I saw in our neighborhood. I wanted to equip them and give them hope for future success in their lives. After much longing and prayer, God answered.
In 2012 a friend of mine shared my vision with one of his friends. He seemed interested but for many months I heard nothing.
Then in September 2013 the answer came; this friend offered to fund an initial building program, creating 4 classrooms! Praise God!!! So, Shalom International School was birthed.

On 7thJanuary 2014 we held our Dedication Service and on 15thJanuary classes began.2To date Shalom International School has served more than 300 children from six communities that surround our school.

In 2016 we plan to increase to 7 classrooms so that we can provide for more of the disadvantaged children within our reach.

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Thank you for your prayers. We need them and so do the children. We do not only want to educate them – we want to see them transformed as we faithfully teach and show them the love of the Lord Jesus Christ in this clear and practical way.

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OUR FAMILY AND MINISTRY’S UPDATE

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We wCapture2ere so happy to be with our three beautiful children at the end of year school closing ceremony. By the grace of God next year our oldest daughter, Selina will be in grade 6. Our son, Bunyamin will be in grade 1 and our third daughter, Sonita will be in KG2. Hmm – time is flying so fast and our fourth son, Bunyabez will also be in school after the next school year.
We are grateful to God that we have been able to pay the tuition fees so far we will continue to trust Him for the future. We also thank God for Asian Hope International School who have assisted us with scholarships. Without this wonderful provision our children would not be able to attend this great school and receive such a high quality education.
We are also very happy to see them growing up in the Lord and are really proud to be their mom and dad. You will know at times it is tough fitting in taking care of young kids with full time work, but the joy of the Lord is our strength (Neh 8:10).We count it a privilege to have these wonderful responsibilities from the Lord. We are hoping that all of them will have their part in the Kingdom of God.
We would like to say thank you for all friends and supporters who are faithful with your prayers and support to our family and daily ministry. As for me and my house we will continue to serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15).

CHURCH MINISTRY
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father anCapture3d of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Mt. 28:19-20)

How important is baptism? It is a personal and public identification with Jesus Christ. We are identifying with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Baptism doesn’t save us—salvation comes by faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). Our guilt before God is removed the moment we trust in Christ. But baptism is our personal testimony to, and brings the inward assurance of, our passage from the old life to the new life….

Therefore, by the Grace of God, Shalom Mission Cambodia had a privileged to baptize, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, more than 60 people in the past few months. We thank God for their commitment to confess publicly their faith, walk and trust in Jesus Christ.

Another main accomplishment has been Leadership Training. We believe that this is a vital part of our ministry to bring the church of Jesus Christ to maturity. Each leader needs to be rooted in the Word of God and with understanding they must apply it in their own daily lives and show others how to do this for themselves. In the past 6 months we have conducted 3 training courses for pastors and church leaders both in Phnom Penh and in the provinces. We praise God that 4 people from the Steang tribe in Modulkiri joined us for our last course.

SPECIAL PROJECTS
Children’s ministry is part of our church planting strategy. We encourage our church planters that, wherever possible, they start a Kids Club in every community that they reach into. These Kids Clubs will be a bridge to reach their parents for the Lord. Also, in our hearts, we want to see these kids growing up in the knowledge of God so that they will be witnesses and examples of the transforming power of Jesus to tCapture5heir parents.
But my heart also wants to provide for children educationally so that they realise that God wants to bless them holistically. That’s why Shalom International School was birthed from the Kids Clubs surrounding our churches. We have been blessed by the Lord Jesus and we want to bless these underprivileged children with a better education as well. However, to witness to Jesus Christ through our words and deeds, we are also open to those who live near the school who are not Christian. We have accepted all kinds of students from outside of our Kids Clubs. By the grace of God Shalom International School is succeeding and teaching about 160 to 180 students regularly.
We want to run more classes and we continually pray for more funds to sponsor and subsidize poor students in our school. We do not charge high fees but even so they can be too high for really poor families. Our sponsorship enables such parents to send their children to school instead of making them work for money. We want to thank you in advance for considering this project. We want to invite you to take part in this journey together with us. We want to glorify God by reaching and blessing 250 children through this provision.
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A POOR VILLAGE WITH GREAT PEOPLE

A POOR VILLAGE WITH GREAT PEOPLE

As I walked into the dusty and isolated village of Krosang in Kampot province my heart filled with compassion as I saw what poor and hard lives its people had, although they live just a few kilometers from the town of Chhouk district. They have been neglected and forgotten by others but there is a positive story to tell about this small community of people. They have a spirit of unity among them which enables them to achieve things together. I saw one of their simple self-help strategies – co-operating to share the hard work of transporting water between villages to fill up local containers during the dry season. We love to encourage such people and we long to help other communities to rise out of poverty and despair.

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But another story from this village really saddened me. A lady had been infected with HIV by her husband. This HIV had been passed on to one of her children who had died a few months ago. Her husband was now dead of this disease and she had also recently lost her father to illness. She has one child left, about 1 year old, and we are praying that he is not affected by the virus.
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Poor Village5As I listened to this story I remembered a similar story told to me by a friend and I couldn’t help crying with compassion for the lost poor. The story that I am about to share is about a family who knew Christ; so they have a sure hope of a beautiful place where they will go, prepared for them by Jesus. The devastated family, that we are helping in Krosang, had no hope at all until God sent us there. It is clear to me that our life mission should be to go and tell the hopeless that they can have real Hope in Jesus Christ. They long for this. Money cannot buy it, but Jesus Christ gives it freely to those who come to him. But they can only come to him if we first bring him to them!

IF YOU STILL HAVE TIME PLEASE CONTINUE TO READ THIS HEART TOUCHING STORY

I was walking around in a Big Bazaar store doing some shopping, when I saw a cashier talking to a boy who couldn’t have been more than 5 or 6 years old. The cashier said, “I’m sorry, but you don’t have enough money to buy this doll”. Then the little boy turned to me and asked: ”Uncle, are you sure I don’t have enough money?” I counted his cash and replied: ”You know that you don’t have enough money to buy the doll, my dear.” The little boy still held the doll in his hand. Finally I bent down and asked him who he wished to give this doll to. “It’s the doll my sister loved most and wanted so much. I want to give it to her for her BIRTHDAY I have to give the doll to my mommy so that she can give it to my sister when she goes there.”

His eyes were so sad while saying this – he continued; “My Sister has gone to be with God. Daddy says that Mommy is going to see God very soon too, so I thought that she could take the doll with her to give it to my sister…” My heart nearly stopped. The little boy looked up at me and said: “I told Daddy to tell Mommy not to go yet. I need her to wait until I come back from the mall.” Then he showed me a very nice photo of him where he was laughing. He then told me “I want Mommy to take my picture with her so my sister won’t forget me.’ ‘I love Mommy and I wish she didn’t have to leave me, but Daddy says that she has to go to be with my little sister.” Then he looked again at the doll with sad eyes, very quietly.

I quickly reached for my wallet and said to the boy. “Suppose we check again, just in case you do have enough money for the doll?” ”OK” he said, “I hope I do have enough.” I added some of my money to his without him seeing and we started to count it. There was enough for the doll and even some spare money. The little boy said: “Thank you God for giving me enough money!” Then he looked at me and added, “I asked last night before I went to sleep for God to make sure I had enough money to buy this doll, so that Mommy could give it to my sister. He heard me! I also wanted to have enough money to buy a white rose for my mommy, but I didn’t dare to ask God for too much. But He gave me enough to buy the doll and a white rose. My mommy loves white roses.”

I finished my shopping in a totally different state from when I started. I couldn’t get the little boy out of my mind. Then I remembered a local newspaper article two days ago about a drunk in a truck, who hit a car occupied by a young woman and a little girl. The little girl died right away, and the mother was left in a critical state. The family had to decide whether to pull the plug on the life-sustaining machine, because the young woman would not recover from the coma. Was this the family of the little boy?

Two days after this encounter, I read that the young woman had passed away. I couldn’t stop myself as I bought a bunch of white roses and I went to the funeral home where the body of the young woman was exposed for people to see and make last wishes before her burial. She was there, in her coffin, holding a beautiful white rose in her hand with the photo of the little boy and the doll placed over her chest. I left the place, teary-eyed, feeling that my life had been changed for ever…

The love that the little boy had for his mother and his sister is still, to this day, hard to imagine. but in a fraction of a second, a drunk driver had taken all this away from him.
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If you would like to support this ministry of helping the poor physically, mentally, socially and spiritually, please partner with us through whatever ways you can: prayer, financial support, or personnel. Introduce us to your friends – we can even provide opportunities for short term teams to serve the poor in Cambodia. Please contact us for more information.

“Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.” Danny Thomas

A DESPERATE FAMILY, A NEW BABY AND A MOTHER WITH A NEEDLE STUCK INSIDE HER

A DESPERATE FAMILY, A NEW BABY AND A MOTHER WITH A NEEDLE STUCK INSIDE HER
A few days ago I received the kind of call I often get. It seemed like a normal call. It was not! ” Pastor, Pastor can you help a patient at the Calmete Hospital?” I asked the caller what happened? ” There is a girl who just had a baby at her local Health Center but they broke a needle when they were stitching her after giving birth and it is stuck inside in her womb! The Health Center could not help her and sent her to Calmete Hospital” This is a well known joint private/government hospital.

The next day I went and discovered the whole story.
Sokheng came from a very remote area along Tonle Sap river in Kompong Chhnang province to work in a factory in Phnom Penh 2 years ago. Like many other girls who come to Phnom Penh she was flattered and cheated by a man. He made her pregnant and then after 2 months he left her and never come back.

11060303_1067289033297538_3799017359293962404_nWhen I visited her at the hospital I met her mother who is blind and could not hear well. I asked her what happened to her and she said she became like that after her husband died many years ago. A relative of her husband then took advantage of her defenceless condition and bribed the village chief to let him take all her husband’s land from her.
11052234_1065902333436208_5047810109662008472_nShe then had no home to stay in and 4 children to care for. The only thing she could do was live at the local pagoda while she worked hard to feed and clothe her children. She became ill but like many good mothers she put her children first and still continued to work until she lost her sight and hearing. All she could do was stay at the pagoda while her children looked for any work they could get. One found a job in a Christian Center in Battambang province and another one become a Buddhist priest. She then had only two daughters to look after her. Then two years ago Sokheng her oldest daughter decided to come to Phnom Penh with her Aunty to work in a factory and this disaster happened.

The mother is now here in Phnom Penh with her 22 year old daughter and her 10 days old baby, together with her youngest daughter who is just 15 years old. They have no place to go and no money to survive.
11046427_1066624506697324_2206942750546606683_nMeanwhile Sokheng has been left by the medical staff with the needle still in her womb. She will need medication for at least a month as doctor say it can be removed. My heart is so moved for them – how I can I let go of this situation? I look at my circumstances – I have to take care my 4 children who are still young and need plenty of attention yet now if I continue to handle this case I will have to take responsibility for 4 more people. But how I can let them go, especially the baby?! So we have decided to take care of them whatever the cost will be.
10981195_1069088983117543_390085251744763932_nWhen I brought them home I asked Sokheng “If some one wants your baby can you give him away?”. Without hesitation she said “NO”. I felt more pity for her seeing how she loves her baby so much.
11046590_1069089013117540_7857955431629028175_nPlease continue to pray for me in this situation that I will be able to really help them. If God is working in your heart and you want to join in supporting this family please contact me. I am planning to raise about $3000 to support them for the whole year until the mother can go back to work and her sister is able to go back to school or get into a technical school. And if there is any extra money will build a house for them. Thank you.
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IT WILL BE OUR FIRST CHRISTMAS AT SHALOM INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

A CALL FOR SUPPORT:

As I left this morning’s meeting with teachers and staff at the Shalom International School after planning our Christmas program the realisation struck me. Our school has already been operating for almost a year. I could not believe it! The time has flown so quickly!  We praise the Lord for His faithfulness and providence in supplying all our needs. I also was amazed that the school has survived with no other partners to supplement our losses each month. Since we opened, the school has already served more than 200 children. Right now we have about 160 children, studying regularly in 8 classes, who will celebrate the first Christmas at our School.

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IT’S OUR FIRST CHRISTMAS

25 December, 2014

3:00 – 6:00 PM

We are planning a very exciting time for all the kids, some might be visiting the school for the first time. Therefore, I’m asking for prayer and financial support for our Christmas party. Right now the school has no any spare money for the event but we are trusting the Lord as our regular provider. We want to make this a really blessed and enjoyable event for everyone. Some who attend will have never before heard the name of Jesus so the reason for our Saviour’s birth will be clearly presented. If you would like to support and be a part of this celebration and witness please email me at smcambodia@gmail.com. May God bless you.

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The History of Shalom International School

The more we bring the gospel into the real lives of the people around us, the more compassion we have not just for their spirits and souls but also for their daily physical needs. As a pastor for many years, God not only taught me how to preach the Word but also how to use the different life skills He gave me. I used to make tiles, raise pigs, chickens, ducks, crickets, plant trees and much more. Those experiences showed me that many people still live hard lives in poverty.

For many years I have prayed that besides ministering non-stop for the gospel, I would know what more I need to focus on to help people to get out from poverty. God brought me to World Vision several times. My second last job with WVC was as a Project Manager but actually the work involved teaching children. There I learned to love children once again.

I then had a vision of starting a school. I realised that Education is very important as a way out of poverty. In 2012 after sharing my vision with a friend, he introduced me to one of his friends. He seemed interested but for many months I heard nothing. Then in September 2013 the answer came – his friend was willing to fund the school building! Praise God!!! – this is how Shalom International School was birthed. On 7thJanuary 2014 we held our Dedication Service and on 15thJanuary we started our classes. As you can see from the pictures below, we have made a good beginning. If want to help us to give more children hope for a better future please get in touch…………..
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