Dear Friends & Partners,
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7 (NIV)
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.
We thank God for the varied ways He brought many helpers from all over to make Emmanuel School in Cambodia a very unique outreach.
(Above) One couple, Maria and Daniel, had exceeded expectation by going out of their way to take this mission as their own. On their second mission trip in February Maria taught the children on arts and craft and for the teachers, bakery. Maria was really touched when one student crept up to her and offered to pay for a freshly baked cookie, something few of the children hardly ever tasted before. Shortly after this all the boy’s classmates turned out and wanting a piece of the action! Daniel too was encouragement by giving pep talks in the classrooms on various matters of interest. Our children are keen to listen to visitors and if nothing else matters it is an opportunity for them to learn conversational English.
Necessity is the mother of invention?
Cambodians are resourceful people and with their meagre resource, they find creative ways to make their tough lives a little more pleasant.
In this photo, the small-time retailer used his tuk-tuk to move his boutique wherever the market may be. Similarly, a mobile phone reseller is locating her showroom by carting on her bike to where clients may be found.
Cambodia relied heavily on hydro dams to supply most of its electricity needs. However, during the dry months, the supply could not keep up with demand resulting in daily power outages that lasted for hours and disrupt daily life all over the nation. However, power outages cannot stop our students from their pursuit of education.
(Left) In this photo teacher, Kuntea is conducting her kindergarten class out in the open with plywood boards used as seats.
(Right) With its open space and natural lighting and cooling the school canteen doubled up as a classroom during power outages.
We are hoping to acquire low-cost power alternatives like solar power and rechargeable battery to serve as a backup as well as cost-saving measures.
An old friend from Perth who has a business connection in real estate in Cambodia visited the school commented that ECS students are ‘such a disciplined and cheerful lot’.
He was pleasantly surprised when kindergarten children rushed to him and tried high-fiving and trying out their handful words in English.
Khmer New Year
(officially April 13th -16th)
(Right) On the final day of term, the staff at ECS organised an outdoor celebration and used the opportunity to showcase the school core values (love, joy, peace, etc.) while the children had a fun time.
Sarith pastors a church in the city which is an offshoot of the church that some years ago we assisted Ps Phally to plant in Kandal, a city just south of Phnom Penh.
Just after Christmas he was diagnosed with kidney malfunction and needed hospitalisation and immediate dialysis treatment.
Kidney failure in Cambodia is known as a rich man disease for the poor would die soon after the disease hits simply due to the high cost of dialysis treatment – government subsidy is hard to come by in Cambodia.
Family and church, near and far, came to his immediate assistance that brought some relief and hopes to Sarith.
However, Sarith is convinced that by God’s grace he will miraculously recover from the disease as God is preparing him to give a wonderful testimony, like Job in the Bible, which will transform his community all for the glory of God.
Already, his two unsaved sisters, are now serving in the church and are involved in intercessory prayer.
Sarith’s mum is a tower of strength for many who know her. At this time of writing Sarith is recovering at home and feeling confident of resuming his normal life. Please uphold him in prayer.
Classroom Capacity September 2019.
We are running out of the classroom capacity come the new academic year beginning September 2019.
Pray with us that we will secure the workshop and office space that is attached to the primary school building but had been leased out through an old agreement between the community council and the workshop operator.
The lease had expired but evicting a long-term occupant is proving a struggle.
I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. John 4:35
Thank you for being part of this harvest field, let us be glad together. God is good all the time and all the time – God is good. Amen.
In Christ’s Agape-love,
Ps Teresa & Tim
+61 413956234 (Tim)
+61 412303176 (Teresa)