Archive for December 2010

Dec/10

12

Harvest of Hope update

Today we have some photos to update you on the progress of the new Harvest of Hope education centre and HIV clinic. The centre is partially up and running, and there will be a lot more activity there from the end of this month.

Centre manager Ura (above) has been hard at work for the past month or so, getting to know all of the families in the area, building relationships, and finding out which of the local children are most at need of assistance. Ura grew up in a very poor family that struggled to feed and educate him and his siblings, so he understands the power of education and the way it will be one of the keys to transforming this slum community on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.

A huge area of need in this slum community is that of medical care for those affected by HIV. The many people with HIV in this area are all far too poor to be able to afford treatment, and a large percentage of the children who Ura has enrolled at Harvest of Hope are HIV positive. The founding vision for this centre includes showing God’s love to these most marginalised and impoverished of people by providing the medical care that they so desperately need.

So we are really excited about they way that Harvest of Hope will be able to provide a combination of education, support and medical care to the community here, to give a brighter future to these precious children no matter what their background or health status.

Formal classes will begin early in the new year, and a nurse will soon be employed to begin work with the children who need HIV treatment. So far Ura has been organising games and activities for the new students, and he has also hosted a few visiting teams who have come to participate and make plans for the further growth of Harvest of Hope.  This includes a planning team from our friends at Mission Direct in the UK have just been over to make preparations for the next stage of building at the Harvest of Hope centre. Their generous contribution will involve the construction of toilets, a kitchen, another classroom and an outdoor undercover area.

It is still early days at Harvest of Hope, but all that has happened so far has been a constant reminder of God’s goodness and provision. We think that the sign at the front door is a true reflection of who has ultimately been responsibe for bringing all of these things together!

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Dec/10

6

An amazing testimony

As most of you will already know, Fellowship of Hope Church has 3 senior pastors based in Phnom Penh – Vuth, Vuthy and Sara. As a united team, they lead the Phnom Penh congregation, as well as providing oversight and support for all of the other sister congregations spread across Cambodia.  

With God’s blessing, this teamwork has helped FHC to grow in the space of 5 years from one bible study group in a slum to a total of nearly 20 churches. In fact, this growth has been so fast that we haven’t been able to add information about all of the new congregations to the website yet. We are so excited and encouraged to see God’s Word spreading so rapidly in our country, and we thank God for all of the hearts he has saved and new churches that he has planted.

Today we would like to share with you the testimony of Pastor Sara. When Sara visited Australia in July / August this year, he spoke at a number of churches and passionately shared the amazing story of how Christ has rescued him and transformed his life. He also had the opportunity to be interviewed on the local Christian radio station – 98.5 Sonshine FM. If you would like to hear this interview for yourself, click here.

Sara’s story was also published in the local ‘good news’ paper called Challenge. If you want to check it out, just click here. We hope that Sara’s testimony is an encouragement to you, and we will try to add even more good news stories to the Testimonies page before too much longer. God bless you!

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Contact

You can contact us at enquiries@fellowshipofhope.net or PO Box 2574, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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