Archive for March 2011

Mar/11

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2011 Soccer Champions!!!

We have exciting news from the Friendship Soccer Ministry! For the fourth year in a row Friendship Soccer Club has won the Cambodian Christian Soccer League cup!

As you will remember from previous posts, Fellowship of Hope Church is involved in an exciting and flourishing soccer ministry. The aim of the Friendship Soccer Ministry is to provide young men the opportunity to participate in a sport they love (which they couldn’t afford to do themselves), while also teaching them the Gospel and encouraging them that God has a great plan for their life.

Sara says “Our football team played in final game with FMC team and we won, so this is the four time in four years that we win this cup.” The players were so excited that they danced around the cup for joy!

Sara gives the glory to God for this result and says that the most important thing is, “The Lord so good to us to win. More than that is we won the souls as well through sports. This year many boys in our team interest to come to the church. Please keep praying for our soccer boy to receive Jesus in their life.”

Sara also says that the team has been helping players grow spiritually because the team helps to bring together both Cambodian men who love Jesus, as well as those who want to learn more about Him. The team worships God together as well as bonding through their love of sport. This year has seen spiritual growth in a number of the young men, and some of them have made a commitment to follow Jesus for the first time through this ministry. What an amazing way to reach out and connect with the young men of Cambodia!

Thanks to generous donations from our supporters overseas, the ministry pays pitch hire fees and equipment costs, including uniforms, which  these young men simply could not afford. Our increase in players and expansion to a second team this year has seen our costs increase, so we are in need of more funding to continue this work. We trust our Lord for his provision, and we would appreciate the financial support of anyone who shares our passion for this ministry.

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Mar/11

10

Visitors from Tasmania

It was a great joy and privilege to welcome Louise Ellings and her team back to Cambodia recently. Louise is from Tasmania and has been a faithful friend to us for a long time. She always enjoys introducing us to many new friends and supporters and this trip was no exception. The team had a packed schedule, and as always were very generous and great fun to spend time with.

The team shared the gospel with many people, through teaching and playing games – and we praise God that many people came to know Jesus as their Saviour during this time! They were also able to show God’s love through providing medical treatment in ten villages, including taking people to hospital for many different health needs, and providing funding for operations and wheelchairs.

As a quick answer to our prayers they also provided desks, chairs and teaching supplies for Harvest of Hope education centre. The children were very excited, and wanted to use them straight away! These gifts are such a huge blessing from God, and they will be a big help as we educate the children in this new centre.

The team didn’t stop there – they did many more things like rebuilding houses, improving sewage systems, providing water tanks, water filters, hygiene packs, delousing treatment, baby formula, rice, clothes, dental care, more desks and a display cabinet. They even painted toilets and organised for new windows to be added at TLC! Many people in the team made commitments to provide ongoing support to the church and Serve Cambodia, and many are excited about returning in the future.

Louise also had “the most wonderful birthday at TLC, one I will cherish forever… then with friends on the Mekong later that evening, amazing food and 70 & 80′s birthday songs blaring out for 2 hours!”

As you can imagine, Louise says “the team came back absolutely exhausted!” but she says they were also “absolutely amazed at the wonderful experiences and joys they shared with so many Cambodians… everyone unanimously agreed that it was such a blessing to them to be able to bless others. So many lessons learned, so much love given and received.”

We are always encouraged to see how visits like this bring joy to those giving and to those receiving. Louise will be returning any day now with a team of Tasmanian high school kids, so please pray that she will be blessed with lots of energy and good health.

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