Archive for May 2011

We know that the official day has come and gone already, but we want to take this opportunity to wish all the mothers, children and families who support us a happy Mothers’ Day. We know that in many countries around the world, Mothers’ Day is a time mothers and grandmothers are honoured by their children and receive lots of gifts and acts of service so they know how special they are. We hope that this has been the case for many of you too.

Sadly, in Cambodia many families are living in poverty and this means mothers in Cambodia must fight hard to make a good life and opportunities for their children. A 2008 survey found that for many of the families in poverty, a common strategy to deal with rising prices or a reduced income is for mothers and older sisters to go without food, so that small children can eat. With food prices around the world rising, this is increasingly a reality for Cambodian families. A huge sacrifice is being made by many mothers to ensure their children can survive!

Here at Fellowship of Hope church, it was a very special and emotional Mothers’ Day. Children were “thankful to their mum on Mother’s Day” and showed their love and gratitude to these loving, strong women with a very special act, washing their mothers’ feet. They followed the example of Jesus, who washed the feet of His disciples to show His service and love for them. What a beautiful way for people who have nothing material to give but want to show the special place that their mother has in their heart.

Women gave testimonies about things that God had been doing in their lives and sang songs together. The mothers also received flowers and prayed together, and some of their children stood up in the church and said thankyou to their mothers and asked forgiveness for any bad things that had happened in the past. We praise God for the way that he is transforming whole families with his love.

We know that the children of Cambodia are its future. We believe the best way to help families is to provide the children with opportunities to be educated and to provide their mothers with a way to help support their family, such as the Happy Village Products sewing project. Thank you for your kindness and generosity in helping to make all of these projects possible. We pray that God would bless all of you and your families – especially all of the mothers out there.

May/11

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Harvest of Hope update

Over the last few months, we have seen lots of activity at the Harvest of Hope education centre, plus a few very obvious changes since February this year.

Harvest of Hope is a new education centre in an area where many children and adults have HIV. Thanks to very generous donations from supporters, plus help from Mission Direct, so many great things have been happening in and around this centre. The main building has now been extended, and the finishing touches are being put on the new rooms which will provide more space for classrooms, a kitchen, toilets, laundry facilities, medical supplies and more.

It is also wonderful to see the staff and children looking great in their new uniforms and enjoying some new books and other resources, such as tables and chairs, which have been provided by visiting teams. While school has just recently restarted for Australian children, classes are also full of activity here at Harvest of Hope. The atmosphere is joyful, as children who would otherwise have no opportunity to receive education are provided with a great foundation for the future. We are honoured to be part of God’s work in helping the next generation to have greater possibilities and opportunities.

The surrounding community is also getting involved with outreach activities, including a recent movie night run by Mission Direct. These are great opportunities to share Christ’s love with the community, and it is wonderful to see the relationships that the staff are beginning to form with the parents and neighbours. The centre has a mix of paid and volunteer staff at present, and they are doing a wonderful job. Our prayer is that God will provide more staff and student sponsorships so that we will be able to pay a salary to all of the staff in the near future.

Health care is also being provided, including a recent trip for the Harvest of Hope children to the dentist. Dental care is something that many families in Cambodia are not able to access, so this is something the parents are very happy their children are able to receive through the centre.  Also, the nutrition program is now well underway, with the children receiving a good balanced meal each day they are at the centre and with regular health checks to make sure they are a healthy weight for their age. It is a sad fact that around one third of all young children in Cambodia are malnourished. Many families also need help with health care due to the prevalence of HIV in this area, and meeting that need is a high priority at Harvest of Hope.

It is amazing to see the way God has provided so much and that so many lives have already been changed. Please pray that continued, stable funding will be found so that the centre can continue to operate. Many children still need sponsors so that they can continue in their studies and be provided with nutrition, healthcare and a bright future.

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

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