Archive for February 2012

Feb/12

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600 people in the first 6 months!

God is doing some amazing things here in Cambodia and we would like to share with you about a new Fellowship of Hope church that is growing rapidly! The church began with a lady called Navi. She travelled to Phnom Penh last year because she was joining in with some pastors training led by Pastor Vuth, Pastor Vuthy and Pastor Sara. And while she was in the city, she also went to the hospital for some health checks – she had been very sick and needed some tests to be done.

The doctor called Navi in to discuss the test results, and told her that her body was full of cancer – it was terminal, and the doctor said she would only live another 3 months. He told her not to waste her money on treatment, because she would definitely die in the next 3 months, and nothing could be done to help her. He advised her to just spend time with her family before she died. But Navi just smiled at the doctor and said, “My God will take care of me!”

Navi then went to Sara, Vuth and Vuthy, and told them about the diagnosis. She said that before she died, she wanted to serve God by planting a church in her home town. The 3 senior pastors agreed with her plan, and they laid hands on her and prayed for her. Then they finished the training course and sent her home to start her mission.

When Navi started her mission in her home town, the whole town knew about her diagnosis because her family had told them about it. They knew that the doctor had said she would definitely die in the next 3 months, and all of the people felt so sorry for her. Navi walked from house to house in the village, telling the people about God’s love and care for them, and about how they can find salvation. Some people were interested, but most people only listened to her because they wanted her to feel happy before she died and didn’t want to disappoint her. Navi also invited many of the children to come to her house to learn Christian songs and Bible verses. Navi did this work all day, every day, and after 1 month the church had 100 new believers!

3 months came and went very quickly, and all of the people in the village were so surprised that Navi was still alive. She was still witnessing to people all day, every day, and she still looked healthy. When would she die? All of the people in the village came to her and asked her, “Why are you still alive and still working every day???” to which Navi once again replied, “My God will take care of me. He knows my time to leave the earth.” From that point in time, Navi started to lay hands on sick people in the village and the people were healed. There were many miracles of healing, and also casting out demons from people that nobody else had been able to help for many years. EVERYONE was talking about Navi’s story by that time, and the new church exploded in size. At the 6 month mark there were 600 people in the church, all new Christians!

Around the time that the first 3 months had passed, Navi went back to Phnom Penh to the hospital, to see the same doctor who diagnosed her with terminal cancer. She wanted another checkup and a new round of tests. When she met with the doctor to look at her test results, the doctor said to her, “I’m very sad to see you here, because 3 months ago I met your sister. I was so sad to tell her that she had too much cancer and would die very soon.” But Navi replied, “I don’t have a sister! It’s me!” But the doctor was shocked, and asked her how she could be the same person, because he had looked at her new test results and she didn’t have any cancer at all! It was all gone. Navi replied to the doctor, “Praise my God who takes care of me! His name is Jesus.” The doctor asked Navi many questions about this Jesus who had healed her, and it wasn’t long before he gave his life to Christ.

At Christmas time in Navi’s church, they had a big celebration service with around 1,000 people attending from the local area. Guests included the local commune chief (local government / village chief) who also gave his life to Christ and is now very supportive of the church. Sara met with this commune chief and some other government officials during the Christmas period, and they told him that they 100% support this new church.

All of the people in this new church are very young Christians, but their faith is already amazingly strong, passionate and mature. The Holy Spirit is moving so powerfully through that congregation that God has even performed powerful miracles through the prayers of some of the young children. In fact, most of the worship team is made up of young children who cry as they worship God.

At the beginning of this year the church had reached about 700 members and is continuing to grow and flourish. Such an incredible story of a God who heals and saves His people! And we have been so blessed that a number of supporters overseas have recently donated money so that we can buy a large amount of new Bibles, Bible commentaries and other teaching and childrens ministry resources to help minister to this congregation and all of the others that we work with across Cambodia. Praise God!

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Feb/12

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2012 Fundraising Appeal

Well can you believe that a whole month of 2012 has flown by already??!! It’s been an exciting month in Cambodia, especially for Pastor Sara & Sochea who celebrated the birth of their second baby daughter, Karis, earlier this month!

 

As we step into the new year it’s been time to plan for the future, and this has seen us create quite a large list of financial needs for the projects we are undertaking. This can be quite a scary task if we look at it through our own eyes, but we know that through God’s eyes nothing is impossible, so would you please pray with us for provision in the following areas this year?

 

1. As our work continues to grow so does our need for staff to fulfill all the tasks that need to be completed, so we are hoping to find sponsorship for an Administration / Accounts worker to assist Sochea (especially now that she has a new baby to take care of), 1 new teacher at Harvest of Hope, 3 cooks and 2 cleaners across our 3 education centres. These staff can be sponsored for AUD$150 per month per staff member.

2. We still need to find sponsors for 6 children at Tarsha’s Legacy Centre and 24 at Harvest of Hope. These sponsorships cost AUD$40 per month.

3. Donations are needed to pay for Serve Cambodia’s annual staff training retreat mid-year. This costs AUD$4,300.

4. An LCD projector and screen are needed to assist with training, meetings and presentations. This will cost AUD$1,200 to buy in Cambodia.

5. Donations are needed to help cover Serve Cambodia’s unfunded operational expenses for 2012, without which our community development projects simply can’t run. These costs include outreach at the Light of Hope education centre, transportation costs, staff health insurance, internet connections, public liability and building insurance, uniforms, community work in Happy Village and Prey Sor, family seminars etc. The total cost of these is about AUD$19,000.

6. Although the building project at Prey Sor (near Harvest of Hope) and Happy Village is already underway, to build homes for the families from Kian Klieng, we still need more donations to ensure this construction work can be completed. Each home/unit will cost AUD$5,000.

7. Once these homes are complete we will need to transport these families and their belongings to their new community. It will cost us AUD$1,300 to hire trucks for this.

8. In order to improve security for the families at Happy Village and Prey Sor we would like to provide better outdoor lighting at these communities. This will cost AUD$300.

 

As you can see this is quite a long list! Can you please pray with us that the finances arrive to meet these needs? If you are able to help in any way we would love for you to contact us at enquiries@fellowshipofhope.net, or simply make a donation by following the instructions on our website here http://www.fellowshipofhope.net/getting-involved/donations/. Donations towards all of these needs are tax deductible to Australian residents by using the code WR084 when you make your payment through ACCIR.

 

A large part of our focus this year is on building our sustainability projects (like the sewing project at Happy Village), so that in future our work will be able to fund itself in Cambodia without relying so heavily on donations from overseas. We would love for you to pray with us that God will give us wisdom in this area, to improve our current projects and provide new ideas for further projects we can develop to assist with this.

 

We look forward to seeing how this year progresses, and will keep you updated with regular blog posts so you can watch with excitement with us as we see God provide for these needs. Thanks again so much for your continued faithful support of this life changing work. We really appreciate your prayers, encouragement and financial contribution. God bless!

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Contact

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

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