Archive for February 2011

Recently we were very happy to welcome a team from Duncraig Christian Fellowship (DCF), led by a long time supporter and much valued friend David Smith from Perth Bible College.

During DCF’s stay a soccer competition was organised. This competition involved 4 teams: DCF, TLC, Fellowship of Hope team, and a team from Harvest of Hope. As one DCF team member put it “the build-up to this competition had been steady during the week and excitement amongst the staff and children from TLC was almost tangible.”

The DCF team acquitted itself well in the early stages by beating the other three teams in the round-robin. But TLC had the final victory in the grand final much to everyone’s happiness and excitement.

5 minutes worth of footage was aired on the local TV news that night, as Sara (through a contact at the network) had invited the news camera crew to cover the competition.

A DCF team member stated “The sheer joy that this victory brought to the kids from the village was a pleasure to watch, as were their post match celebrations.”

Another occasion which brought smiles to everyone’s faces was a trip to the water park. A lot of fun was had by all as the DCF team and the kids from TLC and HOH enjoyed splashing and running around together. This was a great opportunity to grow friendships and enjoy each other’s company. It is a simple treat that these people could never afford to pay for themselves, and a welcome break from the hardships that most of the families experience on a daily basis.

But the visit was about much more than sport. A lot of time was set aside for some very talented puppetry and children’s talks, preaching and heartfelt sharing of some team members’ personal testimonies. It is so amazing that though God’s people may live in many different places around the world, we find that we have so much in common when we share stories of His love and work in our lives! And because Fellowship of Hope church is made up mostly of very ‘young’ Christians, we can learn so much from fellow believers who have received a lifetime of Bible teaching in their churches and families.

New bonds have been formed both on a personal level and between churches, and many of the DCF team members have decided to make a generous ongoing contribution through sponsorships. We were sad to see them go and hope that these encouraging relationships will continue for many years to come. Praise God!

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Mission Direct are back!

The area around Harvest of Hope has turned in to a building site again, and we will be seeing some huge improvements to the facilities in the next few months. Once again we are joined by our friends from Mission Direct in the UK, and since they arrived they have been hard at work adding to the centre. We always thank God for their hard work and tireless fundraising, as they have done so much to help us over the past few years.

Mission Direct enables teams of volunteers from the UK to show God’s love in practical ways by participating in local projects that benefit communities in some of the world’s poorest countries in order to help them escape physical and spiritual poverty (including in Cambodia!). Here are Sara, Sochea and Song with some of the Mission Direct team.

Mission Direct has been working in Cambodia since 2008 and were initially involved in a number of building projects with the New Happy Village in Koh Krobey. Following on from this, 2009 saw Mission Direct get involved in building work at Tarsha’s Legacy Centre. Volunteers helped to build a boundary fence, toilets, laundry room, kitchen and covered outdoor area, all of which are now in use and being enjoyed by the children and staff. If you would like to see more of the amazing work that Mission Direct has done in the past, please click here and also see their website

This year, Mission Direct has begun work at Harvest of Hope HIV and education centre. Their generous contribution will involve the construction of toilets, a kitchen, another classroom and an outdoor undercover area. Work will be completed in three stages over the next few months in partnership with Song’s team of workers, and as you can see the hard work has already started. Foundations for the new classroom are being completed, and before you know it we will have twice as much space for teaching the children. 

Stuart Sharkey from the Mission Direct team writes: “In the midst of bricks and ballast and the digging of trenches for the foundations the workers downed tools. We gathered together in a circle and holding hands gave thanks to God for all that we hope and pray that Harvest of Hope will become to this impoverished community and it’s children. It was a very special moment as prayers were offered in Khmer and English. Stuart read from Psalm 46 which begins ‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble…..’” ( )

What a great way to combine together the physical and spiritual elements of ministry and show God’s love!

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