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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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Back in May we first introduced you to the new slum community we have been working with in Preak Pra. We have been demonstrating the love of Christ to the people of this slum through practical help like distributing water filters, bringing medicine, washing the children’s hair with lice shampoo, and building a new toilet for the community (with some help from the local kids) when the old one ‘broke.’

We have also been sharing the good news of Jesus with these people, and have seen nearly the whole population of the slum give their lives to the Lord in a very short space of time.

A few months down the road, and we are running regular cell group meetings in the slum. This is such a valuable ministry opportunity as we seek to disciple our new brothers and sisters in Christ. Pastor Sara and Pastor Vuth provide teaching at the cell group meetings, and the people are so hungry to learn and discuss what it means to follow Jesus.

We would ask that you please keep our brothers and sisters from Preak Pra in your prayers. As young believers living in desperate poverty, they are still learning how to trust God for his provision and guidance. When a crisis strikes one of the families, it can be a strong temptation for them to turn back in fear to their old religious and superstitious beliefs.  We want to see their faith in the true God strengthened, so that they can rely on him no matter what challenges life throws in their path.

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Reaching out to the slums

TLC hasn’t been the only construction site in recent weeks. Fellowship of Hope and our supporters have been reaching out to a new slum this year, which at this stage is being referred to as “New Slum Community.” I know this name doesn’t seem to have taken much imagination to put together, but the outreach to this community has involved  much dedication from many people.

It all started with the building of relationships, after Sara was invited by a Christian lady living in the slum to come and visit. She wanted to see if he could do anything to help the community there, including running bible studies.

Then in January 2010, long time supporter Louise and her team from Tasmania delivered the life-changing gift of free water filters for each family in the New Slum Community. Poor water quality was often making these children and their parents sick, so the filters will greatly improve their standard of living.

Speaking of water and life-changing gifts…. during a visit to Cambodia by key supporter Bunhuor Lim a couple of months ago, practically all of the adults in the New Slum Community gave their lives to Christ! Praise God for this exciting news!

I promised you a story about a construction site, and here it is. This month Song, Sara, Reay and their team took time out from building at TLC to build a new toilet for the New Slum Community.

Even the local children wanted to help out.

Here is a message to everyone from Sara:

“Dear Friends, …we build the toilets for the poor people in the slum. They nearly 100 people living in that slum but only have one toilet and few day ago that toilet broke people not able to use that toilet anymore. Now I step by faith to build this toilet for them please pray for those people who need some help from you. Many blessing for you all. Best regard, Sara”

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

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