TAG | Preak Pra

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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We are very thankful to God that over the past 2 weeks we have been blessed with visitors from Perth Bible College. Over the years, PBC has sent many teams to help us. This latest team has sadly now returned home, but while they were here they helped us in many different ways.

Keith & Arlene, Isla, Adam & Clair (with their children Josiah, Lukis, Darcee and Mabel), Samuel, Diana, David and Charmaine all got involved in activites at TLC. They helped with taking height and weight measurements for our nutrition plan, leading Kindy classes, teaching English classes, performing dramas and running special activities for the kids.

They also went on a trip around the local area to visit the homes of TLC students. While some of the children attending TLC live in Happy Village, many come from local Bhuddist families living in the Koh Krobey area. Building relationships with these families is vital in our mission to impact the community with the love and good news of Jesus.

Our friends from PBC also paid a visit to the new slum community at Preak Pra, where they met the families, shared the gospel, and sang songs with the kids. Before they left, they also demonstrated God’s love by washing every child’s hair with special head lice shampoo.

They also went on a special excursion with the TLC children and their parents to a local wildlife resort. There were many different animals to see, and this was a rare treat for families who could never afford such a trip on their own. Meng (one of our young assistant pastors) even made a new friend while they were there.

Most exciting of all, the PBC team helped us to lead a huge outreach church service for the local Koh Krobey community. Some of the teenagers from Happy Village led the worship time, and Adam, David and Pastor Vuth shared the gospel. Many families and friends of TLC students attended this service (nearly 100 people), and a number of those gave their lives to Christ during and after the service. Praise God for the powerful work he is doing in our community – using local workers and overseas visitors alike!

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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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