August 2013 Update
Carrigrohane Union is Connected to Cambodia Hope Organisation Through Tearfund
CHO Connected Church General Update – August 2013
Exemplifying the church in action, a church grew up where there was none around CHO’s community serving activity in and near Poipet, Northern Cambodia. Thus in addition to the practical work of providing training and resources to the communities to avoid human trafficking, it finds it must also equip many to share the good news of Christ.
Sharing the gospel
- Sharing the gospel with 28 agriculture families in Chankiri Village. By listening to God’s word, they received encouragement and hope in life, and were spiritually fed
- Sharing the gospel to students in the sewing and motorbike repair classes in Santeppeap and Banteay Timuy Village, each month
- Encouragement and prayer at a children’s camp for 64 children, which taught them the story of Adam and Eve and the fall as told in Genesis 3
- A one day children’s camp in O’ Rusey Ler Village, attended by 119 children including 97 girls. CHO staff taught the children the story of the Good Samaritan found in Luke 10:29-37
- Beginning a Bible class in O’ Rusey Ler Village, attended by 16 people.
“I was very grateful to take part in the children’s day camp run by CHO. I made a lot of new friends and the teacher taught me about personal hygiene such as washing hands before meals and after using the toilet. More importantly, I had a chance to learn God’s word from the Bible that showed me, who are my neighbours? The teacher told me the parable of the Good Samaritan found in Luke 10:29-37. The meaning of this parable was to encourage us to love one another and to live Christ-like lives.”
Pray for the Church Assistance programme as they bring the gospel to communities and families such as Kheoun’s who have never heard about Jesus. Pray that people will hear the Word of God and be encouraged, renewed, and transformed.
Seeking work across the border
CHO’s agriculture project promotes home vegetable gardening by training, school and community demonstrations and other follow up support activities. The activities aim to improve nutrition, reduce migration to Thailand in search of work, and help families to increase income, especially so that their children can go to school.
In the past 3 months, we contributed seeds and agriculture materials to 70 families in 5 villages, and monthly visits to provide encouragement and support. Mid-way through the project, 56 families were raising crops solely for the family and 14 families had surplus to sell at market.
Meet Mrs Tuy Socheat
Mrs Tuy Socheat is 43 years old. She is a widow and lives with her 4 children in O’ Rusey Ler Village, Banteay Meanchey Province. Due to her poor situation, she goes to work in Thailand and come back in the evening in order to earn income to support the family’s needs including school materials for her children.
She says, “It is very hard for me to find work in my local area because my knowledge is very low and I don’t have enough skills. Every day I go to Thailand to work in the rice fields and come back in the evening for some income to support my family’s primary needs, especially school materials for my children.
CHO have trained me in agriculture skills in order to grow a home garden for my family, and provided me with seeds and equipment. Now, I am able to plant vegetables for the family and have surplus to sell in the local market. I hope that in the future, I will have enough income to improve my living standard.”
Pray for Mrs Tuy Socheat and other families who find themselves having to cross the border to Thailand in search of work. Thank God for the training and skills that she has received from CHO, and pray that her home garden will flourish, to improve the lives of her and her children and to enable her children to go to school.
June 2013 Update
‘The number one problem that leads to trafficking is poverty. We want to increase our income-generating programmes by offering more skills training and micro-enterprise loans to create more jobs.’ Chomno In, CHO’s Director
CHO continues to work to improve the livelihoods of rural communities in Cambodia offering skills training for improved farming techniques, motorbike maintenance, carving and sewing, as well as infrastructure improvements, such as wells and toilets.
Home Gardens and Discipleship
CHO’s agriculture project was set up in order to encourage Cambodians to support local farmers. Many people buy produce from Thailand as it is cheaper: however Cambodia has a lot of land that is not being utilized effectively. As part of its work to improve the livelihoods of rural communities, CHO promotes home vegetable gardening by training, community and school demonstrations and other follow up support activities.
Over the past three months, the agriculture project has been conducting training in 5 villages, helping communities to develop and become sustainable, and helping families to generate adequate income, especially for their children’s education. Here is the story of one family who have benefitted from the project:
I used to live in Takeo Province with my family where we had very small area of land for farming and I decided to borrow some money from the bank to buy seeds. Due to lack of technical skills and not enough water supplies, the farming was not fruitful enough so we did not have enough money to pay back the loan. We decided to sell our land for repayment to the bank.
After that, my family and I crossed the border to work in Thailand for a year without any legal documents. For the first few months, we got enough pay from our boss but later on he paid us nothing. We decided to come back to work at the border where we were shown mercy from our neighbours. They lent us some of their land to shelter in.
CHO trained me in how to cultivate a home garden, including how to make compost and other technical skills, and provided some seeds and equipment. When I received these supplies, I prepared land to plant. As you can see in the picture, I got incredible green mustard for my family, with surplus to sell in the market which provided us with income for food and school materials for the children.
I am very happy and thankful to CHO and donors for creating this incredible programme to provide agricultural training to disadvantaged families, which changes their lives.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
Thank God for the practical but life-changing training that Somrith Reth has received and put into practice. Pray for continued success of their farming for him and his family and for the future of his children who are now able to go to school.
Church Planting and Assistance
CHO aims to share the gospel through all of its programmes, though also specifically aims to grow the local church. In the next six years, CHO aims to have sixty churches along the long border with Thailand, equipping these churches through the training of church leaders.
The past three months have been very eventful here in Banteay Meanchey Province! Activities have included visits and prayer with the targeted groups and sharing the gospel with 268 community members. We also conducted workshop training to 51 church leaders on how to disciple and respond to issues in the communities.
Please pray for:
•Cambodians to receive God’s message and take God as their Saviour
•Time to conduct more training sessions to our targeted groups
•Those that attend our future seminars, that God will bless them in a special way
•The Church Assistance team ministers and all the staff at CHO. Pray that they will hear the Word of God and be encouraged, renewed, and transformed.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. May Jesus be the bedrock upon which our ministry is built.
With love in Christ,