Saturday Sep 23

YVONNE’S ASIA TRIP

May I inspire you, motivate you, and encourage you to open your eyes to all of the ways you can be involved in cross-cultural ministry? Here is a brief summary of an exciting trip we took this Spring:

We spent time encouraging our national friends and a couple working in a boys’ home. And how great to get the kids out to a park and fly kites with them.

In another city, a young American man met a young national woman while he was attending college language classes, as well as helping in a Bible School. (They just happen to be our grandson & his wife.) They married and had been having studies in their apartment in the two different cities in which they have lived. Now they are settled in a city where they are actively involved with children. It is a very alive, thriving work. She does the actual teaching; he helps with all of the plans and props, as well as doing computer work for other businesses. 

However, this is what I am especially excited about! They have a great vision to open a youth center! A place for students to “hang out” in a good environment and learn about the Lord! What a privilege for our team to encourage them.

Another family we visited has successfully run a coffee shop for several years, serving great food and fellowship. Out of this, many locals have become believers, plus several have been discipled and have become leaders. This family is also reaching out to another people group through setting up a cheese factory—excellent cheese! And they are making an inroad to share things of even greater significance!

By the way, a woman who went on a previous trip with me was inspired to come home and learn how to make cheese. She returned for a short time last year and taught the couple how to make the different kinds. She also designed the floor plan of the building and helped supervise its construction. You never can tell what going on a short trip might yield! She will be back again! Of course, this factory is very close to the university—a place to develop relationships. And to introduce them to a Friend.

My first time in Cambodia! WOW! Water of Life! What a thriving ministry.It is truly an amazing "God thing"! There is a boys’ home, which is a full-on discipling ministry. The boys (young men) go out into bush villages and plant churches.They are  attending high school or college, are being discipled themselves and are discipling new converts out in the villages! And many have graduated from university. Two have been appointed as judges. There is also a home for girls who have been rescued from trafficking. And an orphanage for little ones. To learn more about this ministry, go to FaceBook. Or Google Randy Fleming, the man who God used to start it all.

We learned a lot about the history of what came close to completely destroying Cambodia. They are in the process of rebuilding the country, not so much physical rebuilding, but rebuilding their identity as a people. There are plenty of things to do to help out there. Our son, Greg and his wife, Marci have been taking a team there for six months each year for the past four years through a discipling program called YOUTH CALL. You can also “FaceBook” that ministry. An excellent “gap year” for youth.

The main religion in Cambodia is Buddhism, but the people seem empty, open & searching. What did we do there? Read that, “What could I do there?” We helped in English classes, worship services, discipling the young women in the girls' home, outreach in two villages in the bush, painting some art work in the orphanage. 

But let me focus on the orphanage: Katherine is a 29-year old “MOM” to 30 kids, from babies to adult girls! The boys go over to the Boys Home when they turn 14. Katherine came to Cambodia when she was 19—and stayed! She only has one full time helper. Love kids? Many ways you can help!

What else could fit into less than a week? We visited the ladies who used to live in the dump & scrounge in the garbage to survive! A long-term worker found a way to help them support themselves. He taught them how to crochet little animals and sell them. Now many of the ladies are Christians and live in very basic, simple shacks, but no longer have to eat garbage or live in the dump. We brought some home to "sell" for a suggested donation. Let me know if you are interested in getting any! They are really cute and they make nice gifts.

UNTIL THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS!

Yvonne