Posted by Kandi on February 20th, 2019 | 3 comments
Antioch school life continues to march forward and we are now half way through the trimester. This past month has been particularly busy with class and many visitors from outside the country. I got another bout of dengue fever at the end of January, but thankfully, it wasn’t as severe as last time (in Poipet) and I am fully recovered. One of the highlights of the last month for me was to see one of the missionary kids from Poipet get married. The family she married into also works in Cambodia (with Samaritan’s Purse), so the wedding was here. It was so much fun! A reunion and a celebration all rolled into one!
Thank you for your continued prayers for the Antioch Bible Institue and its related ministries. Relationships among the girls are still not so good, so please continue to pray. Student relationships are now complicated by a budding romance, too (an inevitable thing when you get a bunch of young adults together).
I am happy to report that Johan, the boy who was beaten by his uncle, has returned home and seems to be doing well. His uncle was arrested and is no longer in the picture. Thank you for your prayers for this vulnerable child. Unfortunately, there are many other vulnerable children in the railroad track community and around the city. Pray for us (International Workers and nationals) to know how best to help and protect these little ones.
Despite all the sad and terrible situations we see in the railroad track community, God is still quietly working. One of the children that we interact with several times a week shows a particular interest in the things of God. This twelve-year-old has asked us to call her “May-da” which means mercy. She said she wanted a Christian name and that’s the name she chose.
May-Da comes from a family of five girls with a single mother trying to support them all, as her father is in prison for drugs. As a result, May-Da doesn’t have the opportunity to go to public school because her mother needs her to watch her youngest sister (1 ½ years old) while she and her older sister work. Her other two younger sisters are able to attend a Don Bosco school with some scholarship assistance.
“I really believe in Jesus, teacher,” she said to me one day. “My mother and big sister think I’m crazy, but I pray every night.”
May-da has really connected with the Antioch Bible school student, Hanna, who is working at the railroad track community this year. She really looks up to Hanna and shares a lot of things with her. Hanna has been using literacy material with her that incorporates God’s Word and they always pray together when they finish. What greater joy can a teacher have than to see her student discipling others!
Thank you for your prayers which are not only impacting the railroad track community but are also building up future leaders of the church in Cambodia. And thank you so much for your gifts to the Great Commission Fund (my support) which makes it all possible!