Update from Cambodia
Posted by Kandi on April 4th, 2020 | 13 comments
Greetings from a very hot Cambodia. It’s been around 90-100 degrees for a couple of weeks now. I try not to complain, as some believe the heat actually slows down the spread of CoVid-19. Still, the number of confirmed cases in Cambodia has increased to 114. Unlike many of you, we do not yet have a “stay at home” order, but most people are limiting outings anyway, as well as wearing masks in public.
Thank you for your prayers for the Antioch student whose brother was ill. He has now recovered, and her family seems to be doing well. Unfortunately, another student’s mother suddenly passed away this week. The cause was not entirely clear, although it sounds like she may have had a stroke. Please pray for him.
Thank you so much for your prayers for finishing up the Personal Spiritual Development class on Messenger. It went well, although one of the students had to turn off his video since his internet access was so poor. It made me wonder what he was doing, so I called on him a lot to answer questions. 😊 The last lesson was on the spiritual discipline of celebration – and we decided that when school was opened again, we would be sure to celebrate with joy and thanksgiving!
Although I doubt we will be able to start our next trimester as scheduled on April 21st, the teachers are making preparation to do so – including prepping our classes. I’ll be teaching two new classes – The Life of Paul, 3rd Missionary Journey and the Book of Psalms. Even though I have a lot more time on my hands, I’m lacking the motivation to get started on these classes. Can anyone relate? Pray for discipline in preparing these classes.
Pray also for Christ’s Love Mission Church (CLMC) which is worshiping on “Zoom” and also trying to continue their small group. Pray for them as they try to figure out how to connect not only with church members but also those around who are struggling. With tourism and the textile industry (two main industries in Cambodia) hard hit because of the pandemic, the economic hardships could be very great here. Pray for the Cambodian church to respond well to the needs around them.
The ministry in Cambodia and the work of The Alliance around the world is impacted by the economic realities that come with the Covid-19 crisis. Like many of you and your churches we are significantly reducing spending, including having all workers like me live on 10% less for the months ahead. I’m grateful to remain where God has called me, and for new opportunities to serve in this unique moment. Thank you for partnering with me, especially to those of you continuing to give online. Let me know how I can pray for you, too, in the challenges of your experience in these days.
To support me and the work in Cambodia, please visit https://cmalliance.org/give/. Under Gift Type, choose “give to The Alliance” or “to a worker you love.” Under the latter, find “[worker name]”, and then select the fund(s) of your choice. Then enter the amount you want to give and scroll down to continue with your information.
For those who know Caitlin Kerr, Eastern Pa International Worker in Cambodia, you can check out this link to an article and video about how God is using her and the media team she created just months before the pandemic. https://www.cmalliance.org/news/2020/04/01/caring-in-cambodia/