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Red Zones

Posted by Kandi on April 30th, 2021 | 6 comments

As the CoVid outbreak continues in Cambodia, the government has implemented different measures to control the spread of the disease. One of these is to categorize certain areas in the cities as red, orange or yellow zones with differing levels of restrictions. People that live in red zones are required to remain in their homes except for emergencies and limited exceptions (such as essential workers). Many are already struggling and don’t have adequate food or even money to buy food since they haven’t been able to work.

The National Church and International Workers recently received permission to distribute 160 food packages to those in need in the neighborhood of the National Church Office, Mission Office and Antioch School (they are all located on the same property). The National Church president, Roum Camraen, made sure that each package had Gospel tracts included – as he came to faith himself through a tract he received in a food package thirty years ago.

More food distribution is needed. A Reuter’s news article on April 3oth said, “Amnesty International on Friday called Cambodia’s lockdown an emerging humanitarian and human rights crisis, with nearly 294,000 people in Phnom Penh at risk of going hungry.” (You can find the article at: Cambodians complain of lockdown hunger as outbreak takes toll on poor | Reuters )

The National Church and International Workers in Cambodia are planning more food distributions. If you’d like to contribute financially to this need, go to  https://secure.camaservices.org/camagive/ and click on “Give to Disaster Relief.” 

Pray for those who are on lockdown in Phnom Penh and other cities around the country. Pray that the fragrance of God’s love will go forth with the food packages distributed by Cambodian believers to those who are suffering.  And of course, pray that the CoVid patients would get the care they need and cases would decrease.

6 Responses to Red Zones

  1. Cecelia says:

    Kandi, This must be hard on you. Praying for them and you.

    • Kandi says:

      Thank you for your prayers Ceal. I do often think of (and pray for) people I know in Phnom Penh and wonder how they are getting along. I’m so glad the church and IWs are doing what they can for those in need.

  2. Su Roller says:

    Praying for the government to see their restrictions are doing way more harm than good. 🙁
    Praying Jesus is magnified through the food distribution and that He multiplies it like the fish and loaves!

    • Kandi says:

      Thank you for your prayers! The government is set to reevaluate the restrictions on May 8th – planning to lift travel bans and allow some businesses to open. It sounds like color coded zones will continue – depending on where in the city cases arise.

  3. Linda Jane Jane Michael says:

    Thank you for your letters so we know how to pray for you we take the first Sunday to read your lettersin Sunday School and pray for our missionsary and there letters can’t wait on till the 16 next Sunday you will be at our church .

    • Kandi says:

      I’m looking forward to visiting this weekend also! It’s always so much better to give updates and to thank you in person! Thank you!

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