|Church Planter posting signs and educating on COVID,|
She wanted to show a smile, so lowered her mask :)
I was inspired early on by seeing church planters who are part of our two year school of church planting. When we called to check on them to see how they were doing they told us about their work going village to village, house to house posting Ministry of Health posters and educating people about COVID. They were using social distancing guidelines, but knew people wouldn't receive good information to protect themselves unless someone went and told them. I was shocked by their care and love for others and their selflessness to minister in a time of fear and confusion. They said they would like to distribute hand soap and masks to the poor, but the need was so great. They were already giving out of their own personal resources.
|Church member preparing soap for distribution|
Our team at the Church Planting Center were moved. They searched the market and found bulk soap and materials to make masks and asked if we could spare $100 to help these church planters. That was an easy decision. We packed up the supplies and sent them to the church planters. They made up 120 bottles of hand soap and handmade 450 masks for distribution. Other Khmer believers in Phnom Penh heard what we were doing and helped us send a second round of supplies.
About this same time I was hearing about and seeing the economic effects the virus was beginning to have on Cambodia. We only had 122 confirmed cases of the virus and there had been no signs of further spreading since the borders had been closed. However, because of the global lockdowns, hundreds of thousands of people who lived on $100 - $190 per month had lost their jobs in the tourism, garment factory and migrant farm work. People with no safety net or savings were without income.
|Church member cutting and sewing masks in her home|
Again, as we talked to our partner churches they told us how they were giving out of their own resource to provide rice and food supplements to those who lost their jobs. I was again challenged in my own faith. What could we do to help with so many in need?
I was quickly reminded of Jesus multiplying the young boys gift of loaves and fishes to feed 5,000. I was seeing God move through the local churches here and multiplying what they were giving through other believers around the world. Thanks to the love and obedience of local believers and believers around the world we have been able to provide food assistance packs to 350 families for the month of May! We've been blessed to see the unity of the Body of Christ here in Cambodia as we've been able to work with multiple denominations working together to meet the need.
|Bibles going out to churches|
|Living In Christ - The first in a series of online discipleship lessons |
in the Khmer language