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August 17, 2015

Riches Found on a Construction Site!

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Please enjoy this update from our friends at Construction of Hope:

Man’ and ‘Nuen’ are 2 Cambodian teens who were brought to live with their parents on a construction site in Thailand. About a year ago, Man was one of a few children from the construction site who used to come to an English program we held at a local Thai church in the area on Saturdays. While we were taking Man back to the construction site after class one day, Man asked us if he could have some books. We asked him what kind of books, and he replied that any kind of book would do, because he just wanted to learn more. 

After discussing possibilities with the Thai church, the pastor offered to hold Thai language classes at 11227058_824420614308873_5119231878593012325_nthe church on Monday afternoons. Man and 3 other children started coming to the church to learn Thai, and, due to the students’ eagerness to learn, the Monday class went from being once a week to every day. The Thai class grew into an informal school consisting of Thai, English, Math, Art, and P.E. classes. 

The number of children attending this ‘school’ is currently between 20 and 25. The pastor of the church has chosen Man and Nuen to be a part of a special leadership program in which they are specifically trained to be servant leaders among their peers and in the community. 

Both Man and Nuen have professed faith in Christ and appear to be growing in the Lord! 

Nuen has not been in the school at the church as long as Man, but she received a MP3 player previously given out to workers in Thailand containing the Gospel. Around 6 months ago, Nuen came to live at the same construction site as Man and quickly became one of the leaders, helping with the activities in the church.

So many workers from the construction sites have come to know Christ, the church has moved back its normal Sunday evening service to a later time in order to accommodate the many workers wishing to come and worship, as they do not get off from work until late. 

Many families from Cambodia and Myanmar migrate to Thailand in search of work on construction sites. They live in impoverished dangerous environments, and we are working with the local church to help provide for the physical needs of these people, provide care and education for the children, and share the Gospel. Many Cambodian workers are coming to the Lord and are being discipled. 

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Cambodia Prayer Requests & Praises:

  • Praise: Good health of all children living at church in Phnom Penh
  • Prayer Requests: Continued provision for the ‘feeding the poor’ initiatives in Phnom Penh and Bangkok and for the Gospel to take root
  • Pray for discipleship of the children, particularly Man and Nuen in Bangkok and the children living in the church 

We invite you to share a word of encouragement to our staff at Lifesong Cambodia. To do so, comment below or on our Facebook wall and it will be forwarded to our staff. Thank you in advance for your kind words of support!

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