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Link to Missionaries we Support
Missionaries of the Month
Each month we have a special focus on one of the missionary families we support. We do this so you can get to know them better and know how to pray. This month we are highlighting the missionary effort being done in the Middle East. For safety reasons, we do not post their names or pictures, but God knows who you are praying for.
News from International Child Care Ministries
Threatening Realities in Cambodia
ICCM Director Linda Adams
I’m back home in the US, but I can’t get their faces out of my mind. The children at ICCM’s three houses in Cambodia are charming, spunky, smart boys and girls…but their prospects in life are daunting. Last week I met with leaders at the House of Love. We worked on a SWOT analysis: sharing the program’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. Strengths were encouraging: good sponsorship system, united staff, good partnership with the local church, Bible classes led by a young male graduate of the program, soccer and volleyball teams, after school tutoring, plenty of food, regular visits by a Hong Kong medical team, etc. Then weaknesses were faced. Opportunities were explored. But the threats-the threats took my breath away!
Some threats are tiny-for instance, lice. Medical teams teach hygiene, but the lice always return. Almost all the kids have lice.
Some threats are cultural; parents want kids to drop out of school and go to work in a factory. Kids can’t foresee how staying in school could help their long-term prospects.
Some threats loom large in the whole region, for instance, child trafficking. How close is that threat? Within a mile of the house lives a woman who is a known trafficker. People sell their daughters to this woman, who sells them into lives of prostitution in Phnom Penh. In the year 2000, after a flood destroyed crops, two House of Love girls were sold by desperate parents. One girl was 13. One was 8. How will we face this threat and prevent such tragedies from EVER being repeated?
Some situations are life-threatening. A few of the children are HIV positive; some of their parents have died of AIDS. Some children are receiving medical care, others are being regularly tested because of their family situations. Some live with grandparents who can’t really manage them. How can we help?
Our staff members soberly discussed these adult-sized threats to the children’s well-being. We prayed together. Our vision is “empowered children living the abundant life in Christ.” How will we see that dream fulfilled among these precious lives?
Pray for our ministries in Cambodia and 30 other countries. Children’s lives are filled with grown-up challenges. Pray that our caregivers and leaders around the world rise up to protect and equip kids for safe and healthy childhoods, improved futures and a perfect eternity! That’s why we’re in it!