Once again we can be assured that children do listen to what we say, and so for all those times we think that they aren’t, well, maybe that is not correct. See below:
We were at church Saturday night for service as our granddaughter was singing with her class. At the beginning of service we have a brief time for greeting one another. I meandered across the aisle and made some connections. One young mom and her two children were there. The little guy next to the aisle made my day when he said “Hey, mom, this is the lady I told you about.” The mom looked puzzled for a moment till I said to him “What did you tell her?” “That you were from Cambodia and came to chapel and told us all about those things to make good water to drink for the kids there.” Amen, Thank you Jesus! He truly made my day ~
New Member class ~
On Sunday afternoon, October 19th, George teamed with Principal Dave Ingerswen of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palatine, Illinois to introduce the new members to Immanuel’s mission statement and reaching out with the gospel message. New members participating today all had children in the K-8 school this year. When we visit the classrooms to share missions with them, the parents will already know who we are.
A Life That Matters
On Saturday evenings, twice a month, we are meeting with a community small group to facilitate and discuss Ron Hutchcraft’s book, “A Life That Matters”. This is a book that talks about how we can have everything we want, but still yearn for more. It is a book about being sick and tired with the status quo, being filled, but not fulfilled. Some churches use this book as a preparation for short term missions because it talks about going beyond our own lives to do something valuable and memorable by serving others. Are you willing to partner with us in a life that matters?
Almost three weeks ago we had a unique opportunity to share time with students at Immanuel in Palatine in their weekly chapel. George tried to make a water filter out of a five gallon bucket and a clay pot.
A week after using this bucket and flower pot to talk about clean drinking water, we heard two young students state, “Are you coming to chapel again today? We hope so!”
It’s nice to receive such comments and know that you are making a difference in the lives of young men and women. Children are always honest, some times brutally so, but when they ask if you are coming back, you know that you were heard. Even better is when parents stop you and tell you that their child came home and excitedly explained clean water in a province in Cambodia where 78% of the province lacks good drinking water at one time of the year or another.
Early this morning came the following message from Pastor Vannarith and the local church in Cambodia. Pastor Vannarith has been in the US since September 9th to be a part of a group in the WI area and learn more about a pilot program to equip deaconesses in the community with solid teaching to reach children with special needs and the elderly at risk. We met up with Pastor Vannarith at the time of his arrival in Milwaukee on September 9th. He returned home to Cambodia over the weekend.
“Good Morning George and Shary. Thank you for the great time to see you in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.”
“As ELCC (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cambodia) longs to have you come over to be a part of our missions in Cambodia.”
“You two are the great resource for us and may the Lord lead you both to be part of his missions work in Cambodia. I pray the Lord will provide all your need to be in Cambodia work with us.”
“Blessings to you both in love from me and the Lord.”
One of our global partners, Trinity Lutheran Church, of Memphis, TN sent a team to work with us in Cambodia in the fall of 2012. Pastor Samuel and the village of Snor were chosen for them to work with. From that has come our combined partnership with the Church in Snor (pronounced “Schnow”), just outside of Siem Reap.
Pastor Chut Samuel was charged by the Church to develop a mission in this rural village of around 800 in early 2011, and has gathered the community around the local school building and water filtration barrels in order to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of this village.
Trinity Lutheran Church continues to partner with the village of Snor thru Global Lutheran Outreach and our presence and partnership with this community in Snor.
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