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I believe in Jesus

A testimony from Vichea

Dear Love-A-Village Supporters, 

My name is Vichea Un. On 4 June 2020, I declared to the world, “I believe in Jesus.” I grew up in a family who believes in Buddhism. Life in Cambodia, and in the village, is not easy. When I was a young adult, I had the opportunity to go to Siem Reap town to study and work. I grabbed it and left my village.

I found out that life in town was not easy too! I could not find a job and didn’t have enough money, so I had to stop studying. During this time, I was introduced to Jesus through my friend. At that time, I thought that Jesus was a god, so I prayed to him to bless me as I was going through difficult times.

However, I did not fully believe in Jesus. It took me a long time to learn and fully believe that Jesus is the Son of God and to have the courage to declare, “I believe in Jesus.”

On 4 June 2020, I did it! In front of my villagers, I did it! God gave me the power and courage to share my faith. I could not have done it on my own. 

In my journey to becoming a Christian, I have come to realize – when something bad happens, there is a reason. God is there with me throughout. God loves me and he wants good things for me. I am encouraged by Jesus when I face difficulties.

I know there is much for me to learn about Jesus. I have started to read the Bible daily, learning from a Bible teacher more about Jesus and sharing my faith with my family. Please pray for my family to believe in Jesus and for God to continue to provide for my family. 

(In Vichea’s words, with just a little editing to be more grammatically correct.)

Vichea (right most) with his new family in Christ and Love-A-Village’s partners in Cambodia (Sriesros, Masel and Om Puerth – from left to right)
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Greater Needs Fund touched lives from afar

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A Gift of Light

During our trip in March 2020, we blessed Pastor Villa who lives in Skun village, about 1 hour’s drive away from Siem Reap City. Although he has a solar panel on his roof, he had no electricity in his house as the battery that the solar panel was connected to was not working. So, we bought him a new battery, a solar charge controller, switches and plugs.

Pastor Villa’s solar panel on the roof of the church
Battery, solar charge controller, switches

After a day…

Ta-dah! He has fixed everything up!

Now, his family doesn’t need to live in darkness, and they can have light in the night. 😊

The Love-A-Village supporter who donated the new battery commented that “a small gift makes a huge difference”! We never know the huge impact our small actions make. We hope this encourages you to continue to give – in time, in kind, in cash.

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7 Days in Siem Reap (3-9 March 2020)

Day 1: Visit to Bible Society Cambodia

We met Mr Sony from Bible Society Cambodia to find out more about their Khmer Literacy programme. We want to explore the possibility of using this programme to share the gospel. 

Day 2: Visit to Lovea Primary School and Peam Primary School

The kindergarten children in Lovea Primary School are getting ready for dismissal. They line up in twos and recite what they have learnt in school, and they do so in a sing-song manner.
A group of Grade 4 students at Peam Primary School crowded around Sreisros, their English teacher. This shows how much she is liked by the students!

Day 3: Visit to Thansure School and Baray Village

We had a discussion with Teacher Yoo, the principal of Thansure School, about her school. She has purchased a new piece of land for the school and is currently raising funds for it. We are awed by her strong faith in God.
Samuel, dressed in orange, had an outreach at Baray Village to 10 high school students. Janice shared the gospel with them and encouraged them to believe in Jesus.

Day 4: Visit to Pastor Villa

We visited Pastor Villa (dressed in blue shirt) at his home in Skun Village. He pastors a church of around 20 adults and does outreach to 10 village homes in the villages around his church. Although he is only 28 years old, he has committed his life to serving God and has chosen the path least travelled for young men like himself – a life in village ministry instead of in the city. 

Day 5: Visit to New Living Hope Center

Pearl, Janice and Michael relaxing outside New Living Hope Center, before meeting with Pastor Chhay. There are 3 generations in this photo. Thanks be to God that we can serve Him together and enable Love-A-Village’s ministry to continue in the long term with leadership renewal.

Day 6: Visit to Light of the Nations Church and Lovea’s Sunday School

We attended Sunday worship at Light of the Nations Church. The worship was led by youths who were full of energy and enthusiastically singing praises to God. Some youths took turns to read scripture and pray. May these youths continue to grow in wisdom, knowledge and stature. 
It was our first time visiting Lovea’s Sunday School ministry. 27 children attended today’s session. Two youths from New Living Hope Center led them in worship, bible study and music fundamentals. In the foreground, the students read the story about the 10 plagues God sent before the Pharaoh let the Israelites go. In the background, the students learnt A minor chord on the guitar and do-re-mis.

Day 7: Siem Reap International Airport

Siem Reap International Airport was empty! The COVID-19 has taken a toll on tourism – fewer tourists mean many businesses in Siem Reap are suffering. Please pray for the Cambodians during this economic downturn. 
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Who is Your Favourite Bible Character?

This trip, I had dinner with four high school students who live in a Christian student dormitory in Siem Reap city. As I interacted with these young Christians, I found them to be hungry for God’s word. They are eager to learn more about God. They are trying their best to live out the Christian faith and serve God faithfully in a country that is known to be Buddhist.

During dinner, I asked them this question – Who is your favourite Bible character? 

I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of their answers.

Answer 1: Ruth – she was loyal to her husband’s family even though he had passed away. She loved her mother-in-law and followed her.

Answer 2: Abraham – he had great faith in God. He demonstrated this faith with the sacrifice of his only son.

Answer 3: Moses – he was a great leader who led the Israelites out of Egypt.

Answer 4: I don’t know who my favourite Bible character is. There are too many to remember! 

I had expected this last answer from all four of them actually! And to be honest, I think many Singaporean youths might also have given this answer too, should they be asked.

For me, one of my favourite Bible characters is King David. Why? Like all of us, King David was imperfect and sinned multiple times. Yet, each time he sinned, King David repented and came before the Lord. This knowledge gives me encouragement that I don’t need to be perfect, but I need to ask God for forgiveness and repent each time I sin. God himself said that King David was a man after his own heart. 

So, who is your favourite Bible character and why? 😊