Haggai leader J* has never been one to let the grass grow under his feet. He and his family do all they can in their city in Cambodia to ensure their church members and others are well cared for and feel loved. As project leader at an NGO that provides housing for students from rural areas, they partnered with local churches to meet with pastors and leaders during the pandemic to encourage them and hear what was happening in their lives.
“Pastors and leaders in the countryside were happy when other leaders and I visited to cheer them on. Even during a pandemic, that was an exciting opportunity to lift one another.”
When Cambodia experienced much flooding, J and his church stepped up to give food donations to families affected by the torrential downpours. “Many families were devastated and in need because their homes were wiped out during the flood. We wished to extend our helping hands to give a small donation of food supplies to help feed their families during this difficult time. As a ministry, we appreciated all the prayers for these people.”
J’s wife joins her husband in sharing the Gospel: through a radio devotional at least four times a month; helping in their church’s women’s program; connecting with other families in their congregation; and mentoring students in the NGO’s program. She and J are both passionate about ensuring the students they encounter to go on to lead successful lives.
J shares, “After living at our ministry center for four years, one of our students flew to Japan for a job training program. I’m excited to see her grow. She gave her life to God two years ago and has a good understanding of Him. Another student moved to our center recently. He had lost hope of living but now works as my administrative assistant. He has a great heart for God and the Gospel and has a renewed commitment to serving Him. When I discovered his desire to study more theology, I was able to send him to a Bible school.”
Whether helping a student, sharing travels with his family, or ministering to church members in need, J finds it a privilege to be the hands and feet of Jesus in this world.
Written by Valerie Dyke
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