Giving Birth

Synopsis

The SNACK Program fulfills its mission to make disciples and plant a church in a village were none previously existed.  Yes, Jesus is very busy in Cambodia!

Veasna with the new church that meets in Tropeang Putrea Village, Cambodia

Background

Over a year ago, the Central Church of Christ in Stockton, California wanted to get involved in feeding mal-nourished, poor children in Cambodia, augmenting other economic development benevolence works they had already initiated in Cambodia.  Funding was secured and research was completed.  We identified three villages totaling about 200 children that could benefit strongly from this ministry, the Partners In Progress’ (PIP) Nutritional Feeding Program (NFP).  Through a separate private donation to PIP, a truck was purchased, bringing the fleet of trucks to three.  Two additional workers were hired, giving the NFP a staff of six.  The additional truck and staff began bringing nutritional snacks to these 200 children in December 2009.  As of April 1, 2011, this program changed hands and is now fully overseen by GRACE for Cambodia, a ministry of the Central Church of Christ and the NFP name changed to the SNACK Program (Supplemental Nutrition Aiding Cambodian Kids).

Nick and Carol Smith (Central Church of Christ) with the new SNACK Program truck used to feed an additional 200 poor, mal-nourished Cambodian children

Goals

This program exists to glorify the Living, All-Powerful, Creator God, our Father; the Lord Jesus Christ, His Son, and; the Holy Spirit, through His church’s living sacrifice to Him in example and activities, showing God’s abundant grace and love by:

  • increasing community awareness of the Word of God;
  • making disciples;
  • starting churches where none exist;
  • augmenting the work of the local church;
  • encouraging and strengthening churches;
  • stimulating good will between Christians and non-Christians within communities;
  • increasing community awareness of healthy nutritional practices;
  • increasing community awareness of other healthy living practices, and by;
  • improving children’s nutritional health to World Health Organization standards through monitored nutritional snack supplements.
Theary teaching children of the new church at Tropeang Putrea Village

Details

About four months ago, we were informed by the staff that in one of the new villages, Tropeang Putrea, there were some older teens wanting to know more about the God who sent His gracious blessing to the children of their village.  Our co-worker and Cambodia Bible Institute (CBI) graduate, Veasna began traveling to this village nearly every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday to study with these young disciples.  Their faith began to grow and grow.

During a CBI Evangelism campaign, we suggested that Tropeang Putrea be added to one of the places the students and staff would visit and seek persons of peace, interested in knowing about the Creator God of Mighty Power and His Son, Jesus, the Savior of their souls.  The students found several.  It was at this time that two of the disciples decided to give their lives to Christ and requested to be baptized to have their sins cleansed away and to receive God’s priceless gift of His indwelling Spirit.  As two new babies were born, so also, a new church in Tropeang Putrea was born.

CBI graduate, Try baptizing the 1st new Christian in Tropeang Putrea Village, Cambodia
Try baptizing the 2nd new Christian in Tropeang Putrea Village

On the following Sunday, five of us from the city joined with them for their first worship assembly together.  What a special blessing it was to share in communion of Christ and fellowship of the Spirit as we worship God, the Father together.  To the delight of all of us and all the host of heaven, two more of the teens decided to be baptized bringing the total to three guys and one gal in the new church.  PRAISE GOD, ALL-MERCIFUL!

The new church of Christ praying together in Tropeang Putrea Village, Cambodia
Veasna baptized 2 more on Sunday

Follow-up

We have already made arrangements for the students of CBI to go there each Sunday to help them worship together and further study God’s Word.  Veasna will continue to go there often too.  We hope that you will join us in prayer for protection from Satan for these young babies in Christ and also pray for their faith to grow daily so that others are also drawn to the Cross of Christ.

9 of us piled into our 5 passanger Rav4 to go down the country lane to the pond/baptistry

Conclusion

Because of the loving hand of God, the SNACK Program is a success.  In addition to feeding the precious, vulnerable bodies of little children, this program has accomplished its goal of making disciples and churches.  This is not the work of man, but of the saving power of the Good News about Jesus Christ.  Together, we are feeding body, mind, soul and spirit of Cambodians to the praise of the marvelous grace of God.  Never stop praising and praying to God.

Special Thanks

We first and foremost thank God, the Father who told Moses, “I am the Lord. The Lord is a God who shows mercy, who is kind, who doesn’t become angry quickly, who has great love and faithfulness and is kind to thousands of people. The Lord forgives people for evil, for sin, and for turning against him, but he does not forget to punish guilty people.”

And Jesus, God’s Son who, was like God in everything. But he did not think that being equal with God was something to be used for his own benefit. But he gave up his place with God and made himself nothing. He was born as a man and became like a servant. And when he was living as a man, he humbled himself and was fully obedient to God, even when that caused his death—death on a cross.”

And the Holy Spirit of God who will prove to the people of the world the truth about sin, about being right with God, and about judgment.  The Spirit makes us children of God. With that Spirit we cry out, ‘Father.’ And the Spirit himself joins with our spirits to say we are God’s children. If we are God’s children, we will receive blessings from God together with Christ. But we must suffer as Christ suffered so that we will have glory as Christ has glory.  Also, the Spirit helps us with our weakness. We do not know how to pray as we should. But the Spirit himself speaks to God for us, even begs God for us with deep feelings that words cannot explain. God can see what is in people’s hearts. And he knows what is in the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit speaks to God for his people in the way God wants. We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him. They are the people he called, because that was his plan.”

But we also want to thank Partners In Progress, Bill & Marie-Claire McDonough, Troy & Tabitha Snowbarger, The SNACK staff, Central Church of Christ, Keller Church of Christ, the Cambodia Bible Institute, Veasna, Try, the villagers of Tropeang Putrea and all the faithful who have poured prayer and financial support over this work.  These words of Nehemiah to God I apply to you.  Remember to be kind to me (them), my God, for all the good I (they) have done for these people.

 “Stand up and praise the Lord your God, who lives forever and ever. Blessed be your wonderful name. It is more wonderful than all blessing and praise. You are the only Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, with all the stars. You made the earth and everything on it, the seas and everything in them; you give life to everything. The heavenly army worships you.”  There is no other!

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About Mission Cambodia

Dennis and Sharon minister in Phnom Penh to share the “Good News” of Jesus to the Cambodian people. Dennis trains in sowing, watering, disciple-making, church-planting, discipleship and leadership. Sharon directs the SNACK Program, an holistic outreach to poor, malnourished children and their families in the Cambodian countryside.
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4 Responses to Giving Birth

  1. Earl and Judy Bridges says:

    Dear Dennis and Sharon

    Brings tears of joy to our eyes, “seeing” the work you all are doing there. Our hearts and prayers are with you. Wish we could be there again. Please give Veasna and Linna a personal hug for both of us.

    To God Be The Glory,

    Earl

  2. Peter Ross Edmonton , Alberta , Canada . says:

    To all I love in Cambodia

    It is so great of God to give you so many blessings for your ongoing work.All these children may not of heard God,s word if not for your efforts. My heart aches to be back with you to help out.Maybe some day I will be able to return. My thoughts often go back to those trips to the villages and can still see those hungry children wanting the physical food and needing the spiritual food that God is blessing them through your efforts.

    Keep up the good work.I love you all.

    Peter

  3. I still remember Veasna’s first steps, learning from the Bible through WEI with his first teacher Ida who I believe came with Juanita Mansholt (Nita) on her first trip. Since then he grew grew grew and grew. May God continue to bless him and Lina and use them for His glory. Dennis and Sharon thanks for your great work with villages and those GREAT pictures! God bless.
    Love.
    Marie-Claire on the Ship of Life, Mekong River. Dei Eit village.

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