Hello everyone! I hope everyone is well and coping the best you can with this life adjustment due to the COVID 19 pandemic. It is a trying time for all of us, but I pray we can all encourage one another (from 6ft apart minimum!) and find hope as a community. I have been in communication with Siem Reap Ministries and have a monthly update for our ministry!
As mentioned during the service, Siem Reap is also heavily affected by the COVID 19 pandemic. Since Siem Reap is a primarily a tourist destination, this dip and restriction in travel has been devastating to the city as a whole. Many Sandan church members have lost their sources of income and the church is doing their best to support their members as they can. Schools have closed, hotels have no salary to pay employees, restaurants are closing, and families are not able to meet their loan payments. Please pray for a quick recovery of the city’s economy, and for the government to come to a resolution with banks to postpone loan payments for families.
Pastor Chanthon and Sis. Sienglai still go out 3-4 days a week and meet at least 2 families on those days. Visitations are a vital part of Siem Reap Ministries as many of the members live far apart from each other and need direct accountability and direction for the growth of their faith!
However, Pastor Chanthon has been taking safety measures, and have been doing his best to also monitor family health situations before visiting.
Siem Reap Ministries has not lost any steam and I am encouraged by the continual growth of their disciples, and Pastor Chanthon and Sis. Sienglai’s vision! They continue to build up disciples every Saturday, meeting with members and encouraging and training them.
Sis. Sienglai has shared with me her two dreams – to build a christian school and a “family love” dormitory. In faith, they have purchased 10 double beds for the dormitory in hopes to house students for their school and create an environment where students can foster their faith in Jesus. She is hoping that they can open the school this coming October. She has two leaders who have hearts to lead students in this way – Sister Sothy (on top), and Sister Chomroeurn (on the bottom).
Lastly, Siem Reap Ministries has built another church! There have been about 50-70 students who have been coming out. Unfortunately there is not a leader out there that can take ownership, but they have hired a Christian teacher to teach English there for the time being. They have already seen some good fruits with the students, so we will continue to pray for leadership and the hearts of those students!
- Financial aid for families suffering from lack of income
- Health of Pastor Chanthon and Sis. Sienglai as they continue to visit families and members
- Good dormitory leaders and school leaders
A verse Sis. Sienglai left me with as we were chatting earlier this month:
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear form heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”2 Chronicles 7:14
Prayer is a global effort – Let us join Siem Reap Ministries in prayer as we fight this together as a universal body of Christ! Thank you, and I hope our next monthly report can be face to face (if circumstances permit)!
How can I participate in the mission efforts?
- Prayer! Please look at the weekly announcements for our weekly prayer requests from Siem Reap Ministries.
- Financially! Our English Ministry has been consistently giving to Siem Reap Missions over the course of many years and we have seen much fruit from through the financial provision God has given to them through our church:
- Bluetooth Speakers
- Other ministry resources
You can give only through our Cambodia Missions Fund.
For more information, visit http://www.siemreapministry.org/