We are really excited that over the last year, in spite of many financial ups and downs, We Love Kids now has a total of 130 kids being sponsored! That includes kids who go to local schools in Vietnam, kids who go to local schools in Kratie, Cambodia, kids who go to private schools in Phnom Penh, kids who go to kindergarten, kids who receive rice supplements, and kids who receive bicycles!
and…this month is our yearly Vacation Bible School, which will reach 300 kids in Central Cambodia!! We’ll post pics of that next week. !00 of those kids (nearly all non-Christians) in an area 50 km from the township of Kratie, are Vietnamese, Cambodian, and an ethnic minority, Stieng.
Pray for our wonderful church planters, children’s coordinators, and helper (some of whom are only 15) as they do this wonderful ministry, and we believe, see children come to receive Jesus!
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One of our newest Christians in our newest church plant outside of Kratie, Cambodia, Mr. Pun, just accepted the Lord at Christmas. A few weeks ago he was in a bad accident. The doctor told him he would have to have an eye removed. After this devastating diagnosis, the new Christians rallied around him, visited and prayed. The little church took up an offering to help him receive an artificial eye. Between his wife getting help from people she knew, and two little (and very poor!) churches giving as much as they could, they raised half of what he needed! We Love Kids helped with the rest, and he now will have an artificial eye to help him normalize his life. We Love Kids, with help from another generous donor, also helped his son get a bicycle to get back to school. Sometimes having a bicycle is the “make or break” issue that determines if a child stays in school or not. Thanks to our wonderful donors who helped this family out in a time of crisis!
Here are some beautiful pictures of some of our kids in Vietanm, past and present! Some of them are from ethnic minority tribes, such as the Katu.
We have 6 beautiful Katu girls who are able to go to school, as there is no school in their little village.
Thao is 9. She has already worked as a domestic in someone's home for several months to offset the terrible poverty her family is dealing with. Her mother, who has become a dedicated Christian, is raising six children alone. Her husband is such a severe alcoholic that he sometimes loses his mind and wanders around in a a complete daze. Thao spends her days taking care of three younger preschool aged siblings so that her mother can do laundry in a washtub to earn their living.
The good news is that Thao has recently joined our new literacy class in the slum area across the street and is finally learning how to read and write in her mother tongue. The other good news is that we are sending a washing machine to Kratie, kept in the home of our church planter, and Thao's mother can double her income by having access to it! Sometimes simple improvements can make a huge difference in someone's life!
We believe that Thao's life can change! Believe with us! If you would like to help Thao, just donate through the WLK website and note that on your donation. >
Take a look: these beautiful young people, who came from the streets, all of them living in slum like living conditions, at risk for indentured servanthood and human trafficking, are now are vibrant, growing little church!
Their pastor, Miss Trang, our We Love Kids coordinator in Phnom Penh, has faithfully loved, shielded and nurtured, (and sometimes scolded!) them to maturity.
One of them, about to graduate from vo-tech training, is about to open his own motorbike shop. Another of them, Hoai Thanh, is not only a star student, but a Taekwondo teacher. Several of them are considering university, and Du, Trang’s daughter, believes she can become a doctor!
The best news: they really know Jesus! In this picture, they were invited to sing for the Interdenominational Christmas program of Vietnamese churches in Cambodia.
We are really proud of them!
|We are so excited that what began 10 years ago with 3 small scholarships for children inside Vietnam is now reaching 121 children! These kids are across all of South Vietnam, include minority children inside Vietnam, and 36 children in the central province of Cambodia, Kratie. These 36 kids, some of whom are over 10 years old, until last year had never been to school.
Many of them, just like these boys, were either junk recyclers from the slums, or out in the markets selling lottery tickets.
These boys, living in Vietnam near the Cambodian border, now have a chance to attend a special Christian literacy school. They cannot attend regular government schools since they have lost their residence papers. We are praying that 24 other kids who live in the slum areas can be sponsored to attend this wonderful literacy school. If you would like to help one of these children, please let us know! We have 24 children on a waiting list, and they can attend school, have a daily meal, purchase books and supplies for $20 per month.
Thank you for your wonderful prayers! We are so blessed that all of our kids are stable, and learning more about the Lord everyday.
WeLoveKids helps Vietnamese kids at risk to receive ministry, food and training so they may enjoy a future free from poverty and the bondage of human trafficking.
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Our faithful friend, Ms. Kim Hong, also known as Rose, has slipped away from this world and passed into the arms of Christ. Our friend and co-laborer who loved God, loved people, who made a difference has crossed into eternity to hear her Master say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. . . Enter into the joy of your Master.” She will be missed. She and I served together in ministry for nearly 20 years.
We appreciate your continued prayers! Bopha, our little girl who was diagnosed with incurable thyroid cancer, is STILL well and healthy. It is over 8 months since the doctors gave her diagnosis. She still feels very well despite her diagnosis. The little girl with the big heart walks through adversity, asking only for a pair of pink flip flops. We thank God for her!
|Thanks to many of you who prayed regarding the political unrest in Cambodia, especially in Phnom Penh. I am so thankful that the situation in Cambodia has remained stable these last few weeks. On the day of the election there was some violence, due to charges of voting fraud. There is no clear winner, and the government has withheld the results due to fears of more violence. The Vietnamese communities are particularly vulnerable, and most of them have been very frightened. Two weeks ago, the We Love Kids coordinator, Mrs Trang went back to Vietnam for several days due to fears of violence. When she returned all of our young people showed up at the house, and told her how happy they were that she was with them. They had a wonderful Bible time that evening.
Wonderful news! We have received a grant to purchase the land needed to be used as our safe house for kids at risk, for community development and to help our church planters become self sustaining.Over a year ago, we began this journey to see how we could acquire a small piece of land for several of our Christian leaders, who both farm and preach and teach! Many of our Christians live in conditions pictured, but we believe things can get better!
Our goal is to help plant community gardens, which will benefit our kids on our nutrition program and help families to have a “hand up” rather than a “hand out”!
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Currently we are renting a small house, but without land, it is impossible to grow food which will offset poverty, and provide economic development for both the Christian community and the community at large.
Rejoice with us! And, remember to pray with us as we try to provide special, cutting edge agricultural training such as aquaponics which have high production yields at little cost!
An excerpt from the American Minute with Bill Federer:
William & Catherine Booth fought sex-trafficking, founded Salvation Army
Millions of people in 118 countries are helped by The Salvation Army, founded by William Booth, who was born APRIL 10, 1829.
At the age of 13, he was sent to apprentice as a pawnbroker.
His job made him aware of poverty, and the humiliation and degradation poor people suffered.
Becoming a Christian as a teenager, he studied American preacher Charles G. Finney’s writings on revival and witnessed his faith to others.
At age 26, William married Catherine Mumford and together they founded The Christian Mission to minister to the poor, drunk, outcast and wretched on the dirty and dangerous streets of London’s East End.
They fought to end sex-trafficking and teenage prostitution in England.
Catherine Booth said:
“I felt as though I must go and walk the streets and besiege the dens where these hellish iniquities are going on.
To keep quiet seemed like being a traitor to humanity.”
The Booths helped expose a child prostitution ring that took advantage of poor families by buying their young girls with the false promise of a giving them a better future, but instead sold them to brothels throughout Europe.
The Booths arranged to buy a girl out of this trade, but those profiting from the prostitution entangled the Booths in a much publicized trial.
The Booths were absolved of any charges and the publicity increased their support to end this evil.
With the help of Josephine Butler, the Salvation Army worked to pass England’s Criminal Law Amendment Act in 1885, raising the age of consent, which before was only 13 years of age.
In 1884, the Salvation Army established the first rescue home for women and girls escaping sex trafficking and prostitution in London, England.
In 30 years, the number of the Salvation Army rescue homes grew from one in Whitechapel to 117 homes around the world.
William Booth wrote:
“While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight; while little children go hungry, I’ll figh while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight-while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, where there remains one dark soul without the light of God-I’ll fight! I’ll fight to the very end!”
These great pioneers were some of the first Christians to see how important it was for the Church to get involved in ending trafficking. The good news is that we have taken that battle to the end of the earth!
Stand with us us in prayer as we fight trafficking in Vietnam and Cambodia!