Cambodia 2010

Immeasurable

Table of Contents
Trip Itinerary emes and Activities Immeasurable God
The Killing Fields | Vanessa Poon S21 - Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum | Eos Ngan Hope Orphanage Nobody | Amanda Fung Beautiful Children | Alice Lam

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Healing & Strength
Kindergarten Mural Project Redeeming God | Mun Shing Cheong Healing God | Jenny Wu

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Hope, Faith & Love
Kid’s Program | Ivy Tam Well Digging | Glendy Ip Sports & Games | Rick Mak Jehovah Jireh (also known as Joy of Cambodia) | Christina Sou

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Shining Light in the Dark
The Slums of Cambodia | Florence Chiu Daughters of Cambodia | Naomi Yeung Jumpah | Mary Tse Children At Risk | Sarah Keung

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Relationships
Marriage Seminar | Shannon Hilliard Love Cambodia - Kindergarten Project | Sharon Yau Discipleship Training School (DTS) | Shirley Cheung Hagar | Priscilla Wong

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New Frontiers
Soccer Project | Yee Kai Liow Student Dormitory Project | Jessie Cheung Mesang & Motorcycle Ministry | Yee Kai Liow & Patrick Ngan

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Personal Testimonies
Albert Ng | Serving the Poor, Saving the Lost Andrew Sum | Reclaiming God’s Kingdom Cecile Lee | God's Encouragement Joyce Fung | Unspeakable Joy Christine Cheung | Life As I Never Knew It Gordon Yu | Uplifted Jennifer Tow | God’s Love Never Fails Vanessa Poon | No Refund Required Kim Miller | Broken And Blessed Norman Tam | Trusting God Sobee Wan | Unity Rick Mak | Not Who Am I, But What Am I Waiduen Lee | Immeasurable Grace Wendy Yu | Body Of Christ Xiaoli Wang | Healing Is In Your Hands

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Our Partners

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Trip Itinerary - Mission Trip - Itinerary Cambodia 2010
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Sat, 27 Nov 2010 Morning • Visit: Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (also known as Hong Kong S21) in Phnom Penh Phnom Penh - Prey Afternoon • Travel to Prey Veng City, Prey Veng Province Veng Sun, 28 Nov 2010 Prey Veng Morning • Sunday service: Prey Veng Church Centre Afternoon • Sunday service: House church in Village Chan, Prey Kla and Mesang • Youth program: Prey Veng Church Centre Evening Mon, 29 Nov 2010 Morning Prey Veng • Dinner and talent concert: Hope Orphanage • • • • Well digging Toilet building Kindergarten and mural painting Kindergarten landscaping

Afternoon • Continue with well digging, toilet building, kindergarten painting and landscaping • After-school program with children Tue, 30 Nov 2010 Prey Veng Morning • Continue with well digging, toilet building, kindergarten painting and landscaping

Afternoon • Continue with well digging, toilet building, kindergarten painting and landscaping • Meeting parents of kindergarten students: health and education talk Morning • Continue with toilet building and kindergarten painting and landscaping • Family and marriage seminar

Wed, 1 Dec 2010 Prey Veng

Afternoon • Kindergarten dedication ceremony • Wells and toilets dedication Evening Thu, 2 Dec 2010 Morning • Dinner with local partners, Love Cambodia • Travel to Phnom Penh

Afternoon • Slum ministry: Children @ Risk Prey Veng - Phnom Evening • Praise and worship: Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Penh Discipleship Training School (DTS) Students Fri, 3 Dec 2010 Phnom Penh Morning • Visit: Killing Fields • Anti-human trafficking ministry: Daughters of Cambodia

Afternoon • Slum feeding: New Life Fellowship & Hagar Catering & Facilities Management • Children’s ministry: Jumpah Sat, 4 Dec 2010 Phnom Penh Morning • Children’s Christmas outreach : Jehovah Jireh (also known as Joy of Cambodia)

Afternoon • Student outreach: visit to two student dormitories established by two local churches in Phnom Penh

Sun, 5 Dec 2010 Morning • Church service: International Christian Assembly Phnom Penh - Hong Afternoon • Return to Hong Kong Kong

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Themes and Activities

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e Killing Fields
by Vanessa Poon

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His Vastness
On any ordinary Friday morning in 2009, I would probably have been thinking about where to go for drinks after work or the errands that I needed to run. I could still be that lost soul in my old life as a non-believer. Now, five months in as a Christian, I find myself standing in the middle of an unfamiliar land, in a killing field where thousands were killed over the course of a few years by a group called the “Khmer Rouge”. Reading about it in the papers is nothing like being there in person. Thirty-one years later, we find ourselves staring at the tower-high glass memorial filled with bones. One of the most powerful moments when I felt God’s presence was inside the documentary room. In the midst of the presentation which showed the stories and the photos of the leaders of the genocide, images of how the innocent were being tortured flashed in front of my eyes. I remembered one particular scene showing how the Khmer Rouge would smash babies into trees and conveniently throw their lifeless bodies into the graveyard - as if they were just worthless objects. My mind was not consumed by the thoughts that I would have expected to quietly creep in. This was the same year that I had to face my eldest brother’s death. I should have been thinking or trying to relate to those who had lost their closest ones. Before the trip, I asked God to soften my heart. In that room, I felt that I was able to use my heart to feel instead of using my head to think and analyze. My head would have told me: “logically speaking, if God is so powerful, why didn’t He stop this from happening? Why didn’t He make the bad people become good? Why did He allow innocent people to die? If we say He is in control and capable of the impossible, how is this being in control?” One could easily believe that darkness can win and that evil can rule. One could also easily wonder - where is God in all of this?

However, I realized that as I stood there, I was simply amazed by Him. The only thought in my mind was: “are they also the people whom God is willing to forgive, if they repent and turn to Christ? Even these people? Even these who smash His creation to death?” I wondered “just how big is our God?” I was simply in awe of His immeasurably forgiving and loving heart which is beyond our understanding. How could we ever measure Him or comprehend the vastness of His love? I felt so blessed that I could get to know God, after relying on other fake gods and false hopes for years, I have finally found the one and only true God that gives me comfort, peace and love. I realized that, Jesus did not come on earth to turn the bad people into good people, He came so that we could have eternal life. For the first time, I attempted to see things from His perspective. “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.” Genesis 6:5-6 “So God said to Noah, ‘I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So make yourself an ark of cypress wood…’” Genesis 6:13-14 I rushed to Pastor Albert and said “it has to be Satan’s work!” Trying to prepare an answer for a non-believer, he told me that the reason for evil remains unanswered fully. Inside my heart, I had a feeling of relief after realizing that I did not need to know the answer. I only needed to trust that God is faithful and good all the time. God has taught us to resist evil and repay evil with goodness. God has taught us to acknowledge our sins; and God has taught us not to judge. How can we recognize goodness if we have never met evil? I cried out, as my last resort, for God’s help to bring me out of my misery as I was facing so many difficulties and struggles in life. If I was having a comfortable and smooth life, would I

“He touched me by showing His love for me. All I needed to do was simply to open my heart and let Him in.”

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“God wiped away the thick layers of dust and dirt in my eyes and helped me to see things in a new way.”
ever seek God? Without evil, how would we cherish love? God is never forceful, but instead, He gives us freedom of choice. He touched me by showing His love for me. All I needed to do was simply to open my heart and let Him in. I asked myself, did God promise us that there would be no suffering on earth? I remembered this hymn: “God hath not promised skies always blue, sun without rain, joy without sorrow, peace without pain. But God hath promised strength for the day, rest for the labor, light for the way, grace for the trials, help from above, unfailing sympathy, undying love.” He is the same faithful God that went through my suffering with me, the same God that sent all these missionaries and our team to Cambodia. Like in the footprints prayer, the man asked: "Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you would walk with me all the way. But I notice that during the most troublesome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why you left my side when I needed you most." The Lord answered: "My precious child, I never left you during your time of trial. Where you see only one set of footprints, I was carrying you." During this trip, God wiped away the thick layers of dust and dirt in my eyes and helped me to see things in a new way.

My new heart
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26 God is changing my heart and putting ingredients of sensitivity, hope, faith, and love in my heart. He is slowly removing the dark spots, the wounds, and the stains. He continues to soften my heart. Satan wants us to doubt Him so that we become distant and turn away from God, but instead I yearn to draw myself closer to Him. I have felt and imagined the pain that God must also have felt through all these tragedies. Maybe it is similar to how my earthly father must have felt when he lost his son. Being there in the killing field reassured me of my faith in Him. Having only spent a few hours in the killing fields – I felt that my reflections could go on and on for pages. For someone who has only just started building a relationship with God - I just could not help thanking God with all my heart. I will continue to follow Jesus and be like Noah, the faithful one. At the killing fields, for the first time, my heart went first and my head caught up after, but they were both in sync with each other! And it was the best feeling I have ever felt. Praise the Lord!

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S21 - Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
by Eos Ngan
The Security Prison 21 (S-21), now known as the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, was a place where the Khmer Rouge regime imprisoned and tortured those who were considered rebellious or to potentially pose risks to them. Ironically, the site was previously a high school. A place that was intended for nurturing the future of Cambodia. A place that should be full of laughter and hope. From 1975 to 1979, an estimate of 17,000 people were imprisoned at S-21 (some estimate suggests a number as high as 20,000, but the exact number remains unknown). At any given time, the prison held 1,000 to1,500 prisoners. The site was fenced with electrified barbed wire. All buildings were covered with barbed wire and all windows with iron bars to prevent escapes and suicides. Countless inhumane regulations were enforced in the prison. For instance, drinking water without asking the guards for permission would result in serious beatings. We visited the museum on the first day we arrived at Cambodia. The design of the museum was simple and maintained most of the original settings from its  time as a Khmer Rouge prison. In some rooms, there was simply a broken iron bed, a few pieces of instruments used for torture and a picture of a body. Yet, these 10 sq. ft. rooms were so raw and powerful that you could visualize every detail of how innocent people were tortured to death. When I looked at the tiles I was stepping on, I couldn't help but wonder how many dead

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bodies were laid on these tiles? These tiles must be covered with rivers of blood during the dark era. One minute I felt that I was suffocating; the next minute I could almost smell death. You might think that the interrogators in the prison were cold-blooded. You might ask how human beings could abuse their own kind like that. From the testimonies of the S-21 staff, I was shocked to find out that several of the Khmer Rouge prison staffs were children taken from the prisoners’ families. They had been brainwashed. Most of the staff employed at S-21 were terrified of putting their families’ lives in jeopardy and feared being tortured or killed themselves. They were just human beings. They, too, had weaknesses. Some people may ask “Why did God allow such suffering?” I asked a different question - why do we, human beings, create such suffering?  It was not God who asked people to torture or to kill. A small group of people tried to play God and thought they could rule the world with absolute military power. Another group of people conformed to execute the tortures when they surrendered to human fears in human instead of to God. However, I do not believe that only the leaders of the Khmer Rouge acquired evil minds. It was evidence of the stupidity, weakness and greed of mankind. It was the greed of power that killed the innocent. It was the deficiency of human minds that obeyed fake authoritative figures. It was humans who created the mess but we are accusing God for the suffering? And yet, how much have the rest of us learned from this devastating past?

“It was humans who created the mess but we are accusing God for the suffering?”

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Hope Orphanage
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by Amanda Fung I went to Cambodia with great expectations. I returned from Rwanda earlier this year with a new fascination for the power and beauty of God’s redemption, so I made my way to Cambodia to be wowed again. What I initially found was not what I had expected. A certain darkness hangs over Cambodia. You can hear it in the haunting chants of the Buddhist monks and you can even smell its stench in the rooms of the Tuol Sleng genocide museum. It’s dense and thick, but certainly not impenetrable for a powerful God. I proceeded with confidence that God would show me how His glorious light was piercing the darkness. We made our way from the hustle and bustle of Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh to a province called Prey Veng, an area seemingly devoid of tourists. After a full day of church visits, we found ourselves at Hope Village Orphanage. The orphanage is a home for hundreds of young girls and boys. Some are orphans, while others have found their way there due to parental neglect or poverty. The children live, eat, and receive education at the orphanage and many have enormous hopes and dreams of higher education, travel, and a good career. They had organized a show for us and were eager to showcase their talents. However, we first sat down to dine with them. That’s when I met Sopi.

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Sopi is a beautiful young girl with big dreams. She wants to finish high school and travel the world. But she doesn’t seem motivated by selfish ambitions. No, she actually seems more interested in visiting the home countries of the teams that visit and support the orphanage. You see, Sopi is keenly aware of her circumstances, but is also keenly aware of the existence of a God who cares for her and has sent teams of missionaries from around the world to visit her over the years. She speaks with confidence as she has built up a confidence in a faithful God. Praise and thanksgiving pour forth from her speech. The promises of God are deeply rooted in her heart. She has to be one of the most humble, kind and gentle girls I’ve ever met… and her rock steady faith challenged me. That night, I was invited to do a sharing. God led me to the story of Joseph. He called me to remind the children that, in the same way God had remembered Joseph in all his trials and difficult circumstances, God has not forgotten them. As orphans, they do not have to feel abandoned, alone, betrayed, rejected or unloved. They do not have to feel like “a nobody”. Instead, they can stand confident as princes and princesses, children of the King, basking in the immeasurable love of their Heavenly Father. Two nights later, we sat down for dinner and I found myself in one of those awkward moments where everyone around me was talking, but I wasn’t part of any conversation. Those moments are bearable for a time, but this moment lasted for 40 minutes. I felt forgotten. I felt abandoned, alone, betrayed, rejected and unloved. I felt like “a nobody”. I immediately recognized the irony of the situation. Just two days earlier, I had exhorted hundreds of young people to remember the love of their Father and here I was, sitting at the dinner table, doubting His love for me. We returned to our hotel and I couldn’t help but cry. A wonderful sister ushered me out of the room to pray for me while the rest of the team began to engage in a time of worship. After praying, I felt a little more at ease. As we rejoined the team, one of our worship leaders turned to me saying that she wasn’t familiar with the next song and needed my help. I took hold of the guitar and suddenly realized I was leading a song called “How He Loves Us”, a song about God’s love for us, a

“I realized that God loves Cambodia and no power of darkness can prevail in light of Christ’s victory.”

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song with a chorus that repeats the sentence “He loves us” about a million times. Through this song and the prayers of my incredible sisters-inChrist, God did not condemn me for my lack of faith, but gently reminded me of His love. The next morning, we drove to Village Chan to paint a mural for a kindergarten. The kindergarten is located in the heart of the community, next to a church. The building is set to host the kindergarten on weekdays and church activities on the evenings and weekends. As we prepared to paint one of the walls, a friend and I discovered a snake. It was no small snake and it quickly cocked its head up and spat venom towards us. As we ran away to a safe distance, the local caretaker arrived and killed the snake. When I asked how, I was given the reply "he crushed its head." I was immediately reminded of God's promise in Genesis 3. The serpent's offspring may strike at His heel, but Christ has crushed its head. In that moment, God reminded me of Christ’s victory over sin and death. No lie I’ve believed about being unloved can prevail in light of Christ’s victory; God loves me and I can rejoice in that truth. And as I reflected more, I realized that God loves Cambodia and no power of darkness can prevail in light of Christ’s victory. I went to Cambodia with great expectations and I am again left in awe of God. I still feel that there is a tangible darkness hanging over Cambodia, but I am left with a renewed confidence that no darkness can withstand the powerful, piercing, penetrating light of Christ. The crushing of the serpent’s head was a demonstration of that. Sopi’s faith was proof of that. God is redeeming Cambodia.

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Beautiful Children
by Alice Lam

“is trip actually started me thinking about adopting a child from Cambodia.”
We visited Hope Village on the second day of our Cambodia mission trip. Hope Village is an orphanage run by a local ministry. Around 170 children mostly below the age of 18, live at Hope Village. We were honored to be invited to dinner with them. The dinner we had was just delicious. We sat and dined with the children, many of them were young teenagers, though they looked 3 to 4 years younger than their actual age. I wonder if the Cambodians are just smaller built or if it was due to poor nutrition? I sat mostly with a beautiful young girl. She was wearing make-up as she was about to perform a dance for us. I found the children there to be beautiful. They all acted courteously to us and were exceptionally well-mannered. They are hopeful kids as they were brought up in a Christian environment. I can see their love for Jesus and their love for each other. They also look forward to graduating from school. One girl I spoke to wanted to become a nurse or a doctor. Another boy wanted to be an engineer. After dinner I found out the food we ate was actually for a wedding feast! How honored and loved we are! Later that evening, the kids entertained us with dancing and singing. Amanda, one of our team members gave a testimony as well. What really touched me at Hope Village were the children! They are just beautiful both inside and out. Hope Village is like a big family with a hundred plus children, I saw the older kids help feed and take care of the little ones. The children are so well behaved there that I feel the children in Hong Kong have much to learn from them! This trip actually prompted me to think about adopting a child from Cambodia. I thank God for loving these children, reaching out to the people of Cambodia and allowing me to be a part of this experience.

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Kindergarten Mural Project
Redeeming God
by Mun Shing Cheong When the Cambodia team leaders first approached me to work on the mural project for the kindergarten, I was quite excited. Little did I expect that the message God had prepared for me would be shown through working on this project.   The grand plan was to have the design we had prepared to be projected onto the blank kindergarten wall so that we could trace the outlines of the design. The day before we arrived in Cambodia, I specifically asked the leaders to double check if the overhead projector worked. I was assured that it did. However, when we got to the village in Prey Veng where the kindergarten was, we realized that there wasn’t enough space for us to move the projector backwards in order to enlarge the projection area. Also, the projector wasn’t powerful enough to project clearly onto the wall in broad daylight. We had a serious problem. If we were stuck at the sketching stage, there was no way we could proceed to painting the mural. The only way was that someone would have to sketch the entire mural freehand. Just the thought of doing it freehand was daunting enough. I doubted that I could even do it.   We were desperate and so I prayed to God for help. After praying, I finally said, “OK, we’re doing it freehand”. There was this newfound peace and assurance in me that was unexplainable. The usual me would have been freaking out big time at this point. Instead, I picked up the sketch pencil and without a word, started drawing freehand on a wall 4 times my own height. For most parts, I had to climb onto a rickety ladder in order to sketch. With the wall being just inches away from my face I had no way of checking whether my sketch was in proportion. As I was sketching away, all I remembered was this incredible sense of peace that I had. In less than an hour, the sketching was all done – it was even quicker than the time it took me to sketch the design on paper. When I climbed off the ladder and stepped back to look at the drawing, I was amazed. Everything was in proportion to the design that we had prepared. There was no other explanation except that God must have been guiding my hand throughout.   With the sketch done, we were ready to start painting. God really handpicked this amazing team of dedicated painters who woke up at 5am to be on

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site by 6am to start painting in order for us to complete the mural in 2.5 days. There was so much laughter and joy while we were working on the mural. I was most touched by the team spirit and watching the mural come to life. This mural has truly been inspired by God and brought to life by the body of Christ.   During the many hours spent painting, I also had the opportunity to do a lot of reflection on my own. We made many mistakes during the course of painting but every time we made a mistake, we were able to correct the mistakes by painting over the mistakes with a swipe of paint. It was then that it struck me – that’s how it is with God and us as well. God gave us the freedom to lead our own lives but whenever we make mistakes, God is always there to fix our mess.   God also allowed for something else to happen to emphasize this message for me. After we completed the mural, we had the kindergarten dedication ceremony which was attended by some local high ranking officials. During the dedication ceremony, a couple of local children found some leftover paint and was cheeky enough to use some twigs to smear yellow paint on the black areas of the mural. I happened to be standing near the mural at that time and my jaw dropped when I saw what they did. I was totally appalled and in my state of shock, I must have stood rooted there not knowing what to do as all the painting materials had been put away. As I was still trying to recover from the shock, out of nowhere this boy ran up to me and shoved a paintbrush into my hand. He had already found some black paint and signaled for me to fix the mess. I was so grateful and quickly set to work. We had the mural looking brand new again in no time and no one could tell the difference afterwards. The message could not have been any clearer for me – there is no wound too deep that God cannot heal and no sin too big that God cannot cleanse.

“There is no wound too deep that God cannot heal and no sin too big that God cannot cleanse.”

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“Snakes - that was my phobia, my restless sleeps, and my “defeat” for the past 13 years”
Healing God
by Jenny Wu I remember the first day of science class in 8th grade, I flipped open my textbook coincidently to 2 pages with pictures of snakes. I threw my textbook across the classroom and was in tears. Flipping through TV channels to Animal Planet showing snake programs, I would shiver, cry, and quickly switch channel. If I walked by restaurants in Hong Kong that serve snakes, I would take a detour. Going into toy shops and seeing fluffy snake stuffed animals or rubber snakes, I would shiver and leave. Friends would tease me and entertain themselves by making “ssssss” sounds and repeat the word “snake” and I would shiver in fear because it was likely that I would have the reoccurring dream that night. The same dream of me being wrapped by many, many snakes and struggling to be free. Countless nights I would wake up shivering, crying, and fearing to fall back asleep into the same dream. Snakes - that was my phobia, my restless sleeps, and my “defeat” for the past 13 years since the teenage years. Praise the Lord that it’s all now in the past!!! When I was in Village Chan building a toilet for the community, because of the environment that I was in, I suddenly remembered my phobia and decided to pray. At that point I knew God was the only way because in the past I have tried to free myself from this phobia by looking at pictures of snakes or of rubber snakes or by watching snake programs. But nothing worked. So I asked God to give me strength and power to overcome this phobia to set me free. But before I ended my prayer, I chickened out and told God that I did not wish to encounter or to see one. That was my prayer – simple, short, and desperate. The next morning, within one hour into painting the walls of the kindergarten, I heard 2 teammates scream and say, “there is a snake!” I froze and could sense that all my muscles tensed. To my amazement, I did not cry or shiver. I remained calm and slowly walked away like everyone else. As one of the village men helped to kill the snake, I was asking God if the man was going to show us the snake. Some of us went to take pictures as the man crushed the snake’s head and killed it. I wasn’t brave enough to do that, but I asked God to give me the strength and power to stand still and look at it when the man brought it out. So I did – I stood and saw the snake's body and although it was dead, it was still moving. Looking at it in front of me, I didn’t shiver or cry. The shock came in afterwards and I asked a dear sister to pray for me. I went on to paint the walls in peace that afternoon. I remembered thanking God for taking this huge step with me and wondered where I still stand with this phobia. I knew I could look at one without the same reactions but what about later in the night in my sleep…? That evening after worship and our routine sharing, because my room was closest to the worship room, some of the leaders decided to leave the music instruments we used there. God had strategically planned that. One of the instruments we used was a snake skinned drum and it was there in MY room. When I saw it, my heart pounded. Then I felt comfort as I remembered the events that afternoon and the story in the Bible when God was victorious when He defeated Satan by crushing the head of the snake. I went to bed in peace and was sound asleep. I didn’t' even dream the same horrifying dream. By the end of our 9-day trip to Cambodia, I was able to put both my hands on the “snake skin” drum and beat it. What a beautiful redemption – an instrument used to worship our God Almighty! Last year, I anchored myself in God, surrendering every single aspect of my life to Him the one and only true and living God that can transform and save me. As soon as I put my trust in the Lord, He has set me free from my bondages! I am still amazed by His immeasurable love for me!

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Kid’s Program
by Ivy Tam
Perhaps because of my acquired "extrovertedness", I give the impression that I am not shy and can speak in front of people.  To a certain extent this is true:  I can usually think of something to say, though I am not sure how well those messages would be delivered. Late Friday afternoon, the day before our departure for Cambodia at 8am on Saturday, I was asked by one of the leaders to share in one of the house churches in the villages on Sunday. My mind went completely blank ... we had been warned and I fully expected that I had to share on the Cambodia mission trip,     but I had not expected this… With very limited ability to quote from the Bible off the top of my head, I thought a short testimony would be easier.  So I raced to think of an experience that would relate to the audience; I dug into my memory and thought about certain verses that had encouraged me in the past… but they were all so irrelevant to the Cambodians we were going to serve!!  As you can see, I was struggling. So I called up Norman for more guidance.  He very patiently explained to me that anything would be fine, anything from a short message to personal experiences… I was ‘ok-ing’ him but my thoughts were still shooting around in blank space… then he said "even something from Sunday school too. "That reminded me of how the storyboards of Gideon’s story from the Kid's Club had captured the attention of the Island ECC 9-10 year old kids!! I called up Liz Chow and she graciously

had the storyboards ready for me to pick up in the next 30mins at church!  I felt good. But as I went to bed at 2am that night, I started to worry – I’m sharing in a house church and I am pulling out a few story boards?   Am I childish or would they think that I consider them childish?   But it was already too late and I was too tired to come up with a plan B. Mentally, I was still juggling with other ideas for sharing but nothing felt right. Sunday came.   When we arrived at the house church, we saw as many, if not more, kids as adults there! I immediately understood why God had made me bring the story boards… I was very excited! The Cambodian kids were all so captivated by my story of Gideon on the storyboards. With the help of my animated interpreter, Sokhom, the kids thoroughly enjoyed the story. It was truly a message from God that by trusting Him, He could use anyone - whether weak or strong to do great work for His Glory. As it turned out kids were everywhere in Cambodia!  We shared the story to many other groups of children and have decided to leave the storyboards behind. I am humbled – it turns out that I am just like Gideon It is only when I realize how weak I am that I can experience God’s power that He can achieve anything He wants in a completely effortless way.

“It is only when I realize how weak I am that I can experience God’s power that he can achieve anything He wants in a completely effortless way.”

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“We may have completed these wells, but our work in sharing the Gospel is not.”
Well Digging
by Glendy Ip Clean water – it’s so easily accessible in Hong Kong and we often take it for granted. For some villagers in Cambodia, finding clean water has not been and is still not a simple task. Families may need to walk miles to get clean water and sometimes may end up bringing home contaminated water.   One of the objectives for our Immeasurable Team was to fund and help build 2 wells in the villages in Prey Veng and fund for 2 more. The wells were excavated by using machines to drill into the ground, and our team would help by installing the drilling pipes. These pipes would help us to dig into the earth. Each pipe would dig two meters into the different layers of the earth. Each layer of earth would tell us whether we would be able to find clean water there. During this process, we had to clear the debris and mud to allow for more debris and mud from the lower layers to be excavated and examined. After digging for 30 to 50 meters, we found clean water. It was such a big satisfaction to see the fresh water coming out from the ground especially after so much work! We later put in proper durable pipes for clean water to travel up to the surface. We also paved the area on the surface so that the wells could be properly used by the villagers. It was a greater delight to see happy faces of the villagers and the children who joyfully surrounded us as we drilled and dug to find clean water.    Providing clean water only satisfied the most basic needs of the villagers there. The aim is to find enough funding so that a well could be shared between two to three households. A lot more work still needs to be done in the village to improve people's lives. We may have completed these wells, but our work in sharing the Gospel is not. By continuously reaching out to show our love and care for the people there, I hope and believe that God will use our Immeasurable Team to bring great hope and future for the people of Cambodia.

Well-digging activity in Prey Veng

Rick interacting with local kids

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Sports & Games
by Rick Mak As a member of the games team, one of my goals on this trip was to show the kids of Cambodia as many games as possible so that they could experience a bit more of the “western” upbringing that I had enjoyed. I remember going from village to village and ministry to ministry and it wasn’t pain that I felt, but love. There were three moments that touched me that I will never forget.

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activity area used a megaphone. The kids were not too loud, but you still couldn’t hear him if you were sitting near the back.  What a shocker this was for our games team. I felt like I was studying for geography exam and I turn over the exam booklet and it’s a chemistry exam!  All the games that I had envisioned using (requiring space) were just thrown out the window.  We now had a bunch of anxious children sitting on cement and ready to burn off some energy. I thought our games team was well-prepared for kid’s activities, but we  were put in a crisis management mode. Usually, I would get nervous in these types of situations due to my risk adverse tendencies (job habit), but this time was different. I wasn’t nervous, but was actually excited.  Things somehow fell into place as our brains churned out a few games to get them moving (head and shoulders, and a modified train game).  We asked for strength, and strength we received. 

Children At Risk Slum Ministry

We drove 2 hours to Phnom Penh from Prey Veng and headed to our first  inner city ministry called Children At Risk.  A group of us were invited to play football with some of the older kids. We walked over to the football field and we could tell the boys were serious. We thought that we would play a game of Team Immeasurable versus the local boys but  decided to mix and split up.  We had to put up our own goal posts made of bamboo and the field conditions were not ideal as the ground was very bumpy and one side of the field was like a marsh land. It was amazing to play with these boys who had so much skill even without shoes!  I felt like I was playing with teenagers back in Canada. We played for about an hour.  Each team scored. One team won, but who really cares. We finished with some penalty kicks. Many balls were flying around. I will always remember this one boy who didn’t play because he was too young and too small. He would line up his penalty kick, but many times the older boys would take his ball away before he would kick it. I could tell he was finally getting frustrated. Although, I have seen this happen in many places before, I couldn’t let this happen anymore so I got him the ball and hovered over the ball to ensure no boys took the ball from this little boy. The little boy kicked the ball and he was applauded by many who were amazed by how well he kicked for a boy of his age. I felt a great tension of energy had been lifted from the pitch and felt we could now take down the goal posts, we then headed back to meet with the rest of the team. 

Water of Life Slum Ministry
It was a beautiful sunny Saturday morning and we were headed to our next ministry for a morning "carnival" and we were late and the kids were rambunctious.  The games team entered the game area and we were pleasantly surprised to see that we had a bigger space than at New Life Fellowship.  We learnt that there were 300+ kids split into 2 groups. As one  group would do games another group would sing songs and watch skits. These two groups would then rotate.   I had mapped out a routine of games to play on the van ride there and with a few days of activities at other ministries under our belt, this was sure to be a "slam dunk".  A few games went successfully and everything was going smoothly. The lady then asked me, “do you have more games to play?”  I did not hesitate and excitedly said “Of course we do!”.  She replied along the lines of, “Oh, ...ok. Ummm, don’t want to get the kids too tired as we are not sure if some of the kids will get any water today.” For a brief moment there, I felt like someone just let the air out of my heart, but we continued on with our happy and energetic selves for the kids’ sake, but I knew this would be a moment that I would not forget. I was always told to run around and burn energy when I was young, and then get water when I was thirsty.  Well, I guess I took that for granted. During that brief moment, I thought that these kids really are missing out on their childhood, but I thought more about it and they were just missing out on my childhood.  After spending a whole morning with these kids, I learnt that although their childhood lacks a lot of what I was exposed to during my childhood, they made up for it with love. We planned a few more games and then the second group of kids rotated into our game area.  We played all the same games and all I can remember were kids of all ages playing together whilst laughing and smiling all the time. No injuries were reported. What a beautiful way to start a day and also end our games mission for the trip.

New Life Fellowship Slum Ministry
This destination challenged our group's faith.  Once we arrived we still had a bit of a walk to get to where the kid's were waiting for us. The streets in the slum were too muddy and had too many potholes for the van to enter. We had to walk. The walk was challenging because the ground was too muddy. To avoid getting our shoes soggy, we walked right and then left as if we were walking on a wire 30m up in the air. We finally arrived. Standing there, to our right, there was what looked like a marshland, and to our left, bundled between 2 buildings with a plastic tarmac was a roof, below the roof was where the kids were sitting The kid's play area was the size of 3 car garages but this was for  200+ kids!  All the kid's were sitting nicely waiting for us. The leader at the front of the

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Jehovah Jireh (also known as Joy of Cambodia)
by Christina Sou
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him.” 1 John 5:14-15 Our God is Jehovah Jireh, the Provider. Jehovah Jireh is also the name of a ministry serving communities near a garbage dump in the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A Christian couple, Charia and Thearith, runs this ministry providing education, Bible study, food and love for children and adults living in the village next to the garbage dump. The story of Jehovah Jireh is a living testimony of God’s provision to those who follow Him. About six years ago, Charia and Thearith had some leftover food from a Christmas celebration. They decided to take the food to a garbage dump and offer it to the children living there. They were deeply moved by the needs they saw and felt God’s calling to serve this community. It was a big step for them. Whilst they were willing to submit to God’s calling, they were also facing

internal struggles. They were not sure how they would be able to get enough resources to operate the ministry, so they prayed hard. One day, Charia and Thearith were in a restaurant discussing the ministry that they had been called to start. They felt a lack of confidence and asked for God to show them a sign. As they stood up ready to leave the restaurant, two women came up to them. One of the women looked Charia and Thearith in the eyes, and said, “I do not know who you are, but God spoke to me and asked me to tell you that He is Jehovah Jireh, He will provide.” With the sign from God, the couple started the Jehovah Jireh Center. In the first year, they ran a Christmas program at the top of the garbage dump. Charia was secretly wishing that they would be able to have their own premises so that they could do more activities with the children. Later, a building very close to the garbage dump became available for rent. However, the ministry did not have enough money to pay the rent. So again, they prayed hard for God’s provision. Shortly after, they received a donation that was enough, not only for them to cover the first three months of rent for the premises, but also enough for them to pay for operation expenses. They finally had their own premises and this was the same building

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“...good work accumulates, like droplets of water to form an ocean.”
where the Island ECC outreach team held the Christmas program in December 2010. Since then, Jehovah Jireh has been faithfully relying on God’s provision, month by month. God’s Grace is enough. There were many times when Charia and Thearith thought they would not be able to go on for another month, yet, God always provides them with just what they need, at the exact right time. In December last year, they considered cutting the food program because of lack of funding. All of a sudden, they received money and, once again, the money came to them at the exact right time. I am deeply touched by the unshakeable faith of Charia and Thearith. I am touched by how they just pray and leave the rest to Him. Over time, Jehovah Jireh has expanded the programs that they provide to the community they serve. They now run five classes where children learn mathematics, etiquette, Khmer, English and also Bible stories. They also hold an adult Bible study class catered especially to women who may be suffering from illness, poverty, or be the subject of domestic violence. If you ask me how I know that the work of Jehovah Jireh makes a difference for those they serve, I can quote you many examples – from the way the children look at the staff and the respect they show them, from their thoughtfulness as we worked in partnership to prepare the Island ECC Christmas program, from the improvement in the children’s manners, from the joy on the children’s faces and their laughter and from the ever growing number of children and adults coming to this center. Many children learn about Jesus here and, when they return home, tell their parents the Bible stories they had learnt. Many children receive the kind of education that they would not be able to receive in a public school. Now, many children have a safe place to play and can grow up in a place where the right values are being taught. Above all, they learn about God who is the Provider, the Redeemer, the Healer, and the Father who so loves His children that He gave them His one and only Son. No, the fruit of Jehovah Jireh’s work may not be seen in a matter of a few days. No, their work may not always be exciting, and can even be frustrating at times. No, they do not believe that the nation of Cambodia can be changed overnight. But, what they do believe is God’s Almighty Power. They believe that good work accumulates, like droplets of water to form an ocean or sands to form a beach. They believe that they will change people’s lives, one at a time. I pray that God will continue to protect them, give them strength and shower them with many blessings, more than anyone could ever imagine.

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“I have been blessed, because spending time with them has caused me to hunger more – more of Him who will satisfy.”
e Slums of Cambodia
by Florence Chiu
A friend once asked me: “What are the 10 things that make you happy?” She told me that one of the things on her list was walking on a dirt road holding the hands of dusty, dirty children. At that time, I didn’t think that my answers to her question would change much over the course of the next few years. But at least one of them did, as God continued to show me his love and heart for the poor. It makes me happy walking in the slums, being with the people. It makes me happy sitting with a child in the dirt. It makes me happy holding a scrawny kid who is hungry for love and touch. It makes me happy to see the same girl or visit the same family again. It makes me happy to be with the poor. Perhaps I have come to understand more of what Jesus had said: “Blessed are you who are poor,   for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.” Luke 6:20-21 The slums are a special place. Children are running, playing and crying. Many are barefooted, some with mismatched slippers, torn clothes, worn clothes or no clothes. There are people cooking, washing, sleeping, eating, talking or not doing anything. There are always so many children in the slums, many with light hair and many with tiny frames that are too small for their age because of malnutrition. They are playing with whatever they can find – plastic bags, bottles, stones, tyres, rubbish – and it doesn’t bother them at all. And of course, there are problems - alcoholism, abuse, prostitution, illness and poverty. It’s life, and life at its rawest form.  It is not difficult to find slums in developing countries. Having visited quite a few in different countries, one can conclude that in many ways, they can look and feel the same. Many people would not find the slums an appealing place to be. But for me, it’s a place I find myself feeling more at home than walking through a luxury brand store. We visited a few different slums in Cambodia on previous mission trips. Each slum was with a different ministry, but there was one in particular which we had never visited before as a team. It was on the other side of the gigantic rubbish dump that is now closed down. We had always gone to one side of the dump so it was interesting to see that on the other side, there were even more families, which made it feel more like a community. We partnered with a ministry that would provide food for the children, with the hope that at least once or twice a week, the children would get a more nutritious meal. There are also local church volunteers who would faithfully go every week to teach them songs and stories from the Bible, and most importantly, to really care for and love these children. I could see their relationship with the kids and their heart for these young lives as they broke off into smaller groups to share and pray.  When we asked the ministry leaders what they needed, they responded to us that they needed crocs. That day, as we gave out the crocs and put them onto the children’s feet, it was with thanksgiving for the simple fact that they do not have to run around barefoot anymore because there was so much rubbish around them that could cut them. I pray that the seeds of faith that are being planted now will grow, and one day, every one of them would know in their hearts and minds that all of these things are because they are loved by Jesus, and that they can know Him personally. Being with the poor doesn’t just make me happy. They bring me joy. Joy in knowing that God is there with them, that they are not forgotten, and that they are loved by their heavenly Father. It brings me an even deeper joy in knowing that faithful men and women are being used by God to feed both their physical and spiritual hunger as they bring food, love and the word of God. I have been blessed, because spending time with them has caused me to hunger more – more of Him who will satisfy.

Shining Light in the Dark
Daughters of Cambodia
by Naomi Yeung
This is my 2nd trip to Cambodia with the Island ECC mission team. As I have shared with many people, this trip was very different from last year, which was an eye opener for me about God himself. This year, other than showing His presence and work in Cambodia, God revealed to me what broke His heart as well. I have heard about the serious problems of human trafficking, especially in the sex industry, but I had never thought about something called sex tourism. One night in Prey Veng, our team was worshipping in a big room on the ground floor of the motel. I went back to my room on the third floor to pick up my song book and on my way back down I saw two very young Cambodian girls in alluring dresses wearing heavy makeup, walking up the stairs. Following them was a male foreigner probably in his 50s. Of course I did not want to jump to conclusions, but I couldn’t think of other reasons why this scene would happen late in the night in such a remote province in Cambodia. This provoking scene disturbed my heart for the next couple of days during my trip. When we got back to Phnom Penh, I was in the smaller team visiting Daughters of Cambodia. God let me see what His people are doing here. Daughters of Cambodia is founded by a British missionary who was a ballerina as well as a professionally trained psychologist. She and her husband believe that providing a shelter for the girls in the sex industry cannot solve the problem. Even though some girls, boys and lady boys are sold into brothels; due to various factors, there are also quite a number of them participating in the sex trade by their own choice. Daughters of Cambodia chooses to give a choice to these people. The place provides skills training such as sewing and making accessories from scratch. From designing, producing then packaging raw materials, they would turn them into handbags, hair clips, and other handicrafts and products. Those products would be sold in their shop, and the girls would get a salary from working at Daughters in Cambodia. They would promise that they would not participate in the sex industry whilst working there. At Daughters, they will have a chance to hear about Jesus Christ and learn about the Word of God. The center also provides personal counseling services, so that they will learn the right way to make a living, in the hope that eventually they will leave the sex industry and live a dignified new life by choice. I can see God's faithful servants continuing their work by answering to God's calling. The process itself is tedious, it's like farmers sowing seeds hoping that the seeds will bear fruit. There is the possibility that some seeds may land on bad ground and not bear fruit, but there is also that

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possibility that, in a matter of months or even years, the good seeds will bear rich fruits. During a road trip, the husband of this British missionary continued to share the stories they have heard from serving at Daughters. Stories of people selling their children or people selling their bodies for money are considered common cases. There are other cases far more complex involving issues of family education, moral values, identity confusion, and confusion in relationship boundaries. God was telling me how much he is grieving to see this happen. The genocide not only brought poverty to Cambodia, it also resulted in a lost generation and a lack of role models in the Cambodian society. The things I saw and the things I heard are the consequences of sin. Once again, I was stirred by what I learnt. I believe these have broken God’s heart too. Rewinding back to the first day of the trip, I was asked to share in a village church and I didn’t know what to talk about. I prayed and asked my Father what I should say. When I opened my diary, one piece of loose paper dropped out, this was a verse written on it: “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten… You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed.” Joel 2:25-26 I shared this on the first day of the trip, and now as I reflect; it is my prayer to Cambodia after this special trip.

“Once again, I was stirred by what I learnt. I believe these have broken God’s heart too.”

Shining Light in the Dark
Jumpah
by Mary Tse One of the most beautiful memories I have carried with me since our previous trip to Cambodia in 2009, is the image of children jumping and dancing with an abundance of joy whilst singing. From time to time, I would also find myself thinking about a little girl at Jumpah called Gira, who had lost her mother from a young age. As you will see, after our visit last year, Jumpah holds a special place in my heart. Jumpah is a ministry that provides a safe community, a peaceful home and practical support for families affected by HIV. To help these families break the cycle of poverty, Jumpah teaches them vocational skills such as woodwork, weaving and pig-rearing. Jumpah also runs an orphanage to provide a caring home, education and support for the children who had lost their parents, sometimes to HIV. This ministry is run by two missionaries, Tim and Darlene. This time, when I heard that a few of us would have the opportunity to visit Jumpah again – there was no question, I was going! During the onehour drive from Phnom Penh to Jumpah, I was wondering to myself – would the children remember us? Would Gira still remember me? Our thoughts and prayers had been with them for the past year. When we arrived at Jumpah, we realized that the children had already been singing for an entire hour while waiting for us! So, we started our program… with more singing! There were big smiles and much laughter as the children learned some new songs and watched us do funny actions. I thought to myself, the simple joy on their faces was exactly what had touched me back in 2009. Gira and I spotted each other right away. At first, I wasn’t sure if she was looking at me because she had recognized me or because she

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was just curious to see a visitor from afar. However, as soon as we had finished singing, she smiled and ran over to hug me! For me, it was such a heart-warming moment. After our impromptu program of singing as well as sports games with the children, we had a few precious moments to speak with Darlene. We asked her about the children whom we had been thinking of and praying for in the past year. One by one, she told us their stories. I remember being particularly touched by this one story. It was the story of a little girl called Jen who has a sweet and loving character even though she may appear to be shy at first. She is HIV positive. It was passed to her at birth from her mother who was also HIV positive. When their family first arrived at Jumpah there were three of them - her mother, younger brother and herself. When her mother's condition worsened, her mother decided to leave the community at Jumpah and return to their home village – she took her two children along with her. Not long after returning to the village, her mother passed away. Tim and Darlene immediately set out to find the two children when they heard about the news. After traveling 5 hours by motorbike, they found the brother and sister. They saw that Jen had lost 10 pounds, and her health had deteriorated so badly that they were worried they would lose her. They decided to bring both the children back to Jumpah. For the entire journey back, the two siblings would cry, and then laugh and later cry again. They cried because they had lost their mother, and they laughed because they were so happy to be returning to Jumpah – a place where they knew they would be cared for and be loved. After hearing Jen’s story, I realized that it wasn’t just one or two of these children who had heart wrenching stories - it was each and every single one of them.

“Jen had lost 10 pounds, and her health had deteriorated so badly that they were worried they would lose her.”

Shining Light in the Dark
We didn’t have too much time, but there was so much Darlene had to share with us. She told us that it had been a difficult year for them at Jumpah. They are trying to look for new staff and it hasn’t been easy to find someone they trust with a good heart to care for the families and the children. They also had concerns about their financial situation - yet God has been faithful to them and has provided for them with His perfect timing. Darlene told us at one point they realized that there was only around US$25 left in their bank account. Around the same time, two of our team members who had visited Jumpah in 2009 decided to run a marathon to raise funds for the ministries in Cambodia. They managed to raise quite a bit of money – and ultimately decided that Jumpah would be one of the ministries to receive this donation. The story ended with the money

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arriving at the exact right time for Tim and Darlene. After this visit to Jumpah, I started to think a bit more about the missionaries who are God’s hands and feet in Cambodia. They work faithfully and selflessly and continuously pour out their love on those they serve. They may be serving in remote locations without easy access to a support network of family and friends. It was then I realized how much they needed our constant prayers and support. Going as a team on an outreach trip to Cambodia should not simply be interacting with the local ministries for a short few hours. Our role does not stop there, but is to continue encouraging them and to keep them in our prayers even after we return.

“For the entire journey back, the two siblings would cry, and then laugh and later cry again.”

Shining Light in the Dark
Children At Risk
by Sarah Keung In 2009, my heart was broken when I followed Tim, the founder of Children at Risk, to visit the community nearby. It was a heavy visit. Although the program was called “home visit”, I could barely call what I saw a home. People were forced to leave their homes in the city and resettle here a few years ago. The government built some garagelike houses as compensation. However, for those who couldn’t produce valid documents proving their residency in the city area, they were not entitled to these houses. They built their new “homes” here with bamboo, worn-out sailcloth and carton paper. As the rubbish was dumped at their doorstep, in rainy season, the area was flooded with sewage and rubbish. Tim was called by God to love and serve these people. He started Children at Risk to provide free education program and care for the children in this area. The center schedules weekly hairwashing and health care programs to mothers. The center is facing greater need, and Tim asked us to pray for additional staff. Over the next year, the images of suffering people had constantly reminded me to pray for them. To my delight, the community looked much more vibrant and alive this time I visited. On our way to the center, we drove past a school in the community and pupils in uniform were waving at us. Later I learned from the staff that the school was founded by a Korean missionary. We held a Christmas outreach program at Children at Risk and about a hundred kids came.

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They grew taller than last year and learned more English! My heart melted when they sang the worship songs and shouted “Jesus, I love you”. I stayed in the center for a teenage girls’ program. The girls taught us traditional Cambodian dance and we split into groups to braid friendship bracelets. The heartwarming and simple fellowship reminded me love is not bound by language nor background. Another highlight was that I found out a lady I met at DTS (Disciple Training Center) is now on staff at the center. She showed me the new rooms upstairs for youth program. We prayed for each other and gave thanks to God for all the blessings in this year! When the home visit team came back, I heard that the living condition had improved significantly and many people came to Christ in this community. My heart was delighted and overjoyed to witness how God is working here this year. My second visit to Children at Risk revealed to me how powerful our God is. It is He who turns ashes into beauty. “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” Luke 4:18-19

“e heartwarming and simple fellowship reminded me love is not bound by language nor background.”

Children At Risk Ministry

Sarah with a local kid

Relationships
Marriage Seminar
Love In Any Language
by Shannon Hilliard
When I was asked to co-lead a marriage seminar for the Love Cambodia ministry, I was challenged by the lack of knowledge that I had about the Cambodian culture and how relationships “work” there. I wanted to be a team player and a team member that said “YES” to whatever was asked of me. That was the sole motivation to say “yes” to this task. I had only spent 11 days of my life in Cambodia and did not have a clue about how relationships played out on an everyday level. I knew Pastor Albert would be covering the Biblical mandate and purpose for marriage. I planned to share the practical. However, what is practical in Cambodia?? In Hong Kong, I can share about putting down the iPhone or Blackberry and actually talking to each other, making sure (in our very independent professional society) to still make your husband a priority. However, what could I share out in a village in Cambodia? The Lord had me where He wanted me clueless and prayerful. Pastor Albert and I entered the headquarter of Love Cambodia, drank some hot tea and met the staff. We were sitting on the ground legs crossed looking into young beautiful faces. Pastor Albert taught about God’s plan for marriage in Genesis. He did an amazing a job. Then it was my turn. I had now spent 15 days in Cambodia and four days in this village. So, I started off with my story about meeting and dating Brett, I was honest about my natural skepticism of men, having grown up in a non-Christian home. Then I asked a question, “I know nothing about cultural roles in marriage here in Cambodia, however, in the States and in Hong Kong, sometimes women think it is their job to change their husband…”. Before I could even ask if this was an issue in this village, our translator broke out in laughter and said, “Oh, it is a bigger problem here!” Everyone started laughing and throwing the world-renowned elbow jab at the person next to them. The world God created felt so small and the room connected through our mutual sins and need for a God to be the One who changes us. I continued to ask questions such as, “What made you want to marry your husband?” It is amazing to hear the power of love in all cultures as they mention these things: his love for God, he makes me feel safe, his sense of humor and the way he cares for me.

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I also shared that my favorite definition of submission was ducking so God can hit your husband. This led to more laughter and the question was asked, “What if your husband ducks too?” Great question! In Christian marriage our goal is mutual surrender to God’s ways and not our ways, and then nobody gets hit! I went on to talk about what I have learned over the last 21 years of marriage is that what men need most from their wives is respect and love. I shared that I try to communicate in small and big ways respect for Brett each day. I shared examples of actions from making his coffee to wearing my hair a certain way, to verbally praising him for one of the many things he had done well that day. It is a goal in my life to live respectfully with my husband even after 21 years. To paraphrase Gary Thomas, author of Sacred Influence, our goal as wives should be to be an influence in his life through your own walk and relationship with the living God, and not a dripping faucet in his life. I ended with Proverbs 31:10-12: “An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him GOOD and not HARM all the days of her life.” I entered with anxiety in my heart and left with joy having seen how God has uniquely made each of us, yet how much we all have in common as we journey to live a life of love with the Lord and each other.

“e Lord had me where He wanted me - clueless and prayerful.”

Shannon with local kids in Prey Veng

Relationships
Love Cambodia - Kindergarten Project
by Sharon Yau
Imagine. It's an early morning and you are riding on the back of a motorbike along bumpy dirt back roads in the country, music playing through the headset of your iPod. You pass through villages, seeing bamboo thatched huts, and occasionally zoom by the smile of a little child. Between each village there are luscious fields of green all around. How absolutely beautiful!! Usually hot and humid, today you can smell the distinct scents of the rare crisp Cambodian morning, the greenery, the village hogs, and even a cow, which is probably the pride of the village.   Does it make you wonder how many have traversed these roads and hoped that one day, a large foreign corporation would come and plow through this land to build a factory and provide employment? Or perhaps a developer would come and plan to build an apartment complex with small retail shopping outlets in place of these old, scrappy huts... Both being plans which could serve to propel this agrarian society into a (more) modern world.   Over 10 years ago, a dear woman's eyes fell upon this land. They came across the same small huts. Her feet walked along the same dirt roads. Her nose breathed in the same village scents. Rather than seeing capitalism and profitability as a means to growth, she envisioned a different kind of development. She sensed a need for belonging, a

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need for community, a need for the everlasting redemptive love of a Savior.   Bee-ngoh Chua came to Cambodia as a missionary almost 15 years ago. She settled in the province of Prey Veng, learned how to speak Khmer, and built numerous relationships with the villagers, most of whom were farmers. Her heart longed to see individuals receive the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. Throughout the years, the Lord used her mightily to lead many to Him, one heart at a time.   Not only was Bee-ngoh the planter and harvester of many individual seeds of Christianity in Prey Veng, but she also had a vision of an entire Christian community… a living and active church. With this vision and tremendous foresight, Beengoh made a faithful decision a decade ago to purchase a plot of land in a particular village in Prey Veng called Kampong Chan. One day she hoped – no, she believed – that Kampong Chan would be the land upon which a church would thrive. It would serve as a light in the village.   Kampong Chan is a small village, with perhaps 20-30 families. Most villagers are subsistence farmers, if employed at all. Driving up to Kampong Chan in 2009, our team was welcomed by dozens of smiling faces, barefoot kids jump-roping with shoots of bamboo (!), and cheering children with arms open, ready to give and yearning to receive hugs.   Kampong Chan was very special. This village served as our central meeting point throughout the four days when our 28-person team was in Prey Veng. Everyday, we would congregate at Kampong Chan, and go out… to build toilets, to dig wells, to run a medical clinic. No matter where we went, we returned to Kampong Chan. But beyond this, Kampong Chan was where an elder of a church lived in a very humble hut. There was also a larger hut, which served as a church. Yes, a C-H-U-R-CH. This is where 15-20 or so men and women would congregate on Sundays, to worship the Lord and fellowship with one another. THIS is where the Lord answered Bee-ngoh’s prayers and responding to her faith – extended the family of God.   On our last evening in Prey Veng back in 2009, we were meeting together with Bee-ngoh and other local leaders, sharing about how we could continue to partner and to serve the Lord together. The idea of building a kindergarten began to form. Questions abounded – Where? How? What about

“My heart (and voice) was SCREAMING of joy and excitement! A cement building was before my very eyes!!!”

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financial resources? What about a teacher? Curriculum? Over the next 3-6 months, so much transpired… Despite all the unanswered questions, the idea solidified, and what started as a conversation topic turned into a spreadsheet with a detailed budget, and even a construction brief. A fellow brother from Singapore was taking a team to Prey Veng in April 2010. He happened to be an engineer and did a full survey of various plots of land in Prey Veng, giving his assessment of where a kindergarten might be built. Through the ensuing dialogue, we learned of Bee-ngoh’s vision that there would be a church community in Kampong Chan. Wouldn’t it be amazing, if this “kindergarten” would serve as a catalyst to stir the hearts of the villagers, to draw people to wonder about God’s grace and mercy, to be a physical symbol and reminder of God’s love for them? A Light in the Village! After numerous email and phone call exchanges, as well as hours of prayers, it was decided: Kampong Chan.   Groundbreaking occurred in July 2010. Over the next few months, slowly the kindergarten was being built, brick by brick. Not only one, but two teachers were found to teach the children. The local people were keen to begin school, and yet the building wasn’t finished. The children began to meet daily in the existing church hut in Kampong Chan. What a beautiful picture of children eager

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to learn, and sitting in the church to do so. I visited Kampong Chan in October 2010…my heart (and voice) was SCREAMING of joy and excitement! A cement building was before my very eyes!!!   In November 2010, our team of 36 drove up to Kampong Chan. And just as in 2009, we were received by the laughter, smiles, and warmth of so many children. They were anxiously waiting for the van doors to slide open! This year was slightly different – there was a familiarity in the children’s faces… many of these were children that attended school here in Kampong Chan! Looking around, the kindergarten construction was nearly complete, but the structure was yet to be painted so schooling was still being held in the church hut. My heart was in awe of all that was around me…the future of Kampong Chan, playing with delight, with hope in their hearts… surrounded by God’s love.  

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If you were to walk the roads of Kampong Chan today, your eyes will probably fall upon a bright yellow building with a gorgeous mural of Noah’s Ark. But hopefully what you will see, is a c o m m u n i t y, t ra n s f o r m e d by t h e L o r d ’s immeasurable love and incredible blessing. I do believe that greater things are yet to come and indeed will be done in Kampong Chan. God has only just begun!

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Discipleship Training School
by Shirley Cheung
On the sixth night of our trip, we visited a missionary education center called Youth With a Mission Discipleship Training School (DTS) Cambodia, where young adults gathered for discipleship training and 2 to 3 months of outreach to seek God’s purpose in their lives. Although we spoke different languages, we spent a great evening worshiping, taking Communion and fellowshipping with a bunch of passionate students. We felt the strong presence of the Holy Spirit among us and we shared our love for God with each other. While everyone from the team headed downstairs for dinner, a bad cramp kicked in and I was in serious pain and decided to stay on the 3/F for a rest. While sitting alone, a lady named Saragat came over and sat down with me, asking warmly if I would like something to eat or drink. She then started to share her own story and told me she didn’t join the group dinner because her youngest daughter was sick. As she barely spoke any English and I any Khmer, with no interpreter around, we exhausted all means of communication, i.e. the booklet with bilingual phrases in Khmer and English, along with a lot of body languages. She started by telling me that she is a 26-year-old wife abandoned by her husband a year ago, and that she has two little boys and two little girls aged from 2 to 6, the youngest girl named Yaya (the adorable little one in the picture) was sleeping and she’s worried about her. We then started reading the Bible and she was eagerly trying to share with me verses from Isaiah 40:1-11 on comfort from God and I completely saw the burden and fear in her eyes. At that moment, the story of a widow’s oil from 2 Kings 4:1-7 jumped into my mind (it was a sermon from the 2nd day of our trip by Pastor Albert). I read the passage and reminded her that there is

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Hope in our Lord and He will provide no matter how hopeless the situation seems. After reading, we moved into a room and started praying for each other together with Yaya. Though we were praying in a language that the other one didn’t understand, we both felt the sisterly love we had in Him that brought the two of us from different parts of the world together to pray for each other. It was the first time in my life that I found myself crying whilst praying for someone who was neither part of my family nor my friend, but someone whom I had just met! Although we spent most of the time trying to overcome the language barrier just to make sure we were reading the same chapter in Khmer and English Bibles, we were both at absolute peace knowing that we were communicating with the language from God, not from humans. At the end, we reminded each other of faith and hope in our Almighty Lord. We ended our conversation with “I Love You” and a warm hug, and, of course, we were both in tears. I believe God was speaking to me through this lady to soften my heart. Years back, I was completely torn while going through a painful break-up with my fiancé and my parents were struggling in their own marriage. Family has always been the one thing on earth that I value the most. I started a long period of cycles of selfdoubt and bitter feelings towards God, asking “Why do You let this happen to me? What have I

“It was the first time in my life that I found myself crying whilst praying for someone who was neither part of my family nor my friend...”

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done wrong? Why can’t I just have a happy family like everyone else?”. Truly admiring the courage of this brave lady who carries the burden and responsibility of raising four children alone, I saw that God never abandoned us no matter how difficult the circumstances look. I knew God’s answer to my previous questions was that He Loves me so much that He allowed the pain only to help me grow in Him, and that He would not give me more than I can take. I still vividly remember the feeling of hopelessness I had at the beginning of 2010 when I once cried out to the Lord in my prayer “Dear Father, the things that I am going through is too much for me, I just can’t do this.” How He lifted me up from there and walked with me was enough to convince me how much love He has for each of us. It was such an amazing experience encountering God through this brave and lovely lady. Even more amazing was that when we started reading Bible verses, my cramp was gone for almost an hour! (Though the cramps kicked back in within 5 minutes after us finishing the prayer.) God is always the best “pain killer” if we put our faith and trust in Him. I would like to summarize this trip with one of my favorite verses: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 I will cherish the moments of how God carried me and walked out of the valley with me. The love and hope He showed me during this Cambodia trip marked a perfect closure for 2010 – from the valley to the mountain top.

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Hagar
Food for the Souls of the Little Ones
by Priscilla Wong About a year ago in December 2009, I was having lunch at Hagar Restaurant for the first time and was listening to Nathan, the General Manager, share about Hagar and the work that they do. Hagar was a social enterprise of Hagar Cambodia, a Christian NGO which was committed to the recovery and empowerment of women and children who were victims of human rights abuse, particularly domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual exploitation. When we asked Nathan about his vision for his ministry, he shared about how one of his dreams was to use the resources that he has in his restaurant and catering business to feed the poorest of the poor in Phnom Penh’s slums.   At the time, this vision was just a little seed. A few months later, God provided the funds for this slum feeding project through a love offering from Island ECC and the seed sprung into fruition. From then on, Hagar has been partnering with New Life Fellowship in three slums reaching out to children through a program of hygiene and wound care, Bible stories, songs and prayer. After the program, each child is given a nutritious meal to take home. Hagar aims to provide as much nutrition in their meals as they can since a lot of the children receiving these lunch boxes may not be eating on a daily basis and are mostly malnourished. In September 2010, I moved to Cambodia for 3 months and was able to join Hagar and New Life in their monthly outreach to the slums. The last of these visits I participated in December 2010, was an especially meaningful one for me as I was able to bring along my team from Island ECC to partner with them, to love these children. That day, I saw God’s faithfulness in His provision: if He puts a vision or idea in your heart, we can be assured that He will provide you with everything that’s required to complete the task that He’s called you to do.  Months ago, this slum feeding project was but a little seed that God called his children to water. Now the team and I were all standing there in and amongst the children of the slums who were staring wide-eyed at the spectacular show the team had put together for them. That day we saw each child walk away with joyful faces and full stomachs.  Their little bare feet were also adorned and protected with brand new Crocs which our team had brought

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over from Hong Kong. I realized that the smiles on their faces were not only there because they had received the material things we’d brought with us but they were blessed by the love of Christ brought to them in a tangible form through: songs and skits performed by our team, the hugs from New Life’s staff and our team members, and also the lunch boxes lovingly prepared by the staff at Hagar. After our program, our team walked around the slums, most of us with hands full with children.  As the sun slowly dropped like a yolk from the sky at sunset, we reached Phnom Penh’s rubbish mountain. Some team members climbed up to the top of the heap to pray over the land and families while I sat on the edges with a little crowd of curious children. In my beginner’s Khmer, I engaged in simple conversation with them.  It’s amazing how with simple questions like, “How many siblings do you have?”, “Do you go to school?” and “Where is your house?”, you can really catch a glimpse into their lives. One girl with big, round eyes found my hand while we were walking and sat close to me by the rubbish heap. I saw her little feet riddled with cuts and grazes.  “Where are your shoes?”, I asked. With pure and childlike innocence, she replied: “We have no money for shoes.”  Her simple answer made my heart swell and eyes brim with tears. It was uncontrived – the little girl spoke candidly about the only truth that she knew. Nonetheless, immediately her eyes lit up, she smiled and snuggled up closer to me and held my hand tightly. At that moment, she knew she was safe and loved and that made her smile with joy from within.         On that day, God showed me that he was actively working in the ashes through followers

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of Jesus Christ – whom he used as his hands and feet – to reach out and pour love to these children so that they would know that they are not forgotten and abandoned and that they are dearly loved and valued by the God of this u n ive r s e . I t i s t h i s u n c o n d i t i o n a l a n d immeasurable love which will transform them and turn their lives around – I know because I’ve seen how this love impacts them over and over again with my own eyes.  It is this certain hope, and not the material things that we can provide, which will truly change this country – child by child, one life at a time.                        That day at the slums was also special to me because I saw God majestically weaving my past, present and future together. Two years ago, I went to Cambodia for the first time as a member on Island ECC’s inaugural trip. On that first trip, God burdened my heart for this country and told me that I’d return one day. That day at the slums in December last year, I was serving with my church family again, but this time, God had also blessed me with my “perfect hand” standing by my side, Nathan. He was the guy I met a year ago when I went to Hagar Restaurant, who is now my fiancé and together we are serving in the fruit of the little seed that we had talked about at our first meeting.  I am so thankful to my Heavenly Father for bringing me on this journey with Him. I am truly blessed by the lavish love of our amazing God who is the giver of every good and perfect gift.

“God had also blessed me with my ‘perfect hand’ standing by my side.”

New Frontiers
Soccer Project
Body & Soul
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healthy life, filled with joy and love. What better way to engage them and keep them away from an unhealthy and sinful life, than to provide them with an opportunity to play a sport that is loved all over the world. You never know, we might uncover the next Messi or Ronaldo!

This is a brand new initiative that actually arose from 2 different sources. It started when Norman and myself were speaking with Thearith from Jehovah Jireh in Cambodia, and he shared about a soccer team that he organizes. Thearith brought together youths from the slums near the day care center and formed a soccer team so that they could have a fun and healthy activity together. In recent times, however, he has been having difficulty sponsoring the team to play proper games and getting adequate equipment such as boots and soccer balls. Being keen soccer players ourselves, Norman and I were keen to help Thearith out. After the trip, two other team members - Jen and Andrew, also felt a strong urge to support the soccer activities of our partners. In Andrew's words: "One thing I felt when I was there is that there is little engagement of people's body and soul. People have nothing to do! When we are not engaged with positive activities and positive thinking, evil thoughts creep in! We all know this well. I am committed to building a platform (not only for soccer, but for other sports as well...or better still for rugby!) to be used as an outreach to engage bodies and souls." We are thrilled because we believe that God is putting the same vision within us to use sports as a means not only to reach out to youth in Cambodia, but also as a way of engaging and teaching them to have a healthy lifestyle. Not only do Jen and Andrew want to provide equipment and soccer jerseys, they have thought of building an entire soccer field!  As we shared more, Rick being a keen sports person as well, shared his interest in getting involved. Rick's love is actually basketball, but he used to be very active in charity work, in soup kitchens and youth centers. In fact, Rick thinks we should plan even BIGGER - and develop several soccer fields! Hallelujah! So our very own soccer project which we call Body & Soul was born. We have soccer, rugby and basketball players all involved! We believe it is God's desire to see all his children lead a

“You never know, we might uncover the next Messi or Ronaldo!”

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Student Dormitory Project
by Jessie Cheung In 2009, after our mission trip to Cambodia, Dina from YWAM (Youth With A Mission) proposed for us to start a student dormitory in Phnom Penh. He shared that many churches have started such dormitories and it was a great way to help poor students and to reach out to them. As we prayed about it, God planted a vision in Flo, Sharon, Priscilla, Kai and myself to start such a project. At the same time, we formed Kairos Fellowship, our Hong Kong NGO which we would use as the vehicle to undertake projects in Cambodia. Personally, it has always been my dream and passion to reach out to university students. Students are the next generation of leaders and contributors to the country and it is a privilege to be able to influence them at a young stage of their education. However at that time, we were disappointed that the project did not take off as we could not find a suitable local partner. So it was with great excitement and expectation that during this mission trip in 2010, my seventh visit to Cambodia, that we finally had the opportunity to visit a student dormitory and meet with a group of university students from different provinces outside of Phnom Penh.  I had this tingling sensation when I stepped into the dormitory for the first time, as if I was always meant to be there and I had come home! I felt so content and had a comfortable meeting, worshipping and fellowship session with the students.  I saw tears in their eyes as they heard the testimonies from our team members, Vanessa, Christine, Sharon and myself. God was using our life stories not only to bless these students, but also to encourage our team to strengthen our walk with Christ. I was particularly touched by Christine's testimony about her struggle with alcohol and how God has transformed her life

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with his amazing grace on this mission trip. This wonderful visit to the dormitory convinced me even more that we were meant to start our own, but how? Little did I know that God had planned more surprises for us. On the last day, as Flo, Sharon, Kai and myself were relaxing in one of our favorite rooftop cafés, Isaac our translator who was with us during the dormitory visits casually mentioned that he himself had previously run and managed such a dorm for his local church.  That immediately caught my attention and I was reminded of our attempt to start a dormitory project back in 2009. As I talked with Isaac and learned about his experiences, I felt that God was saying in my heart that he is the partner that we have been waiting for!  What a Kairos moment! The more I listened to Isaac, the more I was certain he was the missing link.  Isaac has been our translator for each of our mission trips to Cambodia since we started back in 2008.   He currently works as a project manager at an International NGO, and his experience there would be very useful for the dormitory project too! How perfect! As I shared about our proposed plan to start a dormitory, I saw that his eyes were also awakened to this possibility!  Soon he suggested that we should also meet and speak with his brother, Aaron, who had just completed YWAM Disciple Training School training and was also passionate about student ministry! What perfect connection and timing! Isaac then called up his brother and within thirty minutes, we were able to meet with him and all of us were able to share our thoughts on this project. At the end of our very impromptu and spontaneous meeting, we were all in agreement to start a new Christian dormitory in Phnom Penh! Hallelujah! Our prayers from 2009 have been answered one year later, and our partner is none other than our trusted friend and translator Isaac, whom we have known for three years now. 

“At the end of our very impromptu and spontaneous meeting, we were all in agreement on starting a new Christian dormitory in Phnom Penh!”

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As of today, we are still in the planning stages of the project.  Isaac and Aaron are currently busy looking at possible areas, dormitory sites and preparing a proposal and budget. On our end in HK, we have looked at possible funding options to sponsor this project for at least 3 years.   We have also been doing research on the different models of operating a Christian dormitory by speaking to other organizations who have done the same.  It has truly been a thrilling journey for Kairos Fellowship, as we waited upon the Lord to show us the right time and place for us to start this project. For Cambodian universities, new term will start in October, so that is our timeline.  Please pray for us and join us in this wonderful opportunity to touch and influence the lives of the next generation of leaders of Cambodia! Glory to God! 

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“It has truly been a thrilling journey for Kairos Fellowship, as we waited upon the Lord to show us the right time and place for us to start this project.”

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Mesang and Motorcycle Ministry
by Yee Kai Liow & Patrick Ngan "Valley of the Thieves”. That was the local name given to Mesang district, and when I first heard I must say the name really intrigued me. We first had contact with Mesang when we met some of the leaders of the Mesang house church. They attended some sessions lead by Pastor Albert in a training conference organised by Kairos Fellowship Hong Kong in May last year. And boy were they on fire!  We were just so encouraged by them.  Later, I would learn more about this small district in the south-eastern part of Prey Veng Province, Cambodia.  So when the opportunity to visit them during our mission trip arose, I just knew I had to go visit our brothers and sisters in this remote and notorious place. Mesang district is perhaps the most difficult part of Prey Veng to access.  The roads are not well developed, especially in the monsoon season, they are completely flooded.  The name "Valley of the Thieves" came about because not so many years ago Mesang was quite a lawless place.  Perhaps it is because of the fact that it is quite inaccessible, it became a place that was easy for thieves to flee to and hide from the law. As a result, the thieves would also rob and harass the villagers and farmers of Mesang and Mesang became a pretty dangerous and

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unpleasant place to live.  Fortunately, that changed for the better when the government stepped in to provide more police in the district and today, Mesang is a thriving agricultural district.  However, it is still rarely visited by foreigners except for a few NGOs. It is also this fact that drew me to this place, a new frontier to explore. Our trip started early in the morning and it was decided we would travel by motorbikes due to the bad roads. There were four of us; Pat, Jessie, Sharon and myself. We kept the group small because riding on the back of a motorbike for 3 hours one way is not for everybody. The journey turned out to be really pleasant and scenic.  I guess riding on a bike, although not so comfortable, one gets to enjoy the cool wind blowing, the beautiful green paddy fields and animals happily grazing away. The roads though were as bumpy and cut up as we suspected, and our bums took a hammering! Soon we arrived at the Mesang house church where we were warmly greeted by Pastor Hin and his family, and a whole bunch of kids! The church is held in his own home, a large open house on stilts, and the children had already started arriving for Sunday school. We were provided with a quick early lunch as is the custom for visitors, and to our amazement, there was also some entertainment in the form of a blind musician playing a local Cambodian musical instrument that was very similar to a Chinese Erhu. We could not have asked for a

“‘Valley of the Thieves’. That was the local name given to Mesang district, and when I first heard I must say the name really intrigued me.”

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“‘Beat that drum! Beat that drum’, Pat kept saying to them! It was a powerful word from the Lord through Pat.”
more homely and special welcome! Pretty soon, the kids were demanding our attention to come and play with them. Pat, Sharon and Jessie did not disappoint, as they started playing games and doing funny stretching movements with the kids. As usual, kids just love us adults doing stupid things and could not stop laughing! Soon after, service started. While Pat and I joined the adults in the main room. Jessie and Sharon led the Sunday school, and later joined us at the service.  Worship was just awesome! The blind musician was there with his Cambodian Erhu and he was joined by a couple of drummers on their local snake-skin toms-toms. It was a blast! We sang mostly Cambodian written praise songs and some hymns. The music was terrific, so heartfelt and vibrant!  After the worship and introductions, the service was handed to us. Prior to the trip, we were informed that people in the villages were being gripped by the fear of death after hearing about the stampede in Phnom Penh, and they started beating drums at night to ward off evil spirits. So we had decided we wanted to really share the hope of Christ and break that spirit of fear. Jessie and Sharon sang beautifully the song "Never Let Go" and I preached earnestly from Psalm 23, exhorting our brothers and sisters not to be fearful of death and the unknown, but to trust in our Almighty God as our Protector and Provider.  The highlight though came from the testimony of Pat, where he shared his past when he used to patronize fortune-tellers. Pat passionately shared about how futile and useless were all these false spirits and gods, that we should only turn to the one true God. He then pleaded with them to beat their tom-toms continuously and loudly to worship the Lord always, so that the drums of the church would drown out the drums of the villages, and that the villagers would hear about Jesus and know that He is the only Savior and Lord they need. "Beat that drum! Beat that drum", Pat kept saying to them! It was a powerful word from the Lord through Pat, and the people were so encouraged by it they started sharing about how they too had tried to overcome this fear and how they would continue to shine for Jesus.  Before long, they were the ones encouraging us with their stories and sharing! The service ended with us praying for the sick and needy. Of the many we prayed for, I recall one man sharing that he had been healed from his back pain. Praise the Lord! We also had the privilege to pray for Pastor Hin and his leadership team, many of whom recognized us from the May conference.  How encouraged were we! Our trip back was a real joy. Not because we got to enjoy the lovely Cambodia landscape again, but because our hearts were filled to the brim with joy from our time with our brothers and sisters in Mesang. A small house church in the middle of the paddy fields of Cambodia, they had the joy of the Lord in their lives abundantly. We could see it and we got filled from it. No doubt we were covered with dirt from top to toe from the ride back and our bums were hurting for a few days afterwards, but we could not wait to return to the "Valley of the Thieves" and to "Beat that drum, beat that drum!"

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Personal Testimonies

Personal Testimonies
Serving the Poor, Saving the Lost
by Albert Ng
“Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” Words quoted by St. Francis of Assisi. When I was in Cambodia, I kept asking myself this question: after this mission team leaves, will the local people remember us? What will they remember us for? I used to go on mission trips which emphasized seizing every possible opportunity to verbally share the Gospel with local people. This type of mission trip is important and I did see many people coming to Christ and even new believers going into full time Christian ministry. But this Cambodia mission trip took a totally different approach. I remembered listening to the local pastor share his personal journey. He told us that he used to focus on planting churches in villages. However, his efforts did not produce lasting results. At a later time, God gave him an opportunity to study and learn something which totally transformed his way of ministry and also his life. Instead of planting churches on his own, he started working with the local community leaders on community developments. At the same time, he used this opportunity to preach and train these local Christian leaders and to encourage them to plant a church in their own community. The result was phenomenal. The community development projects brought direct benefit to the village people. Quality of life was improved. In one survey, it was found that the local people preferred Christians over Buddhist monks

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because the monks only came to talk about their religion whilst the Christians actually did something to meet the community's needs. Moreover, since the churches were planted by the local Christian leaders themselves, the community development projects brought them great credibility. Besides many great projects that were going on in this village, there was one project which caught my attention. Through an ongoing partnership between a group of church members and a local partner, a kindergarten was built and established. Instead of sending people to the local village to share the Gospel with the kids (which we couldn't do anyway because we couldn’t speak Khmer), this kindergarten was established not only to educate the kids and to help them to proceed to primary school, the kindergarten was also a place where the kids would learn about God and the Bible. This model is not only an effective way to preach about God, it also aims to achieve long term sustainability. So how will the local people remember the Immeasurable Team? Well, they may not. However, the local people will remember the wells and the toilets we made. They will see the kindergarten that we have built and painted. They will see the kids who currently attend the kindergarten and those who have graduated and moved on to primary school. They will see kids learning about Bible stories, and for some of these kids, they will see them grow up to become followers of Jesus. The wider community will see the Gospel being preached both in action and in words. I am so proud to be one of the team members on this trip - we have a great team, great leaders, and a great fellowship and I know that our sweat will not be in vain.

“This model is not only an effective way to preach about God, it also aims to achieve long term sustainability.”

Personal Testimonies
Reclaiming God’s Kingdom
by Andrew Sum
I was born into a Christian family in Hong Kong. The church I used to go to was a local church and little focus was placed on outreach at the time. Since I had always attended Christian schools, and always met my family and friends at church day-in and day-out, believe it or not, it actually took me a while to figure out that not everyone in the world is Christian! How naive! As a child, I was fascinated by the Bible stories and even though I hated my Dad waking me up early on Sunday mornings (by playing classical music loudly in the living room); I always left Sunday school with a grin on my face. However, once I grew too old for Sunday school, I had to attend church service with the adults and I wasn’t enjoying myself half as much. My body was inside the church building, but my mind was a million miles away… unless there was a story that captured my attention! In 2009, my wife Jennifer and a number of good friends from Island ECC went on a mission trip to Cambodia. When they returned, I was on the receiving end of a number of extraordinary stories from their trip. With encouragement from Jennifer, I decided to go with her to Cambodia this time and serve together. I knew very little about Cambodia, apart from the academic knowledge gathered here and there through watching the History Channel or National Geographic, so I took some time before the trip to mentally prepare myself for the ‘impact’. I also prayed for patience and compassion since I am usually short with both. I knew that God had to soften my heart before I would be able to give and receive, without reservation. After arriving in Cambodia, I could see how God was working in this country from a close range. Being able to witness and listen to all the stories first-hand is totally different from watching it on the History Channel or National Geographic Channel. My heart was telling me that although I was supposed to be there to help and serve those who are in need; somehow I felt that I was also receiving and being ministered to. In fact, I feel that I am the bigger beneficiary from this trip. I must say I felt a bit guilty after returning. Life for many of the people we met in Cambodia continues to be challenging whilst our group returns back to relatively ‘luxurious’ surroundings in Hong Kong. Whilst it was extremely encouraging to see many team members,

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including myself, being transformed in their relationship with Christ, there is a recurring voice at the back of my head asking me; ‘So, I have shown you what needs to be done, what action are you going to be taking from here? It is not only about you, you know?”. God has done his part in waking many of us up; it is time for us to put our reflections, whatever they are, into action! Right now, I have a lot of peace in understanding why God has blessed many of us with more resources than we need in Hong Kong. I no longer feel guilty because I know that God is entrusting us to re-allocate these resources to his children and that is why we must act. It will require both commitment and action, but we can only fight this battle for our Lord if we continue to lock arms with one another and march on - even if we move inch by inch at a time. The battle will not be an easy one, but we can do it, as we will not be relying on our own strength alone but His Almighty power. It was such a privilege to finally become a soldier in God’s army in Cambodia. I look forward to locking arms with more brothers and sisters in the future as we work towards reclaiming His Kingdom.

“It is time for us to put our re ections, whatever they are, into action!”

Personal Testimonies
God’s Encouragement
by Cecile Lee
Four years ago, I travelled to Cambodia to visit Angkor Wat. It turns out that the most unforgettable thing for me was not the palace in Angkor Wat. Instead, it was a slum that I walked passed. Kids, who were half naked, wandered around the slum. They longed for food, shelter and love. I could not do anything other than pray for them. I prayed that I could return one day to help them and to serve them. Thank God for giving me an opportunity to see His Kingdom and for bringing me back to Cambodia last November. I was very honored to be a member of the Immeasurable Team to serve those in need in Cambodia for 9 days. Even though we only experienced a glimpse of Cambodia, the trip was amazing and unforgettable for me. We had a fairly packed schedule and visited various different ministries and communities. Despite of this, my energy level was very high because I felt covered by His love and grace every single moment during our trip. It is difficult for words to adequately describe this, but I really felt His presence every day. There were many situations where we cried out for His help and provision. After our prayers, He would faithfully provide all the things that we needed and we watched as He completed the beautiful pictures, one by one. For instance, we originally did not have enough equipment and resources to complete the kindergarten painting, but in the end, we managed to complete the painting right before the dedication ceremony with just the right amount of resources required. Another instance was when we distributed shoes as Christmas gifts to the kids living in a slum, we were worried that we did not have enough shoes for the kids who were lining up at the end of the queue. But God never lets us down and we had just enough! Whilst I was watching the kids playing in the kindergarten and putting on the shoes in the slum, I was very thankful just for being there and for being able to share the joy with them. God allowed me to be a part of their lives and to experience God’s Grace together. Thank you, Lord.

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I also felt encouraged by the brothers and sisters in our team. We did not know one another well in the beginning, but God put us together to serve His people. I remember all the precious moments where we served together – feeding the kids, handing out Christmas gifts, playing with the kids in the slum, etc. Seeing my brothers and sisters serving wholeheartedly, I reflected on how Jesus served the needy with His disciples. I thought to myself, “how can you feel tired when you are serving with Jesus?”. It was a great privilege to serve with my Cambodia team members. When we had devotion together every evening, the open and honest sharing amongst the team members was also very encouraging. God used each of our stories to inspire and encourage other team members. I’m sure that everyone on the team has been renewed, refreshed and recharged by God. How great it is to be in an authentic community of Christ! Most importantly, this trip marked a big step in my personal walk with God. He reminded me of His promise and love. It was not my first time to serve the poor. In the past, I would ask God what can I do to help them? What changes can be made to improve their lives? Why doesn’t He change the situation? God has used different ways to answer my questions. Still, I always feel discouraged when I see those living in poverty standing right in front of me. During the trip, He sent lots of angels to share their testimonies and to encourage me. Many people shared their joyful stories - the improvement to the lives of children living in the slums they have witnessed in the past few years, a young lady who was a

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victim of sex trafficking shared the joy of being saved by God. I know God is working in Cambodia and also in other poor places. God kept reminding me of His grace and mercy and encouraged me to continue to serve those who are less fortunate. I don’t know where He will lead me in the future, but living out His immeasurable love and serving the poor is the message that God has put in my heart. Lastly, I would like to thank my dear brothers and sisters (especially my prayer support group) for your prayers. They were a source of power for me to serve, to love and to learn on this trip. Thank you from my bottom of heart.

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Unspeakable Joy
by Joyce Fung
“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:8

Prelude
This is my first mission trip. If you have never been on one, thinking that such kind of excursions is too hard core for you physically and spiritually, then welcome to the club! I would never have imagined myself going on a mission trip a year ago. Although I have been a Christian for quite some time, my faith had been limited to attending church, signing up for events listed on the church bulletin occasionally, and most recently, joining a caregroup. As silly as it sounds, I would get extremely nervous simply when asked to pray out loud in a group. So what prompted me to go on this trip? Over the years, I have met various brothers and sisters at church who have shared amazing stories about their encounters with God. For example, a friend from IECC went on a mission trip last year, during which he felt an intense presence of the Holy Spirit. Another friend had a surreal encounter with God in his dreams even before he became a Christian. I, on the other hand, have never had the privilege of hearing God’s voice, seeing white lights or experiencing the supernatural. Maybe there was an evilly competitive side of me hoping to ‘get even’ with my fellow believers, or maybe I was feeling insecure about God’s love for me. Whatever it was, when the advertisement for the Cambodia trip 2010 arrived at my e-mail box, I took a deep breath and sent in my application.

“God allowed me to be a part of their lives and to experience God’s Grace together.”

Interlude
I anticipated the trip with much anxiety. To give the readers some context, I am not exactly the tough-it-out type — I can be very strong mentally but definitely not physically. An effective way of visualizing me would be to think along the lines of the Devil Wears Prada. You would rarely see me walking around Central without my high heels, and most of my friends know that one of my biggest fears in life is getting bitten by mosquitoes. (I struggled a bit on whether to disclose such embarrassing details,

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but I figured my first published testimony should be open and honest.) By taking a leap of faith, I boarded the plane. Miraculously, I survived the 9-day trip without a single insect bite. In fact, I did not even get a tan from the sun. While I was thankful for God’s unfailing protection, my days in Cambodia went by with no sign of the Holy Spirit, and before I realized it, I was back in my Hong Kong office cranking away.

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Holy Spirit has been with me since day one of the trip! Throughout this trip, God has pushed me out of my comfort zone and transformed me. Not only did He help me conquer my fears, He also completely softened my heart. I became so fond of the children there that I broke down in tears watching them at the rubbish dump. I still remember how the entire place was covered with shattered glass and I was struggling to walk down this massive garbage hill in my flip-flops. A little boy came out of nowhere, barefooted, grabbed my hand tightly and led me safely all the way down the hill. How beautiful is God’s work! Since the trip, my heart has been over flown with love, joy and contentment. God has healed my deepest wounds from the past and instead filled me with an indescribable joy. I do not deserve His love, yet He has not given up on me. I know this is only the beginning, rather than the end of my wonderful journey with God. My life will never be the same. I would like to summarize my Cambodia experience with a worship song, Amazed, which was playing in my head throughout the trip: You dance over me While I am unaware You sing all around But I never hear the sound Lord I’m amazed by You How You love me… In hindsight, God could not have spoken to me louder. Isn’t He amazing?

Finale (or Prelude?)
I was one of the few team members who did not bring a camera to Cambodia, along with some other essentials that I forgot to pack. As soon as I got back to Hong Kong, my inbox and Facebook page were flooded with “tagged” pictures of me taken by other teammates, most of which were captured without me noticing. I was absolutely startled browsing through those pictures. That person could not have been me! I was laughing so hard in every single one of these pictures. I was particularly filled with joy playing with the children in Cambodia. The thing is, I had never been a motherly person by nature and my patience with kids had always been short-lived. Yet I was carrying and hugging them one after another, and had the most wonderful time painting, singing and running with those little angels. There were many snapshots of me playing the “eagle catching baby chicken” game during which I, the “mother hen”, was fervently protecting my babies (the children) from the wicked eagle (my teammate). I screamed so hard with the kids and ended up losing my voice. I do not recall ever having such a great time playing this game, not even as a kid. As I was reminiscing my countless blissful moments in Cambodia, it suddenly dawned on me that the

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Life As I Never Knew It
by Christine Cheung

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Life before the Immeasurable trip
I had been going to church every Sunday all my life because I was raised in a Christian family. I went to church not out of love for God but out fear that if I didn’t go, something bad would happen that week. I arrived in Hong Kong back in August 2009, even though I was a “Christian”, I could count with one hand the number of Christian friends I had. My life and lifestyle only evolved around non-Christians. I didn’t think it made any difference because I was having fun with these friends. I knew I had to join fellowship somewhere in Hong Kong, but I never found a church to settle in; I was floating between different churcheswhich church and which service I went to on any particular Sunday depended on what time I woke up.

soon vanished when I opened the room- it was a shocker. There were spider webs in the corners, stains on the bed sheets, the air conditioner wasn’t working AND there was only cold water, which meant COLD showers?! Oh man! We were going to be at this “hotel” for the next 5 nights! I felt that the next 9 days weren’t going to be pleasant. What did I get myself into? Every day we had to wake up early for breakfast then set out to do our scheduled programs and activities for the day. The hours varied but I specifically remember a painful 5.30am wake up. I had to gulp 2 shots of coffee at breakfast just so I could stand upright. Every night, we got on average 6-7 hours of sleep, but with the physically demanding work during the day, it wasn’t enough. As each day passed, I was looking more and more like a panda and by the end of the trip I had 3 layers of bags under my eyes. The trip was hectic. We had a packed schedule, a set time to do this and that. Go-Go-GO! Doesn’t it sound terrible? I thought to myself, “Surely I’m not coming back!” It was almost like a boot camp.

Why did I go on this trip?
A colleague of mine told me about his recent Mongolia mission trip and shared his amazing experiences. I felt my timing was right as a “Christian” to go and do good deeds. I found out the next trip would be to Cambodia, so I signed up. This was good because I had never been to Cambodia before, plus I would get to help the poor, the sick and the unfortunate. I didn’t attend the Island ECC services regularly so I didn’t know anyone who was going. I soon learnt that there were 36 people in the team and thought to myself that in the space of 9 days, I would learn to either love these people or hate them. I was definitely taking a risk by going with a bunch of strangers, but I had a backup plan - if I ended up hating the people by the end of this trip, my solution would be to never return to Island ECC.

So why was the trip Immeasurable?
Having said that, this Cambodia mission trip was the best trip of my life. Although, the trip was busy, packed, hectic and exhausting, what I saw, experienced and learnt in the nine days made it so much more worthwhile. I fell in love with the people of Cambodia. My heart was growing fonder for them each day. Although we couldn’t communicate much through words because of the language barrier, I felt it was through our actions that the people felt and appreciated our attempts to help them. Children were everywhere in Cambodia. Seeing the way they lived broke my heart. Despite their underprivileged environment, they seem to have something that the people in Hong Kong didn’t have - joy and laughter. These children opened themselves to us with love; they gave me strength and unlimited energy when I was with them. We played together, hugged each other, sang and danced together, excitedly took pictures together. These children apparently had changed a lot within one year, that change was influenced by learning about Jesus and having Jesus in their lives. These children might be physically deprived but spiritually they were filled. I always had a big heart for children but I didn’t think my heart was big enough to give out that much love. For the first time in my life, I felt I could open myself up completely to love them. It felt incredible. Seeing

My initial thoughts of the Immeasurable Trip
We had to meet at 6am at Hong Kong airport for departure. That, to me, wasn’t an ideal way to start the trip. After landing at Phnom Penh, we ate, went to S-21, then had a 2.5 hours van ride to Prey Veng. When we finally arrived, it was late and I couldn’t wait until I got the chance to stretch on my bed, to take a warm shower and to prepare for the next day. Those hopeful thoughts

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“That night, with great gratitude, I decided to recommit myself to Jesus Christ.”
their excited, radiant eyes was enough to revitalize my tired body, and a pair of outstretched hands was enough to make me run forward and hold them. These children represent hope of the Cambodians for a better generation as they had lost so many in the genocide. Whist I was spending time with these children, without knowing, God had already placed me on a journey of healing, change and salvation. He opened my eyes, ears, heart and mind, and He was slowly transforming me. God gave me the opportunity to experience the unconditional love that He gives us each and every day. From this trip, I realized my heart was larger than the heart I had before I went to Cambodia. pray to God for inspiration. A few seconds later, as if a light bulb was lit, I knew what I was to share. Arriving at the dorm, God had already planned for a boy to share his testimony before me and it was a testimony very similar to mine. Anyone who knows me enough would know that if I had to deliver a speech, I would have to write it out, edit it a million times before presenting it. That day, I was only given 10 minutes to think about the topic, I was not prepared. When it was my turn to speak, I felt a strange sensation wash through me. As it washed through me, I felt peace and serenity, it was the Holy Spirit. I wasn’t one bit nervous and words flowed out so eloquently. I have never given a heart-felt testimony and I didn’t know what a real testimony was supposed to be like. Nevertheless, God used my mouth to send His message to these students. As I spoke these words, I realized that God was also speaking to me: As Christians, it is very important to surround ourselves with a Christian fellowship. Together we can always be reminded of Christ and be encouraged to turn to Him in everything that we do. It is important to share and experience the power of God, the grace that He shows and the love that He gives within a fellowship. Without it, it is very easy to stumble and fall in times of stress. It is very easy to turn to alcohol for salvation and to surround ourselves with nonChristian friends. We may “click” with these friends physically and emotionally, but we can never “click” with them spiritually. So when we need help and guidance, instead of looking to the light from God, these friends would lead us astray and move us away from Christ, without knowing they would lead us into darkness. We need a band of Christian fellowship so that together we can find the light and walk in the path towards Christ. Christian support is very important because with it, you will grow in Christ and within it you will no longer feel lost or empty. I praise the Lord for giving me this mission trip because after 8 days, I found my fellowship in these 35 teammates. They were my torch to the Lord. Before the trip, I was a lost and empty person. I turned to alcohol for salvation but often it led me to a place of darkness. I had a weekly routine of clubbing and drinking. I thought that was the

My turning Point
Throughout the trip, I heard many miraculous stories from people who went on the same trip the previous year. This time, I thought nothing miraculously big would happen. On the 7th day of the trip, I prayed to God and asked if He could somehow perform a miracle on this trip. I have learnt now to never underestimate the power of prayer. On the 8th day, the team went to Jehovah Jireh to co-host a Christmas outreach party. In the afternoon, we gathered on the top floor to share and hear stories from the ministry and their struggles. To be honest, there was nothing exceptionally extraordinary from the testimonies there compared to the others during the trip, but for some reason, I was very touched. As we gathered to pray for this ministry, I suddenly felt an urge to pray out loud. For a Christian this would be a simple thing to do, but I had never had the courage to pray out loud in front of people. I did my prayer nervously and another sister then prayed after me. The words in her prayer were short, sweet and to the point and she ended her prayer with a song. As she sang, people who knew the song joined in. I was very moved and I started crying, uncontrollably. I did not know at that time, but I was moved by the Holy Spirit. Later that day, we went on a student dormitory visit. On the way there, one of the team leaders asked me to share my testimony… I was dumb struck. I repeatedly told the leader that I had nothing to say, my life was normal and boring and there was nothing to share. A teammate who was sitting next to me asked the three of us to

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path to happiness and I could not see myself stopping the habit. God has been transforming me from day one of the trip. He gave me the realization that I didn’t need clubbing or alcohol to feel happy, I could get more happiness from spending time with these Christian fellowships. I had more joy spending these few days with this Christian fellowship than I have ever felt when I was out clubbing. Just like that, on the 8th day of the trip, God has performed His miracle. He had answered my prayer. He had changed me, refreshed me, recharged me and filled me with the Holy Spirit. That night, with great gratitude, I decided to recommit myself to Jesus Christ.

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“I didn’t understand what it meant to have God in my life. I looked for Him for all the wrong reasons and at all the wrong places.”
church care group once a week so that I can be in fellowship with a band of brothers and sisters. I no longer see going to church on Sundays as a burden, but instead, a blessing. I look forward to church services, a time for me to wholeheartedly devote myself to God, to give thanks for all He has given me and for saving me. I used to wear a mask and hide myself. Coming back from this trip, I have taken off my mask and I am set free. I didn’t know that I had been suffocating behind that mask and now I can breathe. The sadness and emptiness that used to embrace my life have been lifted and I have never been happier. I am literally overjoyed from the inside out. Close friends who have known me for a long time see a huge difference in me. They’ve all said that they see I’ve become a happier, more positive and more radiant person. If I didn’t go on this trip, I wouldn’t be who I am now. I initially signed up for the trip to help others, those in need, but by the end of this trip, God has given me so much more. I knew I would be enlightened by the end of this trip, but I did not know that it was I myself who was saved and healed. The Holy Spirit has washed me over, healed me and made me new. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" 2 Corinthians 5:17 Praise the Lord!

What I learnt in this trip
For all my life, I have been labeled as a Christian, but I wasn’t living my life as one. I didn’t understand what it meant to have God in my life. I looked for Him for all the wrong reasons and at all the wrong places. I am so thankful that God never abandoned me. After all these years He chose to save someone as undeserving as me. Jesus died on the cross for my sins and I feel so ashamed that instead of thanking Him, I turned myself away from Him. Even though I discarded Him, He has called me and He has embraced me. Through His embrace, I felt His love, grace and mercy and through it all, I was healed. He has peeled off the scales off my eyes so I can now see the truth. I have learnt the importance of having a Christian fellowship to grow together in Christ, the importance of turning to these people for guidance so they can point me to the right direction. These people are the ones who can fulfill me physically, emotionally and spiritually. They have become my family in Christ and God has provided me with a fellowship with these brothers and sisters from the Immeasurable Team.

Life after the Immeasurable Trip
Coming back to Hong Kong, my love for people has never been stronger. My grace, love and faith in the Lord have never been closer. I am seeking for God more and more, each and every day, I have learnt to surrender my life to God. In everything that I do, I must trust and rely in the Lord. I am no longer a wanderer and have settled myself at Island ECC. I also decided to join a

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Uplifted
by Gordon Yu
Cambodia has been a yearly highlight for Wendy and me since 2008. We’ve always been blessed on these trips. One of them is seeing God use our local partners to transform the Cambodian communities. This time as a co-leader, I was hugely blessed seeing an awesome team huddle together and experience God’s immeasurable love and grace. Before my trip, I recall muttering under my breath that, “it’d suck to lose my voice for the whole trip." On the very first afternoon, I lost my voice. Not completely, but I could only muster enough vocal chords to strain out 2-3 sentences at a time – enough to just frustrate. As my voice went, so did my confidence. The next few days were tough for me and it was nothing I could have prepared for. I felt insecure and I knew my angst was growing, but I couldn’t stop it. As it turned out, having my voice shut was a blessing because by losing it, I was able to observe the other leaders. I was encouraged to see the arrival of the “ho ying” Norman overcome his shyness; Pris, who found a “new home” with the Cambodians and who became our Khmer translator; and Kai, who lightened the mood and added timely words of encouragement.

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After each ministry, I was overwhelmed with feelings of gratefulness by seeing people step up, relief that it went alright and also joy for our team. Over the course of 8 days, we shared to a diverse range of audiences ranging from farmers, government officials, dorm students in the city, slum kids and parents. So when the right people shared at the right time, to the right audience – it was joyfully humbling. Thankfully, God continued to work in my heart. I managed to get through the days remembering to focus on the word to “serve” and not to “lead”. Although as a person I am quiet and reserved but for some reason, I have always loved worshipping and praying. So whilst it was painful to have it taken away, I believe God was getting my attention not to miss what He’s doing. Praise God for humbling me and teaching a lesson to lead not with words, but with action. Praise God for helping me witness the beauty of a team, a family carrying each other’s burdens. “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ… Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6:2, 9-10

“Praise God for humbling me and teaching a lesson to lead not with words, but with action.”

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God’s Love Never Fails
by Jennifer Tow
This is the second time I have gone on the Cambodia mission trip. As I prepared to write this testimony of my experience, I pulled out my 2009 testimony and re-read it. These paragraphs still resonate with me: “Our next few days were spent sharing God’s word, acting in skits, playing with orphans, distributing food, setting up a medical clinic, digging outhouse lavatories, drilling wells, visiting slums and praying for the destitute. All this was made possible through the ongoing work and dedication of several Christian workers who set out to help meet the basic needs of those neglected by the authorities or their own families, and to share God’s love one-on-one in very real impactful ways. These Christian workers were not part of some large organization but ordinary people like you and me. They saw the injustices around them and decided to do something about it, all at some personal cost - and in great faith that God will provide for all their needs….. I have come to see that we don’t need to live through evil like the “Killing Fields” to see trampled souls all around us. It is up to us to be the ‘living sacrifices’ right where we live, work and play. I plan to try my best to practice Romans 12:9-21 more and more in my own life. It is through this that God’s light will shine through!”

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e trip itself
On this trip, we visited the missionaries we met last year and renewed acquaintances. Going back a second time, I got to see for myself how God redeems and restores people who have suffered through injustice or poverty through the love of His people. Children appeared happier, healthier and better behaved. More feeding and educational programs were in place. There were personal testimonies from local Cambodians about how God has changed their lives etc. All in the all, it was extremely uplifting to see these “living sacrifices”. These humble Christian workers are the true-life heroes and have made a great impact on their communities. Last year, I was impressed by their dedication and faith. This year, I was encouraged to see the physical evidence of their efforts bearing fruit.

Looking back at 2010
Pastor Brett once said during a sermon at Island ECC that love always requires us to sacrifice something of ourselves. I now understand that choosing to be a “living sacrifice” is an act of love, not so much of loss or disadvantage but about giving up control to perfect LOVE. As I look back at the past year, God has shown me how His ways have been much higher than mine. How His plans have been to bring more and more unconditional love and acceptance into my life and of the lives around me, reflecting the essence of the love from those selfless volunteers in Cambodia. As I have said, it hasn't always been an easy journey but through the process, He has remolded parts of my heart that

e year in between
As I reflect on the 12 months leading up to the mission trip in November 2010, I must say that I do see God’s hand in my life ”stretching” me and showing me what ”living sacrifice” really means. It has not always been easy and there have been times when I cried out to God with tears in my eyes. When God calls us to follow Him, the path may not always be familiar and giving God complete and utter control of every aspect of our lives can be scary. Plus, we are bombarded with messages every day about what “success” should look like - how things will improve if we push the envelope in terms of how we want things to change for our own benefit, how we need to be in charge or risk becoming a loser etc. Give up control? Really?

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I've long ignored and He has given me more joy, peace and freedom. Through the mission trip this year, I am reminded that His love is perfect and His plans never fail (Psalm 136). We are just called to trust and follow Him… even to Cambodia or any other place where people need to experience His love.

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No Refund Required
by Vanessa Poon
At one of our pre-trip meetings, I once quoted Pastor Brett who said “if a mission trip does not transform your life in any way, you can get a refund.” I am joyful to know that I will not be asking for a refund. On the contrary, I am hoping to write out more cheques to Kairos Fellowship, a NGO formed by a group of team members from the previous Island ECC Cambodia mission trips. God has blessed our team immeasurably, and my prayers were also answered during the trip. Two key messages: 1.Renew: through seeing the team’s heart for God and the local ministries’ sacrificial love in serving others, God gave me a softened heart. This trip has helped me grow tremendously as a young Christian. I believe that transformed lives will in turn transform other lives!
2.Community: God has granted me a

P.S. A nal word for mission trip skeptics
While supportive, several friends were also puzzled as to why my husband and I would go to a faraway place like Cambodia for ”humanitarian purposes” during our “couple vacation time”. Their questions were related to why we would go on such a trip. Wouldn’t a spa resort be the better choice? Wouldn’t donations to professional NGOs make more practical sense? Similarly, I think many people hesitate to go on a mission trip because of various concerns. I know I have asked such questions myself: will my heart be able to take it when I am up close to extreme poverty or injustice? What if I fall ill? What if I am asked to do something I don’t like doing? What if it’s not the best time for me to go in terms of what’s happening at work? What if..? To the skeptics, I would have to say that going on a mission trip IS one of the best ways to spend your vacation time. Why? You will get to witness how God shines His light through your team members and fills you with His supernatural love. It is not about how limited we are as individuals but how God brings amazing results out of the group as we work together. We did not have to rely on ourselves alone, but His love that flowed through us. This trip has been about the people we met and about how God touched them and allowed us to participate in the process. It has been a huge privilege yet again, the second time round.

Christian community to grow in and I would like to express my gratitude to Island ECC for organizing so many mission trips every year. The encouragement and inspiration that I have received from my brothers and sisters were far beyond my expectations. This is the best experience I have ever had.

“...going on a mission trip IS one of the best ways to spend your vacation time.”

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Broken And Blessed
by Kim Miller
Returning to my family following my first mission trip to an overscheduled Christmas calendar and a seemingly endless Santa Shopping list was paralyzing. While I held my husband and children closer, I struggled for days to put words to all that God had revealed in Cambodia. My first journal entry upon returning home read: I am … home safely, hurting yet healed, horrified yet hopeful, grateful He is glorified, emptied and filled, worried yet wiser, hushed by hallelujahs, undone as Heaven is unveiled, faint yet faithful, appalled yet applauding, exhausted and energized, cracked but not crushed, broken and blessed. As I tried to process my experience in Cambodia and ponder my response to such brokenness, my prayer became that my re-entry would not result in me finding my way back to normal. For nights, my dreams were filled with a slideshow of images. I did not know all their names, yet their beautiful faces were forever burned into my memory. Faces of the children whose lives intersected with mine for one week on foreign soil. Faces that left me feeling split wide open. I longed to share Cambodia with my loved ones at home but had to settle for the meager offering of lessons learned. I told stories of how God revealed that worship in a barren one room hut somehow allowed more room for His presence to fill the empty spaces. Seated on the floor, with no chairs or sanctuary pews, puts worshippers in the perfect position to keep their gaze upward. Laps filled with boys and girls hungry for hugs, amplifies Jesus’ command to “love your neighbor.” Fewer possessions and material distractions can deepen one’s understanding that this world is not our home. The common language of Heaven is heard in Hallelujahs. By squeezing hands and clinging to hope, language barriers can

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be broken with praise and prayer. Shelter, clean water, food and education are all great blessings, but none can fill the painful void of a family for an orphaned child. Rubbish Dump Families are three words that should NEVER go together. Not ever. “The least of these” are made in His image. There is nothing quite like the fellowship bonds that grow from locking arms with one another in a faith community pursing a radical Savior to spread God’s glory. Before my mission trip to Cambodia, there was no denying the  urgent need for giving in Cambodia. But after visiting our brothers and sisters in the mission field, I now understand the  urgent need for going to Cambodia. True brothers and sisters come to you in your time of need. When God chose to bring salvation to you and me, He did not send a cheque. He sent Himself. Not all are  called  to the mission field. All are  commanded  to GO. It is more than feeding programs, funds, or fellowship that will ultimately save the lost. It is faith alone.  Faith is the only lasting possession we will own for eternity. As the body of Christ we must keeping feeding. We must smile hope into the hopeless. We must share love with the unloved. We must visit those who feel forgotten. And when we do… we commune with God Himself. Go. Meet Him there. Outside your comfort zone. And be broken and blessed.

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Trusting God
by Norman Tam
It was my second mission trip to Cambodia and the first time to be one of the leaders. While most people will be sharing about their experiences during the trip in this booklet, I would like to share with you what happened to me before the trip. It was around July 2010 that I told Kai about my intention to be a co-leader. The amazing grace that God showed me on the 2009 mission trip made me want to do something for Him in the country where my wife was born. It was so natural for me to say “Yes” when I was asked whether I wanted to lead. To be honest I didn’t fully realize the commitment required at that moment. I just thought that there would still be plenty of time before we set off! Around the same time, I was in the process of interviewing with a big Chinese company to join them and to set up their new business in Hong Kong and Taiwan. It was a significant career decision for me as I had been working as an entrepreneur for over 11 years. Having worked in the same environment for such a long time, I had started pondering about a change since 2009, but didn’t take any action due to attachment and commitment to my company. Also, in the industry that I work in, there are very few good options available if I wanted to stay in Hong Kong. So when this opportunity came up, and with a job nature that matched with my experience and interests, I was very keen to land this job. After the initial rounds of interviews, I was quite positive about the prospect. My plan was, if I joined them, it would be at the end of September, about two months before the trip. When the trip planning started in August, things started to turn complicated in my discussions with the company. First of all, they were still uncertain about the role I could play, and second, they wanted me to write a plan about the strategy to enter the market, and it would be a part of their assessment of whether I was the right person. So as the trip planning tasks began to pile up, along with the work I had to complete at my existing job, I needed to find the time and wit to do research and to come up with a plan that would potentially have a big impact on my future career. These discussions also pushed the timeline for the Company to make their final decision later than I had originally expected. With so much expectation on me and so many things happening at the same time, I didn’t have a

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peaceful mind at all. There were so many “what if’s” in my mind and I wondered why God put me in such a tough situation after I decided to serve as a leader on the trip. I was even questioning whether I made the right decision to lead the mission trip. But thanks to the prayers and support from my brothers and sisters, and the valuable help from the past leaders in organizing the trip, I managed to continue with the trip preparation as well as finish the proposal for the job application. After the company reviewed my plan, they decided to schedule a final interview for me to meet the top management. Because of schedule conflicts and the national holiday week in October, the interview had to be pushed to midOctober. Actually the date was the day after our second pre-trip meeting. Again I was anxious and kept thinking about the preparation that I should be doing for this interview. I even thought of skipping the pre-trip meeting so I could have more time to prepare. Then I realized that, with these thoughts in my mind, I was not fully trusting God. The verse of Proverbs 3:5 kept popping up in my mind and reminded me to trust Him with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding. In the end, I basically did not do any preparation for the final round of interview. I just showed up at the company’s headquarter and had faith that God is the Provider of everything. When I met with the executives, I told myself it is God who makes the decisions, not them. By the grace of God I passed this final hurdle. Another amazing arrangement was that I would start the new job after returning from Cambodia. Looking back, it was probably the best timing for me and also for the team, as I was able to wholeheartedly serve Him without any distractions in the final weeks leading up to the trip. I was so grateful to be taught a big lesson of learning to trust Him during the pre-trip period. I’ve learnt that a mission trip does not only change you during or after the trip, it can change you the moment you say “Yes” and take that first step out of your comfort zone.

Personal Testimonies
Unity
by Sobee Wan
The lesson God taught me on this trip is unity. I've got a best friend whom I have been praying for in the past few years. God gave him a very special place in my heart. He used to be close to God, He would kneel and pray to God in situations when he cannot handle them on his own. Lately his relationship with God has been slowly fading. I invited him to join us to go on the Cambodia mission trip. At first, he said he would try to join. We even booked his ticket and got his name printed on our team t-shirt. In the end he couldn't join us. My prayer is for him to meet with Christian friends who can support him. The day before he had to pass his cheque to our team leader, Gordon, they met in Central and had a coffee together. Coincidentally, they bumped into Jessie, the consultant of this trip, in the coffee shop. Even though he was not able to make this Cambodia trip, God has already answered my prayers because He planted two Christian friends in my friend’s path. God's timing and plan is above all. I emailed him our team prayer calendar so that he could pray for us each day during our trip. During the trip, he sent me a SMS to let me know that he was praying for us. During our worship session, he sent me another SMS, to let me know that he was thinking about us. At that moment, I really felt God completing our team. Our team was not only made of the 36 people who went to Cambodia but it was made complete by having friends and family who were diligently praying for us as we were there and that was precious and priceless. I experienced the beauty of unity. I know my family and friends were especially concerned about my sensitive stomach and the mosquitoes. During the trip, I didn't even get sick or was bitten once! Through this, God taught me the power of prayer and especially unity in prayer. Even though my dear friend couldn't make it to Cambodia with us, God used this trip to draw him a step closer to Him. God promised us that He would not leave us, nor would He forsake us so I will not give up praying for him. I believe that one day God will find him and carry him

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back on His shoulder, just like that one lost sheep God went out to search for in the Bible. Another time I experienced unity was when we had communion together with the students at DTS (Discipleship Training School). We sang worship songs and prayed together. We all felt God's presence amongst us. Although, we were praying and singing in different languages, there was no barrier in expressing God's love for each one of us. The expression of admiring God is felt by all. In unity, we praised God together. I am an introvert and I try to keep everything to myself, I don't share my thinking easily with others. I experienced unity once again when my team members told me that “I was safe” here. I was able to open up and share my feelings with some of the team members. I cried so much during the trip. Through sharing my weakness and brokenness, God helped me to realize my emotions. He was using them to heal my wounds. God helped me to forgive and let go. The completion of the kindergarten is a testimony of unity and perseverance. It did not happen in one year but we prayed and worked together as one body in Christ. After three years, the project was made complete in His glory and in His honor. Many people put in an effort to make this project possible. It is not just a kindergarten, it is a starting point from where God's love will be spread. For those living in the village, it is a starting point for their journey with God. All this happened because everyone worked together in God's unity, with one mind, one love and one God.

“God helped me to forgive and let go.”

Personal Testimonies
Not Who Am I, But What Am I
by Rick Mak
My journey to Cambodia started about 8 years ago when I was living in Tokyo. I was inspired after reading about a group of families that were spending their summer holidays building houses in Cambodia. I didn’t think my family with young kids at the time could handle the conditions but I could still potentially go on my own as my family usually went back to Canada for the summers. My wife didn’t quite share the same view and I gave up after a few years of trying to persuade her. Fast forward to 2010, and my wife started hearing about mission trips with her church and asked if I wanted to go to Cambodia. I quickly realized that it wasn't going to be a humanitarian/building trip, but more about sharing the gospel and God's love. I reluctantly said “OK”, but didn't get my hopes up since it was a month past the application deadline! The selfish goal that I had was to see if I would be touched by God in the miraculous ways that I have often read about in other people's testimonies. I knew my wife would have loved for me to return from this trip - raising my arms and proclaiming “I have found God!”...but only time would tell. On this trip, I experienced the joy of serving. I thought that I was serving the less fortunate when I used to volunteer at charity events, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and Big Brother programs back in Canada but our work in Cambodia was about serving on a whole other level... serving God! I tried to best prepare myself for what I was going to experience on this trip by reminding myself that the world we live in is unfair and the people in Cambodia were not asked nor did they choose to be in this situation but were born into it. I thought that mentally preparing for the worst would help me emotionally once we arrived.

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Meanwhile, my wife was praying that my heart would break for the people. The poor conditions in Cambodia immediately made me feel more grateful, humbled and appreciative for everything in my life especially the less subtle things like my kids' health. Being a father made it difficult for me to immediately love the children in Cambodia. My heart wanted to make them happy but my head didn't want them to embrace the happiness because I was only going to be there for a couple of days and sometimes only for a few hours, I was afraid that they would be quickly saddened when I left. Fortunately, I couldn't resist hugging, playing, holding and throwing them up in the air. The children there managed to leave an impression in my heart and were constant reminders of how much I love my own kids. I kept coming back to the feeling I get when I receive hugs from my kids - it's like everything around me doesn't matter and all this energy bursts out. It suddenly dawned on me whether this "secured in love" feeling was the kind of relationship that God wants from us. A sister on the trip pointed out to me that I seem to be physically and emotionally satisfied, but lack a very important spiritual component. This comment planted a seed and left me curious about what I am missing in my life. During the building days in Prey Veng, I always tried to empathize with the people who we were building these wells and toilets for. The feeling of doing something that you know someone truly needs and appreciates is immeasurable but I got the feeling that I was missing something. We were supposed to build 2 wells and were ahead of schedule and built a 3rd. I felt that there was an awful lot of praying going on and probably could have built a 4th but was trying to understand the power of prayer and that it didn't matter if we built 10 wells because that wasn't the objective of our mission. I enjoyed being able to physically contribute to the team and build concrete tangible items. I realized that I have been a "giver" in life ranging from volunteering, leading for cub scouts to being a

“I thought I was serving the less fortunate... but our work in Cambodia was about serving on a whole other level... serving God!”

Personal Testimonies
provider for my family. As I reflected on this socalled good quality, I recognized that I am not very good at "receiving". I remember growing up and not wanting to burden my parents financially for school or emotionally for affirmation. I basically put myself through University with little recognition or praise. This leads me to my tendencies today of wanting to be self sufficient and doing everything myself without asking for help or even directions (typical male!). However, this has led me into quite the predicament of not knowing how to receive God's free gift.... As more days passed, I felt the urge to share and try and find this spiritual component that is missing in my life. One moment that I won't forget was a conversation with a local translator, Samuel. I was still feeling a bit uneasy about settling in with the team from a personality standpoint. I had talked to many people but had not really bonded or connected with anyone. We arrived at our lunch destination and I was in the last van. Being the gentleman that I am, I let all the ladies go first to get their food as I gave them their plates. By the time I got my food there was only seats left at a table in the corner (it was

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probably one of the lowest points on the trip for me). I was lucky that Samuel and the rest of the translators sat down with me so I wasn’t alone and didn’t feel like an outcast. Samuel and I then had a heart-to-heart talk about relationships and children. I was fortunate to listen to his story of how he adopted his Vietnamese son and how he had to learn to overcome and love something he hated. I connected this back to one of the few sermons I heard from the Romans 12 series about how we should shower evil with goodness. Samuel's story helped me open my heart more and changed my perspective to understand why I felt such happiness during my time in Cambodia. I originally thought that I would not go back to Cambodia as there is so much help needed both closer to home and within my heritage, but I thought about it more and I still don’t have closure. I have a feeling that things are on the up and up and I need to make sure that what I feel and believe is actually what is happening. And who turns down the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life when you can already visualize that child reaching out their hand to you? Cambodia, see you in 2011!

“...who turns down the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life when you can already visualize that child reaching out their hand to you?”

Personal Testimonies
Immeasurable Grace
by Waiduen Lee
Before my first mission trip a few years ago, I was introduced to two concepts with which I could not agree at the time. • Do not expect to change the world in our “mission area”, perhaps do not even expect we will achieve much in one trip; • Expect that I would come back as a changed person. Those were both very new concepts to me. Admittedly, I thought I signed up for the trip with good intentions, and was hoping that together with my team members from Hong Kong, USA, UK, Singapore, and other so-called developed countries, we would contribute to developing small cities and villages in the mission areas with our donations, knowledge, skills, and time. I was expecting it to be one-way – we were the givers, the local people were the recipients. Very soon after I began my first trip, I was proved wrong. The country was so huge, the history was so long, the groups were so diverse, and the p r o b l e m s w e r e s o c o m p l i c a t e d . I wa s overwhelmed. I felt useless. The overwhelming feeling did not go away despite the fact that I went on a few more mission trips. In fact, the more mission trips I went on, the more I was humbled. Same-same, but different, for the 2010 Cambodia trip.

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I hear more and more heartbreaking stories and problems from mission trips. I no longer expect to offer tangible help or make significant changes on the spot, but neither do I feel useless anymore. Instead, I feel so privileged, because I know that God is using us to sow seeds in the hearts of the local people. Our presence may not bring about immediate changes, but I know one day when it is time, these seeds will grow and will change the hearts and lives of those we serve.

…but different…
And without doubt, I know the very hearts of our team members have already been changed. We have returned as changed persons. The team this year was awesome. We had a big mission team of 36 members, unusually big, and very difficult to manage. We have very different backgrounds in terms of race, nationality, language, education, preference, talents, personality, and even our walk in faith. Before the trip, I was worried that we would break into a number of smaller groups and I would not get to know some members at all during the trip. The bonding of the team this year turned out to be so strong. Some of us have been seeing each other several times after we returned to Hong Kong; a few of us are planning or have already done a second trip together; some accountability groups and mentorship programs have been formed; and we are planning a monthly (and who knows – perhaps it will turn into a bi-weekly or even weekly) gathering, where we can worship, share, support, and have fellowship with each other! We have changed because of our experiences in Cambodia, and will continue to change. I know God is working on us. He maybe working quickly, gradually, profoundly or indirectly, but it will always be for the better. I see, completely, God’s immeasurable grace on us. Amen.

Same-same…
I was already prepared to expect the unexpected. I have already learned to listen to the problems rather than to offer solutions. Until today, I am still processing the information that Cambodians has poured onto me: Why do civilizations with such a long history and rich culture disappear? How can genocide happen? How can people hate each other so much? How can a nation fall into such darkness, and men lose their hearts, treating their fellow brothers in such an inhumane way? This is common throughout history and across civilizations – what is wrong with men? Why would parents allow their kids to be abused? Why would grown-ups, men and women alike, prefer to sell their bodies rather than work in factories? What can the people do to fight against the corrupt system?

Personal Testimonies
Body of Christ
by Wendy Yu
As a returnee to Cambodia this year, one of my main questions to God was asking Him to reveal to me what my role on the trip would be. For both trips to Cambodia in the previous two years, He walked me through different lessons and taught me that no two experiences would be the same. Going back for the third time, I knew I would have different expectations and perspectives, I just wasn’t sure what part I would play within the team. With Gordon, my husband, co-leading this year, it added yet another dimension to my question as my desire was also to support him. Throughout the trip, I was intentional in asking God about this and looking for opportunities to serve the team, to try to carve out a role for myself. Many things touched me, but I can’t say I got as much of a definitive answer as I had in the previous years. I was asked several times what it was like to be back again. I could only give tentative thoughts, but was never really sure of what role God wanted me to play. This continued throughout the trip, up until our last night there. As with previous years, the last night was different in the sense that there would be no scheduled ministry the next day. Being able to finally relax, I was really enjoying the company of the team members over dinner, when I suddenly realized how unique each person was. The conversations were brought to life and were much more enjoyable and unique when spiced up by each individual with her own personality and perspectives. Before we left for debriefing back in the hotel, some of us from the table gathered to pray for the evening and the sharing. It was there in that room with our eyes closed and heads bowed that I understood the most important thing to focus on wasn’t finding out my role, but simply participating in the body of Christ. Each prayer from my sisters showed me how we are distinctively made and uniquely gifted. Everyone is an individual with his/her own personality, passion, and heart. Yet as we pray to our Father each in our own ways, we are always in one body and one Spirit – seeking the same purpose that God will be glorified. Perhaps God wanted me to draw lessons from team members; perhaps He wanted me to mentor or encourage or gently remind/reproach someone; perhaps He wanted me to serve behind the scenes or to lead more? Perhaps it was all God wanted me to be part of the body. And that was my role. During the trip, many times I saw the love within a family, but children living in poverty taught me the biggest lesson. At one ministry, we handed out

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packets of snack noodles, and I saw this little boy joyfully open it right away. He had a younger sister with him, and he kept offering the packet to her, even when she would reach in and unassumingly take fistful. He didn’t hoard it all to himself even when food could be scarce and no child had the luxury of personal snacks. At another ministry where we had a feeding program, I saw how an older brother would carefully watch over his little sister. At one point, one of our team members was playing with her and carried her around the corner. I saw how he got up as soon as he realized she was no longer within his sight. No words were needed – I saw in his eyes that he was searching for her. Despite their lack of material things, these children had so much love and care for their siblings. Through these children, the reflection of this deep, selfless sibling love also reminded and sobered me – am I a sister like that? Am I loving and taking care of them in the same way? Am I willing to share my scarce snack noodles and treasured possessions with my brothers and sisters? Can I put aside my desire to play, and instead, watch over my sibling to make sure they are not carried away in the wrong direction? Christ is my perfect older brother who sought me, redeemed me, and loved me. Now He commands us to love one another as He has loved us, to be devoted to one another in love and to honor one another above ourselves. We have this privilege of being called brothers and sisters in this one amazing family. And it’s not so much about how I, or others, define my role, but that I am simply part of the body of Christ. May I be softened to learn how to love and to participate in this Spirit. “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Romans 12:3-5

Personal Testimonies
Healing Is In Your Hands
by Xiaoli Wang
“And now by Your grace I stand, healing is in Your hands” The idea of going on a mission trip to Cambodia originated when I read The Spirit of Survival, a book about how a Cambodian girl survived the Khmer Rouge regime and eventually found refuge in the United States. I wanted to go there and see for myself – the damage that had been done to this country and also how people were living in the aftermath of the genocide. I expected it to be an eye-opening and fulfilling trip, and imagined that the things we would do during the trip might bring hope to another soul. During our nine days in Cambodia, we built toilets, drilled wells, painted a mural on a kindergarten, visited churches, talked to local Cambodians, participated in local ministries, had numerous planned as well as spontaneous children’s worship sessions and programs, and of course, played with children whenever they were around us. I was glad that I had a chance to use my musical ability to put together two choral pieces for the trip; I was glad that I had an opportunity to share my walk with Christ and also some words of encouragement with university students at a student dorm; I was glad that the well we dug provided a family with access to safe water; but somehow, at the end of it, I didn’t seem to know exactly what God had wanted me to take away from this trip. A re-entry meeting was scheduled in early January. I walked in still not sure what to share with the team, and I ended up repeating the same things I said in the debriefing session we had the night right before we left Cambodia. But there was really something else on my mind. The amount of trust we built within the team during our time abroad made me feel comfortable enough to share. My relationship with my mother had seemed to hit rock bottom and I had simply lost the drive and energy to “make it work”. I was getting more and more impatient and frustrated with the situation and all the wounds from the past that I had been trying to suppress were erupting in my mind, every thought of it was like a knife stabbing my heart. I found myself hopeless and helpless. All I wanted was to run away. The meeting was closed with a prayer. I had an urge to pray for myself and other members who also shared their struggles with their parents, but I was never comfortable praying out loud in such a big group. I was a bit surprised when a team member started praying for me, because the prayer was “supposed” to be “for Cambodia”. Something in her prayer stirred my heart. Before I knew, tears were coming down my face. Then the

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rest of the prayers were all a blur to me. As I stood in prayer, my mind seemed to lose the ability to process words and my heart was crying out to God (literally!) for all the pain that had been buried for years. I felt streams of warmth flowing across my body. As another team member patted me on my shoulder, the support and sense of community from the Cambodia team members became something so real and tangible to me. As I gradually calmed down, questions started flashing across my mind - do I see the pain and the hurt that my mother has gone through? I have all these brothers and sisters by my side, and God is my great Comforter, but whom would she turn to? (My mom is a believer, but is still in the process of building a strong personal relationship with God.) Later that evening, another sister prayed with me privately and once again I was brought to tears. It was then that I saw the brokenness in myself. I didn’t know I was that broken. It was then that I understood I didn’t have to come before God with words, I only had to worship Him and surrender myself to Him. It was then that I realized I didn’t have to be all “rational” to talk to God, I only had to bring forward my true feelings and emotions. He knew the feelings in my heart even before I did, and He comforts me. It was then that God showed me the power of an authentic community in Christ, a community of trust and love. It was also then that I started a long, yet rewarding healing process with God as my Counselor. Over the course of the next two days, I received phone messages and e-mails from the Cambodia Immeasurable team, with prayers for my family and for me. I knew I was no longer alone on this journey.

Immeasurable God

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Our Partners

Our Partners
Love Cambodia
Prey Veng
Love Cambodia is a local NGO with a vision to see the lives of people in Cambodia transformed by the power of Christ’s love and compassion. They focus on providing for the needs of the local communities in Prey Veng province and believe in helping villagers become self-sufficient and not dependent on foreign aid. They achieve that through running community and spiritual development programs to train and coach c o m m u n i t i e s t o h e l p e a ch o t h e r. Th e kindergarten that we built in the province of Kampong Chan was through our partnership with Love Cambodia. This is a milestone project for the Cambodia mission team. This kindergarten provides early childhood education for children from the village in the morning, and in the afternoon, there is an English class for parents and adults. Through this project, we hope not only to improve the education level of the community in the villages but also to bless them and share the love of Christ. Due to the success here, we are planning to build more kindergartens in the neighboring villages.

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Members of Island ECC walk closely with the Children at Risk team and support them by providing funding for a nurse to make weekly visits to see the women and children. We have also supported their Vacation Bible School program as well as their new initiative for a playground and library for the children in the slums.

Youth Leadership Training School (Discipleship Training School)
Phnom Penh
In 2002, several people came from Bagio in the Philippines and under the leadership of Ferdie and Dee Sim they started a Discipleship Training School (DTS) program in Cambodia. Since then, many young Cambodians as well as youths from overseas have been a part of DTS, where they spend 6 months together learning what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.

Jehovah Jireh (also Joy of Cambodia)
Phnom Penh
Jehovah Jireh is a day care center next to the old rubbish dump site in Steng Mean Chey. It is run by a husband and wife team – Thearith and Charia. They have a vision to provide day care and love for the children living in the surrounding villages. They provide basic schooling for the children who come to the center and also a Saturday Kids’ Club. They also run a medical clinic and a feeding program particularly for mothers and pregnant women.

University of the Nations Cambodia
Phnom Penh
In the seven years since it started, University of the Nations (UofN) Cambodia has developed a vision to empower Cambodians through training, mercy ministry, and by supporting short-term mission teams. UofN is involved in Discipleship Training Schools, Youth Assistance projects, dormitories for under-privileged students, preschool ministry, Children at Risk ministry, university ministry and short term team hosting.

New Life Fellowship
Phnom Penh
New Life Fellowship, Phnom Penh is one of the largest churches in Cambodia with more than 600 attendees at Sunday services. They have a full church program including Sunday morning discipleship classes, a leadership training school, children's ministry, cell groups, midweek church meetings, multiple prayer meetings, youth meetings and many different types of outreach programs. We will be partnering with New Life Fellowship in a regular outreach program targeted at reaching out to the children in a few of Phnom Penh’s slums. The program includes sharing Bible stories with the children, performing songs and skits and ends with the sharing of a meal (provided by Hagar Catering) to the children.

Children at Risk
Phnom Penh
In 2004, several of the new staff who joined UofN had a heart for the children of Cambodia who were living in difficult conditions. They began to partner with some organizations in Phnom Penh who worked with children who were at risk. As they learned more about Phnom Penh, they discovered that the Boding Slum was a very needy area that was dangerous for children. So they formed the Children at Risk team, and began to have weekly Kids’ Clubs in the slum and to minister to the families living there during the week. As many as 150 children attend their Kids’ Club.

Our Partners
Hagar Catering & Facilities Management
Phnom Penh
Hagar International is a Swiss-based Christian development agency which was founded in 1994 to help abused and abandoned women and children to rebuild their lives. Since then, Hagar has helped some 100,000 people through its shelters, foster homes, farming communities, rural schools and also through the installation of water filters, and the provision of counseling programs, literacy classes, health education workshops and small business enterprises. Hagar Catering & Facilities Management is a part of the development efforts within Hagar International to provide sustainable economic support for displaced Cambodian women in and around Phnom Penh. Since it was founded in 1998, Hagar Catering’s primary goal has been to provide quality and affordable food to local communities. The food itself is prepared by disadvantaged women from Hagar’s development and reintegration projects.

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called to serve the Lord for Cambodia or in Cambodia. The Fellowship is dedicated to the following objectives: • partnering with local NGO’s, community organisations, and churches in Cambodia; • reviewing, sponsoring, and overseeing charitable activities/projects centered on community developments, infrastructure establishment, advancement of education, and provision of medical care; • raising awareness in more developed nations of needs in Cambodia through marketing events (dinners, photo exhibitions) and educational trips to Cambodia; • organising and promoting fundraising efforts to support advancement in Cambodia; • training and empowering locals to be future Cambodian leaders; and • seeing the advancement of the Kingdom of God in Cambodia through discipleship and evangelism. In the last 2 years, we have: • completed the digging of 8 village wells; • completed the building of 10 village toilets; • built and ran a pre-school village kindergarten for 30 kids; • set up and furnished a children's playground in a city slum; • sponsored a vacation Bible school for 100 kids in the city slum; • assisted in the organisation of 3 church mission trips for about 100 people; • sponsored a medical clinic that treated 300 local villages; • sponsored a nurse to make weekly visits to a local slum; • assisted in the organisation of a children's ministry mission trip; and • organised a leadership training conference for village church leaders. As you can see, 2010 was a milestone year for KF and a very busy one. We are in the final stages of registering KF as a Hong Kong charity.  In 2011, we hope to register KF as an international NGO in Cambodia.  God has already shown us 2 new projects which we have separately written about in this booklet: the University Student Dormitory project and the Soccer project, both of which we are so excited about.  KF is an open group and we welcome everybody interested to join us as long as we all have the same heart.   All this would not have been possible without the love and support of all the people who have contributed materially and spiritually to the work, your contribution has been instrumental towards the advancement of the Lord's Work in Cambodia. So we call to you, as our friend, and we hope that we will be able to continue this blessed journey together, as we see God's work bear fruit in Cambodia. If you would like to contact us or find out more about the work in Cambodia, just write to kairosfellowshiphk@gmail.com, we would love to hear from you.

Student Dormitories
Phnom Penh
There are two student dormitories established by two local Cambodian churches with a vision to reach out and disciple to both Christian and nonChristian university students. Many of the university students in Phnom Penh come from the villages in the provinces all over Cambodia. For them, accommodation in the capital is expensive and the conditions may be harsh. These two student dormitories aim to provide safe accommodation for students and an environment where their respective relationships with Jesus Christ may be nurtured and developed.

Kairos Fellowship
From Missions to Beyond
If you have been on an Island ECC mission trip to Cambodia, you probably would have heard the name "Kairos Fellowship" ("KF") several times, but you are probably also not too sure what it is. That's understandable.  Kairos Fellowship is a relatively new missions initiative started by a bunch of people that went on the very first Island ECC mission trip to Cambodia.  From that trip, we were so touched by what we saw and the people we met that we felt going on one trip per year for 9 days is just not enough.  We wanted to do so much more because the needs are so great, and God's love was overflowing in our hearts for Cambodia. So Kairos Fellowship was born. It is a newly formed non-profit organisation.  KF is actually you, me and everybody who has been to Cambodia on a mission trip and who wants to continue to support or be active in the on-going ministry and work there.   It's a body of people who simply had their hearts captured by God's love for the people of Cambodia.  It's anyone who feels

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Special anks
We want to acknowledge and give our heartfelt thanks to : • Pastor Albert, Will Pritchard and Praise Ma for their invaluable teaching sessions, which we carried to the field. • Simon, Faby and Li from Master's Beauty Ministry (YWAM Hong Kong Performing Arts Ministry) for teaching us the awesome "Rainbow" song and the touching "Nobody" drama. • Howie and Jason from Kairos Singapore for undertaking the land survey work and feasibility study for the construction of the kindergarten. • Bee-ngoh for being our liaison extraordinaire in Prey Veng, and being such a wonderful model for us of a frontline missionary. • Isaac and all our hardworking translators from YWAM Phnom Penh, without whom we would be dumb and dumber! • Tola and our drivers, first up and last to go, for getting us safely where we needed to be and for being always on time. • Our invaluable and indeed incredible local partners Pastor Pheareak and Visal from Love Cambodia, Tim from Children at Risk, Thearith and Charia from Jehovah Jireh and Nathan from Hagar. These guys are the real deal! If you would like to support or know more about our projects or ministries, we would love to hear from you. Just write to us at: cambodia@globaloutreach.hk or kairosfellowshiphk@gmail.com

e Cambodia 2010 Team
Leaders Yee Kai Liow Gordon Yu Norman Tam Priscilla Wong Members Albert Ng Alice Lam Amanda Fung Andrew Sum Cecile Lee Christina Sou Christine Cheung Eos Ngan Fibi Tong Fiona Kae Florence Chiu Glendy Ip Ivy Tam Jennifer Tow Jenny Wu Jessie Cheung Joyce Fung Kim Miller Mary Tse Mun Shing Naomi Yeung Patrick Ngan Rick Mak Sarah Keung Shannon Hilliard Sharon Yau Shirley Cheung Sobee Wan Vanessa Poon Waiduen Lee Wendy Yu Xiaoli Wang

Contributors
Editors Mary Tse | Christine Cheung | Xiaoli Wang Photo Editors Christina Sou | Joyce Fung Project Manager Joyce Fung Assistant Project Managers Vanessa Poon | Waiduen Lee Art & Design Mun

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians
3:20-21

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