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When I am Weak

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I…

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Is This Really Working?

Recently someone attempted to lecture me about the harm that the “good intentions” of foreigners can cause and why the “big” organizations are best suited to handle many of the problems in Cambodia.  And while I won’t try to argue with that, I do frequently wonder if what we are doing at Crossing Cambodia is…

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Admitting When We Make Mistakes

Long ago I remember going to an interview for something I’m pretty certain was actually some kind of pyramid scheme.  There were a bunch of other folks there and we’d get called into different rooms and told about how great the job could be for us and at one point I got called in for…

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Reflections From a Volunteer

Three weeks ago I got on a plane to go back to Canada after a few weeks spent as a volunteer with Crossing Cambodia. I had no idea that my life would be so changed in such a short period of time. I am a translator so I can take my office with me on…

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A Crossing Cambodia Christmas

In Cambodia, Christmas is celebrated, but not because of Christ.  It’s a “Western” holiday.  Trees pop up at stores, red ribbons adorn posts, kids are dressed in red with white Santa caps, and the old fellow’s face gets plastered onto windows.  But since its not really a significant cultural holiday, the banks don’t shut down…

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Eang Mom

This Christmas my family got one of the most wonderful Christmas presents we’ve ever gotten and possibly ever will get. This is my wife’s mother. Her name is Eang Mom. She has been experiencing abdominal pain among other symptoms and last week went to see a doctor in Phnom Penh at Victoria International Hospital. A…

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The Little Girl That Changed My World

As 2013 is rapidly drawing to a close I’m getting bombarded by end of the year “stuff” and find myself marveling at all the changes in my life that have happened in 2013 and wondering how I got here. And something I can’t overlook is how much one child, that isn’t even my own, has…

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Time To Read!

Reading. It’s something a lot of us people from North America take for granted sometimes. Even those of us who don’t read multitudes of books each year can appreciate just reading a news article or a story for fun once in a while. But most of the time we don’t realize how amazing it is…

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It Takes a Village

They say, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Whoever “they” are, they sure aren’t lying. We have 6 kids in our program and it takes 3 full time staff in addition to myself to get them ready in the morning, feed them, make sure homework is done, and provide extra tutoring for reading…

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Reflections From a Mission Team

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Proverbs 31:8 This summer I spent two weeks in Cambodia with a team of 10 people whose united purpose was to bring hope to the hopeless. We were Mission of Hope, with the Khmer words Sekeday Sangkum in…