Cambodia 2011

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…

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Stepping Out on Faith, Trusting God to Change the World

I need to start this post by stating that at Crossing Cambodia we are Christians and everything we do is because of our faith in God. When you come to our website, a permanent fixture at the top is “Stepping Out on Faith, Trusting God to Change the World.” I say this because lately I’ve…

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God’s Solutions are Simple

Our kids like to draw. So much so that they were tearing pages out of their notebooks and drawing at school rather than paying attention.   So we made an arrangement that they would get one clean sheet of paper each day to draw on. Whatever they liked, but they couldn’t use their notebook paper…

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Remembering to Take it Slow

Many days when I take the kids back to where their families are staying I am swarmed by other kids.  They want to know what I’ve been doing and when I’ll run another program for them, but many more of them just ask if they can go to school too. It’s hard when I have…

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Crossing Cambodia and Voluntourism

As of late a video and news article about Cambodia and issues involving orphanages and “voluntourism” has been making the rounds about the internet.  It was first published in April, but it keeps popping up from time to time.  It surely is an important reminder of the dangers that are present in working with children…

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Urgent Prayers Needed for the Street Families!

The last several months I’ve been travelling all over the place and have been somewhat out of the loop with regards to getting a blog post onto the website.  However, today it simply cannot wait any longer. I have been travelling all across the continent, from Texas to Louisiana to Colorado to Minnesota to Michigan…

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Opportunities Where God Leads Us

In Acts chapter 8 we find the story of Phillip as he ran alongside the chariot of the Ethiopian.  A unique point in the story that many people might not pick up on is how God commanded Phillip to head south towards Gaza.  Along his way Phillip met an Ethiopian, shared God’s word, baptized the…