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Why We’re Paying for a Buddhist Funeral

Today was both heart wrenching and eye opening for me.   This morning as I sat in church my phone began to ring.  I didn’t recognize the number and so I pushed the button to dismiss it.  It rang again and I repeated.  Again and again this happened.  Finally after the 8th time I stepped…

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We Made It! 2 Years of School in the Bag!

Every child at Crossing Cambodia comes with a unique story.  In fact, most of them I’ve known in one way or another since even before we started this ministry.  Now as June is over and July begins we’ve managed to make it through a second school year!  8 of our 9 kids older students managed…

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When a Lost Child Comes Home

For a long time I’ve read the Parable of the Lost Son and never fully grasped how deep it is.  But until recently I’d never lost someone I loved so much, watched them go away, wrestled with fear of never seeing them again, and then had the chance to celebrate in joy when they came…

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Little Bob

We can’t share all the details of the lives of the children we work with.  The Cambodian government does not want us to share many personal details about children in order to protect them.  But there are some stories we want you -our donors, our prayer warriors, and our friends- to know about.  Some information,…

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How I Handle It

I frequently get asked how I can cope with the things I see here in Cambodia.  I’ve had to deal with difficult situations when people are around and they seemingly marvel at how I just push through it.  People come and they see where the kids live and often they need to stop, they struggle…

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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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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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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…