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God’s Reminders

I genuinely believe that God has a sense of irony and He likes to use that to teach us lessons from time to time.   The first time I noticed God’s irony was in the story of Esther in chapter 6 when Haman, the villain of the story, is called into the king’s court and…

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Ongoing Challenges

Street children are a difficult group to work with. In the past 5 years that I’ve been involved with street kids I’ve seen a lot of people and organizations simply drop out because of how difficult it can be sometimes. When you first start working with them there is a strong barrier of distrust that…

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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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Looking for Home

The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest. Isaiah 32:17-18 As I continue to go around the world looking for support to keep working with the street children God has put…

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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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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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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…