Praying for Banteay Meanchey
I think we are onto something here!
I believe that prayer changes lives and nations. So, we came into 2019 shifting our strategy by asking you to focus your prayers into the people and projects we serve in one particular place over a specific period of time. Each month we are sharing posts from friends serving in areas that are hosting significant nation changing events. This month we called out for Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia!
Early in the month, our friends Dan and ZoeAnna Shorthouse—recently retired teachers who now serve every day in Banteay Meanchey—shared with us the joy of witnessing their gifts and experiences developed over the years walking with God come together in unique and poignant ways to very specifically minister to a Cambodian youth population that is desperate for change.
Then we heard from Jenni Taylor, who wakes up each day in Banteay Meanchey pretty much shaking her head in wonder before the Lord. In her blog post, she shared deep vision and promised truths to the future of the platform God has laid before her as she is asked to provide a Christ-centered English curriculum to a communist public education system in a Buddhist nation that is fighting the stagnation of post-war trauma.
On the 9th and 10th of January, SEAPC opened its doors to two more centers for vocational and technical training in Banteay Meanchey. These are the third and fourth of nine total centers that we have committed to build, which are daily providing STEM and English education, job skills training, and a message of hope to the 150,000 students attending the 488 public schools of the province.
The local community gathered together for the events. National and local heads of education were present, the governor of the province gathered together with the local commune chiefs, and several missionaries including Dan, ZoeAnna, and Jenni, were honored for their commitment to serve the children, as Deputy Prime Minister General Ke Kimyan, his wife, and their team affirmed the vision that God has given to us to see a generation emerge from the Killing Fields in the resurrection power of Jesus Christ to change a nation.
You prayed! And from it an invitation to expand this work to the nation has emerged.
Friendships formed on those days within the context of the vision and surrounded by the presence of God in prayer will change a nation. In fact, it has already begun! Thank you for taking a moment to pray for Banteay Meanchey!