Breaking ground is never simple! The largest commitment SEAPC has made to the Banteay Meanchey Arise project is to supply building materials and training to 450 volunteers so that they can break ground and build their very own educational training center in each of the nine school districts in Banteay Meanchey. For us, it equates to $1.2 million dollars. For them, it means recruiting a volunteer workforce with the promise of daily food and a government certification upon completion. That certification qualifies them for a wage that is 10 times the average. Our prayer is that as substance emerges from the dirt, and our individual faith extends us toward a better hope for the future of the collective whole, community is created and God is glorified.
Together, because of Banteay Meanchey Arise, many will experience what God can do: the Cambodian villager who becomes a skilled worker, the local teacher who finds a platform to teach, the superintendent who made a way for his district, the Cambodian pastor who leads his believers to good pasture, and the global church represented through SEAPC who stood by faith on behalf of the poor and downtrodden.
As of writing this, the ground has been broken in Banteay Meanchey! The rich soil that was covered in blood as killing fields for the Khmer Rouge, which was raped of its nutrients to feed the greed and growth of bordering nations, is now being turned over again in hope that a new generation will arise in righteousness through the knowledge and power of Jesus Christ. “We Believe!” is the battle cry of the youth in the province. Together we believe that faith truly is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen. Let faith arise this month in the form of nine beautiful, holy and set-apart structures, where hope can foster the battle cry of a new Cambodia.
As we say often at SEAPC, “It is better to be a small part of a big thing than a big part of a small thing.” Together we are all playing a part in a very big thing. By this time next year 126,000 children will have learned the Lord’s Prayer and scripture for the very first time! The 700,000 residents of Banteay Meanchey will have had an opportunity to be blessed and will know that there is a better option for their futures. An entire nation will see what God can do through a small group of people who trust and obey Him.
Please know how very grateful we are for you! We are praying for you and believe that God is blessing you for giving. If you really want to be blessed, jump on your computer or phone and type in “Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia.” Let Google Maps take you there and begin to look at all of the tiny villages that you are serving. Think about the kids in those villages who will no longer have to leave school.
~ Matthew Geppert