Well, this afternoon, my family is going to drop me off at the airport, and I will buzz of to Cambodia for three months. I am doing an internship through Hope Corps, the volunteer arm of World Hope International. World Hope’s work in Cambodia is centered around the problem of human trafficking. Since poverty is one of the leading contributing factors to this issue, World Hope is heading off this problem by fighting poverty through community development programs.
My job, as I now understand it, will be to observe, research, and evaluate the practice of participatory rural development (PRA) in World Hope’s programs in Cambodia. PRA is an empowering form of development that encourages the local people to use their talents and pre-existing resources to make a difference in their lives. The idea is that when the local people are guiding and driving the development process, it will ultimately be more successful and sustainable.
Anyway… that’s a rough idea of my assignment in Cambodia. I’m sure the details will come into sharper focus when I get there.
I appreciate every one of you! I have especially appreciated talking to some of you over the past week, hearing about your lives, and sharing some of my heart. Thank you for the great encouragement you are to me as I go. The LORD has used many of your sacrificial giving to help me raise the funds for this internship, and your prayers are a priceless and treasured gift. Thank you for remembering me when you talk with the LORD.
PLEASE PRAY FOR>>>
My Spiritual well being
Strong relationships with my new friends and co-workers in Cambodia
The Holy Spirit’s direction and presence with me
My mom and brothers as they remain in the States, and my dad as he goes to China
Know that I pray for you individually as often as the LORD brings you to mind. I hope you are doing well and would love to hear from you!
make you entirely holy;
and may your spirits, souls and bodies
be preserved complete and be found blameless
at the Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
– I Thessalonians 5:23
Much love to you, my brothers and sisters,