The other day, I joined Maria Hughes, a Cambodian lady and 12 other dedicated volunteers (including 3 WEC missionaries I had not seen for a long time) for a day of ministry I will never forget. We left from Phnom Penh by minibus at 6.30 in the morning for the remote villages of Kompong Chnaing’s province.
‘New Day New Life’ is a unique project reaching out to the elderly. We went to 15 different locations across the province bringing food, hope and the Gospel to some of the poorest old people I have ever met in my life. Most of them are forgotten, sick with no one in the world. Many of the old ladies lost their husband during the Khmer Rouge regime. These extremely poor grand-fathers and grand-mothers in their 80s and 90s spend their time on a mat or an on wooden bed day and night.
You should see the joy on their faces when a whole group of Cambodians and foreigners surround them with care and love. We witnessed some giving their lives to Christ. One lady cut the ‘protection charm bracelets’ from her waist and her hands and from her severely handicapped daughter. She forgave her husband who had beaten her up many years ago when she was pregnant. She then joined her hands and right there in front of her neighbors and us, she surrounded her life to Jesus.
Hundreds of Christian missions are reaching out to Cambodian children but almost no one is ministering to the old people of Cambodia’s remote villages. Maria Hughes is a true modern day hero.
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