Over the last five months, Cambodia has been in an on-going political process surrounding their national elections. It has been fascinating and sometimes stressful to watch a developing nation struggle to find its way out of a heavy-handed, often corrupt, leadership into a more democratic way of doing things. As the country has gone through ups and downs, rallies and protests, we have also gone through our own questions and emotional highs and lows. When will the election finally be over? How long will they protest the results? Are the protests effective? What is the right response to corruption?
So we thought this update that we would share a few of the results of our political musings with you. Who knows? Maybe some of these will resonate for you with America’s political climate as well.
True change will come to Cambodia not through the leadership of one person (though that one person is important) but through the changed hearts of its people.
Large scale, national change takes time, perseverance and humility. We have been encouraged to see Cambodians advocate for change in a relatively peaceful, submitted way.
We are blessed to come from a country with a well-established democratic process. We have the right to be heard, for our votes to be included. In nations where deep traumas have occurred, there can be an intense battle against fear and intimidation. Please keep praying for these strongholds to be broken.
Jacob is continuing with his language classes. We have found this to be so helpful with the boys now that Aaron is studying Khmer with the first grade for half a day and Caleb is starting to string short sentences together. Wow! He is also loving his regular workouts with the boys in Saang, discipleship class, computer classes and the various tech work and videos that he does.
I (Noelle) am really loving the variety of my work with Sak Saum. Every day is an adventure! One highlight over the last few months has been the birth of three new babies. It is so encouraging to see new life enter the world and to be a part of embracing that life as valuable, loved and full of God’s purpose.
Aaron started kindergarten and loves his teacher and friends. He just learned how to read and now spends a good chunk of time with a book, sounding out words. So exciting! He loves riding his bike and eating sour mangos.
Caleb turned two on October 31st. What?! =) We love watching him grow up in Cambodia. He loves traditional Khmer music during long tuk tuk rides, his Sak Saum friends and eating whatever Aaron eats.
Caleb's 2nd birthday
It was costume day for Aaron, so Caleb wanted to dress alike!
Thankfulness for a safe, fruitful, productive trip for our directors, Eric and Ginny Hanson, and their family during their time in the U.S.
IHSI/Sak Saum have many new projects and opportunities on the horizon. Please be praying for those in leadership to have a clear sense of timing, the right people, and for all the details to fall smoothly into place.
Prayer for all the details to come together for a visit home.