God gave me this huge heart for children and ever since I've ran with it. I work for University of the Nation's Battambang with a ministry called Jeevit's House. We specifically work with children at risk for HIV/AIDS. Our goal is to keep families together and prevent them from sending their kids to orphanages when they are not orphans. My personal goal is to spend and invest time in the children in Cambodia and walk with them as they learn about who God is and help lead them to him.
June 10th, 2018
I wanted to share how things have been going and what God's been doing since the last time I sent out a newsletter. I hope everyone is doing great and thank you for taking the time to read this...
Since April, after the Khmer New Year I have started to take Khmer lessons again in order to improve my fluency with reading, speaking and writing as well as expand my Bible vocabulary so that I can minister to the kids easier. So far it's been great and I've been learning a lot of new words as well as remembering some old ones I had forgotten. The biggest struggle is trying to remember some of the big words that I don't normally use so it's not in my everyday vocabulary.
When I was home I shared briefly how the girls small group we have had 3 girls say they wanted to believe in Jesus. Well an update on them... I was a little nervous that maybe they might not understand fully that believing in God is knowing and accepting that he is the only One true God and that you can't say you believe in God and then participate in Buddhist practices. Recently they said that they no longer partake in the Buddhist activities and they understand that God is the only true God. That is so Awesome! They've been going through the Bible and have quiet times and prayer times and sometimes one-on-ones as well. It's so cool what God is doing through this small group!!
In my personal life, I've started the Romans project where I read Romans 20 times through and write it out once. I'm just about on my forth read and doing this has brought me a lot closer to God. I've been able to have more prayer times than before and as a result it has helped me through some tough times and given me more quality time with God that I didn't previously have. I feel great when I'm able to learn, grow, and spend that quality time with God.
Thank you all for your love and support and I'll be praying for everyone back home. Please continue to pray for the things God's been doing here and is still going to do!
Thank you again!
April 9th, 2018
The last few months we have been going through a lot of changes within our ministry--all good changes! We've shuffled around some of the things we do for different days. In the past, we would have our Kings Kids on Monday after worship. Now, because worship sometimes goes long and picking up the kids would take twenty to thirty minutes, we changed our Kings Kids to Tuesdays so that we'd have more time to spend with them before they have to be taken back home for school. So our family visits have now changed from Tuesday to Friday and for me, helping at the preschool is now Monday instead of Friday. This has worked out great thus far as we now have better opportunities for reaching those we work with and the things we do has stayed the same but we are trying to be more effective in how we do it in order to better our relationships with those around us.
As for me, I've had a lot of moving parts with my English classes. Currently I'm teaching every evening from about 5:15-6:30. After Khmer new year (mid April), I'll start teaching English in the afternoons again as well. I haven't begun those classes yet because I wanted to settle in first and be sure I know what our day-to-day schedule would be. The reason for this is to avoid scheduling confusion. This also gives me a chance to prepare the lessons I want to teach for them. There are two different places I plan to start teaching at. Both are about twenty minutes away and I plan to split up the days so one class will get two days and the other three days. I can't wait to get back into these afternoon classes--they are a lot of fun!
I'm so excited for the things God has for the kids and Cambodia and myself here. It's cool to be able to sit down with some of the older kids and reminisce about the past--how small they were and what we were thinking of each other back when I didn't know how to communicate with them other than making funny faces at them. It's nice to have those moments and know that I've been making an impact in their lives.
Recently I've been sick a lot off and on, currently with a cold. If you could please keep me in your prayers to stay healthy as it has not been easy readjusting back after 6 months away.
Thank you again for all your love and support. I can never thank everyone enough. I'm so grateful for all the love and support sent my way that keeps me here working with these kids and seeing them grow and start to know more about who God is.
February 25th, 2018
This time away from Cambodia came at a time where I felt I had a very strong connection and was able to come home for an extended stay to reconnect with friends and family and supporters and the church that sent me out.
Looking forward, I plan to start up my English classes again in the two villages I was in before. I also plan to try and start an additional class in another village I've invested in with Kings Kids and Sunday church. I'm excited to go back and get back to work and to be around the kids and my team again. Currently they are waiting for me to get back to drive the base truck to our family visits...
Now back in Cambodia, it has been great to be here and catch up with everybody. I am finally going to start my English classes in the coming week and get back into a full schedule.
It's been a weird week back thus far, getting into the swing of things and feeling like I hadn't left while yet everything is different because I had left. Now I'm back, reconnecting and readjusting to life here after 6 months of being home. It's never easy but I'm very excited to get back to what I love doing and I'm very excited for the opportunities God has for me in this upcoming time in my life.
I can't thank you enough for all the prayers and support as I left Oregon and am now back to work here in Cambodia! It's such a blessing and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to serve God in Cambodia and have people who believe and support God's call on my life as well as my own personal vision to see these kids know who He is! So again, thank you!! x Caleb