Debbie Choy, Field Director,
March 5, 2020
An important milestone for me – this is the year that I have served in Cambodia for 10 years. The International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, political, and cultural achievements of women. However, in Cambodia, that day also promotes and enhances women's development and opportunities regardless of the hindering of society's economic, social, and cultural issues.
During these past 10 years, there are two stories of the local co-workers that remind me of how grateful and fulfilled I am with this ministry:
A picture with Kimsang and her husband; the
current director of "Paloma Home for Girls",
received a master's degree in social work.。
I witnessed Kimsang, a social worker who joined early on, and her loyalty to her ministry in more than ten years of service. Due to the needs of the particular social service in this ministry, she learned counseling skills; she also studied and completed the Master of Social Work program. During these years, she was humble to serve, and is now the director of our Girls' Home. I deeply experienced how God built up a local co-worker through FiCF ministry.
The other one is Philip, who is one of the board members of "Paloma School for Girls". Twenty years ago, he was just an ordinary young man who worked hard to fulfill his dream to become a teacher. I witnessed how he finished college, completed a Master degree, and has earned a Doctor of Education degree recently. Yet, he is still humbly serving in Cambodia, and is an experienced lecturer of the "HRDI". He also spends time to serve in our school board and sends his daughter to our girls' school.
I have experienced many hinderings and challenges in the past 10 years of ministry, such as going through the work to find suitable co-workers to become our directors, hiring co-workers on a limited budget, figuring out ministry expenditures, participating in endless changes in the government legal systems and policies. However, in the end, I am grateful for having trusted co-workers walking with us. We have not experienced financial problems and lack of supplies. When we walk boldly on the path of God's ministry to understand and care for the girls we serve, God will comfort us and prepare everything for us. In all difficulties, God is our provider.
Debbie congratulated Philip, the current
director of Paloma Girls' Schoom,
receiving the Ph.D. degree
In my ministries I need to make many decisions, like ministry development, setting up policies, etc. I am not experienced in these areas and I lack the confidence to do so, but God shows me His richness in my weakness. When I let God expand myself and walk alongside with me, I may feel pain and the incapablility of accomplishing my duties. But when the goal is clear with the mindset that "I don't want to do but must do", God is always my helper to support me. This process is surely painful because God is to break me, to rebuild me; he encourages and comforts me when I am weak.
2 Corinthians 4:7 (NIV) 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
In these 10 years, I received much; not in accomplishments or achievements, but in knowing God more through these ministries, and to understand more of His heart. To see how much he loves us all and the girls we minister to. He works through us to educate, counsel, and bring up these abused and ill-treated girls and women. They often experience various social injustice problems in Cambodian society such as child marriage, child labor, and sexual assault. In the past 10 years, we have built the social, cultural, educational, family, and economic values of local women. They gained self-esteem and respect, space to explore, and loosened their hard feelings. In the future, we hope that local people will carry on these missions and bring changes to the Cambodian society.
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