On this unique holiday, we are deeply inspired and touched by Brother Eddy Chiu’s article “The Sky Where Father and Daughter Grow together“! Entering the sky where his daughter is growing up, although the sky is not always blue, Eddy realizes that “when a father holds his daughter’s hand, he will hold her heart forever!” It is indeed enviable!
However, in the father-and-daughter stories all over the world, not all daughters are growing up under the loving care of their fathers. Even in North America where women are deeming precious, fathers caring for their daughters are still consider rare. Not to say in the patriarchal society of Cambodia, it is almost unheard of! Although it is not all neglect or abuse, it is difficult for girls to be encouraged, nurtured, and cultivated since childhood! As I wrote in the article “Women and Men Sharing Equal Honor and Glory in Christ” (link) last year, “like all the other similar mission organizations, while we are tirelessly rescuing women and girls who are sexually abused, violated, and exploited, even as incest victims at the lower stream of this social culture “river”, there are even more such unfortunate ones flowing down from the upstream! While a small portion was rescued, a much larger number of them flowed by us, and were then disappeared and lost! Our hearts are broken with deep compassion and sadness!
In the beginning of 2020, we discussed and planned with our Board member, Dr. Melvin Wong, a California licensed psychologist, on a new vision and project in Cambodia, “Pleroma Men’s Ministry”. While actively researching and strategizing on the ministry, we were disrupted and delayed by the global pandemic outbreak. We sincerely pray that, in God’s guidance, we can start the project this year. With the gospel of Jesus, we plan on nurturing the male leaders to exemplify fatherly image in the community: to love and respect their wives, daughters, and the women they are living with and co-working with in their homes, churches, schools, and societies. Women and men work side-by-side, enjoying equal respect and honor, in living out abundant lives God destined equally for both women and men during creation.
During this meaningful Father’s Day, we are blessed with Dr. Wong’s article “On Being a Godly Father”. Combining his past mission experiences in America and Southeastern Asian countries, he expounds concretely in strategizing and materializing these “Men’s Ministries” in Cambodia. We witness that our God, not only loves our girls in special ways, but he is also merciful towards the men who have been deceived and swayed by these biased and unjust gender traditional cultures!
Fullness in Christ Fellowship
President, Lily Lee
Author: Eddie Chiu
Having lived for over half a century, I no longer want or desire anything from my workplace, but what is worth remembering are the bits and pieces of memories of being with loved ones.
My relationship with my daughter was good while she was growing up. During her childhood, her school was not far from home. Occasionally I held her hands and walked her to school. Sometimes, we would stop by McDonald’s after school to buy a Kids’ Meal. Finding the little gift inside delighted her. After dinner, I would take her to the park to get on the swing. She broke into joyful laughter as I pushed her swing up high. Often, she would linger on, not wanting to go home. Our skies were filled with great joy when my daughter was little.
Written by: Melvin Wong 黃偉康
Fathers have been misunderstood and under-rated, and this has hurt men and women for generations. To redeem and prevent these hurts, we need to aspire for and expect a higher level of non-toxic forms of masculinity from boyhood to manhood, and to achieve some level of godliness. Toxic Masculinity is a gender-relational paradigm based on personal identity insecurity of “win-lose”, “dominant-submissive” model. This is about control and emotional superiority. When there must be winners there are losers; for men to “win” generally the women that the men inadvertently tried to “love” must be losers. Evil, the invisible power of Darkness takes advantage of the selfishness of all men and women, and in some exceptional situations to perpetuate heinous violations of godliness in people. Human trafficking, while egregious, is just one of the unavoidable results. Evil is a Dark spiritual manifestation, so just being moral, or ethical in the futile secular hope for relief doesn’t work very well.
Written by: Mourng Chanra (Isaac), Project Direct for PHW / Garden of Hope in Cambodia
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy”. Proverbs 31:8-9
The mission of my life is to serve vulnerable and marginalized people and to give voice to the silenced. To respond to the calling, I hold myself accountable to share love, care, and compassion, to rescue the trafficked and to restore their brokenness.
I have joined the Pleroma Missions in Cambodia since 2018. I serve as the Director of the Pleroma Home for Women (PHW). I am so impressed by the women ministry in PHW, which transforms and restores the lives of the women, empowering them to shine bright and be bold when they are reintegrated to their communities. I am humbled to be a part of this ministry.
- All operations and economic activities in Cambodia are gradually resuming to normal. We hope that mission teams can serve with us together in Cambodia soon.
- Please pray for our overall operating costs. May God grant us wisdom to balance the costs of the ministry and the needs of people we serve.
Pleroma School for Girls (PSG):
- The PSG has successfully renewed its license. We are thankful that we could continue to serve the girls in Cambodia through education.