‘Is there anyone or any gods who can give me a better life?’ This was the cry of Nang’s
heart and the question on her lips.
Living in the aftermath of a marriage full of conflict that had ended in abandonment, she felt sick
and hopeless. Nang thought maybe she had just been born with bad luck. ‘I feel like hope has
wings and has already flown off from my future’, she said to herself. Nang wept. She needed an
answer. A saviour.
At a loss as to what to do, Nang returned to her mother’s home in a small village in Cambodia.
Nang was 40, but in poor health. She was afraid that she would not be able to earn enough to
provide for her mother and two sons. She felt the burden of responsibility heavily. ‘What will
happen to my children when I die?’ she worried.
In need of a livelihood, Nang took a loan to start up a small corn business. Still, she worried about
the future constantly.
An unexpected change was on the way.
Nang was walking down the road, looking for places where she might sell her corn. She saw a
group of people gathered in one house and so she approached, hoping the visit might prove
profitable. Perhaps some of these people would buy from her? But what she was about to receive
was far more than the price of a few pieces of corn.
The group turned out to be a home church, supported by Tearfund partner World Relief
Cambodia. They were in the middle of a Bible study looking at the story of Elisha and the widow’s
oil and invited Nang to join them.
The value of hope
‘As the group shared,’ Nang says, ‘I recognised that there is a God who can provide for my
needs. I was so excited to know this God! I asked the teacher [a World Relief staff member] “Who
is that God? I want to know him! The woman in that story is just like me. I hope this God can help
‘While the teacher was sharing with me about Jesus, I could feel a hope rise up in me and it filled
me with joy,’ Nang continues. ‘I told the teacher that I wanted to follow this God too. I asked, “Can
you help me?” He led me to say a simple prayer and invited me to become a home church
‘From that day onward, I love attending my home church. I pray to God like talking to a friend
every day in my quiet time. I’m reminded of my question “Is there anyone or any gods who can
‘Now I have found the answer. Yes! Jesus is the one! I am very thankful.’
Spiritually and emotionally stronger, Nang pursued her business with fresh confidence and
energy. Day by day, Nang says, her living conditions have improved. ‘The more I get closer to
Jesus in my daily life,’ she says, ‘the more he renews my mind, comforts me, strengthens me,
gives me hope and prospers me. Moreover, I began to read and write when I attended Bible
Step by step, Nang has been able to pay off the loan, send her son to school and have money to
invest into her own business. Now it is profitable enough for her to support her mother and her
‘I am very thankful to God and World Relief Cambodia for continuing to teach me God’s word,’
says Nang. I pray that God will keep everyone at World Relief Cambodia healthy and that they
will continue to reach more of the most vulnerable in Cambodia. Amen!’
Thank you for hope. Thank you for restoration and for your comfort, your strength and your
powerful, practical love that transforms our lives. Thank you that your plans are to prosper us.
Thank you for the deep joy of knowing you and, as Nang says, for the freedom to talk to you daily
like talking to a friend.
In Jesus’ precious name, amen.