On her four-week placement with Tearfund Go in Cambodia, Kate Millar saw the power of loving people for the long run.
‘You can count the seeds inside an apple, but only God knows how many apples will grow from one seed.’
I sat there, listening to the sermon on our very first morning in Cambodia, exhausted from the journey and apprehensive about the month ahead. I felt so unequipped and out of my comfort zone, unsure of what was to come.
But as the words of the sermon were spoken, for a moment my worried thoughts and frantic prayers faded to the back of my mind. It was like God was saying to me, ‘See what I am doing here in Cambodia. I am planting seeds, and I know what fruit will come from them. You may not see it immediately, but trust that I know what I will make grow.’ This was the beginning of one of the biggest lessons God taught me during my time in Cambodia.
The power of youth
On my four-week placement with Tearfund Go I lived and worked alongside The Cambodian Hope Organisation (CHO). CHO, one of Tearfund’s partner organisations in Cambodia, is based in Poipet, a city on the border with Thailand. Poverty is everywhere, and human trafficking is a huge problem.
When I had the chance to talk to Mr. Chomno, the founder and director of CHO, I couldn’t help but catch his excitement for the vision God has given him. He would beam with joy when speaking about CHO’s school projects: Safe Haven School and School on a Mat. ‘Children are the future of Cambodia,’ he would say passionately.
CHO’s mission began with a call from God to rescue children who had been trafficked. Through God’s provision, they set up a safe house where the rescued children could be supported, protected and rehabilitated. This place was named Safe Haven, and, before their eyes, God began to bring transformation to the lives of the children.