Sains Overseas

May 2014 Update and Announcement


Hello from Cambodia!

Our major focus at IJM Cambodia this year is long-term changes in the justice system to protect poor people from violence. I’ve discovered that God’s call to serve the oppressed often happens behind a desk, in meetings, and writing reports. But just as we see God’s hand in rescuing and restoring individual victims, we also see Him at work when government officials choose to protect the most vulnerable in their communities.

God is using my time at IJM to provide project management support to our system transformation projects, develop our monitoring and evaluation capability, and mentor national staff. It is an honor to work alongside such bright, professional, and committed individuals!

The announcement is that we believe God is leading us to stay in Cambodia longer to continue the work. God has given us the desire and the opportunity to live here and work with IJM through the end of next school year. Jen, Susan, and the kids are excited to stay here, and my ability to contribute at IJM will only grow over the coming months. I will remain a volunteer with IJM, so please consider whether you would like to continue or begin supporting us financially.

Jen’s Corner

On the home front, things are going great! We have a house helper that comes a few hours every morning. We are working on English and Khmer together. It is a slow process but we are both patient and forgiving of each other’s mistakes and mispronunciation.

The kids are all happy that we are extending our stay in Cambodia. It will give them the opportunity to develop deeper relationships with friends and hopefully be an example and encouragement to the non-believers in our community. Recently Hannah said, “Mom, do you know there are people who don’t love Jesus?” Our response, “This why we are in Cambodia, to share Jesus through our words and actions!” Hannah, “Oh, that makes sense.”

Our experience in Cambodia has definitely made us closer as a family. Even through spiritual and emotional challenges God has blessed each of us with His peace, and we know this is home now.

Update from Susan

It almost seems impossible that another school year is at a close. I praise God that He would use me to be a part of His work. My 9th graders rocked their finals! The 2nd and 3rd graders have a much more solid footing in phonics. The boys in the two behavior groups understand and are consistently making good choices. My autistic friend is participating in everything! In a small snapshot, this is the hand of God!

I am blessed to have a time of refreshment this summer. I will be returning for a month to the U.S. to visit my grandchildren and (oh, yes) the rest of my family! This is the hard part of being away, not being with my precious granddaughters. God has graciously provided me with peace in this situation. So I will bathe in every moment of happiness with them, recharge my batteries, and come back to Cambodia ready to see God’s handiwork in the lives of our students.

Jen and Hannah

Sihanoukville - Mimi and Kids

Jens Birthday Susan and Chris

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