There’s been a lot going on in the last few weeks, so we thought we’d give you a quick look at some of the highlights and news about what is going on at IHSI!
This month we hosted our second team of 2015, this time from Boulder Street Church in Colorado! It was a blessing having old and new friends on the ground with us as they took part in church programs, children's and youth ministry, helped in Sak Saum, did prayer ministry, spruced up our sanctuary with some fresh paint, and got to know our staff and community! Team outreaches are a great introductions to missions work while learning about the IHSI model of ministry. If your church or group is interested in doing an outreach with IHSI, click here to learn more!
This past week we celebrated an important milestone in the lives of 15 new believers, water baptism. We brought them out to a local pool, worshiped together, shared testimonies, and baptized each one as a public confirmation of their faith and new life in God. Since we had a visiting team already with us, we of course invited them along to help at this joyous occasion!
Please join us in praying for the new believers who were baptized, that they would feel encouraged and strengthened as they continue in their journey with God.
Our staff brought Sokchea (a young girl with cerebral palsy from our community) along with us to the water baptisms so that she could experience a swimming pool for the first time! Sokchea has always enjoyed showers and water play, and we were hoping that she would find the pool a stimulating and enjoyable experience. She loved it! Dealing with so many limitations and challenges that she faces, it’s a joy to find ways that bless her and help her have some fun.
Our newest staff members Gopi and Marites Kumar recently arrived! This sweet couple (from India and the Philippines, respectively) is transitioning into life and ministry in Cambodia while working on getting their visas in order. The Kumars have already received missions training from Youth With A Mission together, and have served on the missions field in their home countries and abroad. They are a welcome addition to our team and we look forward to getting to know them better!
Upper Room Project
Thus far we’ve been blessed to receive exactly half of the necessary funding for our Upper Room housing project, a continuation of Father’s House ministry and Center expansion that we have planned for some time. We’ve moved forward on this project in faith, and the Sok family transitioned into one half of the completed project just a few days ago. If you are interested in helping us meet the fundraising goal for the second half of this project, click here.
Last week we released our newest Sak Saum products for spring/summer 2015. This beautiful range of products from handbags and wallets to jewelry and apparel is sure to have something for everyone! Each purchase goes directly into Sak Saum program participants and community job creation, so help us spread the word by sharing this link with all your friends!