Blessing Children

"It is more blessed to give than to receive."

Acts 20:35

Last week a huge shipment arrived on our doorstep – over 600 book bags, t-shirts, hats, and water bottles! A Singaporean friend from a recent team had contacted us and asked if she could send some gifts for children in Saang, and of course we said yes. It was exciting to open the boxes and see so many colorful items to share in the community.

At our Saturday children’s program alone, we were able to bless nearly 200 children! This donation was perfect timing since many in Saang are gearing up for the new school year, which starts in October. Father’s House children enjoyed receiving their new gifts as well, and began using them right away!

We love when God connects us to people that want to sow into Cambodia, whether it be through prayer, service on outreach, financial support, or donations such as the one we received last week. If you’d like to get involved in how God is using In His Steps in Cambodia, click here to learn more!

Gifts for Father's House

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Have you ever met a child that didn’t like getting a present? We certainly haven’t! Amid the day-to-day work of caring for the many individuals in our programs, we’re thankful for the generosity of believers worldwide who lend a hand by sending gifts, donating to our community-building projects, or even coming to visit in person through outreach teams. (Learn more ways to get involved by clicking here.)

A creative donor from the U.S. recently sent handmade blankets for Father’s House children, and each one was special and unique, just like our children. It was fun to watch their expressions as the children caught sight of the lively patterns and bold colors of their new blankets. We hope that their smiles will help brighten your day!

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Equipping and Empowering the Next Generation

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In the Western world, technology has become so ubiquitous that most of us can no longer imagine life without computers. Yet for most Cambodians, a computer is more of a mystery than a necessity. Generations have conducted business and done everything else in life without a keystroke or a double-click.

But Cambodia is changing rapidly, and the way that people do things is changing with it. Computer experience is now on par with English language skills as a key to job opportunities. It seems that every corner in Phnom Penh is touting computer classes, internet tutorials, and typing tutors. Yet for most Cambodians, the cost of a computer is more than their year's earnings, and those in rural areas rarely even see one!

We want the very best for children in our care, and know that in a changing world there are many things they must learn in order to thrive. As they express their hopes and dreams for their future, we have been looking for ways to equip them in the area of computer literacy. 

Through donations from many in the U.S., we are happy to announce that we are finally able to begin meeting this need through the installation of several computers at Father's House! This past week, Jacob and Eric have been busy finding desks, setting up hardware, and troubleshooting as we prepare for our very first computer classes for Father's House children. Not only will Father's House kids be learning computer skills, but our staff will receive more training as well. That way, they can teach others in the future when we have enough funds to set up a computer classroom for the community!

Our goal for Father's House children is to equip them to fulfill their destiny, whether as an accountant, farmer, doctor, or repairman. As they receive unconditional love from our staff, we want each child to know that they have a secure place in our hearts and God's, no matter what path in life they choose to take.

Just as we believe God's promise in Jeremiah 29:11 for hope and a good future, we believe it's our responsibility to prepare each child in our care for that future as best we can. From new computer classes and cooking lessons to homework help and Sunday School, we are committed to doing everything in our power to help them be successful at whatever their hands find to do in the future! 

A Special Announcement...An Answered Prayer

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 “It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.”

Isaiah 65: 24

For some time now, we at In His Steps have felt God calling us to build a safehouse for children in Saang district on our Foundation Center property. Our plan is go beyond caring solely for orphans, by providing a safe place for any child considered to be at a high-risk for abuse and human trafficking. The local government has recognized the need for such a place, and approves of our plans. The only missing piece in the puzzle was the money needed to construct the building itself.

Since last year, we have been praying and working to raise the finances for this project. Amazingly, last week God answered our prayers by providing partners who are donating the entire amount needed to build a safehouse in Saang! This is a miraculous demonstration of God's heart for children, and we are so excited to see the vision that he gave us coming into fruition!

The safehouse is not just a means of providing for the children within its walls: it will serve as model in the community for the development of healthy families and the protection of all children. We pray that our example of loving and caring for at-risk children will be one that challenges others to do the same.

Thank you to everyone who was faithful to pray for and give towards the building of the safehouse; you are an integral part of God's work in the Kingdom of Cambodia. We give him the glory for the amazing things he is doing here and ways that he is providing for "the least of these". 

-In His Steps