Throughout my travels
as I have been attending conferences and visiting ministries, I
have invited folks to send me short write-ups on their ministries and,
with the understanding that, as I was able, I would post them on this
blog. My hope in doing this is by no means to
touch upon all ministries with a Presbyterian connection, but only to
gives glimpses of the breadth and depth in which we engage in ministry
around the world.
Here is one received from from Hands for Cambodia, an organization
dedicated to providing health care, health education, clean water, and
community development to those in need in Cambodia. Working with the
Khmer Presbyterian Fellowship, the National Cambodian Presbyterian
Council (PCUSA), Church World Service, and other charitable
organizations, will approach its ministry in a holistic manner to address the physical, mental, and spiritual health of the people we serve.
from Mary S. Hodge, Secretary, HANDS for Cambodia
Transforming Cambodian killing fields into living fields is the aim of HANDS for Cambodia. Led by killing fields survivor and PC(USA) deacon Albert Cheng, HANDS works with Khmer Presbyterian Fellowship (KPF) pastors to address their concerns related to health care, health education, clean water, and community development. HANDS (Health And Neighborhood Development Services) approaches its ministry in a holistic manner to address the physical, mental, and spiritual health of the people with whom we work.
A mobile medical clinic provides much-needed curative care and, according to Paul Friesen, PC(USA) regional liaison with Cambodia, the village of Kampong Speu is now over ninety percent Christian due in large part to the healing ministry of HANDS and the faithful witness of the Khmer Presbyterian Christians. Perhaps the most dramatic example is that of Mr. Say who set fire to the KPF church in Kampong Speu because he blamed Christians for the drought. Under the leadership of KPF pastor Sarourn, they rebuilt the open-air structure and in 2005 constructed a concrete facility. Frequently Mr. Say threatened Christians with physical harm. In June 2009 during a HANDS clinic, he approached Pastor Sarourn, confessed his wrongdoing, and chose to follow Jesus Christ. For years Mr. Say observed how the Christians care for one another. He saw HANDS’ Dr. Pross come to the church every few months and treat all who wanted medical attention. He witnessed the love of Christ in action, and it changed his life.
Next steps for HANDS include working with Paul Friesen, KPF pastors, and leaders of the Community Health Education (CHE) program to identify candidates who can be trained as health care workers in their villages.
HANDS is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization endorsed by the PC(USA) National Cambodian Presbyterian Council. It is operated by volunteers based in Texas.