Once Upon a Time in Cambodia

 

Sihanoukville, Cambodia—Piseth’s mother committed suicide; not long after, his father—an alcoholic—was murdered. Piseth and his siblings lived with an older step-brother who could not afford to care for them or send them to school. (He later died of AIDS.) He took the children to Sihanoukville Children’s Home (SCH), where their lives would change forever.

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In a safe environment, surrounded by loving Christians, the boy thrived. He became a Christian and started leading worship and Bible studies for younger kids.

Piseth’s life has since taken a track no one could have imagined for him before SCH took him in. Last year, Piseth graduated from Bible college. He and his wife, Somphor, have a new baby girl and a new mission: planting a church in the province of Svay Rieng, an “unreached” part of Cambodia. Piseth is passing on the blessings of God’s love that he first experienced at SCH.

That’s so often the way it is. When you give to ALO, you are investing in the lives of children to help them overcome some truly heartbreaking pasts. Many, touched by your love and God’s mercy, are changed forever. They learn that they have value and are valued. They learn that by working hard and making good choices, they can succeed. They meet the God who made and loves them. They grow up to bring bountiful returns on your early investment, becoming instruments of God’s love and mercy to others. Your gift to ALO today is an investment in the life of another child who will change the world tomorrow.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. - Romans 12:21

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