We have been busy replacing all the swing chains on our play area this week, Our play area was built in 2013 and it has seen use everyday by all the children in our community from the day of completion. We are so thankful for a safe place for the community to play and enjoy some time together with their friends and family. A play area is much more than just a place to play to us. Our play area is a safe place to come and play and learn how to work together with others, sharing, learning good talk between each other caring for one another, helping each other when needed and learning how to forgive each other when caught up in a spat or disagreement between friends and others, We use are play area as recreation as well as a teaching tool.
This week the children in our area will be going back to school. Many have enjoyed their time off with friends and family. Here at our campus we have seen a growth in children attending the programs that we make available on the summer break. Our play area has seen an abundance of new faces, smiles, and laughs, which we just adore.
Smiles and laughter fills our campus with many precious young children everyday.
In the past years IHSI would supply many needy children with school supplies for the year, These children would be from poor homes, with desperate parents or grandparents that have no resources to send their children or grandchildren to become educated. This year IHSI was not in a position to help. But we have a great partner. Sak Saum Inc heard the cry, and came to the rescue, Sak Saum made it possible for over 25 young people to receive a full years school supplies. Which included uniforms, and shoes, book bags, pencils, pens, notebooks, every item need for a student to go to school. Thank you Sak Saum.
We are excited to see what the new school years brings for this precious group.
If you are looking for ways to help contribute to the giving of school supplies, or other needs here in our area of Cambodia, Please contact us. Or make a donation on this website or send your gift to In HIs Steps International, P. O. Box 60146 Colorado Springs, Colorado 80960, Also please visit the Sak Saum website to purchase any clothing or accessories you may need, They are a partner of IHSI and have a ministry to many also in need. See them at www.saksaum.com or www.saksaum.myshopify.com
Here in Cambodia we are limited to which sports are affordable, also tangible to the culture, and demographics. IHSI has been focusing on one sport that will help with the physical and mental and emotion and spiritual health of our community. That Sport being football (soccer) as we call it in the US.
We have sent our staff to learn how to play the game by the rules, how to coach the game, and how to teach the strategies that are involved in the game. Sokra has been to Vietnam and Phnom Penh on different occasions to learn skills in Coaching skills, IHSI also have had a outreach team from Michigan that held a sports clinic at our center with coaching and playing skills development
This past few months we have joined in with other ministries, and NGO’s in support of tournaments that benefits the teams with learning the game, skills, friendship, as well as sportsmanship. Everyone involved in these efforts are learning different new skills even the coaches and organizations.
IHSI has three teams that we coach at this time. Young boys, Older boys, and a Girls team. Our center has become a buzz with children all wanting to learn skills and play the game. Every afternoon there are practices for the teams. Evening and weekend are filled with games for all ages.
Our Coach and his staff are also teaching biblical prospectives to the teams. This has been an eyeopener to some of the team members, we believe that we can and are influencing our community in many ways with the ways we are living our lives and our actions towards others. This alone has prompted questions that can only be answered by the Gospel.
IHSI teams have been commanded on there character at the tournaments, Other Coaches have come directly to our Coaches and expressed that the teams from IHSI have GOOD character and they are impressed with the teams sportsmanship towards the other teams.
Sports ministry has been changing and influencing lives in Cambodia, Use what is in your hand to influence thous around you.
We are entering our Cambodian winter season. Although we don't see snow or extreme cold here we do have cooler weather. Which for a national is cold. This season brings colds and all kinds of runny noses, coughs and all that is entailed with sickness. This weather is extremely difficult for the older people in Cambodia. Typical Cambodian housing in the province where we live consists of a one room home constructed with leaves or tin and bricks. The homes placements are usually perched above running or still water for lack of not owning property. This can create even a colder night sleep for the ones with no blankets or covers. Please pray for the people with no blankets to find warmth and comfort and for the older people, that their relatives will help them during this winter season. Also pray for health for babies and moms, young and old alike.
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Please pray for our Church GCCS we are seeking new ways to reach our community for Christ. We have seen many come to the knowledge of Jesus, and we would like others to know the Good News. Pray for opportunities for sharing with our neighbors the life of Jesus.