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  • ivanildotrindade 5:12 pm on February 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Battambang, , children at risk, physical abuse, , ,   

    G.R.O.W. OPENS ITS FIRST HOME IN CAMBODIA! 

    This is a special announcement to all of our friends and supporters: we are opening our first home in Battambang, Cambodia. During my recent trip to Cambodia, Sumitra Faa and I had the opportunity to interview three couples who had shown interest in this position. From the beginning we felt drawn to Sambo and his family. He was amply qualified for the work, and he and his wife were already involved in rescuing children in the city where they lived. We interviewed them twice and presented their names to the board at our recent meeting.

    We asked the Board to pray and spoke with Sambo during the meeting, at which time we agreed to move the process ahead. By the grace of God, a donor had provided most of the funds to cover the expenses of running the home for the first year. We still have needs that will have to be covered by future contributions, but felt confident to move ahead with this plan. We are operating with a bare-bone budget but trusting God for the future. Before the end of the year, our plan is to see six new girls who have been victims of physical and/or sexual abuse. They will join Sambo’s family and enjoy a new life where they will no longer be in danger and with time will be able to have the hope of glory.

    While in Battambang, Sumitra and I looked at several houses we intended to rent. Most of the houses were far from what we would consider adequate for the work we do with children. But on our last day there, God allowed us to go to a home we really liked and we found the landlords were very open to our work. They even agreed to reduce the rent significantly and by God’s grace Sambo and his family will be moving to that house on or by February 15th. We couldn’t be more happy with this!

    Sambo, Sopha, and their daughters Mary (8), Ruth (5), and Katrina (1) have been serving God for several years now. They have started a couple of churches and until recently were operating an English teaching school for youth in their town. During the recent flooding in Cambodia, they took in 8 children whose parents became homeless and were no longer able to pay for their schooling. They love their people and have shown again and again that they are willing to sacrifice in order to help “the least of these.”

    For those of you who read my blog and believe in prayer*, please pray for Sambo and Sopha:

    Pray for their move to Battambang;

    Pray that their children will adjust well to the new city and schools;

    Pray that they will remain healthy;

    Pray for the right girls to be brought to the home;

    Pray for Sambo and Sopha as they meet people and organizations who are already working with children who are suffering abuse.

    Pray that God will provide the necessary support to keep this home running at the optimum level.

    As I said above, there will be some extra needs associated with starting this home that are not covered by the budget. If you would like to contribute toward those needs, please send your donation to G.R.O.W. marked “Cambodia, start-up”  (P. O. Box 1862. Wooster, OH 44691). All your gifts are tax-deductible.

    Thank you for your prayers and faithful support or the ministry of G.R.O.W. in SE Asia. We are excited about this new step but also understand that this is a huge step of faith. Please continue to pray that God will move ahead of us and that we will continue to put Him at the center of everything we do.

    For the least of these,

    Pastor Ivanildo C. Trindade

    G.R.O.W. President

    *If you don’t believe in prayer, wish them well! Thank you!

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  • ivanildotrindade 9:47 am on October 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: children at risk, grace place battambang, more than what is required, , travel to cambodia,   

    More than what is required 

    Hello all,

    We arrived in Battambang, after a five-hour bus trip through paved roads, half of which was good, the other half dotted with potholes, covered with overflowing waters and bumpy and, at times, slow-moving animals.

    Finally, we arrived at the bus station and were picked up by Vannak and Kim Chu, the directors of Grace Place, Battambang. We went to the hotel and as we pulled into the parking lot we saw many smiling faces of a good group of our children wearing the familiar Grace Place t-shirt.

    But they were wearing more than t-shirts. They were wearing love — long and elaborate “robes” of it, full of hugs and little voices exclaiming “I love you.” It only took a second for Naza’s heart to melt, as one little girl came over to her and completely enveloped her in a hug as big as the world. I saw streams of joy coming down my wife’s faces, and as some of the other children saw her crying, they came over to help her, by wiping her tears with the back of their hands. I heard her saying, “I am not sad, I am just overcome with emotions right now.”

    After freshening up a bit at the hotel, we met with Kevin and Jill Kane, who are moving into a different home tomorrow. They wanted to see us today because they are so busy tomorrow. We enjoyed some more lemon juice at the restaurant in the hotel and shared a few stories and updates with them. They wanted to know about our experience on the beach. After all, they had recommended the hotel where we stayed in Sihanoukville.

    We went straight to Grace Place after that and enjoyed two and a half hours of sweet fellowship with the children. They performed a couple of songs for us and then both Naza and I shared with the kids. If you are from Wooster, Ohio, and have a child you sponsor at Grace Place, Battambang, please know that we greeted the kids on your bahalf. They all applauded when I said that. They are all healthy now and happy to be enjoying a long weekend as they celebrate the Holiday that commemorates the King’s Birth. No school on Monday. Yes. They are just like any of our kids.

    My wife and I both shared with the children. They listened so attentively and laughed so hard when I made silly faces and tried to tell funny stories. They followed us everywhere and kept giving us cold water and insisted on carrying our stuff for us. They are lovely, and they are so full of joy.

    The twenty plus hours on planes, the long bus trip, the sore bodies, suddenly, all of this  became insignificant compared to the joy of hugging these precious ones. They make it all worth it and it is because of many people who have invested heavily in the future of an entirely new generation of leaders who will rise up one day and make a difference in their country for the present and for eternity.

    Thank you for making your life count instead of simply marching to the familiar tunes of doing only what is required.   

    Ivanildo  C. Trindade

     

     
    • Bob & Linda 8:06 pm on October 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Ivanildo and Naza, Thanks for keeping us as informed as possible as you minister for Jesus. I plan on reading today’s post “More Than What is Required” in my ABF tomorrow as I teach on “The Call.”

      Thanks and God’s Blessings,
      Bob

    • ivanildotrindade 2:43 am on October 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      glad to share, bob, and please encourage everyone to read the blog. we love all the comments!

      • Bob & Linda 7:49 am on October 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        We have here in the USA a “Sleeping Giant” which we call the church. I find it very difficult to get anyone to take time to read the blog, or to do about anything out of their routine, It is among the first things I look for when I light up for the day. Keep them coming and I will continue to try to encourage people to read. One lady did last week in our ABF. 😦 I would love to come there someday. Bob

        • ivanildotrindade 6:16 am on November 2, 2011 Permalink

          thanks, bob. i do get discouraged some times, but it has not stopped me. thanks for doing your part. yes, u need to come. u come with me and i will do my best to give u a great experience.

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