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  • ivanildotrindade 9:47 am on October 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , grace place battambang, more than what is required, orphan homes, 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,

    • 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.

  • ivanildotrindade 9:25 pm on October 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , dealing with church boards, field of dreams, orphan homes, orphanage, , surprise,   

    Field of dreams in Cambodia 

    “Men shall not live on dreams alone, but without dreams men shall not live.” No one famous ever said that, since I just made that up now. In June of 2008 I stood on top of a mound of dirt with a friend who had a dream to build orphan homes on that very spot in Cambodia. He was only a dreamer then, but he was not the only one. We prayed for a miracle on that corner of God’s earth.

    After I came home, I resolved to jump into that dream with abandonment. I shared an initial plan with our church board to build an orphan home on that spot, completely funded by our church. This was summer time and we had just approved a new budget. There was no money in it for an orphan home. Oh yes, that was also the calm before the storm — the Autumn of 2008, when the financial world faced a near meltdown.

    The naysayers came out of the woodwork: “The cost is prohibitive.” Yes, between construction and start-up costs,  it was upwards of $60,000. “There are liabilities involved.” Yes, there are always risks involved in this kind of work. “How are we going to find all the sponsors?” 40 children, at the tune of $120 per month. Surely a tall order but not as tall as some had originally imagined. “How’s this going to affect our overall budget?” Well, we didn’t know unless we tried it, but there are enough statements about blessing the fatherless in the Bible, I kept saying. And I don’t believe God is in the business of punishing those who do what He says we must do.

    One key leader in the church, who was also an important member of the finance committee, raised objections. He was not being a pest, just a consummate bean counter. And I lost count of the times I came home, after a frustrating day trying to answer more questions, and I told my wife, “I quit!”. But as  my head hit the pillow, I would think of the faces of the children and they gave me the energy to face another bean-counting day.

    After several months of countless meetings, numerous e-mails, fact sheets, international phone calls, and much aggravation, Mr. Bean counter himself delivered the final surprise. At the meeting where I presented my final proposal, he was the first to speak. He said he felt “passionate” about the project. “Passionate”? I never even knew that word was in his vocabulary! He told the committee he was convinced we had to do it. From then it was smooth sail — the committee approved the project, the board signed on, the pastor went to the congregation and the money poured in…

    Today we have two homes, one in Cambodia and one in Thailand, and the field that once stood empty is a lively place now, where 6 homes have been built and hundreds of kids run around doing what children were meant to be doing — being happy. Hopefully there will be dreamers from that harvest field and the work will go on.

    Tomorrow I will tell you about 30 minutes that changed my life — how I met a young lady from Thailand named Faa.

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

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