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  • ivanildotrindade 5:12 pm on February 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Battambang, , , physical abuse, , , sexual 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 12:12 am on January 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cries of joy, cries of sadness, mission trips, , sexual abuse   

    Cries of sadness, cries of joy 

    Snow has fallen finally in Wooster and I couldn’t be getting out of town sooner…

    If things go according to plan, in less than 48 hours I will be in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, leading a team of 10 people from my church. We are going to serve children who were once orphans but have now been rescued. Our mission is to give love but most of the team members will find out that how little they know about that subject once they get the first hug from one of our kids.

    I also will get to spend time with our children at the G.R.O.W. home. I know the personal stories of the children who live there now. I have cried thinking about how it used to be for them and now I cry when I think of how it is now. Cries of sadness and cries of joy.

    You would do the same if you were in the same room with a 10-year old girl who had been raped multiple times by four different step-fathers. If you never felt like killing someone, the thought would cross your mind if you sat on the floor with a six-year old little boy who had been forced by his parents to perform sexual acts with his sister from the time he was two years of age. And if you heard of a 9-year old girl whose body had multiple scars and open wounds from being beaten with electric wire by a drunk step-father, you would never be the same again.

    Sadly, what I just wrote above is not fiction. Every single one of these stories are true and that’s only the ones I can share here. But the good news is that for our kids that long nightmare is over. For the last two years, we’ve been rescuing children with these kinds of backgrounds and putting them in a safe home in Thailand. These children, after receiving the kind of help they needed, are now thriving, full of hope, and with a bright future ahead.

    I have several ambitious goals for this trip. In addition to leading the team from our church, and loving on the children in the homes our church has started in Cambodia and Thailand, I am going to gaze at the land which will be the future headquarters of G.R.O.W. in Thailand. I can’t believe I just said that. Three months ago it was just a dream. Now, because of donations from individuals from around the world, we’ve put down a healthy down payment on this blessed ground.

    And to think that I get to do this in my “spare” time. Like I said, most of my time in Asia will be spent with the wonderful work I do with my church. But after the team comes home, I get to spend a few extra days “conspiring to do good.” In a couple of years, we will build homes on this land that now sits empty. There will be more kids whose lives will be changed forever. I can’t wait to see that.

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

     
    • rachel bar 10:19 am on January 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I am not a Christian, and not a religious person at all, but what you are doing is the most divine act of all, which is to care about other people. I don’t care which church you belong to, if this is your behaviour, if these are your actions, then you are a special human being.

    • ivanildotrindade 1:48 pm on January 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      thanks for the comment, rachel. i don’t consider myself a “special human being,” but i have been compelled by the love of God to love others and endeavor to make a difference in their lives. for me, there is no other way to live.

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