When Western ears hear the word “orphan” it is often associated with a child who has no living parents. Yet, in many parts of the world, an orphan may be a child whose parents are not able or willing to provide for them due to financial strain. In fact, estimates say four out of five “orphans” actually have one, and sometimes two, living parents.
Some of the children at the Phsar Chas Church Home in Cambodia would fall under this category of “orphans of poverty.” At this home, children are cared for, fed, and educated by the staff. Children’s Hunger Fund helps provide food in bulk for this organization in order to keep the children nourished.
This is where Phun Sok currently lives.
This 13-year-old boy’s father passed away, leaving his mother to care for their five children. When she was unable to provide for them, she sent Phun Sok to Phsar Chas Church Home, where she knew he would be well cared for.
At the home, Phun Sok has plenty to eat, and more importantly, is able to hear and learn about the love of Christ. Since coming to live in the home, he has placed his trust in Jesus as his Lord and Savior.
This is the fruit of Relational Mercy Ministry. Because of the work of individuals caring for him practically, and something as simple as food, Phun Sok has been able to see the loving kindness of Jesus at work in his life. The words of Jesus – not distant ideas, but actions that can be seen and felt.