Thanks to generous year-end donations, our loan balance has been reduced to only $55,000.00! Your gift of any amount to reduce this debt is magnified by the savings of interest.
Chanthorn Vuthy has a new home! Her gratefulness is clearly evident in the picture at right.
Chanthorn is the remarkable Christian woman who—in spite of her very difficult life being a single mom from a poor village with family who don’t care about her—has still made it her life purpose to teach children about Jesus!
Four years ago Chanthorn gave her life to Christ—a very unusual thing in her village. It didn’t take long for her to begin bearing fruit in her walk with the Lord. She started by inviting the young village children to come to her humble home where she would love and share Jesus with them. Already a number of the children have received Christ and are exhibiting remarkably improved behavior—something that has been noticed by the entire village. This sweet woman is a blessing, a fruitful servant of Jesus, and a light in her village.
But she lived in a hovel desperately in need of repair and improvements. Unable to make her home secure, she was constantly being robbed of the smallest possessions she owned. Without her knowledge, we presented this need to you, our partners, and are so grateful to report that Chanthorn now has a new home!
Thank you, Team Harmony, for putting your arms around Chanthorn and showing her the love of Jesus by providing a better home for her and her daughter!
I want YOU on Harmony's March 2-12 Missions Adventure to CAMBODIA!
Please consider yourself warmly invited and strongly encouraged to join us March 2-12 for a Missions Adventure to Cambodia!
The proposed itinerary:
- Thursday Mar 2 - Depart US for Phnom Penh
- Friday Mar 3 - Arrive Phnom Penh late evening
- Saturday Mar 4 - A.M. Tour the Killing Fields and hear the story of Cambodia’s “auto-genocide” which took the lives of 20% of the population. P.M. Outreach at Esther’s House: Young girls rescued from sex-exploitation and now in a beautiful Christian home.
- Sunday Mar 5 - Travel two hours to Kandal Province where we will worship and do outreach at a village church. Afterward, travel by boat to see the childhood home and meet family of Dalin Bentley.
- Monday Mar 6 - Travel two hours by van to Kampong Chhnang Province for outreach and activities with the village children at the Christian school operated by Harmony partner Pastor Markus Dwintanta.
- Tuesday Mar 7 - Fly 45 minutes to beautiful resort city Siem Reap. Check into hotel. Attend an evening cultural dinner and dance show highlighting traditional Khmer culture and cuisine.
- Wednesday Mar 8 - Visit Angkor Wat, the beautiful Buddhist temple/city built in the 12th century—the largest religious monument in the world and a world heritage site.
- Thursday March 9 - Visit historic Pub Street in Siem Reap for shopping, fish-foot massages, and restaurants featuring food from around the world. Afternoon flight back to Phnom Penh.
- Friday March 10 - University student outreach at Harmony’s popular Learn2Work Center. Morning outreach at 10am, lunch, and afternoon outreach at 3pm. After dinner we will take a one-hour cruise on the Tonle Sap River near the Royal Palace.
- Saturday March 11 -Tour Royal Palace. Last minute shopping, lunch, or foot massage at the historic Riverside area of Phnom Penh. Late evening flight home.
[NOTE: You gain a day when flying from Asia to the U.S. so your return flight home will arrive Saturday evening or Sunday morning.]
Cost of trip is $1,500 + airfare and includes lodging, breakfast meals, trip medical insurance, and excursion to Siem Reap/Angkor Wat.
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For information or to reserve your place with your $500 non-refundable deposit, contact Linda-Mac at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 951-600-4474.
We look forward to having you join us!
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We love how our work on one continent is now impacting another continent! Merima, who has been making our dolls in Ethiopia, is now in Cambodia! She is on a three-month assignment, teaching her sewing skills to the girls of Esther’s House. When girls are rescued from trafficking, or its risk, they must learn a skill to able to support themselves.
What a win-win situation this is becoming, since we are helping the girls learn a trade but are also purchasing the dolls they make to give to folks who sponsor our children! Once the girls get proficient at doll-making, of course, they will also be able to support themselves by selling these hand-made dolls—and other items they sew—in the marketplace in Cambodia.
Thank you, Partners, for helping us not only to spread the Word but also to help the vulnerable in both Ethiopia and Cambodia! Through this project God is getting glory in several ways:
- Merima has become a missionary to Ethiopia, sharing His love and using her God-given ability to help these Cambodian girls who are at risk of or have been trafficked
- The rescued girls are learning a skill to help them to a secure future
- We receive the dolls we need to help us raise support for the vulnerable in both China and Ethiopia
“If you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.”
(Matt 10:42 – NLT)
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There are times in each of our lives when—although we had no doubt God was leading in a certain direction—the results weren’t as we expected. Our Aug-Sep newsletter—which you will be receiving any day now—contains an article explaining that Ratha had to return home to Cambodia without having the surgery in China that was expected to save his life.
Just today we received the below letter from Ratha, and suddenly we begin to see glimpses of how God is working His plans through this situation! We believe this letter will encourage you, so we are printing it just as we received it—misspellings and all. Praise God for His provision and His work in so many hearts!
“I was very regret that four hospitals in China had rejected to do my heart surgery. However I thank God for his blessings while I was there. Even I dont get better from my discease I still have joy knowing that there are many believers care and pray for me even though they did not know me personally. I treat this as the Grace of God.
Through this, my family are getting to know the Love of God, especially my dad, he have decided to serve God and my sister want to study in bible school where I have been studying now. Also my cusin turned her faith to Jesus through testimony and the love of many people around me, especially teacher Pheakdey's family; Cambodia country director.
These story go together to make some of my family's members and relatives get the salvation from God and it makes my life's jurney longing to serve and walk with Him all the days of my life. My physical health going weaker somedays but I still want to see His fruits which come out of my life more and more. ‘I can do all things through Christ who strenthen me (Phillipians 4:13)’”
To all of you who were involved in helping Ratha, we send our deepest thanks!
Love & blessings,
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RATHA: After being in China for over a month, undergoing a battery of tests at two different hospitals, and weathering several illnesses, Ratha is finally scheduled for heart surgery next week. FuWai Hospital declined to perform the surgery because Ratha was discovered to have significant kidney problems—and FuWai specializes only in heart surgeries. Beida University (the Harvard of China) has agreed to perform surgery following their Dragon Boat Festival which ends Sunday. There is no doubt that this surgery is risky, particularly with the kidney complications, but without it Ratha is on borrowed time. So we ask your directed prayers for him next week. We have done all we could to get him the best doctors, but now we need your help in invoking the power and protection of the Great Physician.
BABY FRANK: In our March 3 E-blast we asked you to pray for little Frank, a preemie with a life-threatening medical condition wherein too-soft throat cartilage allows blockage of his air passage, requiring a ventilator to breathe. Doctors in both China and America report that surgery is not a viable option for him at this time. After conferring among ourselves and with his originating orphanage, the decision has been made to bring Frank home to Harmony House. It breaks our heart that this little guy has languished in hospital beds nearly his entire life without being regularly held and loved to the degree that all babies need. We have, therefore, instructed Lily to bring him home and assign one nanny to him full time, praying for him and giving him that human touch and love that has been mostly missing from his life. Lily has found a breathing machine and will be bringing him home as soon as possible. While we know he has always been in God’s hands, we have done everything humanly possible to save him. Now we are giving him entirely into God’s hands. It is not always given to us to save lives of the children who come into our care, but it is always given to us to love and to comfort. Please join us in praying that God will strengthen him and preserve him, allowing his body additional time to possibly outgrow this problem.
ELLIS: Yesterday Ellis, formerly Nelson who was adopted from us last November, underwent major surgery for tethered cord syndrome and other spinal-cord issues. We thank God for a wonderful report this morning that surgery successfully corrected Ellis’s issues! Please pray for his quick recovery and that no fluid buildup ensues that might require a second surgery.
GIA & KRISTIN: With JOY we report that Gia & Kristin, who underwent major heart surgeries in the last several months and whom many of you prayed for, are both doing GREAT!
A THREAT TO HARMONY’S WORK IN CHINA
As some of you may be aware, China’s new strongman leader is passing many laws to further consolidate his control over the country—including laws interfering with foreign NGOs—of which Harmony is one. Recently new laws were enacted allowing the government broad powers to raid, harass, and hamper the work of foreign NGOs. This is a threat to our autonomy and possibly our existence in China. We have faced many serious threats in the past, and our Deliverer always came to our rescue. With this new and serious situation facing us, we recognize anew that we continue our work in China by the grace of God. Through prayer we ask you to help us invoke God’s deliverance once again!
Ratha—the young Cambodian with the life-threatening heart condition—is in Beijing and about to receive complex heart surgery. Many of you donated for his operation, and now we ask you to pray for a successful outcome as this surgery will take many hours. But imagine his joy when he recuperates and, for the first time in his life, has energy and can begin to live a normal life! He is determined to preach God’s Word and wants to see his fellow Cambodians experience the joy of living for Jesus!
CONTINUED PRAYERS FOR TOBY IN OHIO
Please remember to lift up little Toby in Ohio who has been such a behavioral challenge for his family. One thing I love about Harmony is that we really do love and pray for each other—despite the fact that we may not even know each other. So I hope you will ask the Holy Spirit to prompt you to pray for Toby and his parents, and also other adoptive families who need our intercession. Jesus is the calmer of storms, and we pray that he will calm the storm in Toby’s life.
Praise God the new bathroom compound for Esther’s House is now fully funded! It’s amazing that soon 12 more girls can be rescued from such an awful future—and can be introduced to the Lord Jesus! Please continue to pray for these girls and the family that is so committed to helping trafficking victims.
On Saturday John was privileged to visit with five of Harmony’s former orphans and their families in Philadelphia—near where he spoke 3 times on Sunday at two different churches. The children—with the names we gave them—are Greg, Tammy, Lisa, Kurt & Paula. ALL our adoptive parents and children—and also parents currently matched to one of our children—are invited to our semi-annual Reunion in Chicago July 29-30. If you haven’t gotten our emails about the Reunion, it means we don’t have your current email address. Please email me (email@example.com) so we can respond with all the details.
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Pastor Markus & Elle have begun a Christian school for the children in an unreached and poor village In Kampong Chnnang Province, Cambodia. Their ministry center is completed and their Grand Opening was held in February—but the whole village lacks access to clean water. Only $2,000 will provide that well—and better health and sanitation for everyone there. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (951) 600-4474 to help.
Hello Friends & Partners, First of all, John asked me to attach this link with the hope that you will click on it and listen as you read. It is a beautiful Khmer worship song—the language of his wife Dalin. As we listen to “Holy God,” let it infuse our prayers with love and worship for our Holy God and increased power in our prayers for Kristin, Ratha, Gia, Toby, our adoptive families and our work. We love you Jesus. We love you SO much!
We are thanking God that we can give you encouraging news about our beautiful little Kristin. She has had some rough times recovering from her major heart surgery, but her picture tells you how happy she was Thursday (March 24) to get rid of a lot of the tubes and needles!
Her mom Jenn said Kristin is still having heart arrhythmias. Just Thursday they were able to pinpoint the exact location of the arrhythmias, thereby helping them choose a more specific medication for her. She is still dealing not only with the arrhythmias but also pneumonia caused by fluid gathering in and around her lungs.
The family requests continued prayers specifically for:
- Her lungs to clear
- Softening of her stiff ventricles
- Recovery from pneumonia and
- Chest tube drainage to abate
Dad Jon and Kristin’s siblings were able to be in Boston for the weekend celebration of Kristin’s sixth birthday (March 26). Jenn said, “Kristin is counting down the days and telling everyone that she is having an Ariel birthday party! She had failed to tell me that so thank goodness for Amazon Prime to bring in Ariel goodies and balloons just in time!“
This is Kristin’s first birthday with her adoptive family. Jenn says, “It’s not how we imagined it to be, but we will celebrate, be joyful and enjoy every minute! We will all be together and for that I am thankful.”
First of all, we rejoice and are so thankful to you, our partners, that the funds have come in to save Ratha’s life! God is faithful—whether the need is small or large—and we give Him all praise!!
There has been a delay in getting Ratha’s surgery because of the detailed requirements of transporting him from Cambodia to China. These details are getting untangled, and our current expectation is for the surgery to take place in early May.
The attached picture shows our most recent Mission trip team praying for Ratha. Because of his illness, Ratha looks like a young teenager although he is actually 21 years old.
Meanwhile, Ratha continues with his classes to become a pastor so that he can take the Good News of Jesus to more of his fellow Cambodians just as soon as he is physically able.
We are delighted to give you a good report and a delightful picture of little Gia. Her mom says, “She’s doing so well….staying stable and thriving!” [clearboth]
Not all orphans' problems are limited to the physical. Behavioral problems associated with early childhood emotional trauma are also all too common. Please continue to pray for little Toby and his sweet parents—for Jesus to calm the storm within him and transform him. We also ask prayers for his parents to have wisdom, strength and the heart and mind of the Lord through this difficult stage in his life. Last time we prayed as a group it really made a difference for an extended period. But now the family is once again requesting prayers.
Blessings to you all,