Hello Prayer friends....
If you've been following my Facebook posts, you know that I'm back in Cambodia this week working with the sweet ladies in our job creation program, LandMine Design. It has already been a very full week with lots of things happening, lots of difficulties, and lots of ways that God is faithful...again and again! Thank you for praying over several things already during this trip.
It's rainy season here and that means mud...lots and lots and LOTS of mud! The mud prohibits vehicles traveling from the main road into our village. We instead have had to walk the mile into and out of the village (or catch a ride on a villager's tractor). I don't think I can adequately describe the muck of trudging through mud that is never ending. Each time I think about complaining, I look around and realize that I will leave the village in a few hours, return to my hotel room, and take a shower washing away the mud until I return the next day. The sweet villagers who call this place home, don't have the privilege of washing the mud away in a clean shower. It is a constant and never-ending battle until the sun reappears and dries the ground again. Perspective.
The main reason I am here this week is because of an order we received from a company called Sevenly (www.sevenly.org). These amazing folks learned of our work and contacted us a couple months ago asking if they could include our little organization into their 'Causebox'. The Causebox is sent out to 4,000 subscribers every quarter filled with various items from social enterprise agencies, like LandMine Design. These subscribers receive their box and learn about so many organizations that are doing good work in all kinds of locations around the globe.
We were absolutely shocked and honored that Sevenly wanted to partner with us in this way. Of course, we said 'yes!' and began the preparations for the ladies here to create 4,000 (gulp!) lovely pieces of jewelry. It has been quite an undertaking, to say the least. But, what an incredible blessing from the Lord as we see His hand at work blessing our ladies with such an order and giving this program the opportunity for such visibility. Our LandMine Design piece will be included in the Holiday Causebox...yet another huge blessing from the Lord!
I'm deeply thankful that the Lord allowed me to be here during this week as I am also able to see the nearly completed new LandMine Design headquarters. This past summer, a generous donor was burdened that the ladies in our program didn't have a headquarters of their own. She graciously gave the funds needed to build the amazing building you see below. It is the newest building on our 'campus' and will be the home for LandMine Design. To walk into this space is really like a dream. I just don't think I can express how excited I am for what this means for our current ladies and all the ladies we hope to employ in the years to come. What a gift from the hands of our Faithful God!
There's much more I could write about while the rain continues to pour down outside my window this afternoon. Let me close up with a few prayer items:
~ Praise the Lord with me that my co-worker, Amreitha, has recovered fully from a bout of food poisoning that happened our first day in country. Amreitha is pregnant with her first baby, so we're deeply thankful for the protection for both her and her baby. She's now able to work with me as we continue this week. We won't be eating anymore omelets though...
~ Please pray for the ladies in our program as they work tirelessly this week to complete the 4,000 necklaces we will carry back with us on Sunday. This is the largest production round they've had to do, and they are doing so well. Please pray for their stamina, clarity, and joy even in the midst of the rain, mud, and endless crafting of jewelry. They will be excited to be finished on Sunday and receive the pay for their incredible work!
~ Please pray for the many conversations we are having and will continue to have. So much is happening and there is so much we need wisdom about and clear thinking on as we consider things that could have effects for a long time.
Thanks for praying with me and joining me on another journey to Cambodia!