Team Cambodia 2017 Trip Recap

In July 2017 29 people left from Atlanta to Phnom Penh Cambodia. Our mission was to serve Sanctuary Church partners in Phnom Penh and Kampong Thom. Below you will find a quick breakdown of the day’s activities.

Saturday

The team broke into two groups

One went to widows island the other went to the killing fields and then at 1p we switched.

On Widow’s Island we celebrated the church’s anniversary in their new building.  We also watched a small performance from the kids, gave them clothes, put on a VBS, and one team member lead an Identity in Christ seminar for the women.  Another team member held a spontaneous time of fellowship for the men now living on widows island.

That evening we just had a calm night as a team with tuk tuk rides to dinner.

 

Sunday

This was another day of dividing and conquering. One groups went to Pastor Paul's church and the. Took his family to dinner.

The other team went to the dump site to do a medical mission, a VBS, and a place to give all the children new outfits.

They  then went to Pastor Sihok's church.

The whole team came back together in the evening to visit Dr. Tago's church and see the orphans.

 

Monday

This was a big day for our team. We did a service project day at Haley’s House of Hope.

Our team painted both dorm rooms, cleaned the rooms, replaced the mattresses, bought new pillows, and a small group painted a mural in the entry of the orphanage.

About halfway through the day a small group took all of the children out for an afternoon of fun at kids play place. Their they got to unwind and just be children soaking up some intentional love and time with our team.


Tuesday

TRAVEL DAY FROM PHNOM PENH to KAMPONG THOM

In the evening we spent time with the children and toured Dr. Castro’s compound including the hospital.

 

Wednesday

The team split into two groups.

One group went to a baseball tournament put on alongside other American missionaries at Thavvy’s baseball field.

The other part of the team went to Angkor Wat for the day

That evening we attended church at Dr. Castros church and the children put on a recital to show some of what they have been learning in the new SSM Music Academy

 

Thursday

This was a beautiful day of serving the children at Bileg Solid Rock.  We taught the children music, held an art lesson learning to draw faces, and put on a time of beauty and hygiene for the girls to get their hair and nails done. We also had a lacrosse clinic for the boys.  

That evening a private donor sponsored an evening at a waterpark for the children as well as a dinner.

 

Friday

Goodbyes are always so hard and Friday morning we said goodbye to the children and partners in Kampong Thom. Then we made the journey back to Phnom Penh.  

We had an hour at the market to shop and experience the crazy hustle of that place

Then we were off to the airport.  The children always come to see us off so there were more tough goodbyes but also a joy in knowing that we are so connected in ministry together and we would talk again soon.

 

This whole week was incredible. We were stretched pulled and pushed into so many amazing places and saw God glorified in every day.  We saw 31 people come together to make a beautiful family in Christ! We watched the Lord work in each of their hearts and saw them die to themselves to live for Him and lift their teammates up.  The amount of giving, encouragement and prayer that was displayed was breathtaking.  God moved mightily through Cambodia but also in the hearts of every team member.

 

This recap is just a drop in the bucket. I encourage everyone reading to pursue time with members of the team to get their stories and perspective.

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August 2017 Prayer Focus

Mission Trips

- Prayer for all the spiritual seeds that were planted in hearts during our Cambodia Trip (Children, Orphanage Leaders, Hotel staff, bus drivers and all those we prayed for individually or corporately)

- Prayer for potential Guatemala trip in the Fall (Fall almost already here!)

 

 

Parent Partners

- Prayer for Parent  Partners for at least 10 more children by the end of this calendar year

 

 

Expand Our Borders

- Specifically for the team and their future with Saving Susan

- Prayers for team member who shared spiritual journeys and ask God to allow them to share their stories with those they come into contact with now that they are back home

 

 

Ministry Partner Relationships

-Specific prayer for God’s direction in regards to some of the challenges we saw at Haley’s House (Physical living conditions, overall supervision, financial stewardship, etc

 

 

Next Meeting is

September 7th 2017

@ 10am

 

 

 

 

 

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Our day at Haleys House

Neither words nor pictures can really capture what happened today but I will try. 

 

Our team has been going hard since we left Sanctuary Church parking lot Thursday morning at 6am. The flight was exhausting and many of us didn't sleep on the plane. We started right in with a 7:30am breakfast  Saturday morning and served on Widows Island and toured the Killing Fields.

Sunday we split into two groups with some at Pastor Paul's church and others serving at the dumpsite, visiting Pastor Sihok's church and then all meeting back up for an evening at Dr. Tago's church. 

 

Monday kicked it up another notch. We arrived at Haleys House around 9:30am and immediately set out to painting the children's dorm rooms. Two teams (one for the girls room one for the boys) went to work setting up and jumping in. Another team worked on a mural for the main entrance and had to run to buy paint and supplies before jumping in.  

Lets pause here for a moment:

If you've ever heard Jay Arntzen describe why SSM does what we do you've heard him say that these orphanages are severly understaffed. There isn't man power to maintain the building and watch over all the children closely and help them keep clean rooms. Today our team saw that. Today we saw the dirt build up, the pests and their effects on the room, the crumbling mattresses and more. Today we saw our brothers and sisters in Christ who were in need. Friends let me tell you-  This team set to work with a passion I can't explain.

But please allow me to tell you what i saw 

 

Denise and Dana went into the girls dorm when we arrived and did not leave until it was done. No lunch, no break, and no complaining. 

Keith walked in with very little direction or planning and ran with the painting project to get it started and saw it through til the end. 

April and her team (Abigail Josh and Alex) pulled together supplies and resources and then worked tirelessly to start and FINISH a beautiful mural in less than one day.

Ryan came at every part from set up to clean up with more energy and fun than I thought a group of painters and cleaners could have. 

Mike stood on rickety chairs to reach the ceiling and make sure the job looked excellent and not just ok.

Micah and Clay stayed until every job was done. They painted swept scraped carried and more. And when Andrea found another job at the very end they popped up to finish that too.

Andrea.. no words for you girl just endless praises to God for your passion to fix ANY and ALL things that you could today. Wow. Thank you.

Matt went on any errand we asked, lugged old mattresses out, hauled new clean mattresses up three flights of stairs, covered them, and supported the team through it all. 

Jay and Steve painted, swept, carried, cleaned and all while leading the team and spending intentional time with the Haleys House staff.

And last but not least I get to brag on my husband Williamrobert who lugged mattresses out and in with Matt, scooped backed up water with Andrea, bleached the floors with me, painted and scraped with Clay and Micah, and played with kids in the process.  you were everywhere at once and making it fun for all in the process.

 

Y'all that isn't even the end.  The other half of our team took the children for a treat to play at a kids place but before they left they were all in with cleaning and painting. So they did all the things I listed in the beginning about the start of our trip. They helped us start the projects I've shared about at Haleys House and then they took over 30 children and all out played with them for hours. They intentionally loved every child and saw to it that they had a blast. Reese, Tommy, Marci, Madelyn, Tara, Carly, Meg, Chloe, Chris, Caleb, Christy and Tracy thank you. 

 

This entire mission team is incredible. This day was long and the work was hard but I'm so proud of what was done for the Glory of God to benefit these children he so dearly loves.

 

 

SO LET'S REVIEW : 

We got the walls painted, the floors scrubbed, the mural finished (stunning!), old mattresses out, all the new mattresses in and on the beds, the mattress covers on, new pillows purchased and on beds, new bedding delivered, new clothes racks in the boys dorms. While that was happening the children were being well loved and cared for by the other half of Team Camodia. WOW!! Praise.

Please keep praying for our team and for our partners.  This was just one day! Imagine what the next four hold! 

 

(And I'll just add that these projects aren't cheap and we haven't fully finished fundraising if you would like to give to make sure we can keep doing stuff like this please give here

https://gosponsorit.com/sanctuaryinhim/Cambodia ) 

 

 

** Written by Sarah Green  

Saving Susan Ministry Coordinator  

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July 2017 Prayer Focus

SAVING SUSAN PRAYER FOCUS

JULY 6, 2017

 

Psalm 20:7-  Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the Lord, our God.

Zech. 4:6 – Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.

And God’s people say in Hosea 14:3 – Assyria (the strong government, nation) will not save us, we will not ride horses (trust in chariots) and we will not say to our hands (what we do by our own power) you are our God. For in You, Oh Lord, the orphan finds mercy.

God’s call to us is obedience, we don’t need all the answers, we just need to follow.

We pray for the orphans: Eph. 1:18 That the eyes of their hearts be enlightened in order that they may know the hope to which God as called them, the riches of their glorious in heritance in His Holy people. And we pray John 17:15 “not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one”.

 

Please pray for the following areas:

The work in Cambodia: Haley’s House; Clarity with Partners; Funding projects; Standards for Skype calls; Medical missions; Widows Island

 

Development of Ministry Growth; Parent Partners; donor funding; SSM team

 

Orphans Care-Partnerships with orphanage directors. Initiatives- Liberty Univ., English Education, Music Academies.  Financial reporting between Orphanages and SSM

 

The Cambodia Team (Leaving next Thurs. (7-15-17) Calling Parent Partners, travel Mercies, and the families left behind. (the ones taking care of the home front are important members to this team, without them, the others could not go)




 

The Hard Truth

One of my roles with Saving Susan is to manage all communications coming out of the ministry.  In my first days here I decided that I only wanted positive things to flow out to our community.  It is easy to see the darkness in the world and dwell on that, but we are in the business of watching God work life-changing transformative miracles, and to me, that's cause for celebration.

There is no denying that we are fighting a very real evil and this article featured in RelevantMagazine.com this week, is shining light on what we at Saving Susan are working to prevent.  By connecting orphans with a Parent Partner, they are assured the financial support they need to escape poverty and abuse.  They are also given the opportunity for a better future through education. They can find self expression, healing and wholeness through music. They find joy and discipline through sports.  Above all else, they find love and acceptance through family and are shown the endless grace and mercy through a relationship with their Savior and Creator.

It's a tough read, especially when you imagine the faces of our kids, but I encourage you to read and share so that we can join together as a their Christian family on the other side of the world and make a difference in the fight against slavery and abuse.

#NoBorders 

Read the Article Here

 

https://relevantmagazine.com/article/exposing-the-child-sex-trafficking-epidemic-in-cambodia/

 

Written By:
Sarah Green
SSM Ministry Coordinator
 

 

Live a "No Borders" life

My husband and I are blessed with the ability to work very well together. So much so that we started a freelance design project. We help nonprofits and small businesses with their web development and design needs. We are good at it and it gives us the chance to work with world changers.

We were working on designing t-shirts for Saving Susan Ministry and the concept of living without borders swirled in my head but I didn’t know how that translated into a design. I took time to reflect on the phrase No Borders-

 

No Borders for family

I have a brother who lives in Cambodia. Technology, obedience, and faith makes it possible for me to do life with this amazing young man through weekly video calls, social media messaging, and online schooling.

No Borders for faith

We constantly try to limit what God can do to the confines of our understanding. In the last year I have watched God expand my understanding of Him and my faith to a space far beyond my understanding.

No Borders for creativity

We are made in God’s image and He is the Creator.  My creativity is only restricted by the doubt filled limitations I put on myself.  Not just in art but in every area the Lord blesses us with talent there is room for boundless creativity.

No Borders for fellowship

I put restrictions around my concept for friendships.  I have watched the Lord shape and reshape my knowledge of who and where my friends are.  My friendships span the globe and I see the rich benefit of each one.

No Borders for work

My job has lead me to work with people all over the US into Canada and around the world.  A year and a half ago I never would have dreamed I would have to account for an eleven hour time difference. Now I don’t even have to think about it. 

 

I shared these thoughts with my husband and he set to work on the design and I love where it went.  It is simple but every time I look at it I am not only reminded of the things listed above but I consider what it could mean to others and what new meanings the Lord will reveal to me.

These are small examples of living “No Borders” in my own life.  How do you strive to live with No Borders?

 

To see the No Borders t-shirts visit http://www.savingsusanministry.org/store

++++ 30% of every product sold supports the #teamCambodia17 mission trip.  To learn more about the trip visit savingsusanministry.org/mission-trips ++++

 

 

Written by Sarah with GreenBooth Design
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May 2017 Prayer Focus

Thank you, friends for lifting up these prayers.  You are an important part of this ministry.

 

Prayer Focus for May

Education: English, Music, Parent Partner Roles

Col. 3:23, 24 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for menknowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance.  It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. 

 

Relationships: In country Partners, Team Cambodia, Stateside Partners, SSM Team, Churches Partnerships, Orphans & PP       

Romans 12:4,5 For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

 

Mission Team: Cambodia team, fundraising, God’s purpose for the work to be done, Focus on God’s will, Setting of date for Nov trip to Guatemala and Calling of Team Members    

Psalms 23: The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want (I lack nothing), He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul, He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Even though I Walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod ad Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.  Surely goodness and mercy (loving kindness) will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

 

Expand our Borders- Partner Churches

Prov. 3:3,4  Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. So that you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man.

Mystery & Wonder // Ephesians 3:20 

When God used Adeline Hill as inspiration for Songs for Susan we weren't aware what the outcome would be.  His ways are often mysterious as we sometimes walk in blind faith holding on to His promise of Faithfulness. 

This blog is meant to give God the glory for all He pulled together to further this ministry in a single night.  

We never felt fundraising was to be our focus and God delivered an amazing committee member who exceeded our corporate sponsorship goals allowing us to advance the music academy initiative and further funding for the Baskin-Bowler Scholarship Foundation.  

God directed our steps to Turner Chapel AME Church, which didn't make sense initially.  The week prior to our big event God revealed HIS purpose for a young small ministry to do kingdom work with an African American church with a long rich history in the community.  The two groups working together broke through race barriers, furthered the kingdom work of our Father and formed special friendships.  We learned in this step it was not just about orphans but also appreciating the disciples of different race.  We hope our friends at Turner Chapel AME Church know how much we love and value them and because of them this event is one to remember!

Volunteering gives a sense of purpose, strengthens community, and brings people together.  Our amazing volunteers contributed so much and had such fun.  This was such an eclectic group of volunteers from local ROTCmembers to Canadian volunteers, who came to town just to help out! The organizing committee members felt their contribution was not overwhelming, pure humility here,  but that collectively working together was an amazing experience. The comments shared for weeks to come from our audience was such affirmation that God was present at Songs for Susan.   

I know God’s timing is always perfect however at first glance I could not understand why the Lord would call my sweet dad home to heaven just 2 weeks before Songs for Susan.  Wisdom looks back and tries to find the lesson in God’s sovereignty.   It is obvious God would receive more glory and honor by taking me out of the mix the two weeks leading up to the event than had I been present.  Some amazing volunteers, really stepped up and a special shout out to Sarah Green, who took on more than she signed up for once again.  God accomplished more in just a few days giving the ministry exposure at a Fish Radio Event and bringing in last minute unexpected donations.  His work was evident all around in those two weeks.  To HIM BE THE GLORY. 

Yes, God's ways are mysterious and He is able to do more than we can ask or imagine.  The many layers of God’s fingerprints over Songs for Susan will be embedded on my heart and I am encouraged to press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  God taught me much, allowed me to experience Him in a deeper way and poured into me beyond what I deserve and for that I am thankful.  

You may wonder the relevance of this blogpost to our work at Saving Susan Ministry.   I believe when God calls us into His kingdom work that is just an open door to experience him at such a deeper more intimate place as many of our parent partners, donors and volunteers have experienced.  My prayer for you is to seek where he is calling. 

Tracy Arntzen, Co-Founder

team Cambodia 2017 Fundraising

 

The team has had their first meeting and is already bonding.  Our focus right now and for the next month is fundraising. For a team of this size we will need to put our heads together and really come up with some great ways to fund this trip.

Here are a few ways already in the works:

1. Spirit Night at Zaxby's at Brookstone in Kennesaw Ga

  • April 24th OR May 22nd 
  • Come out between 5p and 10p 
  • A percentage of all money made inside or in the drive thru goes to our team.

2. Community Yard Sale

  • head over to Calumet West off Hadaway Rd April 21 & 22nd from 8a-2p
  • All money made at 4285 W Mill Run will go to the team

3. Give online at here

 

We appreciate all of your support and hope to see you at one of our events

Little Things Making a Big Impact

Audrey Perez is an amazing woman who works for 1Source International, one of Saving Susan's awesome sponsors. 1Source International partnered with us back in November to get new backpacks, clothes, school supplies, and toys for all our kids in Guatemala. Audrey recently won a contest at work and decided to donate her prize to Saving Susan, how cool is that? We asked Audrey a few questions so we could share her amazing heart with all of you!

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Tell us a little about this program that you won? It is a monthly award named “The Little Things Award”.  It is when all the employees have an opportunity to nominate a peer that has done something “little” for them that has made a big difference in their day.  The winner is then announced at the monthly company meeting, where everyone has the opportunity to read all the great things everyone has written about that person.  The winner then has a choice to have an extra $50 in their pay, or they can choose to donate $50 to the charity of their choice. The amazing thing about 1Source International is that if the winner chooses to donate the $50, 1Source then matches the amount for a total of $100 in donation! So Awesome!!

Why did you pick Saving Susan as the charity to gift your prize to?  The choice was easy for me, 1Source International had partnered with Saving Susan this past November where we were given the opportunity to sponsor a child in Guatemala and send them things like clothes, school and art supplies and lots of other fun things. My Co-Worker Molly and I chose Grovlin, whom I absolutely fell in love with the moment I saw his picture and heard his story!  Our CEO, Stella Dowling personally delivered our gifts to the children. When she got back from the trip, she shared so many amazing stories of her experience there, and beautiful pictures all the children opening our gifts to them.  Words can’t express how awesome it felt to see that beautiful smile on Grovlin’s face as he showed off the Spiderman watch I had picked out for him!!  So for me, the moment I won the award, I immediately knew that Saving Susan was my choice.

What is your favorite way to serve your community?  I love to find different ways to serve, especially with my family.  We always try to participate, donate, and volunteer anytime we get a chance to, whether it be through opportunities I get at work, my children’s  school or our church.  Things like 5k’s or walks for different causes, making blankets and feeding the homeless during the winter months.  And when we can’t give of our time, we make sure to try and donate any chance we get.   I especially love to get my children involved so that they can see how important it is to make a difference, even if it is just is a small way, it makes a big difference to someone in need.

Where is your favorite place for your feet to be? My Favorite place for my feet to be is at home with my amazing hubby, beautiful daughter, and handsome sons!