**This is an interactive blog post**
Open up Google maps on your browser, and type in “Sobhan, Cambodia”.
Can’t find it? That’s because Sobhan isn’t on Google maps. Or pretty much any map you can find.
But it’s a real place! With real people!
Real kids who take the bus to school.
Real parents who grow vegetables.
Real cows who do cow-y things.
And soon, a real Anna doing farming and ministry.
Yes, I am moving to Sobhan for the next 6 months!
There’s an NGO there called Jumpah Ministries, run by a couple of missionaries and a handful of locals. This little organization is reaching some pretty significant goals, educating children, providing job training, and supporting families affected by HIV. Among other things, here are some of Jumpah’s activities:
- Providing a home and an education for orphans/unwanted children
- Teaching local children in a cost-subsidized school
- Training locals in woodworking and employing many in a woodshop
- Demonstrating sustainable farming techniques on a farm that also employs many locals
Here’s some links to more info:
I’ll be primarily working on the farm, helping with organization, research, and everyday farm tasks. I’ve also been asked to lead some Bible study-like times for the staff to practice English. Cambodia is 96% Buddhist, so many of the staff are not Christian, but they are eager to practice English and learn about the Bible, so we’ll be putting those together. I may get to do a little teaching as well, although details will be ironed out once I get there.
I’m excited but I’m also really nervous. This is a new experience, and it’s impossible to know everything to expect. I would so appreciate your prayers as I get ready to leave- pray that I wouldn’t just prepare physically but that spiritually and mentally I will be prepared as well. Pray for trust in God with the unknowns.