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Stories of Transformation through Christ!

More than one million villages still have not heard the Gospel. You can help us reach as many as possible. People, just like these, are waiting to be transformed by Christ.

Every village that is reached results in amazing stories of transformation through the power of Jesus Christ. These are real stories of real people.  

 

God's Powerful Plan

Uong Vibol's family blamed him for his mother’s death during childbirth. His father served in the army, so he was shuffled between different friends and relatives. When the Khmer Rouge took over the government, life got even worse. “The amount of food that was given to everyone was minimal; often there was no food to eat at all. If people began to complain, then they would be killed instantly,” Vibol recalls.

When the war ended, Vibol moved to the capital city, Phnom Penh, to study Cambodian literature at the university. He found a room at a nearby Buddhist temple and used his bike to transport goods around the city to support himself. While researching his thesis, Vibol met a Christian pastor who shared the Gospel with him.

Around the same time, tragedy struck again. Vibol’s bike was stolen! Without it, he could not pay for his lodging, food or university tuition. He became so sick that he thought he might die. He prayed to his ancestral gods to heal him, but they did not answer.

“Suddenly, I remembered about the pastor who shared with me about Jesus saying that He is almighty and powerful, and He will help those who call in His name,” Vibol tells. “I prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, please heal me and help me, if you are real. Then I will believe in you and serve you forever.’” Jesus came to Vibol and answered his prayer, saving him from his sins and also miraculously healing him!

Vibol kept his promise to the Lord and was trained and mentored by that pastor. Now, Vibol serves as the director of Reach A Village ministry in Cambodia, and his team trained and mentored over 3,300 new church planting and Bible study leaders last year! Because of their efforts, nearly 176,000 people heard the Gospel in 2017!

To watch Vibol share his story, please click here. 

 

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The God of Hope

Duong Mey in Cambodia was contemplating suicide when Phan Sathea came to bring the Gospel to her village. She felt helpless to protect herself and her three young children.

Duong Mey and her husband are construction workers. Whenever they got paid, her husband would go out drinking with his friends. Then, when he came home, he would be argumentative and get violent with his wife and children. Sometimes, he didn’t come home at all. He would stay out gambling and committing adultery. Duong Mey didn’t know how to cope.

She wanted to understand the real meaning of life, so when she saw Phan Sathea preaching in the village, she squeezed into the crowd to hear. Duong Mey told him, “Today, I want to commit suicide, because in this life I have no hope at all."

Phan Sathea shared the words of Jesus from Matthew 11:28, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." He said that the God of hope was able to fill Duong Mey with all joy and peace as she trusted in Him.

That very day, Duong Mey asked the Savior to come into her heart and take control of her life. She and the children traveled every Sunday to attend church and worship God. He changed her life from sorrow to joy. Whenever her husband was quarrelsome, she kept her patience and did not retaliate.

Eventually, her husband noticed. He commented that she seemed different than before and asked what had caused the change. She replied that Jesus Christ was teaching her daily as she read the Bible that the pastor had given her. Then, her husband asked to borrow her Bible so that he could read it as well! He began attending church with them, and the person he had been before disappeared. Now, instead of fighting, their home is filled with songs of praise to God and words of encouragement to each other!

The God of Miracles

As a farmer in Cambodia, 37-year-old Heng Sann struggled to support his family due to drought or floods or crops ravaged by insects. He and his family prayed to the spirits, but there was no help. Heng Sann borrowed money from others, pledging to repay both the money and interest, but when his crops failed, he was unable to deliver. As a result, he and his family became discouraged and lost hope.

One day, as the family was discussing their difficulties, a woman approached them. “I have come here to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to you,” she told them. Immediately, Heng Sann responded that he had heard it before and was not at all interested. He asked how Jesus could possibly help when they were barely surviving, in debt, their crops were failing, and they were just waiting for the landlord to confiscate their house and land.

The woman explained how Jesus, the Son of God, was sent to earth to die on the cross for us so we might not perish but have eternal life. She shared many Bible verses, including Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Her words touched their hearts, and every member of Heng Sann’s family decided to accept the Lord as Savior! As she was leaving, she shared Philippians 4:6-7 with them: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Every morning and before bedtime, the family gathered together to learn the Word of God, praise and glorify His name, and pray asking for His help with their problems. Then, the miracles started happening. All of the insects were gone, and none of the crops were lost. Rain came regularly, producing a bountiful harvest. Heng Sann was not only able to pay the landlord back, but had enough left to supply a better life for his family!

No Longer an Orphan

Darlita in Armenia had a happy childhood, got married in 2005, and had two sons. Then, four years ago, her happy life was shattered when her husband died. They found out about his disease, and a month later he was gone. Because money was tight, they were not able to get the medical care he needed.

At age 28, Darlita was left to raise their two small boys alone. Her relatives promised to be there to help, but that help never materialized. Even worse, her husband’s brother forced her out of the house, insisting that without her husband, she had no business being there. “I felt like an orphan,” Darlita shares. She moved to a rented apartment with the boys, but her despair only increased as she could not find a job to earn the money to feed them.

One day, as Darlita was feeling the weight of hopelessness, a young couple knocked at her door. She knew that they were believers who had come from a neighboring village and invited them inside. “They told me about God, his miracles and love,” she says. “When they left, I felt a sense of peace.”

Darlita realized that only God was able to take away her fears. “At that moment, I felt as if a huge stone fell down off my shoulders,” she recalls. It gave her a renewed sense of hope to keep on living. “I started attending a home church group where we read God's Word and prayed. And, soon, the first miracle took place. I got a job!” she tells.

“Now, I am growing spiritually as we gather together,” Darlita continues. “I am so glad to have sisters and brothers in Christ who are always next to me to give a piece of advice, to give a hand when I need it. If there is any difficulty in my life, I become stronger in my faith and closer to God as I can realize God’s mercy and love more than ever.” Darlita still has a lot of difficulties, but she believes that she can overcome them all with the Lord Jesus beside her.

It is hard for her to raise the boys alone, as they need a father's care, but Darlita tries to bring them up according to God’s Word. She is very grateful for the children’s study materials and picture Bible to help them learn God's will through His commandments and the Bible stories. Her sons will also participate in the summer yard camps, and she will volunteer.

Darlita concludes, “I thank God for all who gave me the opportunity to know Him, to have peace through Him, and to live a godly life. May God bless you all!”

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