Then the ones who pleased the Lord will ask, "When did we give you something to eat or drink? When did we welcome you as a stranger or give you clothes to wear or visit you while you were sick or in jail?"
The King will answer, "Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me." .......Matthew 25

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Ta Peuv

Just past the Kpg Thmor junction, heading southwards, there is a turn off onto a track heading east, gloriously called the Hun Sen Trail. The trail is heavily pot-holed and gets very muddy when it rains. Nevertheless the trail leads through some very scenic views of rural Cambodia. After a very bumpy 15kms, the trail turns right through a small market village called Krava. Ta Peuv lie at the end of another slow 4-5kms of dirt track.

This is a relatively small village
consisting of approximately 200 families with about 500 children.We had visited Ta Peuv in 2005, discussing the school needs of the village with the headman, his elders and the district school principal.

There was only one school in the vicinity that served a cluster of 5 villages and which provided limited classroom facilities for grades 1-6. Young children from Ta Peuv have to walk about 2 km along difficult dirt tracks to attend this school. Parents have expressed great concern for the safety of their young children traveling so far by themselves to get to school and have made a plea for a school to be built within the village grounds. In anticipation, they had as a community, collected enough money and had bought a large (~80m x 120m) plot of land specifically for the village school.

At that time, there were 2 Christian families in Ta Peuv village. Savan, a local pastor with CMS, had lived in the village before and was familiar with the village leadership. His co-worker Vesna, had been making fortnightly trips to the village. It was hoped that the construction of the school would facilitate the access of local missionaries and pastors into the village so that a cell group and eventually a church could be established.

These needs was brought back to Mt Carmel and by God's grace, we very quickly were able to raise the US$9-10K that was required to build a 2-classroom school, complete with toilets and furniture, plus a bore well for the village. I was particularly touched by the donation of a princely sum of money by a young brother in our congregation who had felt moved to provide the money towards this school in Ta Peuv.

In March 2007 we were able to re-visit Ta Peuv for the commissioning of the school. We were particularly impressed by the community spirit of the village, whose leadership had galvanized the entire village to donate 3 fence poles per family towards the construction of the school fence.

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