A IGGC-SLCC Cambodia Missions Postcard Project to support Sun Ratanak in Cambodia.
Sun Ratanak came to study at SLCC Suong, during the second half of 2014. He believed in the Lord during our 2014 Christmas outreach and continues to fellowship with us. He now comes for Bible study regularly and is also learning to serve in worship, youth and children’s meeting.
Ratanak’s parents separated even before he was born. Born premature at 7 months, his grandmother in Suong took care of him since he was 7 days old. Now she is 72 years old. Most days, she plucks edible vegetation from around her house compound to sell. It may bring her more or less 4,000 to 5,000 riels per day, to be used to buy food and other daily needs. With this money, if it was sufficient, she used to give 2,000 riel to Ratanak as pocket money where he would have to decide if he would use it for tuition or for food. Some days, he didn’t get any pocket money.
Ratanak’s own father had remarried and does farming at Mondulkiri. He hardly sent enough money to support Ratanak. Seeing that Ratanak has grown up, Ratanak’s father wanted to use his labour at the farm and to sell cement after school hours. It was clear to Ratanak that he will not have time or energy to study much in Mondulkiri. He found a way to come back to Suong. He does not expect his father will send him anymore money. He is now supporting himself by being a part-time motorbike taxi driver (motodop). Being a novice and working only 3 to 4 hours after school (off peak hours), he could only get an average profit of less than 2,000riels per day. Although Ratanak’s grandmother supports him coming back to complete his final year of studies in Suong, since he started his new ‘part-time job’, his grandmother has been giving him less pocket money. She is getting old and Ratanak does not want to be a burden to her. Unfortunately, as of March 15th, 2016, the police will start to fine all motorists whose bike does not have a registered number plate. Since Ratanak’s uncle’s motorbike is without a number plate, and he can’t afford to get one, he will have to stop being a motodop man or risk getting fined.
Each hour of tuition costs 1,000 riels. Sometimes, the teachers make them pay extra for photocopied notes. On average, a grade 12 student will need to go for at least 4 to 5 hours of tuition a day. Most teachers will only teach the important lessons during tuition class so that they can earn more money. This presents a great obstacle for poor students. Ratanak could never attend any tuition class regularly.
We discovered that Ratanak has a gift in art. To share his burden a little and to encourage Ratanak to persevere through his final year of high school studies and to grow spiritually, we start this postcard project with prints of Ratanak’s paintings to supplement his income and allow him a little more time to spend on his studies and take care of his spiritual growth. His Grade12 final exam is in August, 2016. We hope that you will join us to support this young brother and pray for God’s leading for his future.
Galatians 6:10 (NIV)
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
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Project managed by IGGC Missions Committee in partnership with SLCC Cambodia.