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Srey Yein

“We ain’t want we wanna be! We ain’t what we gonna be! But,thank God, we ain’t what we was”! I heard that back in the mid 1960’s pertaining to the dismantling of racial segregation in the US but it is so true about FCOP in Cambodia. We had no money, and the kids in Siem Reap were sleeping on dirt floored thatch shack. Finally, we found a piece of land we could afford and a donor gave us money for a building. The new church home was constructed, only to find out after the church was built, that we’d constructed it …  

FCOP

It is a tough concept to sell, and, “We ain’t what we wanna be!” However, churches supporting orphans and widows is more than just a form of good work. In Cambodia it is easy to identify with a corrupted and selfish system that is in the process of recovery. Every year we see improvement economically, socially, and spiritually. God gave me a vision for the mission of FCOP in Cambodia in 1998. It is simply the individual conversion of economic, social and spiritual health. That has now become the logo of FCOP and the care of orphans and widows is …  

Easter

“We ain’t where we gonna be!” Easter should be the most joyous time of the year. We rose with Christ to new life! But, the price paid for our souls is painful to comprehend.  It is amazing that in a Christian church, Easter was considered a minor holiday, often not even mentioned. Cambodian Christians have always made a big deal out of Christmas, but chose to ignore Easter. For the survivors of the Khmer Rouge it is easy to understand why the celebration of a baby being born was preferred to the horror of crucifixion, but, they did not have …  

Rice Farm

“We ain’t where we wanna be!” but the rice farm has come a long way in the past 16 years. Once we receive the funding it will take us two years to finish, but we see a light at the end of this tunnel! Please help us get there. It costs FCOP about $1,500,000 per year just to take care of the 2500 orphans and widows we serving. That is how much we need to develop the rice farm into a mechanism that will churn out that much money on a recurring basis. Here is the math: With sustained and controlled …  

Manna Pack

A real reason for moving fast on the rice farm development is the fact that our supply of Manna Pack is gone for a couple of months. Reach Now International and Feed My Starving Children have helped us greatly, and they will be back, but right now the drought is North Africa is demanding all the emergency food. We understand that and have a passion to not be dependent, but become providers to others in need. Some day we will be sending rice to Feed My Starving Children to help feed the unfortunate, but at present, “We’re not where we …  

Lukas and Jenny

Dirty water makes for sick kids. What we Americans refer to as “Ho Chi Minh’s Revenge” or worse; Cholera, Typhoid and death are a good thing to put behind us. Lukas and Jenny Graf, from Switzerland, have returned to Cambodia and are busy installing filtration systems in homes and checking water supplies for contamination. Clean drinking water is an absolute necessity for FCOP, and when we look back at what used to be consumed? Everybody, all together now: “Thank God! We ain’t what we was!”  

Construction Teams

Sometimes windows have been shot out. Yup, it happens! Church Homes get worn down with dozens of kids living there. Often they’re, “Not we’re we wanna be!” But, thanks to teams Like, Ministry Institute from Puyallup, Washington, USA, Union Church, Hong Kong, and our own Cambodian Staff, the homes at Ko An Deaok and Oral got a makeover. Thanks, we needed that!  

Message of Hope

And, once in a while the sun shines on your day and you get a big boost! Crosswinds Community Church in Genoa, Illinois, USA is a major donor to FCOP and their kids program on Wednesday night dedicated the month to raising money and praying for the Ou Ambel Church/Home. They sent a bunch of hand drawn cards, and that day I got a $29,000 fertilizer bill, with no money in the bank, this (above picture) was the first email I opened. Now, that’s not a bad place to be! Let’s all do that! You pray for us and we’ll pray for you and May …  

Little Elephant

“Thank God He Ain’t What He Was!” I do know this is the way I feel regarding most of the lives FCOP has impacted in Cambodia. We have two orphan kids with the nickname “Elephant”, and the name came with a condition they were born with called ‘meningoencephalocele’ which is a hemorrhage of brain tissue through a hole in their cranium near their eye, and it forms a trunk looking appendage, thus the name, “Elephant”. Both of our boys received very delicate operations. The first was the most serious and the procedure was performed in Cambodia which saved his life …  

Pastor Bill and David Norton Teaching in Pursat

“Hey! You have a good reputation!” This month, I write to you, the exceptions, those of you who have valued following God above the popular flow. That’s you! You are the people who keep this boat afloat! You send food, support ‘Church Community Centers’, establish micro-enterprises, and help grow the church. God loves what you do and the devil hates it. You are tipping a nation into the arms of Jesus, and I am sure you are paying a price for it, but you are the true hero’s in my eyes! I wish I could highlight you all! Like the …  

Office teams fixing Oral Church/Home

Our reputation? FCOP can safely say that we definitely do not have the problem of, ‘all men speaking well of us.’ The leaders of the political party had come to one of our pastors denouncing him. “You are the mayor of this community and so many people have become Christians that the Buddhist Temple cannot raise support! You have a bad reputation!” The pastor/mayor had committed himself to double down on his efforts to see the community come to Christ. It is not politically popular to do this in a country where Buddhism is the national religion.  But the pastor …  

“Donate-Create!”

Even though UNICEF is equally committed to dismantle our community based church care system, and replace it with ‘foster care’, they have no way to supervise it. Their campaign slogan, “Donate – Create” insinuates that if you donate to help an orphan, you create them. That is crazy! The only way to create an orphan is to kill a parent. I’d like to suggest a new spin on the term, “Donate – Create!”. “Yes! Donate and create opportunities for orphaned and separated children to go to school, have a safe place to live, get needed medical care and find love and support, …  

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About FCOP International in Cambodia

FCOP International is committed to help establish healthy local churches in communities throughout Cambodia. These churches help bring spiritual revival, social redemption and economic restoration. We care for widows, orphans and separated children, create sustainable micro enterprise programs and promote healthy family values all over Cambodia. We also target to prevent human trafficking, slavery and the breaking up of families. We fund these operations through donations and sustainable local projects.

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