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Miracle Provision

For FCOP it was a “Loaves and Fishes” moment of multiplication. In April we were told that there would be no “Manna Pak” rice nutrition meals available to us for at least two months due to the North African drought. Then in late May our rice was flooded and we lost half a crop. Talk about feeling doomed! We couldn’t have been flatter if we’d been run over by a steamroller! Then Lou Binninger, found us a load of nutrition rice from one his sources, 40 tons of rice came in from Butte County Rice Growers, and a load of …  

Rice to Flood

FCOP depends upon our rice production to feed the 2500 orphans and widows under our care. It never floods in early June in SE Asia, Right? Ha! Except this year! We went from this (top) to this (bottom) in 3 days from May 30 to June 2. The pictures were taken in approximately the same area about two weeks apart. We have lost about 1/2 of our crop, about 330 acres, and we have now replanted again.       When do we give up? After four years of rice crop failure you’d think we’d learn, after all, Albert Einstein defined …  

Something Smells Fishy

It smells kind of fishy! The most expensive component of feeding 2500 orphaned & separated children and the widows caring for them, is dietary protein. Our best and most reasonable source is fish, and the majority of our homes have fishponds. There are several different varieties that do well in our ponds, unfortunately the best, Tilapia, require the highest degree of management. The most difficult aspect of rearing them is keeping the water cool enough under the hot Cambodian sky and still get the to a harvest weight by the end of March when many of the ponds dry up. …  

1+1=4

A single draft horse can pull a load up to 8,000 pounds. The two trained horses in tandem can actually pull 32,000 pounds, which is a load four times as heavy as either of the horses could pull by themselves. Draft horses can teach us a lesson which involves not only teamwork but coordinated and trained collaboration.This is a reason we have learned well at FCOP. Teams are essential to us, and it’s not really about work or money although both are needed. Want to bring a team to Cambodia? Check out this video as why you should come and what …  

Focus!

We’ve all seen the “Kung Fu” type movies. I like one particular instance where the “Master” wanted to show his students a new technique of shooting an arrow. He instructed his students to blindfold him with a towel and then he shot. When took off the blindfold he saw a completely clean target, no arrows in it.  He glanced at his students and they where afraid to look at him, embarrassed because he totally missed. In a quick recovery the master asked, “What did you learn from that?” They stammered a bit and one disciple blurted out, “I thought you …  

“Shalom!”

“Shalom!” I’ve always thought that the word simply meant “Peace”, but a friend who studies Hebrew recently explained to me that it literally means, “May your life be free of chaos.” There seems to be plenty of that in the world today, and there is certainly no shortage of it in Cambodia. We have commune elections on Sunday, with demonstrations, and political marches, blocking traffic on a regular basis. The Christian population has become a political force, and the Prime Minister is up for election next year. He has been good to FCOP, but there is a lot of noise about too …  

Rice Farm

We have 93% of our rice planted and it has rained virtually every day in May. Most farmers have not planted in our area, but because we sensed the Lord say, “Plant!”, we began in earnest in mid-April. The rice is the best crop we’ve ever raised and our only concern now is flooding. Bangkok is already under water the water and it is rising near us. We still don’t have full flood protection on our land and need your prayers. We are hopeful we’ll get some funding to develop the full “Cambodian Rice Production Enterprise” which will protect the …  

“Rooted and Fruitful”

  Nothing causes chaos in a church faster than conflicting doctrines. In a nation where Mormons, Jehovah’s Wittiness, all major denominations, and various and sundry other cults are all considered “Christian”; where all of the aforementioned groups have missionaries, it is easy to see how local village churches can become confused. FCOP made the decision to get our beliefs in an easy to read format which addresses many of the concerns Cambodians have regarding the Gospel. The result is our catechism, “Rooted and Fruitful”, and it anchors us to building the Kingdom of God through the Holy Spirit. We just …  

Chaos

Chaos: kāˌäs noun: a state of extreme confusion and disorder. So bringing understanding and order to a condition of confusion brings “Shalom”. Our Catechism must be taught, and Mak Sou spent time in Kratie Province during May doing just that. It is exciting for us to see District and Divisional leaders taking the training to the local churches and home group leaders; moving our members into a place of clear understanding. There were 36 new church/home group leaders, in just Kraite province, who came for training in the curriculum. This was a special group who have limited, or no, reading ability so, they all received “Proclaimers” to …  

Construction Team

The second law of thermodynamics could be defined this way: “Everything naturally moves from an orderly state to a more chaotic state.” That certainly is the case with our Church Homes. When you couple our harsh environment with a couple dozen kids doing what they do naturally, a beautiful new building can spiral into a chaotic state in a few years. The “Jaw” home was getting a little beat up, but along came the “Anthem Team” from Living Waters Church and they brought “Shalom”, not only to the building but to the lives of orphaned and separated children. It is easy for …  

Hepatitis B

The second law of thermodynamics could be defined this way: “Everything naturally moves from an orderly state to a more chaotic state.” That certainly is the case with our Church Homes. When you couple our harsh environment with a couple dozen kids doing what they do naturally, a beautiful new building can spiral into a chaotic state in a few years. The “Jaw” home was getting a little beat up, but along came the “Anthem Team” from Living Waters Church and they brought “Shalom”, not only to the building but to the lives of orphaned and separated children. It is easy for …  

Ministry Overview 2017

Do you want to see what is really going on over here? Then you need to down load the PDF file for our “2017 Ministry Overview”. This is a big file, but it will give you the full scope of the ministry. Download Overview  We generally give these out to visitors, but it is difficult to get a copy to all those who would like one.  

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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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