As We Approach the End of the Year…
I want to thank you all for your support this year. There are so many who care about the work of the Hard Places Community – from those who give monthly, to those who Walked Against Traffick, to those who Dined Against Darkness, who hosted Alli, Drew, or Panha in their homes or at their churches, to those who have spent time praying for our work abroad. All has been so valuable to us as we celebrate another year of ministry to the vulnerable and exploited kids of Cambodia.
This is the time of year for many when they are considering making end of the year donations for tax purposes. I want to encourage you to continue to think about HPC during this time. Here are a few of our needs.
We LOVE our Khmer staff! For those of you who know them, you know that every disclosure of sexual abuse, every rescue, and every start at a new life for our kids comes directly from above then straight to our kids through the compassionate hearts of our Khmer staff. They are the unsung heroes who are truly helping change the lives of 300 street kids in Phnom Penh. This Christmas at year’s end, we would like to treat this amazing bunch to a Christmas lunch and a team-building outing! This day will serve both as a thank you for all our staff’s hard work and a chance for us to celebrate Jesus’ birth as one big family!
You’ve given all the money we need for our kids’ Christmas celebrations. Now, we invite you to be part of blessing our staff! YOU can do this by giving $12 to the Hard Places Community right now! We need to raise $12 x 40, so that’s $480, in the next few days so we can book a restaurant and our team building event.
Also, We have big dreams that we feel like God is leading us towards in 2016. This January we will launch our program in the city of Siem Reap, Cambodia where children are at risk of sexual exploitation. We have a family set to move into a house we have rented where they will host mini-versions of our programming and love on the people in their community.
We are happy to report that we are confident in our direction and that we are seeing results because of where God has placed our team, but none of it is possible without you. Not everyone can physically go to Cambodia. Logistically it just doesn’t work that way, but all of you can join and be a part of our team. We don’t like to think of people who donate as contributors who just give us money. We like to see them as PARTNERS because that is a more accurate description of their involvement. You are not just throwing money at a problem, you are joining with us in the effort to see a world where child sex trafficking does not exist. We have the power within our generation to say we did something about it. So join us in our work. PARTNER with us for a world that more closely resembles the Kingdom of God.
Giving is easy, just go to www.hardplacescommunity.org, hit DONATE NOW, and give. In the “notes to seller” section you can just put HPC Christmas or a Hard Places team member’s name and we’ll make sure the money gets to the right place. You can also make checks out to “International Outreach Ministries” with “The Hard Places Community” or any of the above in the memo line. You can mail checks to:
P.O. Box 2140
McComb, MS 39649
Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Last month the Hard Places Community was able to have our first ever international gathering where our core staff members from all over America and all over the world were able to meet in Portland, Oregon for a full week. We spent times of fellowship hiking in the mountains, exploring Portland, and reconnecting with each other. This was a valuable time for HPC as we have grown so much over the 6 years we have existed. We were able to worship together, learn from each others stories, and cast visions for what the future will hold. We will see the fruits of this week for a long time to come as new dreams begin to take shape.
Sok Case – Sok is a six year old boy we met on the riverfront. He has a very severe heart condition and over the past two months we have worked with countless doctors to find the medical treatment he needs. There is no where in a Cambodia that can treat him so he More