Getting the job done

02 Jul, 2013 | Cambodia
OM International
A concrete pad is laid for a new workshop near the front gates of Mercy Teams Internationals office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Johan is a man who gets things done. On a six-week break from his engineering responsibilities on the OM ship, he has come back with his wife Lenie to where their hearts lie, at Mercy Teams International's (MTI) base in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

One of the two buildings MTI rents is required by the landlord. Can the work fit on one property? Johan reckons it can with a bit of manoeuvring and Do-It-Yourself skills. Fortunately the landlord says yes to chopping down a large tree, so this week a concrete pad was laid for a new workshop near the front gates.

The Motor Mechanic class of the Vocational Training Centre (VTC) has scarcely missed a beat as it has all happened so quickly. And with a bit of shuffling, the VTC Computer Class will find a fit in the 'White House', MTI Cambodia's base.

This is only one part of what happens in MTI's work in Phnom Penh. Their biggest work is 'Project Freedom' in the nearby slum. This work includes seminars on parenting, overcoming anger, keeping oneself safe, and much more. Each aspect has an impact on many lives.

‘I love you’

One formerly violent husband and father reported last year that the power of the new teaching received had changed his life. “It is very shameful to think of what I have done to my family in the past,” he said. “I used my power to control all of them by shouting and beating them. After I received the training of 'Building Peaceful Families' I started to set my strong commitment again and will not (again) hurt my wife or children physically or emotionally.”

He started to practice all these things in his family every day. “When I talk of these things to my wife and children they are very happy and especially like the words ‘I love you.’ Thanks a lot to the trainers and MTI. I hope Cambodia can become a peaceful place after people have received this training course.”


Two hours south in the poverty stricken province of Kampong Speu, MTI also runs a kindergarten for children, thus enabling the mothers to earn wages in the rice fields without fear of their little ones harming themselves while they are at work. A small sewing initiative there also provides self-employment opportunities for a group of women. In that same MTI building, the Christian locals have begun a church and English classes.

Praise God for the impact MTI is having on the lives of people in Cambodia. Pray that wisdom as the Vocational Training Centre, Project Freedom and kindergarten continue to develop amidst leadership changes.

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