I spent two months at the age of 18 serving among the orphaned children of Cambodia through the ministry of Children of Promise & Warm Blankets. I observed first hand the awesome work this ministry is doing. The Khmer Rouge massacre of the 1970′s (1.5-3 million were killed) has left many orphaned children and widows. It was a significant devastation. This ministry is seeking to meet these two needs, in addition to furthering the gospel by planting churches across the nation with one unique method: church orphan homes. Each Church Home has a family atmosphere based on love and compassion that is touched by the word of God. Every home shares a building with the local church. Widows are the principal caregivers in each orphan care facility. They understand the pain each orphan faces, having experienced loss as well. Each home maintain a staff ratio of one caregiver for every five children, so you can be assured that a frightened child will be held and comforted by someone who cares. The Pastor of each church is the father figure for the orphans residing there…making it truly a family atmosphere! Both their physical and spiritual needs are being met.
Since this ministry was founded in 1998, there have been over 1000 churches planted, and 100+ of these double as orphan homes to approximately 30-50 children each. But there are over 52,000 orphans throughout Cambodia…so the need is great!
Through whole home sponsorship, at just $1500 a month, these children are provided for with food, clothing, education, love and nurturing!
The Lord has laid a vision on my heart…My vision here at Passionate Homemaking is to pursue simple and natural living. But what is the purpose of this simple living? Our family has a motto: live simply in order to give generously. We want to consume less in order to specifically give more to the Kingdom. We want to make our lives count for eternity! As one of my favorite poems states: Only one life, t’will soon be passed, only what’s done for Christ will last. From this vision has sprouted a specific goal…to donate the majority of the profits earned through affiliates and advertising at Passionate Homemaking to support the Phnom Thom Church Orphan Home. But we need your help to get it fully sponsored.
The Phnom Thom Church Orphan Home was at the heart of the Khmer Rouge fighting before peace finally came in 1998; the area is still feeling the impact of the conflict. The fallout of the Khmer Rouge has left the region crippled, as disease and landmines continue to ravage a population trying desperately to recover. The region has been through so much, but we will not let these children’s childhoods be sacrificed.
We’re committed to caring for these children and restoring their childhoods in Christ. As Ghandi said, we’re aiming to “live simply, so that others may simply live.” Will you join us? This is an opportunity for families and individuals to make a difference in the lives of orphans. As a homemaker and a mother, I see this as a means of mothering orphaned children around the world. Even if I cannot go back to Cambodia or any other country to serve, I can live simply here in order that I might meet the needs of 30 children or more in Cambodia. This is what we have called, Inspired Living! To learn more about this home and to join our team, visit our unique team community at: Inspired Living. Whether you can give just $25 per month or more, every donation is a valuable necessary contribution to the health and wholeness of these children. Each gift will make an eternal difference!
We want to let our readers know that a percentage of each of your purchases made through our sponsors will go directly towards supporting this orphan home. We also don’t want to bombard you with random advertisements, so we have purposed to keep our advertising limited and clean. We only advertise products that are specifically relevant to natural and simple living – items that we have used and recommend. You will not find random ads here! If you are interested in advertising with us, please contact me.
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I know many of my readers also maintain their own blog. I want to put out a challenge…would you consider joining us in donating some (or all) of your profits towards sponsoring a home? You can join our team or pick another home that needs a sponsor and begin to form your own team. Please contact Julie (julie [dot] lunde [at] warmblankets [dot] org) for more information.
Thank you for prayerfully considering joining our team! May God richly bless your efforts to live simply in order that others may simply live!
If you decide to join our team, please do let me know! Otherwise, please join us in praying for these orphaned children!
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…”