Our mercy ministry includes finding ways to imitate God in His own concern for the weak. God is the protector of the helpless (Psalm 9:9; Psalm 10:17-18; Psalm 146:7) and takes the oppression of the poor and needy very seriously. Throughout the Old Testament, there is warning upon warning not to oppress the weak (Exodus 23:9; Deuteronomy 24:14) and sure condemnation for any who did (Exodus 22:21-24; Proverbs 14:31; Proverbs 22:16). The Pharisees and Scribes were condemned by Jesus because they took advantage of widows for their own personal monetary gain (Mark 12:40; Luke 20:47). Christ Himself, as our example, had compassion on the oppressed and it moved Him to action (Matthew 14:14; Mark 6:34; Luke 7:12-15). When telling the parable of the good Samaritan, Jesus tells the lawyer to “Go, and do the same” (Luke 10:37). When James writes of what true religion looks like (a lifestyle of obedience), he pairs caring for the widow and orphan (ἐπισκέπτεσθαι means more than just visit; it is to visit with the intent of helping someone; to care for someone) with keeping oneself unstained from the world. Obviously, finding ways to imitate God in His own concern for the oppressed is essential to what it means to be a follower of Christ and what we at Action Cambodia are about.
Our current ministries that are focused on mercy include:
Orphan Student Sponsorship
ACTION Cambodia is committed to living out James 1:27 in real life within our community. We have come along side a local orphanage to help provide them with an opportunity for quality education. Let’s begin with telling you a little bit about Soknet….
Sam Soknet came to live at Haley House Orphanage in 2009. She has six siblings but only one other sister, Soknoy, is with her right now. She does not remember how old she was when her father left the family, but she does remember her mother being very sick during that time. Soknet and her siblings tried to help the best they could but her mother never went to the hospital because they did not have enough money. Soknoy and Soknet worked in order to help their family but eventually her mother died. With no one to care for them, they decided to move to the city and stay with an older sibling who was working for a wealthy family. The family wasn’t willing to care for them but suggested Haley’s House might be able to help. Haley’s accepted both Soknet and Soknoy and they have become part of a larger home where their basic needs are being met. Right now Soknet is in 3rd grade and is excited about her future, in fact someday she dreams of becoming a doctor!
Haley’s House is a place where Soknet and the other children find shelter, physical provision and a hope for the future in Christ. The Word of God is being taught and they have regular times of worship. Currently Haley’s House operates on a very limited budget, trusting the Lord for their daily needs. ACTION Cambodia has committed to help Soknet, Soknoy and the other children of Haley’s attend school. We are partnering with two local Christian schools to help them receive a quality education which will give them a strong foundation for their future.
Currently it costs $40 per month to send Soknet to school. In faith we’re trusting the Lord for enough funds to send all thirty children! Would you pray with us that God would provide for the needs of these kids? Would you consider sending a gift for Soknet and the other kids of Haley’s?