“For to everyone who will, more be given, and he will have abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” – Matthew 25:29
The vision…In 2005, three Asian Methodist Women groups , donated an amount of $20,000 to Cambodia with a vision of buying the property where the first Women Center in Asia is going to be built. The fund was entrusted to the Women’s Ministry Desk and the leadership of the Women in Cambodia. The fund remained untouched in the UMC bank account for years after one failure to find a property.
God’s prompting…When I came to Cambodia in 2011, as the new treasurer, I had with me information about this item by the UMW Reg. Missionary who is based in the Philippines. I searched for this fund in the UMC account and in coordination with the Women Ministry Desk and the CMW president, we decided to deposit it to a separate bank account under the UMC-GBGM but the signatories were: Marilyn Chan, Nou Kim San, Dr. Romeo del Rosario and me.
I also learned that the Asian Women groups (Korea, Singapore and Malaysia) has been inquiring about the plans of the Cambodian Women on the money entrusted to them.
The time of Accounting…In 2014, the Scranton Women’s Leadership Center(Korea) and the Wesley Foundation in Japan decided to hold the 2015 AYWLD(Asian Young Women Leadership Development) Training in Cambodia, in February 2015. So the Women’s Ministry Desk and the women leaders started to sit and discuss about the Women Centre.
A lesson of stewardship….As the treasurer and member of the Women’s Committee, I’ve always suggested that it is time to initiate a fund raising project that will involve the local Methodist women. Since this is the first time that local women will be participating in raising fund for their own project, the leaders are quite anxious about it. But I have a feeling our women are ready for it.
In October 2014, we launched the first-ever fund raising project for the Cambodian Methodist Women. The event happened during the Women Leadership Training and the Clergywomen Fellowship. We called the project “ A Brick on the Wall” for the Susannah Wesley Women Centre.
Telling them the history of the donation and sharing to them the message of the “Parables of the Talent” from Matthew 25:14-30. We then distributed the small water bottles with stickers where they can put the money they intend to donate to buy “bricks” for the Women Centre. The women were so excited to be part of this project.
2015 Women’s Conference : the 1st harvest and more blessings …Last January 2015, a retired pastor and a group of United Methodist Women from Virginia Conference helped in funding the 2015 Women Conference which was held in Sihanoukville, Kp. Som. About 110 Cambodian Methodist Women attended. These women represented 10 Districts in Cambodia.
On the first day, Marilyn Chan approached me, and told me that a woman is asking what will she do with the bottles she brought. I was surprised, it was not in the program schedule. We did not plan to do a harvest that time. But God has other plans. So with a little adjustment to the schedule and courtesy to the team, on the third day of the session, I was given the opportunity to stand in front of the women with our Mission Superintendent, who also announced the opening of the ministry in Mondulkiri.
Before I announced the proposed new location of the Women Center in Mondulkiri, I reminded them about the project bottles and requested them to raise their bottles. We were surprised to see one lady carrying a big bag of bottles filled with bills. We asked them to bring the bottles in front and the women made a special offering to add into the collection.
We collected : $400.00 from the project bottles and the special offering of about $200.00. I thanked all the women leaders of the Women’s Ministry Desk, the CMW, the Clergywomen, the Virginia UMW, and the Southeast Asia UMW Reg. Missionary .
Together with the women leaders, we announced to them the new location of the Women Center, which we intend to fully pay at the end of February. The price of the property is $28,500.00. But so far, we only have $19,900 from the Asian Women, $700.00 from bank interest, $4,500 from a UMW donor in Cal Nevada….for a total of $25,200.00. We still need about $3,500.00.
Just in time, a lady from the Virginia UMW motioned our Country Director to come to her. When he came back to the stage he brought the good news that she is donating the $3,500 to fully pay our Women Center property. Everyone was ecstatic and crying!!! God is so good!!!
Our new property is a 3,000 sq. meter property with: house, a bedroom, a living area, a kitchen, 2 toilet with running water and lots of fruit bearing trees. Our future Sussanah Wesley Women Center in Asia.
We are now at the stage of discussing the design and costing of the building, so we can start raising funds.
Isn’t God generous and is never late and speaks the truth???
Giving is possible, not because of what we have in our pocket but because of what we have in our hearts!!!
Our hearts motivate us to give!!!
The women in Battambang, in Banteay Meanchey, in Kp. Thom, in Kp. Chhnang, and in Kp. Spue, are not rich women, most of them are farmers or wives of farmers. Yet they were able to give!!!
A UMW from Cal Nevada, came in November 2014 asking us about our priorities, many, many times so she sends the money on a Tuesday Giving and it was matched.
This lady from Virginia UMW, who’s presence during the Women Conference made a big difference and can never be a coincidence. God has placed her there.
Our dear pastor and the women from Virginia Conference became instruments for these amazing miracles of God.
This story shows how God can do greater things when you’re faithful and you remain good stewards. This fund has been with us for 9 years and we just hid it and buried it like what the third man did in the parable of the talents. But when we start doing something about it, shared the vision, participated and asked help, we were able to purchase our property and created a seed money for the realisation of our Women Centre.
To God be the glory!!!! Thank you great women of God! Please continue to pray and support us for the building of our first Women Centre in Asia.