Whilst it seems the typical response to Covid-19 by Australians has led to mass panic about toilet paper, there are other things going on as well… good news in fact – and Tatachilla Lutheran College in McLaren Vale, SA and the Lutheran Church in Cambodia have been a part of it! For the past 7 […]
Whilst it seems the typical response to Covid-19 by Australians has led to mass panic about toilet paper, there are other things going on as well… good news in fact – and Tatachilla Lutheran College in McLaren Vale, SA and the Lutheran Church in Cambodia have been a part of it!
For the past 7 years, students and staff at Tatachilla have been visiting and building relationships with those living in a little village in Cambodia named Phum Krus, in partnership with the Lutheran Church in Cambodia. Every year over that time, Year 9 students have raised money for this village and some of the students, when in Year 11, have had the privilege to actually visit.
Once Covid-19 restrictions hit Cambodia, poor people in the village of Phum Krus lost their jobs and as they had no access to government assistance, became in dire need of support, not just for toilet paper but for daily food.
Staff from Tatachilla Lutheran College realised that the urgency of human need due to Covid-19 in Cambodia and its effects, both direct and indirect, had given them and the students, as followers of Jesus, the opportunity to demonstrate the relevance of the gospel to every aspect of life, and the desire of God to bring healing and wholeness to every aspect of human activity.
The stage was set for the College to demonstrate God’s heart for the vulnerable (the poor, widows and orphans, and aliens and refugees), the spiritual gift of hospitality, and Christianity’s foundational values of generosity and compassion. Along with the current students, a group of old scholars who visited Cambodia two years ago were moved to join the efforts, demonstrating their service heart and the impacting nature of visiting Cambodia.
Thanks to the fund raising that the staff and students had been involved with, Tatachilla was able to meet the needs of 30 families through the provision of food packages. These were distributed by the Lutheran Church in Cambodia, which has been a powerful testimony to people in the Phum Krus community. This has also been a blessing for Tatachilla Lutheran College, as we had the opportunity to partner with and enable them – our brothers and sisters – as they share and demonstrate the love of Christ.
With the strength of the Holy Spirit, may we all continue to take opportunities to become more intimately connected to God’s heart for all nations and all peoples.
If your school would like to know more about how they can connect to the mission of God through a LCA International Mission service-learning and ministry partnership, you are invited to phone Erin on (08) 8267 7300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, go to www.lcamission.org.au/join-gods-mission/service-learning/
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