Currently I am ascertaining flood damage on schools in Poipet, Cambodia. Upon visiting one school I noticed a rare feature: a playground. In fact, after visiting every school in Poipet (a city of 120,000 people) I found there is only ONE playground in the entire city. As I looked
Last week there was terrible flooding in Cambodia and with Typhoon Magi heading toward Cambodia we were fearing the worst. After much prayer (and a high pressure system) the typhoon pounced on China and Taiwan (sorry about that). I breathed a sigh of relief assuming we would be ok.
Poipet is a city on the border of Thailand and Cambodia. Because of its proximity to Bangkok, tens of thousands of people have moved to this town for the hope of jobs in Thailand. This area has significant issues of human trafficking, abandonment of children, and other social proble
Last week I was in the Philippines and during that time I was able to attend the Love Community Baptist Church which I had constructed more than 20 years ago. It was so wonderful to be with Roger and Rosie Rico, the pastors of the church.
Do you know how they treat poor people in Cambodia? They give them a bottle of soy sauce and take their picture. I am not sure who is supposed to be the one feeling blessed, the photographer or the impoverished villager.
In 1985 Steve Hyde built a church to provide a place of refuge for the community after a huge flood in the community of Malanday, Marikina, Manila in the Philippines. During Typhoon Ketsana, the community was again destroyed by the flooding, but 26 people were able to take refuge in
Last week Typhoon Ketsana flooded much of northern Cambodia. Most rivers broke their banks and flooding and destroying an estimated 75,000 acres of rice fields, just as they are nearing harvest time. 11 people died as the strong winds collapsed their houses. Most of the dead were wo