Raising Chickens Draws Struggling Family to Christ

August 25, 2023 • Cambodia
Samaritan’s Purse staff members taught Vanny how to provide for her family, and more importantly, introduced her to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

God uses our livestock project to bring eternal hope to a mother in Cambodia.

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The van was hot, stuffy, and crowded. It wasn’t ideal, but this seven-hour trek across the border from Cambodia into a neighboring country seemed like the last option for Vanny and her husband. They were clinging to the promise of a well-paying job that would make a better life possible.

The couple had tried earning an income by selling rice, but extreme weather conditions made it difficult. The crops suffered during droughts, as the family’s only water source was far away, and monsoon rains often flooded the field.

Vanny and her husband borrowed money from the bank to help offset their financial losses. They intended to pay it back over time, but the burden became overwhelming. They didn’t know what else to do to provide for their four children and Vanny’s father, who lives with them.

Vanny and her family check on the chickens.

In desperation, Vanny and her husband decided to take dangerous risks and migrate. They didn’t want to leave their family, but after finding an employer across the border, they were optimistic that they would have profitable work and be able to save for the future.

Sadly, their hopes were soon shattered. The couple was overworked and not paid the promised compensation.

Eventually the harsh work conditions and low pay weren’t worth it and they returned to Cambodia to be with their family. Vanny began selling fish, but it was not nearly enough to pay off their debts.

She was defeated. She didn’t know how to support the family.

The Greatest Gift

Vanny was hopeful when Samaritan’s Purse staff came to her village to help meet physical needs in Jesus’ Name. Her family was selected to receive chickens and training on how to properly care for them.

We also connected Vanny with one of our partner organizations that has helped her learn how to sell some of her chickens in the market. Her family’s financial situation has significantly improved, and their burdens are lighter.

Yet, the family received the greatest gift of all when they came to faith in Jesus Christ. Samaritan’s Purse staff regularly visited Vanny and her family to encourage them and share the Gospel. She listened to the message each time, and although she wasn’t ready to commit her life to God, she often thought about the Bible teachings she had heard.

Vanny was pregnant at the time, and as she neared her due date, she received news that no mother wants to hear. “The umbilical cord is wrapped around your baby’s neck and you will not be able to give birth safely,” the doctor told her.

Vanny’s family takes their chickens to market.

Heartbroken, she shared the news with our staff during one of their visits. She asked them to pray for her baby. They faithfully prayed, and Vanny was soon blessed with a healthy baby delivered without complications.

Seeing the Lord’s mighty works displayed, Vanny and her entire family dedicated their lives to Him and received Him as Savior.
Our staff have helped Vanny connect with a local church and discipleship group so that she can grow in her faith.

We praise God for His ongoing work in Cambodia and around the world. Please pray that more people will come to know the eternal hope of Jesus Christ.

“Now may the God of hope fill you will all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”
(Romans 15:13).

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Livelihood and Vocational Projects By improving farm and garden harvests, increasing the productivity of livestock, opening up access to markets, and providing training in business and job skills, we help households and communities make the transition from subsistence living to income generation, securing a better future.

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