Marguerite McCann has been in Cambodia since 2007 with her husband Alex, who works in student ministry, and her children. A qualified Occupational Therapist, she has been delighted to volunteer at Safe Haven, an American-led NGO based in Siem Reap that works with around fifty children with disabilities in local villages, providing rehabilitation and support to their families.
Last year OMF agreed to fund a trainee Rehabilitation Assistant part time for at least one year and we prayed that the Lord would provide the right candidate. Safe Haven recruited a young Christian woman named Pheary, who has been learning skills needed to provide quality rehabilitation from Marguerite and Khmer Physiotherapist.
In addition to this capacity building, Marguerite has also had the opportunity to model how to be a Christian in a secular workplace and to pray regularly with Pheary. With a motorbike provided by OMF supporters, families are now visited much more regularly and the children are improving at a rapid rate. In fact, Safe Haven are delighted with Pheary and her hours have now been increased to full time.
Recently, Marguerite felt a particular burden to pray with Pheary for one particular family’s salvation. The father had died, leaving his wife and 5 children, one of whom has a severe disability, in a dilapidated house with no door. During the funeral so many people visited that the house collapsed under the weight. Safe Haven and the local disability network were moved to make an appeal for funds and provided a new home and food.
A few weeks later, Marguerite attended a church prayer lunch and heard a testimony about this very same family, saying that the church had been involved in supporting them and that the father had come to faith before he died! The father, mother and eldest daughter had been attending church. God is connecting ministries and individuals to change the lives of Cambodians through his Holy Spirit. Please pray for Marguerite and Pheary as they work with and pray for these vulnerable families.