照亮全家庭

Light Up the Whole Family

李慧敏(國際同工:柬埔寨)

認識 Reap 這個家庭,是由3歲的小女孩撒加(Saga)開始。

兩年前,撒加常常跟著在珠山宣愛小學門外擺賣小食的媽媽徘徊。她的眼睛大大、頭髮曲曲,一副可愛的臉容,吸引了我的目光。原來她的哥哥及姐姐是在宣愛小學就讀,而撒加也在去年入讀幼稚園班,於是三兄妹得到免費學習的機會。我常常在想:在這遙遠的村落裡(距離首都金邊8小時的車程),若果沒有學校,這些孩子在做什麼呢?終日在街上流連?拾荒?還是要幫補家計?

撒加的媽媽很高興兒女有機會唸書,她感受到老師們的愛與關懷;亦收到學校送贈的衣服及文具,供應他們的需要。農民出身的父母,看著兒女有機會接受教育,自然期望他們長大後能自力更新,能夠成材。雖然家境貧窮,但是三兄妹性格倒很乖巧,很有禮貌,而且溫順。去年這個家庭還增添了一位小弟弟,一家六口,樂也融融。哥哥剛升上中一,過去六年,他在學校被栽培和教導,更感恩的是他願意不顧疲倦的身軀及放下繁重的家務,參加晚上的青年團契。感謝神他的父母沒有阻止!對於只得12歲的小孩來說,這些都不容易;他大可以選擇去玩樂的,而他卻選擇去認識神。

這個家庭與一般村民的境況差不多,需要償還債務。若果將來經濟情況不許可,哥哥便須停學,幫忙下田。有次我見到他放學不久便從遠處回來,頭上頂著一些香蕉,心想:「他應該是去幫忙收割吧!」但願他的父母能夠明白繼續讓兒女唸書,才能改善貧窮!

神讓這個家庭的小孩在珠山宣愛小學唸書,並讓哥哥首先認識祂,盼望神使用這幾個小孩,將福音帶給父母,將真光照亮全家庭!

(基於真實故事,為保護隱私,名字改用化名)(本文曾刊於環球宣愛協會的2018年2月月訊)

Mandy Lee (International Member: Cambodia)

By making the acquaintance with Saga, a 3-year-old girl, I came to know the Reaps family.

Two years ago, Sreyka was always wandering outside AGS Primary School at Pailin, as she was with her mother who operated a food stall there.  Her lovely face, with big eyes and curly hair, caught my eyes. Then I found out that her elder brother and sister were studying at AGS Primary School, and after Sreyka joined the kindergarten last year, the three siblings all have the opportunity of free education.  I always wonder, in such a remote village (an 8-hour journey by car from Phnom Penh, the capital city), what would these children do if there were no school? Loitering about the street all days? Collecting stuffs discarded by others? Or making a family livelihood?

Sreyka’s mother is pleased that her children have the opportunity of learning at school.  She tastes the love and care of the teachers, through the clothes and stationary given by the school to meet their need.  Seeing that their children have the opportunity of education, the parents, who are farmers, naturally hope that they can make a living by themselves and be competent people when they grow up.  Despite poverty, the three siblings are lovely, polite and meek. This family of six, since their little brother was born last year, are now living happily. The elder brother has just promoted to Form I.  In the past six years, he was nurtured and educated at the school. It was particularly thankful that he came to the Youth Fellowship at night no matter how tired he was after the heavy housework. Thank be to God that his parents did not stop him! To a 12-year-old child, this was not easy, he might well choose to amuse himself but he chose to learn about God.

This family, just like other villagers, has debts to be repaid. If their financial situation does not permit, then the elder brother would need to drop out of school and go to work in the field. On one occasion, I saw him coming back from far away soon after class, with banana poised on his head.  I then realized that he must have gone to help with the harvest! May his parents understand that the only way to improve their poverty is by allowing their children to go to school!

God grants the children of this family the opportunity to study at AGS Primary School, and let the elder brother be the first one came to know Him.  Pray that God may use these children to bring the Good News to their parents and let the True Light light up the whole family!

Based on true story, names have been changed for protection of privacy)(This is an article in Feb 2018 publication of Alliance Global Serve.)