2017年 柬埔寨單車籌款 2017 Bikeathon

陳麒因(中華宣道會宣中堂)

兩年後,再次踏足柬埔寨,這一次改了方式,以單車接觸這個地方,另有一番感受!

決定參加今年柬埔寨單車籌款前經過幾番掙扎:一來擔心自己的體力不能應付長途的單車旅程;二來擔心籌款額難以達成,因這是此次活動的目標所在。因爲兩年前曾到過柬埔寨珠山短期服侍,感受滿滿的愛與恩典,所以很想再踏足這個地方,再次為這地出一分力。加上以前曾到過珠山教授英語的學校是一所非基督教中學,我們不能將任何宗教信息加入教學內容當中,而這次聽到AGS準備在珠山興建第一所基督教中學,盼望在基督教教育的氛圍下培育更多學生,心裡非常雀躍,亦很想支持!
在截止最後一刻,憑著信心突破自己的框框,決定參與其中。然而,收穫回來卻是滿滿的恩典,神更讓我的擔心和憂慮一一消除;在籌款的過程中,比我預期順利得多!感恩看到眾多弟兄姊妹的大力支持,由最初不知如何完成三萬元的籌款額,到最後甚至超額完成,這是我萬萬預想不到的!
這次單車籌款的路程分為三天,第一天在吳哥窟中遊走,第二、三天就向著我們的目的地——珠山小學進發,全程189公里。三天的路程不算太長,但路段全是我預想不到的——山路、崎嶇的泥石路,還有那沒完沒了的上斜路,對我來說是一項新挑戰。第二天完成50多公里不平穩的泥石路後,不單滿面滿口都是泥沙,而屁股和手臂都感覺很受罪。到第三天90多公里的路程,大部份時間都在上斜路,考驗的是自己的意志和體能。對於有經驗的隊友來說,路程可能是輕而易舉,但對我而言,卻是上了人生最多斜路的功課;尤其進入珠山省份後,看著一個又一個大斜坡而腳力又開始不繼時,正正是考驗意志力的時候!一路喊著累,一路出力向上進發,大家最終在互相鼓勵下,順利上山到達目的地——珠山小學!整個路程都很深刻,也很興奮,過程當中亦感受到神在一路上的帶領。柬埔寨的天氣長年都處於攝氏30多度的高溫,而我一直最擔心的是在高溫底下會體力不繼,甚至會中暑。然而這三天的天氣卻很合宜,尤其在路程最長最需要體力的那天,神彷彿特地為我們預備了最美好的天氣;整天沒有猛烈的陽光,讓我們在陰天與微風底下,伴隨沿途美麗的風景,完成我們的路程,實在非常感恩!
很高興看到大家為著同一目標,不怕辛苦同心合意地完成189公里的單車路程。我們的力量雖是微不足道,但我們卻帶著眾弟兄姊妹捐獻支持與及神的帶領,一行40多人的力量就變得不平凡了!祈求將來新校舍興建後,能讓基督教教育感染更多學生,讓更多人接觸到神的愛與福音!

 

Kiki Chan (Christian Alliance College Church of the CC&MA)

With two years interval, I once again set foot in Cambodia, but with a different mode of exploration this time – through cycling to touch this land, and it brought me a totally new experience.

I have several struggles before joining the fundraising cycling for Cambodia this year: Firstly, I worried about my physical energy might not be strong enough to cope with the long journey; and secondly, the fundraising target might be too difficult to meet, yet it was the aim of the event. However, as I had experienced a lot of love and grace from the Short-Term Ministry (STM) in Pailin two years ago, I wanted to go back and contribute for it again. Back then, I taught English in a non-Christian secondary school there, we could not incorporate any religious message into our teaching. As I learnt that Alliance Global Serve (AGS) was planning to build the first Christian secondary school in Pailin, hoping to nurture more students under Christian ethics, I was enthusiastic to support the project.

At the last moment prior to the deadline, to breakthrough my comfort zone by faith, I decided to join the fundraising. However, I experienced immense grace, with God eliminating all my worries and fears; the fundraising process went much smoother than expected, and I was grateful to have great support from a lot of brothers and sisters; with me from being unsure of how to meet the HKD 30,000 target at the beginning, to raising more than that amount finally, it ended up totally out of my expectation.

The fundraising cycling journey was divided into 3 days. The first day was spent in Angkor Wat, the second and third were cycling towards our destination – the BaHuy AGS Primary School in Pailin, with the total distance of 189 km. The 3-day journey was not too long, but the road condition was totally out of my imagination – hilly roads, rugged dirt roads, and endless uphill roads. It was a new challenge to me. After going through more than 50km of rugged dirt roads, not only was my face covered in dust and sand, my bottom and hands were also in pain. Most parts of the 90km of journey on the third day were uphill, and had challenged my physical strength and willpower. To the experienced team members, the roads were easy. However, it amounted to a lifetime of uphill roads to me, especially once in Pailin Province, seeing one steep slope after another, and with my feet getting weaker, it was truly a challenging time to my willpower. Repeatedly yelling how exhausted we were while still striving uphill, finally we reached our destination –BaHuy AGS Primary School successfully with each other’s mutual encouragement. The whole journey was very memorable and exciting, I also experienced God’s leading throughout. Most parts of Cambodia were around 30ºC throughout the year, and I was worried of being drained out under the hot weather or even getting heat strokes. However, the weather was mild on those 3 days, especially on the day with the longest journey and requiring most strength. I was very grateful that it seemed God had provided us with the best weather. It was not sunny throughout the day, allowing us to complete the journey under the clouds and breezes, along with the beautiful sceneries we passed by.

I was delighted to see the team striving towards the same goal, overcoming tiredness to complete the 189 km of bicycle journey in one heart. Although our strength might have seemed insignificant, however, the strength of the 40 of us became extraordinary, with the support and funds from our brothers and sisters and God’s leading. Pray that Christian education may affect more students, and may allow more people experiencing God’s love and the gospel when the new school premises is established.

(This is an article in October 2017 publication of Alliance Global Serve.)