認識 Reap 這個家庭，是由3歲的小女孩撒加（Saga）開始。
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.)