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.)