Stories from the Field: Dani’s Story

Cambodia Addiction Recovery Center

My parents were drunkards. Dad killed my mom; then he sold me. I was raped by my adopted father, thrown out of the house by my adopted mother, and by 11 years of age I was a prostitute, comforting myself with alcohol. Eventually, there was nothing else in my life. I abused my own children and became their burden. But then I heard an amazing thing—a God who was able to do the impossible! I decided I wanted a new life. So, I slept at the gate of the missionaries’ home. They asked me to move in, and God truly changed me! I learned how to live without alcohol, to eat dinner with family, to put my children to bed with a prayer, and to laugh at my youngest child’s jokes.

I craved more healing, because my addiction was consuming. I needed to work through so many things! My emotions were broken, my coping skills non-existent. I needed a program set up for my needs. The missionaries loved me, but they were unable to stay with me at the house all the time; there was no other place I could go. The accidental death of my son sent me into deep despair, and I ended my own life. But through my death the Addiction Recovery Center was born in the minds and hearts of the missionaries. It was built too late for me, but there are many others who need it and can find help.    

Pray for Alliance workers in Cambodia reaching young adults struggling with addiction.

The Addiction Recovery Center in Cambodia is one project selected for financial support in the 2019-2020 Alliance Women ministry year. Giving instructions are found here.

Stories from the Field: A Grandma’s Story

Cambodia Addiction Recovery Center

 I’ve raised my children; I should be able to sit on the hammock and give directions to others for running the household. But no, it’s not like that.

Addiction, an inability to live together, and the lack of a future plan have left me, the grandma, to deal with the fallout—grandchildren with no one to look after them. And worse, those who should be caring for them are still depending on me for food.

Many of my neighbors are facing this same problem.

But one of my grandchildren found new life with God, who is her Rock, her Healer and Provider!

For a while she was doing great. I don’t know why, but she took a wrong turn and married a man like her father. He, like so many others, is struggling with addiction. He, too, knows God and wants a different life from what he has always known. But now they are in a mess. One wrong turn could ruin it all.

They cry; they want to return home. Who can show them the way back? There has to be a step for them between making a decision of faith and living a new life on their own.

The Addiction Recovery Center is that step, where they are taught simple lessons of life that they can practice in a safe place. 

Pray for Alliance workers in Cambodia reaching young adults struggling with addiction.

The Addiction Recovery Center in Cambodia is one project selected for financial support in the 2019-2020 Alliance Women ministry year. Giving instructions are found here.

 

Cambodia Addiction Center: Ruom’s Story

Our children attended Sunday school, so I thought everything would be OK for them. To my great shame, our youngest son, Vanneut, the son I loved, spiraled downward into drugs.

I sold all that I had—my land, my belongings—to get help. But it didn’t achieve anything.

With few social services available here, some parents protect themselves from their own children by hiring a government worker to arrest them and put them in a “rehabilitation center.” Presumably, the beatings will bring them to their senses. But this breaks our hearts; it only makes things worse. I didn’t do that, but my son ended up in prison anyway—with a price on his head.

But then God did an amazing thing—He freed Vanneut from his cell. We had to put him somewhere to keep him safe, so we begged the Rural Ministry Training Center to accept him—no one else would take him! Through the program he was released from his addiction and graduated—with honors!

His goal now is to help others like himself. He is now on staff at a new kind of rehab center, where those who have been controlled by all sorts of substances learn to put themselves under God’s control.

My son, who I thought would be the end of me, is now a source of hope and encouragement for me and others.

Pray for Alliance workers in Cambodia reaching young adults struggling with addiction. Pray that many young people, like Vanneut, will be set free.

The Rural Ministry Training Center in Cambodia is one project selected for financial support in the 2019-2020 Alliance Women ministry year. Giving instructions are found here.