It is easy in the midst of busy schedules to take for granted the work others have done to assist us on a variety of fronts. Representing Ratanak International here is a wonderful privilege as we have been blessed to work with many different partners on the ground over the years. So this past week, we decided to pay a personal visit to one of our partners --- Chab Dai. Our intention was to thank them personally for their support over this past year, to bring some goodies for them to share among the staff and to pray a blessing over their work.
|Helen Sworn (2nd from left) with some of her staff|
|Yeng Ros - Chab Dai's Country Director (Cambodia)|
But less I am remiss in acknowledging our other partners, one of the blessings of having different partners is the opportunity to receive support on various levels. No one partner can necessarily provide us with all the information we need for they each focus in different areas. So, we have had the opportunity to draw on a wealth of knowledge and experience and learn from them as we develop our own project. A case in point, we are thankful for our partners at AIM who have been a wonderful support providing us with many policies and procedures that we are using as an initial framework and guideline as we develop our own policies and documents for the RAP home. This has saved us considerable time if we were to re-invent these from scratch. As well our other partners such as Hagar and Daughters were able to provide us with salary information and job descriptions as part of our initial process of evaluating what is reasonable salary levels for staff working to assist trafficking survivors. We have taken some of our RAP staff to visit our partners aftercare shelters so that they could see how different organizations decorate their counselling rooms. We have discussed staff schedules and gotten input on all sorts of matters relating to setting up a community home.
In all of this, I am reminded of Psalm 133 - How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe. Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion.And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting. Indeed where there is unity in the body of Christ, God pronounces a blessing! Pray that the Lord will continue to unite all the NGOs who work to restore broken lives in this land. Pray that as we each work together that we will be a reflection of the words in John 17:20-23 --- I pray that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one — I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.