Missionary Katherine Parker Sends Good News From Cambodia

January 22, 2009

January 16, 2009 - Some exciting news! The MOU (memorandum of understanding) with the MOH (Ministry of Health) for CHAD (Community Health and Agricultural Development) was finally signed this week. This is great news as it will allow us to accept volunteer medical teams to come and work in Cambodia with much less hassle than before. Irene (our community health nurse/missionary from Zimbabwe) has done all of the hard work getting this through, and I have learned a lot about government relations [through] watching her work.


You may support our health care ministry at http://secure.gbgm-umc.org/donations/advance/donate.cfm?code=3020542


In the Cambodia Daily this morning was a reprint of a New York Times opinion piece by Nicholas Kristof called, "Where Sweatshops Are a Dream" (read it at nytimes.com/2009/01/15/opinion/15kristof.html).


If you didn't catch this or some of his earlier pieces on sex-trafficking in Cambodia, I highly recommend them. One of my fellow missionaries, Clara from Bangladesh, is working to help provide enrichment programing at an orphanage that is working with the population that Kristof writes about. You may contribute to that ministry at http://secure.gbgm-umc.org/donations/advance/donate.cfm?code=14921A


It was great to connect with old friends and meet many new faces last month when I was traveling in the U.S. I am back in Phnom Penh now, trying to get on top of the backlog of work.


I've posted two quick stories at http://chad-cambodia.blogspot.com. Thanks for reading and for your continued support!