It’s my honor and privilege to have an opportunity a few minutes of your time to share with you about my testimony called “Living Grace“. Initially, let me briefly introduce myself. My name is Pitou, a former young-adult orphan from New Hope Children’s Home. I have one sister named Rose who is deaf and dump since she was born.
I was born in a Phnom Penh family that lived below the Cambodian living standard poverty line. There were three people lived in a disheveled, palm-thatched house with a rotting bamboo floor which located on the garbage dump, was surrounding most foul smelling with hundreds-thousand of flies everywhere, and no even enough sanitation water to wash myself. Before 1999, I worked hard days and nights on this smelly garbage dump with hundreds of other children hoping to find something to recycle in order to earn money to support my mother while she was living in seriously disease condition. My mother was weak from AIDs contracted from my stepfather; as the result, I had to shoulder the family burden to look after my little sister while I had no biological relatives around to help us at all. I have never ever had a single chance to see my father who walked my mother since I was three months old never to return. I had seen cruel domestic violence most everyday in my family. When my stepfather drunk, he always provoked fighting my mother and myself without any reason.
Working on the garbage dump was not able to provide sufficient income to feed my sister and mother; therefore, I decided to work in construction area though I was only nine years old. I earned less than one dollar a day to share enough rice and food for three people. In the meanwhile, my only beloved and adorable sister, who walked around the whole local market to ask for money from people. Due to family’s living standard was tight that why I could not attend the school as other kids who were able study in primary school. Whenever I saw other children was going to school, my heart usually cried out, “why was I born in this underprivileged family?”
On September 1999, when I was twelve and working on the house construction, someone rushed to inform me at evening that my mother was dying at home. Later, a few neighbor and I sent her to the hospital then the doctor said she was fine then we brought her home and I slept beside her. Unfortunately, she died quietly that night. When I realized she had died I cried with shock. My thoughts raced, “what would become of me and how could I live?”
One week after my mother’s funeral, my sister and I had transferred and lived in New Hope Children Home. I did not know the man who sent me to the orphanage and was afraid he might have trafficked me to another country for child labor. However, the home I was sent to was a good place where I found hope and God’s love through His Godly servants and care givers. He is the Lord who always there in time of needs and restored my broken life and sharpened my future.
New Hope Children’s Home is a home not just where many abandoned children and young-adult orphans are being nurtured physical provision, such as shelter, food and education but also spiritual life to have a greatest opportunity receiving the Lord as personal Savior.
Recently, I feel honored to be able to finished my studies and having a good job in big business local company. God has changed my whole life’s circumstances and situations of nothing to be able to live self-sustainable and living independently. God’s love for me fills me with desire to accomplish a new family generation. Finally I want to encourage you with a simple message that God has taught me. God is our faithful provider when you think there is no one for you and you feel alone. He is always there in any time of troubles and struggles. God never ever forsakes you because He always answered my prayer. My Christian life experiences have helped me to truly trust in Him indeed and be the living eyes-witness of His unending faithful provision.