Thursday, February 5, 2015

February Update

 We are so excited about the groundbreaking for the new school that happened in January!  Read all about it here.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Groundbreaking Ceremony

On January 16th the community of Svay Pak gathered to celebrate and pray for the beginning of construction of our new school. It was a wonderful event! Here's a video and some photos from this special day.
See the video here:

Greeters welcome the guests.

Cambodian flags were placed along the entrance route.

Everyone was greeted as an honored guest.

Teachers stand ready to show their classroom exhibition boards.

Our two MC's for the event, an English teacher and an elementary teacher.

The mayor (pictured right) of Lowell, Massachusetts was in Phnom Penh and stopped by the ceremony. Lowell has the second largest population of Cambodians in the US. 

Two of RHS's wonderful staff ready for the event to start.

More teachers ready to present their work, along with one of our mentor-teachers, Sophie. 

The English school manager, IT coordinator, and social work coordinator. 

The deputy governor of our city district giving his speech.

Presenting the dignitaries with gifts. 

Pastor Gregory leading a closing prayer.

Starting the ribbon cutting to reveal the design of the new school. 

Clayton Butler continuing the ribbon cutting. 

The unveiling!

Part of the construction team posing in front of the new design.

Land blessing prayer ceremony.

Dignitaries posing for a picture after the ceremony.

Beautiful ladies relieved it's over!

Becki and the school receptionist. 

Kimberly and the MC's.

Kimberly and the school finance officer.

One more group shot!

A wider view of the land blessing prayer ceremony.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ground Breaking Exhibition

The ground breaking for the new school building was a very big day for Rahab's House School (RHS). Much preparation went into making sure everything ran smoothly. We pray that the Lord was glorified in all of it!

The elementary and English teachers created exhibition boards to display information, pictures and educational resources used in their various classes. These boards were viewed by parents, dignitaries and government officials at the conclusion of the ceremony. The boards were all quite beautiful and accurately represented each of the classes RHS offers and the teachers' dedication to their students. We are so proud of the teachers and their desire to provide quality education and demonstrate the love of Jesus to their students and the Svay Pak community.

Here are a few shots of the exhibition boards:

Sakhena and Nitta proudly show-off their kindergarten board.

Pheara shares her beautiful board.

Punlue excitedly presents his Let's Go 4 display board. 

Our excellent 1st grade teachers detail all that the students learn in 1st grade with their board.

Chetra and Tevy teach our most precious students in ABC English class. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

December Update

Merry Christmas!

This update is our year-end review.  By God's grace, it's been a good year of ministry.

Click here to read about it.

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Trip to the National Museum

In November, our entire 3rd grade visited the Phnom Penh National Museum. In preparation for the trip, the students learned about ancient Cambodian history and culture. As they boarded the vans for the adventure, they were eager to see what treasures the museum held.

One of our teachers answers questions about the architecture of the National Museum.

The children and teachers view statues that date back to the 12th century.

Using a large map to explain to the students how Cambodia used to be much bigger than it is currently.

Learning more about the ancient kings who ruled Cambodia.

After touring the museum and enjoying a snack at a local park, the students returned to Svay Pak with a greater appreciation of their country and culture.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

November Update

This month Rachel shared about her experience of often feeling helpless in her work in Svay Pak. Check the link to read the update.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Architects, Project Managers and a New School Building

Many months ago, two American architects generously volunteered to design the new Rahab's House School. After countless emails, phone calls, designs and drafts, they arrived in Cambodia in late October to put the finishing touches on their plans. The week was filled with meetings, walking the land and exploring how best to create a good, safe learning environment for the new building.  It was an exciting week as we caught a glimpse of the new school building and what it will mean for the Svay Pak community.

Reviewing the building plans.

The architects and project managers discuss the details. 

The site for the new school!

Walking the land with the architects and project managers.

Rahab's House School
Coming Spring 2016!