He told them another parable, “The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches”. Matthew 13:31-32
This was the verse the Lord has put in our heart when the WEC Team was preparing to hand over Community Health & Education project (CHE) comprising of an informal primary school as well as a local church started by WEC Cambodia in 2001 & 2004 respectively. The school and church were scheduled to be handed over to the Cambodian leadership by July 2008. At that point, we had been praying and asking the Lord how we can help the school and church to become self-sustaining when WEC team phases out from this village. Over the years, the school has benefitted many children who did not have the privilege to receive education due to poverty.
In October 2007, the thought of starting an income generating project, producing handmade soaps came about. This was brought up to the church for discussion and prayer. In April 2008, it was decided that this project be undertaken by the church with the church contributing US$500 as a setup capital and the Lord provided another US$2500 through individual giving. We took the pastor together with a youth to learn soap making from another organization. We went through a period of trial and error and finally the project was officially launched in October 2008 and we named it The Mustard Seed Cambodia. This is indeed a faith project. When we started the school project, we only had US$150, from conducting lessons under a mango tree to a rented hut then to a proper school building. We had seen how the Lord provided for the school and we also believed that the Lord will provide for this soap project as well
Looking for a suitable place for this project was a challenge. Our budget for the house rent was only US$150 per month. We went house hunting for a couple of months with no success. Either the rental was too high or owners were not keen to rent it out to us as we have 2 Cambodian youths staying with us. The Cambodians, particularly the rich, will not trust the Cambodians especially those coming from the rural villages. While we were desperate but we also believe there must be a house hidden...