Planting Seeds of Hope in Phnom Penh

There is power in a story, and there is great power in a testimony. Today, I want to give you a glimpse into the story of Monyruth Pin, a four-year-old preschool student at New Life School.

My name is Emily Kreger, and I am an IGNITE Class 11 intern serving in Cambodia. I have the privilege and honor to witness the beautiful partnership between Potter’s Field Ministries and New Life Fellowship. NLF is the church that Potter’s Field serves alongside in Cambodia, and one of the areas of their partnership is in New Life School. New Life School is a Christian school in the city of Phnom Penh that God is using not only to educate children but to reach hearts and souls with the name of Jesus. Potter’s Field IGNITE interns have the privilege to teach English to the children at New Life School while building relationships that last to eternity.

I am living my dream teaching the sweetest class of 20 preschoolers. I know that I am doing so much more than teaching them English; I am loving them with the love of Christ and testifying of His Gospel. I firmly believe that they are men and women who God will use mightily for His kingdom. One of the girls in my class who I know God’s hand is upon is Monyruth.


Monyruth quickly gravitated towards me, and we formed a special bond. Even though we can’t really communicate with words yet, the Spirit of God knit our hearts together. Monyruth is bright, creative, and endearing. My teacher’s assistant told me a little about her story, and my heart went out to her even more. Monyruth doesn’t have a mother in her life, as her parents were divorced. She is being raised by her grandma. One day in class as we were playing with playdough, she ran over and hung on my neck. At that moment, God ministered to my heart about the impact we can have in others’ lives. Monyruth doesn’t know the love of a mother and you can see that is was hungry for love.

What an amazing opportunity I have been given to love this beautiful child of God. Every day God teaches me so much as I teach my class of preschoolers. Through this class and through Monyruth, He has really taught me that life is all about loving Him with my heart, soul, mind, and strength and loving whoever is in front of me. And, on those special occasions where the person in front of me is a girl from a broken home who lacks a mother’s love, I am even more overwhelmed and thankful for the opportunity to love.


Through Monyruth, God showed me that what I am doing doesn’t create significance, but how I do it. God showed me that I can teach a letter sound, play with playdough with the children, and sing child songs to glorify myself or to glorify Him. I glorify myself when I seek my gain in the situation. But when I surrender every act to Him and love the person in front of me for their gain; that gives glory to God.

I wouldn’t have this opportunity without the partnership of New Life School and Potter’s Field Ministries. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to love children like Monyruth. Thank you, Potter’s Field Sponsors for not only investing in my life but in Monyruth’s life as well. Your faithfulness in giving through finances and prayer is reaching hearts and souls all the way to the end of the earth.


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