Schoolies give up party time to teach in Cambodia

(Not a) Christmas holiday but a life-changing trip

A team of 14 young people aged 15-27, mostly schoolies, leave this weekend for a two-week mission trip to Cambodia for Bible Society Australia. The main focus will be visiting the literacy schools run by Bible Society Cambodia. “People who can read and write can get hold of God’s word for themselves,’ says team leader Rick George. “They get lifted up spiritually and economically.”

“The schools are giving up their party time to go and help out in the literacy schools and give Bibles to the graduates. The team will also run children’s programmes in villages giving out a special booklet, Jesus is Born, that explains the meaning of Christmas.”

Team members from last years trip came back with great memories:

“I definitely feel that I have developed as a person over this mission trip,” said Sarah O’Donnell. “It has taught me to step out of my comfort zone and live a life on fire for God. It has also shown me how privileged I really am and has taught me to be more grateful for what I do have.”

“Just do it, you won’t regret it. It will change your life.”

Fellow team member Ivonne Kuswendi said: “The Cambodian Mission Trip with Bible Society was an amazing experience. I didn’t really know what to expect, so I tried to keep an opened mind, yet I wasn’t prepared for the tragic history that surrounded the country, or the close relationship developed with an awesome team during the trip.”