“This is the first Bible I have ever received.”

Our partners’ generosity is giving children in Cambodia a reason to smile again

Even before the pandemic, Cambodia had been known as one of Asia’s poorest countries. Forced lockdowns and the loss of crucial industries like tourism and garment manufacturing have made the burden of extreme poverty nearly impossible to bear.

When asked about the hardest times in his life, 14-year-old Sangha* described lacking the money to buy rice and other basic foods. Since there is no transportation, he walks five kilometers (three miles) to school each day from the rural farming village where he lives. To help his family get by, he tries to find work picking vegetables whenever he can.

As hard as the pandemic has been for Sangha and his family, he happily reflects on the best thing that happened. Much to his surprise, generous friends of American Bible Society have helped to provide Bibles for Sangha and the children at his school!

“This is the first Bible I have ever received,” Sangha shared with a broad smile. “When I received the Bible, I felt happy and wanted to read it immediately.”

Since he has been learning about God’s love for him, he is also learning to trust God: “The Bible has a lot of influence on my behavior and decisions. I became more friendly and know how to control my emotions.”

Our friends are giving children like Sangha — growing up in some of the harshest circumstances in the world — a reason to smile again. But more importantly, having Scripture in their heart language makes the Word of God alive to them. They’re coming to know Jesus and how much He cares for them and their needs.

We are so grateful to our partners for making it possible to share God’s Word with children like Sangha all over the world!

*Name changed for privacy

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