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New community in Saen Monorom, Mondulkiri

02/11/2012: Cambodia

The opening of the new community in Saen Monorom, Mondulkiri, Cambodia proved to be challenging for the founding brothers Max, Pedro and Bernhard. Leaving Kampong Cham on 17th of January, they arrived and settled themselves in a Saen Monorom late afternoon of the same day. With no electricity and water supply, they managed to address their needs during those early days, delighting themselves with bare essentials: enjoying what they call a romantic candle light dinner every evening. It took several days before they finally had electricity and water supply.

The renovation and painting of the house, the garden and landscape of their surroundings and the installation of the 500 liter water tank were all the work of our brothers’ hands.

Situated in a mountainous area, it was a challenge to cycle through its tracks to reach the market. Our brothers have to do marketing as often considering that they have no fridge for food storage in the community. Thanks to an Australian friend who gave our brothers a small motorbike that helped ease their mobility in the area.

Presently, our brothers are charting their mission directions through series of community meetings. The intention is to set a clear vision for their mission in Mondulkiri in the next 5 years:

“We strive to be apostles for young people,
evangelizing them trough our lives and presence among them.
Love for the young, especially the poor,
is the distinguishing characteristic of our mission.”
(“Evangelizers in the Midst of Youth, 87)

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