Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | November 10, 2013

Offering New Hope

Poipet, Cambodia

Regardless of whether you fly east or west, Cambodia is a long way from Houston. We arrived in Siem Reap shortly after lunch today, a little road weary from traveling approximately half-way around the globe but really happy to be back again. Every member of our team has served in Cambodia on previous trips and love the children at Steve Hyde’s Imparting Smiles Children’s Center. Even though we arrived here tired, the girls did not want to rest but instead asked that we go directly to the new Hope Center to get started on our work.

As I stated in my previous post, our missions ministry is working with Steve Hyde to construct The Hope Center in the border town of Poipet. This large campus will be especially for the women and children of western Cambodia — the go-to place for the most vulnerable to receive medical attention as well as crisis counseling, education, and nutrition. The Hope Center will be operated by Steve’s Cambodian staff and will offer those who come here the hope that is found only in Jesus.

Steve's Staff
When we arrived at The Hope Center it was a beehive of activity. With the dedication of the center only a month away, it’s all hands on deck here. The exterior is being painted while lots of interior work is happening, everything from flooring to priming walls and installing lighting. Several members of Steve’s staff from Phnom Penh are here to lend a hand. I love these gifted guys who recently completed a translation of the New Testament into the Khmer language and are now here to help put the finishing touches on the center.

With Super Typhoon Yolanda wreaking destruction in the Philippines, we are watching the weather closely. We expect some rain later this week as the storm moves toward Vietnam. Thankfully, we are located a good distance away from the projected path of the storm. Everyone here is deeply saddened by the loss of life and massive destruction in the wake of Yolanda’s strong winds. Millions in this region live in the most fragile of homes and in low-lying areas that make them vulnerable to the danger created by this type of weather.

We have a very busy week ahead of us as we work to furnish The Hope Center’s many rooms that include a large reception area, offices, counseling areas, an optical and dental clinic, a library for children, guest rooms, kitchen, conference and class rooms, and more. We know that we will only be able to do so much this week and that lots of the furniture that we order will arrive after we leave. But we are confident that by working alongside Steve and Noit Hyde, their Cambodian staff, and the local workers, together we will get the center ready for the dedication day in December.

KBC Peeps
Thanks for following our adventure and for praying for us and all who are working hard to finish this center that will continue to have an impact even beyond our own generation. May all who come to this special place find more than the medical help and assistance they need in times of crisis, may they find new hope in Jesus Christ in one of the most dangerous places in the world for women and children.


  1. My prayers are with you on your mission. May God bless you and your team to accomplish great things in His name!

    • Thanks, Pastor Doug. Looking forward to our time together at the men’s retreat in January.

  2. Love and prayers! I know you all will be a huge blessing! I am so jealous! Give my love to the girls and all the kids. Tell John and Bopea hello for me! You all be safe. Can’t wait for each blog.

    Lisa 🙂

    • Thanks and will do, Lisa. We miss you and appreciate your prayers.

  3. Praying for you all to have a productive day. So great to see the Hope Center! Give a hug to Mikah – would love a picture too:)


    • Thanks, Sandy. Will pass along your greetings.

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