Cambodia is located in South East Asia, and is bordered by Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos. During the early and mid 1900's Cambodia was one of the most progressive countries in South East Asia. During the civil war, it is estimated that close to 2 million Cambodians were killed by the Khmer Rouge regime during the 4-year reign from 1975 to 1979. The nation was left in ruins after the war and has struggled to recover.

Cambodia is one of the least urbanized nations in South East Asia, with almost 80% of the 14.5 million people living in rural areas. Access to clean water is a major concern for many Khmer families living in rural Cambodia. During the dry season, 40% of all households (5.4 million people) in Cambodia drink water from a non-improved source, like an open well or surface water. And those that do have access to water, often drink from wells that are contaminated with natural arsenic from the rain water runoff from the Himalayan Mountains. Access to clean water is desperately needed.

The Church at Brook Hills has the privilege to partner with Neverthirst, a organization that provides clean water through the local church in areas of the world like Cambodia. Through this partnership we have been able to participate in water projects throughout Cambodia so clean water can be a reality for those living in rural areas. Many families and villages have been greatly impacted by this partnership.

This year The Church at Brook Hills has partnered with Neverthirst to install 5 Hand Pump Projects and 5 Rainwater Tanks in Cambodia. Below are the testimonies of Cambodian villagers who are receiving clean water from these projects:

"My name is Sa. I am 52 years old with 4 children. Before we had the well I would go at least 1 km to collect water. The road is difficult, even with the motorbike. We are so happy to have the well, we have more water to use. And more time to do other things".

"My name is Al P. I am 53 years old. I am married with 10 children. Each day I use a lot of water for my family. My family take turns to go and get the water each day. Sometimes we would have to buy water from a water truck because we could not get enough water on our own. Now that we have the well we have more money for other things and more time for everyone. We are so happy to have this well. Thank you."

"My name is Mut. I am 25 years old. I am married with one son. Before we had the well I would use the water from the stream about 300 meters from my home. I find this hard because often at night we did not have water to use. And with a young child this was difficult. Now that we have a well close to our house I can get water whenever we need it. I am very happy. Thank you to the donors of this well. We also hope that some day soon we can have a toilet as well".

"My name is Cheth. I am 65 years and I am a widow. I have one son and I live with him and his family. I would go and get water from the stream every day and carry it on my head back to the house. If my son was home he would sometimes help me. When we got the well this made me happy, and my life easier. I am thankful for the well".

Christianity has been present in Cambodia sine 1923, but many Christians were martyred in the 1970's. Today there is less than 2% of the population who are Christians. Through Neverthirst, we get to help support Cambodian partners and local Churches work in villages where there is no Christian presence. Not only to meet people's physical need for clean water, but also to share the living water that is Christ Jesus.

Through the Global Offering, The Church at Brook Hills has been able to provide clean water to villages throughout India, South Sudan, and currently Cambodia. In 2014 our faith family will help Neverthirst with the completion of 5 Hand Pump Projects and 5 Rain Water Collection tanks in Cambodia as well as 2 Hand Pumps in South Sudan. Each time a water project is established, it is done through a local church, or local believer who can use the water project to share the gospel, and establish the church in that village. Pray for the men, women, and children who are today drinking clean water to know Christ. And pray for those who still do not have access to clean water, that God will provide for their needs and make his name known. Pray for God to continue to use our church to accomplish this mission.