CAMBODIA — Getting thrown in jail isn’t something that an 11-year-old fourth-grader usually has to worry about, but Raksa was thinking about that possibility during his school holidays.

When the Cambodian fields in which his parents work don’t produce a good crop for harvest, they have to look elsewhere for work to feed themselves and their three children. Work on other farms around the family’s hometown is scarce, so to ensure that there is food on the table and that the children can get an education, Raksa’s parents have no choice but to secure work on a farm in a neighboring country.

During Raksa’s school holidays, the family heads off for these fallback jobs. As the cross-border venture is illegal, the threat of being thrown in jail if the police in the other country catch them looms large. Although Raksa is concerned about this threat, he realizes that there is nothing he can do to interfere with his parents’ decisions.

“Please pray for the field to produce good crops so we don’t have to go to work in [another country],” Raksa told a member of TWR Cambodia team when they visited his hometown. “My happiest time in the week is when I am listening to the Happy Children’s Garden program. I don’t know why but every time I do, I am happy. My grandma is the one who leads me to listen to the program. I believe in Jesus now and am so happy that I can learn more about him through listening to the program.”

Did You Know?

Happy Children’s Garden, TWR’s program for children in Cambodia, tells a story and asks a question at the end of each program. Any child who writes in with the correct answer wins a prize.