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Family life in Cambodia

Brandon, Natasha and their children India, Judah and Naomi live in Cambodia, serving with AIM - a charity that works with women that have been trafficked, rescuing and restoring them. Brandon manages a factory where the women are taught how to make clothes. The Butlers attended BCLC before becoming missionaries in Cambodia, and still visit us from time to time. We actively support them as a Church. Here, Natasha explains what family life in Cambodia is like... 

"The factory opened two and a half years ago, with seven young ladies. Now, we have fourteen workers. Many children have been born in this time and attend our nursery. Brandon has had the honour of naming some of these children, and on one occasion a lady chose to name her child after him! All the young ladies who work at the factory attend church and have come to have a personal relationship with God.

We have an awesome community around us. There are families living here from all over the world, serving God faithful in numerous ways. We even have Brazilian missionary neighbors that have been a huge blessing to us.

"All the young ladies who work at the factory attend church and have come to have a personal relationship with God"

I have been able to lead a mother and baby group from my home since we moved here, my children have grown with their children. It's been a wonderful ministry that I never expected to be part of here. I invite any international women with young kids that I come into contact with. There are approximately fifteen families that have been or are part of that group.

Living in Cambodia can be a challenge! We have had infestations in our house of swarming termites, beetles, flying ants and frogs. We have found scorpions (mericifully dead!), snakes, rats, cows, bats and chickens in our garden. I have twice woken up to a cockroach burrowing in my hair and night dress. I have had dengue fever twice and lived to tell the tale.

Cambodia is now home, especially to our children. This is where they have spent the majority of their life. They have embraced this culture as their "normal" and it's a joy to watch them thrive here. Living here enables them to have a very active faith from a young age. The see poverty, idols (other religions) and sickness as a part of routine life. They have learnt very naturally to pray for people they see, be moved to help and understand the reasons why we choose to live here."

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