Thanksgiving is here. We have so much to be thankful for — including Ian’s family, who are all visiting for a few weeks.
As many of you have, we have taken the chance to reflect on what God has provided for us. Of course, material provisions. Also wonderful family, and many close friends around the world. Even the challenges we have faced have worked for good — we often remark that without Laura’s health challenges, we would not yet be mature enough as a couple to have answered the call to Cambodia.
Some of the most powerful blessings we have been provided were in opportunities. Laura and I were each able to attend a top-level university, earn degrees, and found meaningful jobs in our field of study that allowed us to grow in competency and responsibility. Even in America, none of those are guaranteed. But in developing parts of the world, that combination is incredibly rare.
Laura and I came to Cambodia because our work through EMI provides exactly those opportunities to young Christian engineers and architects. And now that we’ve had the chance to meet, work with, and disciple some of these young people ourselves, we’re super passionate about it. When you see the excitement, energy, and desire to grow that they bring everyday, it’s hard not to be!
So, a big announcement. We are developing a fellowship program in Cambodia! This fellowship will be a continuation for interns who have completed their undergrad degree and spent a few terms with us, but want to continue to grow and learn. Offered to the best of our interns, it will provide a structure for these bright young people to:
- grow spiritually though formal bible and theology classes
- grow academically through graduate-level courses and certifications
- grow professionally through personally tailored mentoring and coaching
- grow in leadership, as they co-lead and lead multidisciplinary project teams
- all on top of the spiritual and professional development activities that go on in the office everyday (like the devotionals and day of prayer pictured below).
This program fits really well into Laura’s skill set and experience, so she will be coordinating the fellowship as part of her role starting in 2019. I can’t say it enough — we’re really excited by what this will mean for the fellows, and we hope you are too!
In order to get the program off to a fast start, we have decided that between now and the end of the year, all special donations made to our account will be designated to the fellowship program. These funds will go toward course registration and tuition, travel and project trips, and bringing in top quality training resources. We want to launch these fellowship students to become next-generation leaders in Cambodia, both in business and in faith.
So if you are considering end-of-year giving, we encourage you to consider EMI Cambodia and these young leaders. Sign up today, at www.emiworld.org/ebersole.
Update: We have since been approached by two different donors who are willing to match any gifts given before Christmas to help this program get a solid start. So your giving doesn’t just get doubled, it will be tripled!
(Matching for donations received before 12/24, $10k total matching limit)