Hospitality Staff

We need Hospitality staff to start ASAP.

This is a long term staff position, minimum commitment 1 Year+.

Key focus: Loving our visitors and hosting teams etc. Providing a safe and homely environment to new staff and short term volunteers.

Responsibilities include:

Making bookings

Organising travel in country. Visa arrangements

Hosting beautifully

Using our calander app and others to make our Hospitality team blend with all the other things we do.

You will also be able to serve in other areas such as outreach and local programs when its slightly quieter.

Experience preferred but not necessary. Just come with a passion to love and serve people well.

For further information please contact: hospitalitypp@iriscambodia.org

“Wait until you see Cambodia”

Before I moved to Cambodia, I was back home, looking at the beautiful mountains of Switzerland. Enjoying what I was seeing I said to God: „God, this is so beautiful!“ His response was immediate and filled my soul with joy: „wait until you see Cambodia!“ 
 
When you first get out of the airport of Phnom Penh, you’re greeted with a lot of crazy moto, tuk tuk and car drivers, garbage laying around, streets full of KTVs (brothels) and a lot of smells that reach your nose quickly. Beauty wasn’t the first thing that came to my mind… 
 
Being from a rich/western country, it can be very easy to see the poverty all around you in Cambodia and feel pity for those living in it. You look around and see need everywhere, the medical situation is questionable at best and tons of people are at risk of being trafficked due to their life situation and lack of resources.
 
Something that Jesus has been teaching me over the past few years is that pity will not bring us very far. To me, pity is feeling sorry for someone but you stay in the same hopeless situation with them. What will bring us a lot further is compassion. With compassion, you see hope in the seemingly hopeless situation, and you go low into that situation with power to bring a solution in love and mercy.  
 
I remember several years ago I had this encounter with the Lord where He told me that He will show me His beauty. A couple of  months later, I still didn’t have that „beauty encounter“ how I was expecting it. When I asked Him about it, He immediately reminded me of all these little (and to me maybe insignificant) moments I had with people and with Jesus. He said: „my beauty is found in the little things“. This changed everything.
 
I’ve been in Phnom Penh exactly for one month now. Every Tuesday and Thursday we get to visit and hang out with the most precious kids. We worship, we pray, we hug and kiss them, and sometimes just sit and hold them. I’ve found myself in moments where I‘ve asked myself: is this enough? And then Jesus comes swooping in with overwhelming love and reminds me: „my beauty is found in the little things“. My perspective goes from seeing poor, at high risk children, living with garbage surrounding them to seeing mighty future leaders, kings and queens, sons and daughters. Just yesterday, one of the father’s of a girl that we get to hang out with came up to us and thanked us. He was saying that ever since we started coming, his daughter‘s behaviour has been changing. She used to be closed off, shy and didn’t want to be around other kids. He said, recently she has been asking really interesting questions and has become very kind. What did we do? Something as litte as simply holding her.  Jesus is so beautiful!
 
My heart beats to see every son and every daughter, no matter the age, delivered from the bondage of sexual exploitation. Every Friday we get to visit the beautiful women working in the bars and brothels here in Phnom Penh. These women are so desperate for real love. On my first Friday I met this wonderful woman working at the oldest „girly bar“ in this city. As we sat down in one of the booths she sat down right next to me, cuddled her head into my arms and just stayed there for nearly an hour. She is not a poor prostitute, she is a powerful, beautiful and worthy beloved one. It is something as simple as just sitting with them where I find Jesus. 
 
This country is full of beauty.  
 

Blessings upon blessings.

Children’s Worker

We need Children’s workers to start ASAP.

This is a short and long term staff position, minimum commitment 3 months.

Key focus: Bringing Jesus love to kids in our day centers.

Responsibilities include:

For further information please contact: hospitality@iriscambodia.org

Beauty Therapist

We need Beauty Therapists to start ASAP.

This is a long term staff position, minimum commitment 6 months.

Key focus: Bringing Jesus love by giving treatments to those who couldn’t normally afford it.

Responsibilities include:

For further information please contact: hospitality@iriscambodia.org

Brothel Outreach Staff

We need Brothel Outreach staff to start ASAP.

This is a long term staff position, minimum commitment 6 months.

Key focus: Bringing Jesus love to girls working in prostitution in Brothels.

Responsibilities include:

For further information please contact: hospitality@iriscambodia.org

Great is His Faithfulness – By Liz

‘For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies’. (Psalm 108 verse 4)

I have really been struck recently by God’s faithfulness. When I look at my short time here in Phnom Penh (I only arrived in April) I can totally see the faithfulness of God. I see His hand in the timing of my arrival, His provision of finances and friends and His care of me in so many different ways.

I love how God is interested even in the little things. Like, I really like swimming, and so prayed that I would live close enough to a pool to be able to get regular exercise. And the language school where I am studying Khmer is a short walk to a nice pool and not far from my home. And if I time it right then I can use the pool when hardly anybody else is swimming…bliss! And its also opposite a supermarket that sells some of my favourite chocolate…another blessing. 🙂

I also love having a rooftop to be able to go up to worship and pray, and declare that the pagoda that is close to our house will one day declare the praises of Jesus! Standing on the rooftop also helps remind me of life’s bigger picture and gives me just a very small glimpse at how great and big our Father God really is and yet He cares so intimately for us. Great is His faithfulness!

Waiting For Our Promises – By MaryGrace

In Sihanoukville we are sitting on and pressing into so many promises. Some for our personal lives, and many for Iris Cambodia.

Our Dream Centre is almost so close I can touch it. We already know some of these boys and we are already seeing changes in them through this season of building relationships and laying foundations. We are still seeing fruit as we prepare for what has been promised to us. Many other dreams lie ahead – ministries, churches, outreaches and businesses. This season has been both comfortable at times, and excruciating at times.

As I have been sitting in this season of foundations, both personally and organizationally, a very familiar and loving voice comes to me often. Though God is speaking consistently and growing me in this time, the voice He speaks through is sometimes that of my earthly father, my Daddy.

When I was in elementary school my father, who was the president of a children’s home, had run out of room. He had no room to grow. He had promises, he had vision and he had the cimage (1) (640x480)all he had said yes to, but in the physical he was out of space. I remember driving with him, looking out the window and asking him what he would do if he had land like that or buildings like that. He would share with me his dreams and promises. I saw and felt the ache in his heart for more, to fulfill his call and to see his promises come to reality.

Almost 20 years later, I can relate. Just like my Daddy there is a great need, a great promise and a “yes” in my heart to everything God wants to do. My Daddy always encouraged me to “pay my dues,” not to rush to the top, but to spend the time to learn from the bottom up. I believe that years down the road I will look back to this season of “waiting” and see the incredible fruit that was birthed from it. I am learning, we are learning, and God is creating a foundation that can withstand the huge dreams He has for this country and more importantly His Kingdom.

So I guess you should know that my Daddy’s promises came, and they came like a flood. Through faith, love and prayer, his territory was expanded with four more locations, numerous buildings, programs and government favor. I watched as his dreams and promises became reality and with an incredible foundation are able stand.

My prayer for Sihanoukville is that we will be faithful to every promise we carry for this place. That this season of “waiting” will be that of incredible growth, maturity, dreaming and laying a foundation of love that can not be shaken. We have a God who does not know how to wast anything. Thank you for joining us in this season and for contenting for these promises.  It is a truly significant time and we have no option but to be unshakable.

Love Looks Like Something – By Cat

The more I think about my life in Cambodia the more thankful I am. I feel so privileged to serve and love the beautiful people of Cambodia. I recently returned to Cambodia after spending time with my family in the States, and even though it was great being there I am happy to be home. I have had so much fun reconnecting with my kids (I have about 13 neighbor kids that I’ve claimed as my own). We have done lots of coloring, nail painting, hugging, and playing zombie. It doesn’t matter who is the zombie, but they think it’s hilarious when I tickle them and tell them they taste “ching-ang” (delicious.)

I had an especially sweet moment with one of my boys the other night. This boy has struggled with acting out in the past, but this particular night he came, sat on my lap and wanted to play zombie. As I tickled him he threw his head back and laughed hysterically. It was such a precious moment and a beautiful reward for the time spent redirecting his behavior, loving him no matter what, and IMG_4761speaking life over him. Moments like that remind me of why I moved to Cambodia. I came to see lives restored and to see people walk in all that God has for them. We are commissioned to bind up the broken hearted and set the captives free. That sweet moment with my boy was a physical manifestation of what God has been doing in his heart and mind during the 11 months I’ve lived here. The love of God really does transform people. His love brings hope where hopelessness and despair run rampant. I get the incredible privilege of being the hands and feet of Jesus, and I get to release His hope and His love to everyone around me.

Love looks like something and I love finding out what it looks like for each kid. When I was home people would ask me if its hard living here, and some days it really is, but other days I just sit back and marvel at what God has done. He brought me from the other side of the world to love these kids who need someone to care and be invested in their lives. I get to be the one to help them understand how much God loves them. Even though things are more comfortable in America I would not and could not be satisfied. This is what I’m called to do. I have the best job in the world.