This summer, Connect Church is sending a team of young adults to Cambodia to facilitate an English camp for students at Place of Rescue. Place of Rescue is one of our Cause partners and I know from the response to having Marie Ens in our midst and hearing the stories of incredible life change in the children she is responsible for, that Place of Rescue has captured a place in the hearts of many Connect people! 

On July 29th, 5 students (Jaida Buhr, Brennan Hamm, Jenessa Martens, Kamerin Wiebe and Aidan VanBinsbergen) and two adults (Jason VanBinsbergen and Kirsten Reibot) will travel to Phnom Penh to teach English curriculum to students at Place of Rescue. These students need English skills to secure the opportunity of further education and/or gainful employment. Teaching English is the only position that any non-Cambodians hold at Place of Rescue and it is an important component for the kids' futures. Our students have been busy planning and preparing lesson plans under the guidance of David Sylvester and Kirsten Reibot (who is a teacher here in Saskatoon). They are planning activities and games that support the learning. This is a huge responsibility for these young adults and they are working really hard to ensure they are bringing their best to their Cambodian counterparts. 

Each team member has to raise $3500 for their involvement, flights, accommodations, and food. Right now, the team has raised nearly all of their funds for the trip. They have about $3000. to raise before July 29th to be finished. If you would like to support this team in their endeavour, and make a donation, there are several ways to do it. 

You can donate online at and make a note that it is for Connect Team.

You can do an online transfer to and make a note that it is for Connect Team. 

I can arrange to pick up a donation via cheque or cash if you email me at 

Let's send this team off well funded and ready for the work that lies ahead of them. I will update regularly about the team's trip here so check back through the first 3 weeks of August for updates. Also, Marie Ens will be bringing a team of Cambodian dancers to Connect on September 27th, 2015 ~ many of these students will be the same students that are being served by our team. We continue to grow this relationship and see the amazing work in both Cambodia and Saskatoon because of it. 

Thanks for being part of it!

~Shelly VanBinsbergen