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Sharing WW skills #1: Woodworking Ministry Opportunity in Cambodia

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Blog entry by Tim Scoville posted 426 days ago 880 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Seeking a volunteer to help with a non-denominational Christian ministry near Phnom Penh, Cambodia called Jumpah. Since 2006, Jumpah has operated a vocational training center for woodworking with a dual purpose – (1) to train young men and women basic skills in woodworking that make them employable locally and (2) to operate a small shop where operating profits would support this mission and the greater Jumpah ministry – AIDS hospice, orphanage, and school.

The wood shop has many western tools and several locally purchased or manufactured tools. They have experience in turning, routing, assembly of chairs, desks, and cabinets, intarsia, and scroll sawing. Some examples can be seen on my LJ site.

If there is any interest in serving 3 – 12 months in advancing the WW vocational center and its mission, I would be happy to provide an intern request with more specifics as well as contact information. I hope this is not outside the bounds of etiquette for the blog.

-- Tim S, WA



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Francisco Luna

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#1 posted 426 days ago

Tim, That’s is so great you are supporting/involved with this ministry!.....I would not think twice to go there and share my skills and gifts, but because my visa status, I can’t leave the country.

I remember a ministry in my church in California called “10,000 villages”, basically it was about trading arts and crafts made for people all around the globe where missionaries were based…..all the money raised was to support more missions work.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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Mauricio

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#2 posted 426 days ago

sounds like a great project!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Tim Scoville

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#3 posted 426 days ago

Francisco, Mauricio,

Thanks. Yes it has been quite an experience. I would love to commit that amount of time, but until I retire I am limited by vacation time. I am hoping a retiree with resources and itchy feet might find this as a calling.

The selling of crafts made outside of Cambodia is a challenge too. I am trying to get some people at my church interested in that aspect of this ministry. Perhaps some on-line store and willingness to package and ship to customers. Making things is the easiest part. My preference is to find crafts that can be sold locally or to do work on consignment where the customer might provide funds for materials up front and pay remainder on delivery. The benefit would be that the ministry isn’t tying up resources to make crafts that need to be marketed, transported and sold.

-- Tim S, WA

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Francisco Luna

936 posts in 1989 days


#4 posted 425 days ago

Tim, I have been interested about art/painting for many years. Recently I started wondering about the way of marketing art online and came across with a video at youtube, it was about a woman, an artist, basically she was sharing her journey about how she finally found the way to sale art online. She tried all things possible online, and finally found youtube as the way to get “followers” both her youtube channel and her blog.

Have you considered about blogging about all this? I personally think this project/mission has an enormous potential, no only for this communities, or the missionaries working with them, but also for lots of believers to get involved from US ground.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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stefang

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#5 posted 425 days ago

I think this mission sounds like a wonderful idea Tim and I hope you get a lot of applicants.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Tim Scoville

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#6 posted 424 days ago

Stefang,

Me too.

-- Tim S, WA

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waho6o9

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#7 posted 424 days ago

`Good ideas.

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