What Sophon does know, however, is that being in prison has truly changed him. For the better. A number of years ago, soon after he entered the prison, Sophon took a decision to follow the ways of Jesus. His journey of faith in Christ has brought him hope and a new understanding of what his life should be like. Sophon has been so swept away by the love of God that he has decided to serve God even after his upcoming release. “I want to serve God and have God help me in areas in my life that are not right yet,” Sophon says.
James was one of 8,000 people chosen by the London 2012 Organising Committee to carry the Olympic flame as it traveled around the United Kingdom. The torchbearers were selected for their inspirational stories or for influential work in their community.
The eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has been hit hard by the war. The region has thick, often impenetrable rainforest, with few tarred roads. Travel there is painfully slow. One Congolese family had a grueling struggle to attend a DTS at Arua in Uganda. Their 1000km journey from Isiro took an incredible 14 days. The couple travelled with their toddler by bicycle, motorbike, foot and car. On the way they got lost, were separated from each other for several days, were robbed, and suffered severe exhaustion. They survived on a meager diet of rice alone. They arrived in Arua not knowing the language, yet convinced that God wanted them there, and that they needed to do the DTS: perseverance, tenacity, and faith!
When Suchada Nantavong speaks the claim, her smile stretches from ear to ear — and those around her are shocked. She continues, “...and through that God has given me understanding to be able to work in the slums in Phnom Penh.”
Most people who are in slums are desperate get out, and Suchada was one who succeeded in doing just that. However, she chose to go back. This time with Jesus’s heart, hands, and love. She pours all these characteristics out in the biggest slum in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.
The Umbrella was originally the brainchild of director, producer, and founder of The Initiative, Jason Solari. After years of development, writer and producer, Josh Potthoff, was brought alongside the project to breathe life into the writing and give flesh to the story. Both are passionate about their production, aiming to engage hearts and minds. “Film is the most influential medium of our day,” says Jason. “And it’s our goal to tell good stories.”
I have been in YWAM for over 40 years now. I have been involved with some remarkable projects, and have seen God do some amazing things in and through YWAM. The Olympic outreach in Munich in 1972 is one of those memorable events!