Lord, the light of your love is shining!
Brian McConaghy from the Ratanak Foundation will be coming to speak at the College & Career Fellowship at the Vancouver Taiwanese Presbyterian Church.
When: Saturday January 16th, 2010 @ 7:30PM
Who: Everyone is invited to come and listen – contents may not be suitable for children.
Where: Vancouver Taiwanese Presbyterian Church (Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church) – 2733 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver (Near 41st and Trafalgar) – in the CHURCH HALL across from the main sanctuary on the other side of the parking lot.
The Ratanak Foundation is a non-profit, Christian development organization aiming to help the people of Cambodia to rebuild their country after a long history of civil war and genocide. Ratanak’s desire is to:
- Care for Exploited Children
- Provide Medical Services
- Provide Outreach Programs to Prisons
- Care for Orphans
- Help Families in Crisis
- Provide Education
- Improve Sanitation
- Assist in Agricultural Development
The Ratanak Foundation was set up in 1990 and has since then been through many difficult times, but also seen tremendous successes. This is a great opportunity to come and learn more about missions, and see what God is doing to shine light on some of the darkest places in the world.
Brian McConaghy, Founding Director of the Ratanak Foundation, was a Forensic Scientist with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for 22 years. For 19 of those years he performed his duties with the RCMP while setting up and running the Ratanak Foundation as a volunteer. Brian is a man with a burden for the people of Cambodia. Having grown up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Brian knows what it is to live under the stress of political turmoil.
Brian first visited Cambodian refugee camps in Thailand in 1989. What he witnessed there appalled him. This experience led him into Cambodia several months later to find conditions were worse than in the camps. This was the start of a long journey that has taken Brian and the Ratanak Foundation through many challenging and rewarding times in their desire to be servants of the Khmer people. After visiting Cambodian refugee camps and seeing a documentary on Cambodia, Brian was moved to study the complexities of this country and to do something to alleviate the suffering. The result was a foundation named after a little girl he saw dying in that documentary. Brian never got to meet Ratanak but she changed his life. His dedication to the people of Cambodia is a reflection of the person of Jesus Christ at work in his life.
Brian will be a speaker both at Urbana 2009 and Mission Fest Vancouver 2010.