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Sorry to be a little late in the announcement, but we finally had the baby we were waiting for!  Elena Chankhieu Holz was born on April 26th at around 2:15 AM.  Richard and Julianne love having a new baby sister around and are thankfully eager to help with chores around the house if it means they get to hold her.  But of course its also lots of work and as all parents know, it can get exhausting at times.

Over the last month we've been adjusting to once again having an infant in the house.  It definitely entails a lot of changes, especially as Sinuon's mother is no longer with us to help watch children.  Every day I need to take Richard and Julianne to school and then return home to watch Elena while Sinuon goes to the market to get food for the day.  Then at lunch I again must run off to bring Richard and Julianne home and back to school again in the afternoons.  Add the family responsibilities to the prep work I'm trying to do for the farm project and I've not been able to spend as much time at the center as I'd like to lately.

We ask your prayers for our family, that we will continue to grow in Christ together and that God will grant me patience and the calm necessary to manage work responsibilities and extra dad responsibilities for a while!

And for those of you who've been wondering, Paulina and Bronson's baby also arrived on April 20th!

Roxanne Lobato!

Chris and Rachna's baby is due in September!

In July our whole family will be back in the US!  We wish that we could get out to see everyone, but because we only have 1 month and a newborn we will be endeavoring to stay close to Greg's family in the midwest.  Below is the travel schedule thus far, if you'd like to get together with us while we're in the US send us an email!
July 2 - Immanuel Lutheran Church - Chicago, IL
July 9 - St. Paul Lutheran Church - Grafton, WI
July 16 (Tentative) - Lake Auburn Moravian Church - Victoria, MN
July 23 - St. John's Lutheran Church - Yankton, SD
               &Trinity Lutheran Church - Bloomfield, NE
July 30 - TBA
August 6 - TBA

Hopefully by the next newsletter the remaining dates will be confirmed!

Our New Truck!!!

A huge thank you to everyone who donated towards our new truck!  Just before Cambodian New Year we found a truck in our price range and were able to purchase it!  We have built a roof and now every day Sokly uses it to go out and pick up children and take them to school!


So in our previous newsletter we talked about how hard it can be when kids move away or when they choose not to continue in our program.  However, sometimes we are blessed to have those kids come back.  Unfortunately we can't make decisions for the parents.  If they choose to go away during holidays to beg at different pagodas we can't force them to keep their children in town so we can make sure they stay in school, but when they do come back we do our best to continue serving the children and not let them suffer for their parents' poor decisions.

Recently as Cambodian New Year concluded we were blessed to have 2 children return that had gone away.  Its a huge relief to know we can continue serving them and keep them as part of our ministry family.  At this time we are trying to see if we can provide sufficient tutoring to make up for the amount of school they missed so that they can potentially test up to the next grade level sometime in July.

Please continue to pray for these kids that we can serve them, and please pray for the other children who are still gone, that the time they spent with us will have an affect on them and their understanding of Christ's love.

  • That God will watch over the Crossing Cambodia families and guide us as we raise children in Cambodia!
  • Thanksgiving for the new truck!
  • God's guidance as we look towards developing a farm to help kids and take our first steps toward making the ministry self-sustaining.
  • That Greg's preparation for travel in July will go well.
  • God's protection over the children who have left our program and thanksgiving for those that returned.
  • Sufficient financial support for all our long-term volunteers: the Brooks Family, the Lobato Family, and the Holz Family


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Supports Greg Holz and his family with their costs of living as missionaries here.
A special thanks to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church from Centennial, CO!  This month they sent a team to spend time with our kids, host a children's carnival, and perform dental work on all the kids who needed it!
Shepherd of the Hills is the church where Greg grew up and has been an important supporter of all the work we've been doing with street children over the last 4 years.  Thank you so much to all of you for coming out and working alongside us to share the Love of Christ!
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