When Ham Met Soun: A Peak At God’s Providence

"And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." 
--Philippians 4:19

I love learning about my parents; I hope that as I share their stories it will paint a picture of their lives in Cambodia. My parents were able to go to school while growing up and living in rural farm villages. They went to Ta Khmau Bible college, in fact that is where they met!


My mom was born in 1944; she was from the village of Siem Riep. When she was 17, in 1961, she left home for the first time to travel 200 miles westward aboard a bus to Ta Khmau Bible College in ក្រុងតាខ្មៅ (Krong Ta Khmau). Before she left home, her sister told her she would find her future husband at bible school. My dad was born 1941; he was from a hundred miles southwest in Battambong.

Being from farming families, how were they able to afford college? They sold their rice and veggies to other families and to large companies. My mom shared that she returned from school to work on the farm and help out her dad for one year before returning to complete her degree.

My dad wanted my mom’s hand in marriage after seeing her at school. In 1963, he inquired of his professors to ask my mom’s parents for permission to marry. Nothing came of it then. In 1964, his parents asked her parents permission for them to marry. This was how it was done culturally. At the time she had two or three suitors (how very Pride and Prejudice of her), and my dad was the big winner! My mom wanted to finish school first, so shortly after school was done: they got married on May 16th, 1965. (May 16th is also the date of our second born child, how cool).

Newlyweds, May 16, 1965

Stay tuned for day three! I’ll share about how the generations of faith would begin.


By MamaDea

Life can be full of hope and abundance; I am certain we can find it because the life we want and desire: Jesus came to give us life and we can have it abundantly! A little about me: I am a wife, first. Next, I am a mama to five children; my husband and I have four daughters and son! I love to connect and talk about things of God and look for beauty in life.

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