May 2019


Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 1:8-9

MAY 2019



Mingleang lived in the neighborhood near our first rented home in Cambodia. She would come with her mom to Bible study. While the mom studied the Bible, we ran a kids program in the garage. She was about 3 years old then. Now she is 14. We have sponsored her since pre-school. We generally don’t have the funding for English classes for the smaller children but, through sponsorship, she was able to study English. Sam, our volunteer worker, was amazed at how different she was from some of the other children. She has a joy, confidence and ability to speak English. We really do believe that the better schooling she received from a young age has helped, along with 11 years of Bible education. We are so grateful to you, children’s sponsors and project sponsors. The students receive many other benefits through our project sponsors like special outings, rewards for good grades, medical/dental help, housing needs, etc., etc.! We praise God for all of you who help us!



What a joy to watch our students graduate, continue in their faith and eventually marry! Tes, pictured in his Muslim wedding attire, married another believer, previously Muslim. The Muslim’s are beginning to come to faith in Jesus in Cambodia. There are gatherings and churches of Muslim believers now. Tes told us that through his travels with missionaries to meet various Christians in the Muslim communities in Cambodia, that he learned he is only the 2nd person to marry another Christian Muslim.

Tes was one of our first college/career dormitory students and lived in the dorm at the same time as Srey Nich, who is pictured with him. Srey Nich has prayed and waited a long time for her Buddhist parents to allow her to have a Christian wedding. She just notified us today of her parents approval! She will wed in November.


It’s been almost 3 months since our son-in-law, Ben, passed away suddenly. Our daughter Katie has been greatly surrounded, loved and taken care of by her church family at Chelten Church and many others. Thank you to so many of you who came to the funeral, sent gifts, cards and donated to her financial needs. She has been overwhelmed to tears at God’s care for her. One of those times was recently when someone anonymously donated a booster seat knowing she was looking for a used one. Also, we are grateful for this country and the many government benefits she is receiving to help her and her son, Jackson. Katie is trying to be home as much as she can with Jackson but thankful she can pick up hours as a nurse’s aide at Christ’s Home Retirement Center when one of her grandmas can babysit! We’d also like to thank Ben’s employer, UPS, for great benefits that have helped Katie and Jackson during this time. Ben’s fellow employees, too, came together and sent a massive supply of diapers and more to help with other needs. We just can’t tell you how thankful we are to every one of you who have come around us in various ways during this time.


  1. Some of our 9th grade and 12th grade students have state final exams. Please pray for them and all students as they take final exams through August.
  2. Praise God that our four 3rd grade students came in 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th out of 40 in their class! Please thank God for a new leader we have named Davy whose main job description is to love on the children. She also helps them with their homework and works on keeping the lice population down! When the children visit family, they come back with lice and it spreads again – something we hadn’t thought about praying about, but please do!
  3. Greg continues to have a low white blood cell count, but praise God with us that he has been free from infection for a couple months. Because of his risk of infection, Jane has postponed her trip to Cambodia. Please pray that Greg will be kept from infection and will have no side-effects during these last 3 chemo treatments. They are spacing his treatments 3 weeks apart now to help build his blood counts.
  4. Please pray that our students will be bold to share their faith with their families and friends, especially as some will visit their homes during coming year-end breaks.
  5. We are so grateful for both a large donation we had this past month and a children’s sponsor giving a large gift each month to help students who still need sponsoring. Praise God we are also partnering with a new organization called Bold Hope who will find sponsors for our children!
  6. Please pray for continued comfort from God for our daughter, Katie, in the loss of her husband. Also, please pray that UPS will accept our benefit appeal so that she can receive 5 years of healthcare for her and Jackson. Pray God keeps them safe and healthy until the appeal is decided on. They are without health insurance at the moment.

Please choose from the following options

to give a donation to Refuge for the Poor:



Write a check to:


PO BOX 548


Please indicate on a separate piece of paper how the money is to be designated. (Sponsored student, general project fund, Greg and Jane, Janine, Sam, etc. or if giving to 2 or more categories, please specify, for example $25 to Greg and Jane and $25 to the general project fund).


Go to our website: and click “Donate” in the right hand corner. Fill out your credit or debit card information. Please use the designation box to indicate if you are giving to our general project fund, sponsored student (no name needed – we already know :), support for Janine McClaverty, support for Jane and Greg Drebes or support for Sam Sem.


Call your bank for bill-payer information or go to your online banking site and look for bill-payer information to schedule checks to be sent to Refuge for the Poor at the address above.

We do not have ACH or automatic bank withdrawals. You may use a debit card on our website to have monthly money drawn from your bank account similar to an ACH or automatic bank withdrawals.

Please contact us if you have any questions:

Greg Drebes – 267-858-0589

Jane Drebes – 267-347-2571

Janine McLaverty – 215-355-3416



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