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Missionary Spotlight – Serving in Cambodia

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May 2008
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight – Serving in Cambodia

Serving in Cambodia   When I became a born-again Christian my goals were completely turned around. From that time, I began to share the truths of my new-found faith in Christ with whoever I met. I shared them with my family members, relatives, friends, fellow office staff and church.   When I was appointed to take charge of a Sunday school class, it consisted of just one child. As time went by, the Lord blessed my class and it began to grow. Slowly, the number of children increased to about thirty. At the same time I was evangelising adults. It grieves me to think that...

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Missionary Spotlight – One Sunday morning

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May 2008
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight – One Sunday morning

One Sunday morning   I want to tell you what I saw one Sunday in Cambodia – not so much ‘what’ but ‘who’. Every week we attend two services on Sunday morning, the first in Khmer at Shalom Phnom Penh and the second in English at Shalom Tuol Kork.   The first person to greet me at Shalom Phnom Penh was a young, mentally disabled girl. I recognised her because she lives a few doors down from the church. She is usually dirty, shoeless and has little clothing, but she always smiles. She comes to church every morning because no one makes fun of her...

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Missionary Spotlight – Encouraging God’s servants in Cambodia

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May 2008
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight – Encouraging God’s servants in Cambodia

Encouraging God’s servants in Cambodia   Cambodia is a member of ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and a growing nation in Indochina. Khmer is its main language and Buddhism its religion. Its population is 14.8 million, comprised largely of the Khmer, as well as Vietnamese and Chinese minorities. Its capital city is Phnom Penh.   Cambodia is infamous for the Marxist Khmer Rouge regime, led by ruthless dictator Pol Pot, that took power in 1975, changing the country’s name to Democratic Kampuchea. The Khmer Rouge evacuated cities and sent populations on forced marches to rural work projects. Systematic genocide was practised and the...

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December 2005
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight-Spectacular growth in Cambodia

Dr Stephen Griffiths of OMF International writes:   I went to buy a school van. ‘By the way,’ said Mr Lak, the salesman, ‘are you a Christian?’ Waiting for the paperwork, we sat on plastic chairs, traffic thundering past just feet away. Waves of dust, heat and diesel fumes gently choked me while Mr Lak, completely at ease, sat back and told me his story of his journey to faith in Jesus through a tiny group of just ten believers in the south of Cambodia – but this exciting story of rapid church growth is a pattern we see repeated over and over again. Anna...

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Missionary Spotlight-Compassion in Cambodia

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August 2004
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight-Compassion in Cambodia

The ministry of Christ was characterised by compassion for the whole person. It was against the backdrop of ministering to physical needs (Matthew 9:36-38) that Jesus told his disciples to pray for workers for the spiritual harvest. It is difficult to maintain the balance between ministering to physical and spiritual needs while keeping the spiritual primary – especially where the physical well-being of an entire society is in peril. Cambodia is such a place! With a population of 12 million and an average yearly income of $300 dollars per person, the physical side cannot easily be overlooked in Cambodia. Persecutions   The spiritual condition of...

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Missionary Spotlight – Open door in Cambodia

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May 2004
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight – Open door in Cambodia

My wife and I are Korean missionaries who have served in Cambodia since September 1997. We are supported by the Life Bible Presbyterian Church, Singapore. We trained in a Singapore Bible college before taking up our present assignment, which is our first full-time ministry for the Lord.   Six years   In 1997 there were less than 100 churches in Cambodia. There was a civil war in progress, as well as widespread poverty and HIV/AIDS. Many were dissatisfied with the national religion of Buddhism and open to hearing the gospel. During these last six years we have been free to engage in evangelism and church-planting...

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Missionary Spotlight

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May 2004
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight

Mali, an OMF worker from Thailand, has been in Cambodia for eight years. She is a naturally warm and friendly person and gets into conversation with anyone, anywhere. Mali and I found Pu Song (with the help of his wife) in one of the poorest government hospitals in Phnom Penh. His emaciated body lay on a rusting bed with no mattress — just his mat on wooden slats. The walls of the ward were filthy, the floor was stained, and tiles were cracked and missing. A mosquito coil lay half burned under the bed — impotent to quell its intended victims which began biting as...

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Missionary Spotlight

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May 2004
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight

‘You will rule in the midst of your enemies’ (Psalm 110:2) Saren, a burly, genial medical colleague and I were talking last week. Just 13 years old when the Khmer Rouge took power, he had been separated from his family and placed in a mobile brigade, building dams. He and I had been together to see one of ‘his’ dams — a gigantic earthen structure built by hand at the cost of over 10,000 lives. He told me of rising before dawn, the forced marches to work and toiling late into the night — only to be beaten and kicked awake again before dawn. His...

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May 2004
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight – Cambodia Facts

  Area:69,898 square miles.   Neighbours : Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.   Environment : A tropical monsoon climate, with heavy rain in the few mountainous areas (Phnum Aoral 1,801 metres). Most of Cambodia consists of a low, flat, alluvial plain, dominated by the Mekong River. The large Tonle Sap (Great Lake) communicates with the Mekong through the Tonle River. There has been considerable forest degradation through uncontrolled logging, resulting in soil erosion.   Population : Over 13 million.   Infant mortality : 76 per 1,000 live births.   Life expectancy : 58 years. Many are infected with AIDS.   Ethnic groups : Khmer 83%, Vietnamese...

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Missionary Spotlight – Revenge and reconciliation

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May 2004
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight – Revenge and reconciliation

Three years ago I went with a colleague to the Preah Key Mialia military hospital in Phnom Penh, notorious for its appalling conditions. The huge colonial building was filthy. Avoiding dead rats on the stairs, we walked through noisy corridors filled with mutilated men and women, on crutches and in old broken-down wheelchairs, who shuffled about on the unspeakably dirty floor, gambling, gossiping and passing the time. The patient we had come to see, Nyon, was semi-conscious in an old sluice room, lying on a mat on bare bed slats. Years ago he had sustained an injury to his leg and his kneecap had fused...

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