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Bringing Christ to Cambodian Homes

In The Presence of Light

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A lot of ministries are popularly promoted in missions—giving medical aid in the developing world, preventing women and girls from being trafficked into the sex trade, using short-term teams to assist with English or other needs, providing kids an education, aiding widows and orphans. The Cambodia Alliance mission is involved in each of these good and important initiatives.

However, in my opinion, the most significant work a mission can be involved in is bringing people to Christ and discipling them. The rest, as worthy as it is, must be secondary to Christ’s Commission to make disciples of all nations. During my 10 years as field director for the Cambodia Alliance mission, I have seen this truth many times: people change destructive behaviors and habits after they have had a radical encounter with the living Christ. That is why starting groups of believers in unreached villages is the first step toward lasting change.

The Cambodia C&MA Mission is one of the leading voices within a movement called “MK2021” (Mission Kampuchea [Cambodia] 2021), an interdenominational effort to establish a Christian presence (typically, through house churches) in every village by the year 2021. It is a God-sized vision, since there are 14,000 villages in Cambodia and fewer than 3,000 currently have a Christian group among them.

Three years ago the Khmer Evangelical Church (KEC; the Cambodian Alliance Church) asked the C&MA Cambodia mission to help them strengthen and expand their church-planting ministry. During the past year and a half, with encouragement and training from C&MA international workers, the KEC has started house churches that worship weekly in 23 villages. Hundreds of families who, until recently, have never had a Christian presence near them, are now “within earshot” of God’s Word and are able to see Christ’s light through the transformed lives of friends and neighbors who follow Him.

Because an enduring community of faith cannot be established without a deep understanding of local language and culture, church planting is best done in close partnership with local Christians who have proven their integrity. One of our Dutch Alliance colleagues, Erik van’t Ende, is helping to train 47 KEC members who have already started house churches. A few of these church planters receive some reimbursement for travel expenses, but none are paid by the mission. They donate their time, talent and treasure for this work out of their love for Christ. “Every day I thank God that I work with these church planters,” Erik says. “They have a passion for Jesus Christ and for sharing the good news with those who have never heard it.”

Please pray that the vision of MK2021 would be accomplished through us and others. Your prayers can impact hundreds of families as the gospel is beginning to take root in many communities for the first time—God knows each place and each soul. Also, please remember the Cambodian volunteer church planters who are bringing the gospel to unreached areas. They need strength, wisdom and perseverance as they take on this pioneering work of evangelism and discipleship.

Our desire is to see a sustainable church-planting movement that will truly transform Cambodia for Christ. We appreciate you praying with us toward this end.

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