Lawyers

Perseverance Pays Off

Back in January 2003, Cambodian Communities out of Crisis made the first of many sponsorship payments to support the education of a promising young Cambodian student, Mr Mong Sophy. Our donors’ generosity firstly enabled Sophy to obtain a certificate and a diploma in English at Cambodia’s premier English language school, the Australian Centre for Education. They then went on to sponsor him while he studied for a Bachelor of Law degree at Paññasastra University of Cambodia, which he obtained in 2012.

Since then, Sophy has been undertaking training with a law firm and this year he was admitted to the Cambodian Bar Association. He can now practise as a lawyer, but he has not finished his studies yet. After he has saved up some more money, he intends to study for a Master’s Degree in Law. Sophy’s ambition is to use the qualifications and skills he has obtained to help the poor, the disadvantaged and the dispossessed of Cambodia to obtain justice.

CCC is proud to have played a part in Sophy’s education. He remains committed to giving back to CCC as we move towards seeing our vision fulfilled for a Christian college and business institute where students like Sophy, unable to fund a high-quality education for themselves, can by perseverance and hard work achieve their potential.

Bella

Bella: Rescued for a Purpose

When Bella was only 12, she was tricked into leaving her home to work as a house cleaner for a woman who ended up beating her and trafficking her for sex. After years of abuse, Bella was rescued and eventually came to an Agape International Missions (AIM) restoration home where she witnessed Christ’s love and began to recognise her value.

Now married with a baby daughter, Bella offers exploited women the same freedom she once received by working as an AIM social worker.

Huot Chanthoeun at meeting with PM

CCC Mission Co-ordinator Attends Meeting with Prime Minister

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen held a get-together and solidarity dinner with over 3,000 Christians at Koh Pich Convention and Exhibition Centre, Phnom Penh, on 5 May.

This was the third annual meeting between the Prime Minister and members of the Christian community.

Among those present was CCC's Mission Co-ordinator (pictured, right) Ms Huot Chanthoeun.

The Cambodian leader called on the Cambodian Christian community to take part with the royal government in maintaining peace, stability, security and order in Cambodia as there is no religious freedom in a war-torn country. He stressed that different religious beliefs are not an obstacle for national unification and development.

Huot Chanthoeun and friend
School outreach

CCC Mission Co-ordinator Bears Fruit

As well as her involvement in CCC’s projects in Cambodia, our  Mission Co-ordinator Ms Huot Chanthoeun is also seconded to the Living Hope in Christ Church, Phnom Penh, to participate in their work of evangelism, disciple-making. church-planting and leadership training.

Ms Chanthoeun recently participated in a mission to Tbong Khmum Province in the east of Cambodia. There were two strands to the mission:

Outreach to school children

School outreach  School outreach

Equipping of church members

 Training session Training session

Back in Phnom Penh

Ms Chanthoeun also shares in the church’s ministry to women and children in Phnom Penh and recently had the privilege of leading two women to the Lord.

She joins in the activities of the church women’s group, which include praise and worship (seen below), Bible study and care for the poor in the community.

Barnabas Mam preaching to the Suoy people

New Life in Christ for the Suoy People

The Joshua Project estimates that there are about 1,600 Suoy in Cambodia. This people group has its own language but most people also understand Khmer. Most are animist in their beliefs, worshipping spirits to whom they offer sacrifices in order to appease them. The Joshua Project puts the number of Christians among the Suoy at 1.5%, or 24 persons.

Recently, a CCC team had the privilege of accompanying pastors and a church planter from the Association of Living Hope in Christ Churches on a visit to a Suoy village near Phnom Aoral, Cambodia’s highest mountain. We were joined by our long-time friend Barnabas Mam, one of the pioneers of the Cambodian church, who was to speak to a gathering of Suoy adults and children.

Having reached Aoral District, we drove through steady rain along a further 20 miles of muddy, uneven roads to the village. We prayed that the rain would stop so as not to hinder people from attending the meeting and hearing the good news of Jesus. As we arrived, the rain petered out and did not start again until Barnabas had finished speaking.

Starting from the existing beliefs of the people, Barnabas delivered a humorous but compelling presentation of the Christian message. At the conclusion of his talk he invited any who wished to put their trust in Jesus Christ and turn to Him from spirit worship to signify their intention. 42 adults and a similar number of children did so. If they were all born again the percentage of Suoy Christians has increased from 1.5% to nearly 7%.

The CCC team contributed nothing to this outreach other than our prayers and encouragement. Even after, say, 20 years of language and cultural study we could not have achieved what Barnabas (in the power of the Holy Spirit) did in a single hour. We came away humbled and renewed in our conviction that the people best able to reach Cambodia for Christ are the Cambodian Christians. Khmer can reach Khmer, but they can also cross barriers to other people groups in their country far more effectively than could an expatriate missionary.