Huot Chanthoeun at the Combating Trafficking Forum

CCC Country Director Attends Combating Human Trafficking Forum

CCC Country Director Huot Chanthoeun participated in the third Cambodia National Interfaith Forum on Combating Human Trafficking on14 August. The forym was covened by the National Committee for Counter Trafficking, who reported that police had tackled 78 cases of human trafficking and saved 263 victims in the first six months of this year. That represented increases of 25 and 148 per cent respectively, compared to the same period last year. Phnom Penh municipal and provincial courts had sentenced 101 people to prison and released 25 on bail. Another 63 cases are pending.

In his address to the forum, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng urged the freezing of assets of those involved in human trafficking and other crimes. The minister called for collaboration between the authorities and faith groups to help fight against trafficking. The appeal came after the US Department of Defence downgraded Cambodia’s ranking to Tier 2 in its watch list.

 

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The Love Phnom Penh Festival Needs Your Prayers

Preparations for the Love Phnom Penh Festival, to be held in the capital city of Cambodia later this year, continue apace. The focus of the festival will be large-scale public meetings at which Franklin Graham, President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, will be the speaker.

In recent weeks, events have been held to inform and mobilise the church for the festival, including

  • Sunday School Teachers’ Meetings
  • Business and Professional Leaders’ Dinner
  • Youth Gathering
  • Pastors’ Prayer Luncheon (attended by one of the Prime Minister’s sons)
Pastors' prayer luncheon

Pastors’ prayer luncheon

The festival aims to attract people from outside the capital and festival involvement seminars have been held in the provinces as well as in Phnom Penh churches.

Festival involvement seminar

A festival involvement seminar in Kampong Chhnang Province

September will see the first Christian Life and Witness Course, designed to help Christians reignite their faith and share it with others, and in October there will be a major children’s event.

Local Christians meet to pray for the festival each week.

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Please pray with them:

  1. For a resolution of uncertainties concerning official permission for the main festival meetings to take place, which may have to come from the highest level of government, and the availability of a sufficiently large-capacity venue.
  2. For the provision of a visa for Franklin Graham to enter Cambodia.
  3. For the detailed preparations taking place.
  4. For the mobilisation and equipping of Cambodian Christians.
  5. For many people to hear and respond to the gospel, be followed up effectively and be added to the church.
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Organisers of Love Phnom Penh

Cambodian Church Requests Prayer for Evangelistic Crusade

Nearly five decades ago, a Cambodian man addressed the Keswick Convention and issued a plea to British Christians from the Cambodian church. Taing Chhirc requested prayer for Cambodia, then in the grip of a civil war. Within two years he had been martyred, beaten to death by Khmer Rouge soldiers at the beginning of nearly four years of genocide.

Today the Cambodian church is again asking to us pray, but this time in a season of opportunity and hope, not despair.

This year, at the invitation of a group of Cambodian church leaders, Franklin Graham, President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), will proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ at the Love Phnom Penh Festival in Cambodia from 15 to 17 November.

“Christian history in Cambodia has been written with blood,” said Viktor Hamm, BGEA’s vice president of crusade ministries. “Atrocities committed against Christians in the 70s [under the Khmer Rouge] are well documented. Yet, the Word of God can’t be bound, and God’s remnant will always be present, no matter the circumstances and opposition.”

This historic event will give Christians a chance to celebrate and share their faith in Christ—something that cost Taing Chhirc his life.

“We are asking all Christians to pray for this historic effort,” added Hamm, a request echoed by the Cambodian organisers and one with which, had he survived, Taing Chhirc would have been in hearty agreement.

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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.