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.

Angkar movie poster

Angkar: UK Premiere

Born from a forced marriage during the Khmer Rouge regime, director Neary Adeline Hay travels back to Cambodia with her father, Khonsaly, to face his former Khmer Rouge persecutors. In Ta Saeng, the detention village that they lived together in as prisoners over forty years before, Khonsaly and the remaining inhabitants recount the workings of the sites that became theatres for the deaths of millions. In a contemplative, artful piece of testimony, Hay and her father produce a personal and poetic treatise on the need to record and reactivate memory and not forget the past, however painful it may be.

The Open City Documentary Festival is screening the UK premiere of Angkar with a Q&A with director Neary Adeline Hay at Picturehouse Central, Corner of Great Windmill Street and Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly, London, W1D 7DH, at 8:30 on Thursday 6 September.

Ross Rennie

Keeping His Mouth Shut for Cambodia and Terminally Ill Children

The Ultimate Sacrifice

Anyone who knows Ross can testify that he loves to talk. Without the ability to speak, Ross could not do his job. He prefers the spoken word to the written word as a means of communication. Ross loves to talk about Cambodia and above all he loves to talk about Jesus.

Zipped face

So for Ross to stop talking voluntarily would be a great sacrifice and a testing experience. But that is exactly what he plans to do from midnight to midnight on Saturday 5 August 2017.

There will be no talking, no telephone calls, no sleep (to avoid snoring) and no comedy programmes on television (so that he does not laugh) for Ross for 24 hours. He will be closely monitored so that he is not tempted to cheat.

 

What Is the Point?

This is not an exercise in self-discipline or self-punishment. Ross is raising funds for two charities close to his heart.

One, of course, is Cambodian Communities out of Crisis.

The other is The Rainbow Trust children’s charity, ‘the charity that no-one wants to meet’, which supports families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness.

Ross’s company Integrity Supplies UK Limited works with Walther Strong and Company Ltd. Just as some of Integrity Supplies’ profits support the work of CCC, so also the purchase of Walther Strong’s products helps support The Rainbow Trust.

Sponsor Ross

Ross is inviting his friends, his business contacts, CCC supporters and the general public to get involved.

You can support Ross’s fundraising effort by donating at

my.give.net/silence

Ross will be silent for 24 hours, so you could choose to sponsor him at so much per hour, for example 24 x 10p = £2.40 or 24 x 50p = £12, or give any lump sum of your choice.

If you are a UK taxpayer you can increase the value of your donation by 25% by confirming that you would like to reclaim Gift Aid.

Rainbow Trust