Playing football

Football Keeps Youngsters Away from Drugs and Crime

Some years ago, while still a student, Pov Phearun began to be increasingly concerned about the destructive influence of drug pushers and criminal gangs on the young people of his village community to the south-east of Phnom Penh. Being an enthusiastic football player (and supporter of Manchester City), Phearun decided to set up a football team for the boys who lived in the village. Using his own money for equipment and training pitch hire, he built up the team steadily, training and motivating the players, enrolling the team in a local league and running evening classes in basic English and computer studies for the team members and their friends. As a keen Christian, Phearun shared his faith with the youngsters. Some trusted in Jesus as Lord and Saviour and found in Him a source of strength to resist the temptations of drugs and crime.

When Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings and travel came in, everything ground to a halt. Phearun suffered a personal tragedy and felt like giving up and moving to a different area. In spite of this, he waited and held on to the faithfulness of God until it was possible to start afresh in late 2021. Now Cambodia for Christ Sports Ministry has three football teams: one for under-17 boys, one for under-15 boys and one for girls.

Cambodian Communities out of Crisis is helping Phearun with the cost of hiring a field for practice in 2022 and we are linking him with sponsors in the UK who can help with providing kit and equipment. If you would like to support Phearun and the teams financially or in any other way we should love to hear from you.

Praying for disabled man

CCC Team Encourages Disabled Widower

A team led by CCC Country Director Huot Chanthoeun recently travelled to Kampot province to encourage a disabled widower and his children.

The team laid hands on and prayed for the family and presented them with a love gift from CCC (supplemented by gifts from team members). This has been used to purchase chickens with the aim of selling eggs to supplement the family’s income.

CCC is exploring ways of helping the family to become self-sufficient.

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.

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.