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Cambodian Crusade Hangs in the Balance

With three months to go before the culmination of the Love Phnom Penh Festival (LPPF), the organisers are still waiting for three crucial decisions from the Cambodian authorities:

  1. Formal permission from the government for the festival to go ahead.
  2. An agreement that they can use the largest stadium in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, for a three-day evangelistic crusade.
  3. Visas for the crusade speaker, Dr Franklin Graham, President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and his team.

Cambodian Christians urge their brothers and sisters around the world to join them in prayer:

“Please continue to help support and encourage more prayer for LPPF. We believe the focus for LPPF at this time is a breakthrough in any Satanic hindrances and human resistance. Then God’s will and purpose for LPPF will be accomplished and be unstoppable.”

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Please Help Us Play Football

Pov Phearun is the son of the pastor of The Light of God Church in Chheu Teal village, to the south-east of Phnom Penh. In 2012 while still at university, he began to notice how the young people of his village were increasingly coming under the influence of a growing drug and gang culture. This, in turn, was fuelling crime and the disintegration of family life. Phearun felt called by God to use the youngsters’ love of football as an opening to share the gospel with them.

Since 2012, apart from a two-year break when he ran out of money to fund the programme, Phearun has been organising football training and tournaments for the village young people.

“They like playing football so much, and among them I also have some youth they addict using drug so I spend time with them and start to share the gospel and let them to learn Bible to know more about Jesus,” he says. “They also open their heart to believe in Jesus and change their lives. I have worked with many children and youth of my football teams. That is good way that we share the gospel and protect them from the drug abuse and gangster group by teaching about dangerous using drug, drink alcohol and smoking and fighting.”

Cambodia for Christ football team

Now, the farmer who owns the land that the team have been using for a training pitch wants to use it to grow crops, so Phearun has been searching for an alternative plot to rent. He has found some land that would be suitable but the cost of renting it is beyond the team’s means.

They also need funds for:

  • football kit;
  • footballs;
  • transport to matches;
  • outreach and fellowship.

Can you help? This is such a valuable and effective ministry and if it had to stop, the young people of the village could be at risk of falling back into the drug and gang culture. If you would like to make a donation, please visit our Giving page and contact us to let us know how you would like your gift to be used.

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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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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.

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.