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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A Stark Choice for Cambodia’s Surrogates

Babies born through surrogacy in Cambodia are in limbo after their birth mothers were accused of human trafficking. Who will take responsibility for them now?

Listen to The Documentary Podcast from the BBC World Service.

In a Cambodian hospital, a group of terrified new mothers nurse tiny babies under the watch of police guards. They’re surrogates, desperately poor women promised $10,000 to bear children for parents in China. But they were arrested under new anti-trafficking rules, and now they face an agonising choice: either they agree to keep children they didn’t want and can’t easily afford to bring up, children who aren’t genetically theirs, or they honour their surrogacy contracts and face up to 20 years in jail. Tim Whewell reports on the suffering as country after country in Asia cracks down on commercial surrogacy and asks whether Cambodia’s detained mothers are criminals or victims.

(Image: Former Cambodian surrogate Va-Tei: “I feel really sad that I had to give the baby away.” Credit: BBC)

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Support CCC on Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is the day to do good stuff for charity. This year it falls on Tuesday 27 November.

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday arrived in the UK in 2014. Since then, the day has gone on to become one of Britain’s biggest days for charities, raising millions of pounds for good causes.

Giving Tuesday now runs in over 70 countries around the world including the US, Canada, Russia, Germany, Spain, Singapore, Australia and Brazil.

Why not give Black Friday and Cyber Monday a rest and spare a thought for the people of Cambodia?

There are many ways you can give to CCC. Head to our Giving page to find out more.

One day to make a world of difference

Preparing for Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child logoCCC Mission Co-ordinator Huot Chanthoeun has just spent three days at a workshop preparing for Operation Christmas Child’s 2018 shoebox distribution.

Since 1990, more than 157 million children in over 160 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child.

Each year, thousands of Cambodian children receive shoeboxes packed with gifts lovingly chosen and packed by donors from across the world. Along with their shoebox, the children are given an illustrated booklet to help them understand the real meaning of Christmas.

Chanthoeun and the other delegates at the workshop planned the logistics of gathering groups of children and distributing shoeboxes across Cambodia this Christmas.

Find out how you could bring joy to a needy child this year by visiting the Operation Christmas Child web site.