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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.

Weekly prayer watch flyer

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.
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.

CCC Council Visit to Cambodia Achieves Goals

With just two full days left of the visit to Cambodia by CCC Council members Ross Rennie, Myers Cooper, Austin Allkins and Russ Bowyer, the team give thanks and praise to God for His hand upon the trip.

  • After being delayed and diverted, the team and their luggage arrived safely in Cambodia.
  • Council members had opportunities to preach, give testimonies and pray for the sick in a Cambodian church.
  • The team visited and evaluated the Dump Kids project, strengthening CCC’s relationship with the pastor and his wife who manage the project and getting to know some of the children who are being educated, one of whom is top of her class.
  • Austin and Russ, who had not visited Cambodia before, were able to discover something of the nation’s tragic history under the Khmer Rouge regime, see the living conditions of the poor and enjoy the hospitality of a Cambodian family.
  • Ross and Myers renewed, and Austin and Russ forged, relationships with Cambodian Christians and church leaders.
  • The team established a connection with an organisation working to rescue, rehabilitate and provide training and employment for victims of sex trafficking.
  • Several of the students whose studies at university or college CCC had sponsored expressed their appreciation for the education they had received. One young woman from a poor family is now the personal assistant to the head of one of the largest non-governmental organisations working in Cambodia.
  • One member of the team received healing from persistent diarrhoea and vomiting.

The team request prayer for their remaining engagements and their homeward journeys: Ross, Austin and Russel on 23/24 October and Myers on 29/30 October.

CCC Council Visit to Cambodia Begins

On Friday 10 October CCC Council members Ross Rennie, Myers Cooper, Austin Allkins and Russ Bowyer fly from London to Phnom Penh for a two-week visit to Cambodia.

In July, we requested prayer for:

  1. sufficient funds to pay all expenses of the visit;
  2. practical preparations: vaccinations, insurance, etc;
  3. protection from any enemy activity that would disrupt the trip;
  4. discernment of the Lord’s objectives for the visit.

The Lord has graciously answered these prayers and the team are excitedly waiting to see what He will do during their trip. Please continue to pray for points 3 and 4, also for:

  • good health, safety and travel arrangements;
  • unity in the team;
  • wise assessment of CCC-funded projects;
  • discernment of the Lord’s future leading of CCC;
  • opportunities to share the good news with, pray for and bless the people we meet.