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.”
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;
- transport to matches;
- outreach and fellowship.
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