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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.

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.