Ou Reang Ov (ORO) in Tboung Khmum province is about 110 km by road from Phnom Penh. With 141 villages and a population of over 80,000 Ou Reang Ov district has one of the smaller district populations in that province. OMF couple Seong Bok and Eun Mi Lee saw that, although there were many people living in this area, no one had ever gone to share the gospel there and so they have started a house church about 1 km south of Ou Reang Ov market.
When Eun Mi and Seong Bok researched the area, they realised there were over 1000 students studying at Hun Sen high school and felt God’s calling to evangelize students in this area. In May 2011 they moved to ORO and started a house church close to the high school.
In the early years, they didn’t have any OMF teammates so they asked Jesus Village Church (JVC) to partner with them. JVC sent Sokha, a Khmer believer, who served with them for 2 years. He travelled from Phnom Penh to ORO every Sunday morning and taught Sunday school. Though the ORO Team beginning was small, by the grace of God, faithful disciples (who had been in Sokha’s Sunday school class) have now grown up and become involved in ministry. 5 or 6 young disciples help with teaching God’s Word and leading the Sunday school program. Also, two disciples take turns along with Seong Bok to preach the Word of God during Sunday service. Since June 2014, church members have met five days a week at 6 am for Morning Prayer. A Youth Bible Study group meets every Saturday led by Eun Mi and there is a new Believers Bible Study group every Sunday morning which is led by Seong Bok.
Over the years, Eun Mi and Seong Bok have continued to teach Korean language and guitar in order to develop good relationships with students and village people. They have also taken every opportunity to share the good news in their neighbourhood and beyond as well as visiting contacts and the families of the church members.
ORO team was strengthened by Muriel, who joined in April 2016. Muriel helps with the English teaching program at the high school. This last year, she taught all the grade 7 and grade 8 classes in the area of speaking, pronunciation and conversation. As a teacher accepted by the community, she is able to connect with teachers, students, parents and grand-parents. Pray that God would work through all her relationships, but particularly with staff, parents and grandparents – that they would be open to consider that someone can be truly Cambodian and a Christian and that Christ is relevant to the lives of adults as well as youth.