What We Do - International
By God’s grace we see communities of disciples who are following Christ in every aspect of life and multiplying throughout Cambodia and beyond.
To glorify God by the urgent evangelization and discipleship of the peoples of Cambodia.
Cambodia is one of the least developed countries in East Asia in terms of healthcare. There are numerous opportunities to both provide direct patient care to the Cambodia people and partner with national providers, helping improve their skills and ability to care for their nation. We come humbly, adapting our treatment methods and expectations according to the culture.
Our team currently includes physicians, dentists, therapists, a prosthetist/orthotist, and counselors. We work in a wide range of settings from medical and dental schools, government hospitals and centers, non-government organizations, and a Christian hospital called Mercy Medical Center. Where we can partner with the local church we are keen to do so. We care for the poor, the rich, those with disabilities, and the marginalized. We teach professional students, health professionals, villagers and each other.
But our purpose is to see people come to faith in Christ, to encourage those who believe, to role-model what it means to be a Christian professional and glorify God with our lives.
While God is growing his kingdom here in Cambodia, the church is still young and in need of resources, training and equipping. Our team is involved in several of these interchurch ministries such as teaching at the Phnom Penh Bible School, translating for the Fount of Wisdom Christian Publishing House, providing Christian programs for radio and on Facebook, KAIROS, Langham preaching and others.
Christ prayed for our unity so that the world would know that he was sent from the Father (John 17). We believe as an interdenominational, multinational organization, OMF is positioned to promote unity within Christ’s body.
God continues to bless JVC with opportunities to impact communities through its various ministries: members growing in their love for and understanding of God in the main Toulsangkae church and several daughter congregations across three provinces, students reached through dorm ministries and on-campus outreaches, children hearing about Christ through the three branches of the International Christian School of Cambodia, and other churches encouraged and built up through the missional heart of the fellowship. JVC is a member of the Fellowship Churches of Cambodia (FCC).
Our heart is to introduce university and senior high school students to Christ and encourage them forward – growing in their faith and developing their gifts and leadership abilities for the local church and His kingdom. We are part of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) – a student movement which spans over 150 nations, engaging university campuses with the gospel of Christ and training a new generation of leaders for the church and society. Our local movement, the Fellowship of Evangelical Students – Cambodia (FES-C), includes missionary support from several different organizations plus local Khmer staff workers ministering on multiple campuses in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
All this work is supported by a team of OMF and national staff who give leadership and direction, handle finance, deal with recruitment and training, provide primary health and education advice, give pastoral care and running the Team Center.
Although there are congregations in all the major cities, the poor and outcast often do not feel welcome in the church. Society generally looks down on those living in the poorest communities such as prostitutes, transvestites and people with addictions of many kinds: alcohol, drugs, gambling, etc. They need people with loving hearts to bring them to Jesus, who is able to change their lives!
OMF’s ministry among the urban poor is named "Hope for Life" ministries, a holistic church-planting ministry among the urban poor in the Stung Meanchey area of Phnom Penh. The Urban Poor team is involved in church planting and has its own project that is addressing social, physical and emotional needs in the community, in partnership with other like minded organizations.
The church at Neak Loeung, located in Prey Veng province at the crossroads of the Mekong River and the highway to Vietnam, has grown and matured beautifully. A local believer who recently returned from his pastoral training in the Philippines, is gradually taking over responsibilities for the church ministries and kindergarten program along with the church committee. The last remaining missionaries who helped plant the church twelve years ago, moved on to new ministry opportunities in 2015.
Ou Reang Ov
We minister in the rural community of Ou Reang Ov, a district located in Tboung Khmum Province, through various church-based student and adult ministries: English, cooking and guitar lessons, church leadership training, adult discipleship, youth group, and children's ministry. Our goal is to build good relationships with the community, through which we hope to see the gospeladvanced in the hearts of the Cambodian people.
A "mature, indigenous, reproducing church" planted in the central market area of town - this is what the current missionary team in Snuol is praying and working towards.
Snuol is a district capital in Northeastern Cambodia surrounded by rubber plantations and pepper fields. It is a place that many people have relocated to for business, as it is very near the Vietnamese border. There is a Christian presence in some of the surrounding villages amongst a minority people group. Yet amongst the Khmer people, Snuol has proven to be very hard ground.
After many years of prayer and sharing the gospel, there is now a small group of believers meeting weekly for worship in the market area - glory to God!
The church planting work is still very much in the pioneering phase.