The Phnom Penh Church of Christ celebrated their 20th anniversary with an inspiring week long conference.
For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.
God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.
The nobles of the nations assemble as the people of the God of Abraham,
for the kings of the earth belong to God; he is greatly exalted. – Psalm 47:8
From nine disciples in 1992, the Phnom Penh Church of Christ celebrated its 20th anniversary on November 11, 2012 with over 1500 in attendance! That year, Cambodia was just starting to recover from the genocide of the Khmer Rouge regime and ensuing the Vietnamese occupation of the land.
November 2012 saw a powerful display of the glory of God in His church as over 300 disciples from all over Cambodia sang “Praises Heard Around the World”—in Khmer, Vietnamese, Thai, Tagalog and English. Original mission team members, leaders from the Asia Pacific Region, kingdom teachers and elders were all witnesses to this great event. International visitors from Japan, Australia, Myanmar, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, Switzerland, Philippines, Laos and the United States of America spent the weekend celebrating God’s faithfulness in Phnom Penh.
The anniversary was preceded by a weeklong schedule of teaching by kingdom teachers, Gordon Ferguson and Dr. Rolan Monje of the Asia Pacific Leadership Academy (APLA), on the Old Testament Survey and the Book of James. Several brothers in the Asia Pacific region who have taken these courses celebrated their graduation as the weekend began.
The theme for the anniversary was “Honor the Past, Celebrate Today, Dream Forward.”
Opening night was led by Koko Enrile, who spoke of Christ remaining the same yesterday, today and forever. To end the evening, five new disciples were added to God’s kingdom. There were moving testimonies of their changed lives, including those of a daughter baptizing her mother, and a mother baptizing her daughter.
There were Saturday classes scheduled to help families, men, women, singles, campus and teens. Spearheaded by Gordon Ferguson, the men learned about Purity and Leadership. The day was capped by a friendly soccer match between Cambodia and Vietnam that saw our PPCC brothers prevailing in overtime!
Frank Kim, Sunday’s keynote speaker, was one of the original nine disciples who came on the first wave of missionaries to Phnom Penh. The Tokyo church also sent a video of warm, congratulatory wishes. Both the Denver and Tokyo churches have been faithful partners of the churches in Cambodia for the last 20 years.
During this period, Cambodia has also seen the church be an integral part in the work of HOPE worldwide in the region. Present and former directors of the Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE and the Goldstone School of HOPE worldwide were honored during the event.
Throughout the celebration, challenges were abundant as local leaders Sovann and Sopheap found out that Sopheap has breast cancer. They have continued to work faithfully amidst the test and have placed their trust in the King of all the earth.
While Cambodia has seen many changes in the last 20 years, the next generation of disciples continues to dream forward. Over 70% of Cambodia’s population is under 30 years old. As the country moves beyond its shadowy past, may this new generation carry the dream that was planted by God in the hearts of those nine disciples in 1992.
Disciples and visitors alike were moved over the weekend and many are seeking to find out more about our God who reigns over the nations. Please continue to pray for us as we serve to spread the Good News in this side of the world.
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