At Annual Conference 2012, Cambodia was introduced as a new partner in our outreach and mission program, Initiatives of Hope.

Cambodia’s history is one of turmoil and strife and might be best known for the torture and genocide carried out by the Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot. However, the country is looking for new sources of hope as they continue to rebuild.

The U.S., along with other countries, is working to grow the Methodist church in Cambodia. The Virginia Conference is offering both monetary support and UMVIM teams that will go to partner with the leaders of the church in Cambodia.

In the past 20 years, more than 150 new faith communities have been established. The Methodist mission is directed by Cambodian leaders as well as missionaries from other partner church bodies and United Methodist missionaries sent by the General Board of Global Ministries. This group of leaders is charged with equipping pastors and laity in their work of sharing the gospel and building community and trust by planting new faith communities and offering support to those communities as they preach, teach and work in partnership to meet social and spiritual needs in their villages and cities.

We hope you join us in celebrating and supporting the church in Cambodia.

Coordinator for Cambodia:
Juanita Csontos
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