This is one humble, happy, grateful and excited servant missionary! As Cambodia continues to open up travel post Covid-19, Sokhom has organized and conducted many more LeaderCare seminars in remote villages around the country. He teaches Bible to groups of newer house church leaders, and they in turn pass on the teachings of Jesus to members of their house and respective churches. But Sokhom has to go to them and driving in Cambodia is dangerous.
In 2009, Sokhom personally paid to have his two vehicles shipped to Cambodia to begin mission work. Then one of his vehicles was confiscated by a government official several years ago. He’s just been driving his old truck ever since, racking up over 300,000 miles. As you can see, it was time for something new!
God bless you for participating in giving gifts of love to bless a non-stop, tireless servant for the Lord. What a blessing to know our favorite missionary and servant is in a safe, practical and reliable vehicle! Want a ride? Contact Mike Meierhofer and you can join him in Cambodia on an amazing future mission trip!
“Never in my life have we had storms and flooding in the month of January like this.” – Sokhom
The storm hit quickly and rushing waters ran through CCM Center. There was no loss of life at CCM, although a couple of the workers nearly drowned while trying to move cattle to higher ground. CCM’s main buildings were only slightly damaged and major cleanup will help put things back to normal. There are heavy losses in the fishponds as the levees broke in a few spots and fish headed down stream. Nearly all of the coconut trees survived. Fish, frogs, shrimp, coconut trees, etc. are all part of the plan to be more self-supporting in the future.
Please pray for the waters to recede and everything to return to normal so this great ministry can continue.
Kampong Leng “Island” is one of the most precious places in Cambodia. CCM helps support two orphanages there. We have graduates of our Cambodia Bible School (CBS) ministering at both orphanages, but we also provide a nurse that takes care of the children’s physical needs. Our young preachers’ mission is what James would call true religion: reaching out to the community with the good news of Jesus Christ and caring for the orphans. Additionally, CCM doctors make several trips to Kampong Leng during the year to check on all the children.
The orphans will smile and laugh as they play with nothing more than a rock and a stick. And oh, how they love to sing songs about Jesus! They have such a pure faith. It’s free from the glamour, glitter and clutter of the world that blinds so many from seeing Jesus clearly.
In the photo above, the children are praying for their daily bread or, in the Cambodia case, RICE. They have so little, but they are big in gratitude. They are little children praying to a big God who loves and cares for all his children.
May the Lord Jesus Christ continue to bless Sokhom and the rest of the workers at CCM as they labor to bless physically and spiritually the orphans, widows, poor, sick, Buddhists, Muslims, and beyond.
Check out Mike’s update from his first post-pandemic visit! God continues to do great things through Sokhom, the students, and the generosity of so many Christian servants!
A PICTURE PAINTS A
THOUSAND MILLION WORDS
Some of Sokhom’s assistants checked on our Cambodia Preaching School graduates and sent the pictures below. This gives us a great visual image of the active ministry being done by our CBS graduates.
In 2015, CCM purchased 75 acres of land with the goal of the ministry becoming mostly self-sustaining. It was nothing but brush and trees. But over the past several years, we have cleared and developed the land. Sokhom and our students have dug fish and frog ponds, planted around 2,000 coconut trees, farmed rice, and even run cattle. We sell everything beyond what we eat with the goal of becoming truly Cambodian run and funded. We want the gospel to take off in the Cambodian culture, carried by Cambodian Christians!
But it’s a jungle out there! If you look closely, Indy… I mean Sokhom, has a snake and a rat on a pole! Some of the guys (excluding Sokhom) are going to eat well tonight. While he’s not big on snake and rat, Sokhom is having a blast serving the Lord with vigor, commitment, and great faithfulness!
While working the land will cover the fixed expenses at CCM Center, there will still be a need for help from faithful Christians around the world for medicine, orphans, and water wells. There are so many people we can reach through the generosity of others. Thanks for your support of this phenomenal work of the Lord!
Below is a 20-second video from one of the men who travels to Cambodia to help in the mission work there. Buddy Gray is one of the ministers at the Davis Park Church of Christ in Modesto, CA. His loving church sent him with some extra funds to feed some of the neighboring village kids a more nutritious meal than they are accustomed to. Here are Buddy’s thoughts:
Blessed are the children for they will show you God. One of the great moments of my life was spending time at CCM “Jesus Place” helping with a children’s day. Singing and teaching songs about Jesus to children who are hearing about Him for the first time was truly amazing. The enthusiasm and their gratitude was off the charts. The video was taken at the end of the day when they were about to go home. Tears of joy flowed from my eyes that day and still do when I watch the video. What a blessing to bless others who are less fortunate in the villages of Cambodia.
…for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these (Mark 10:14).
One of the beautiful blessings of sharing Jesus in the remote villages of Cambodia is witnessing the
spiritual hunger and thirst of the young people. We praise the Lord always for the many Buddhist and Muslim adults who turn to Jesus for salvation, but seeing young Cambodians come to Jesus is especially exciting looking ahead. The spiritual landscape of Cambodia in the future will more and more be transformed into the image of the Son of God. These Christian young people will soon be leaders in this country, and our efforts now will pay spiritual dividends in the kingdom of God at an increasing measure. God bless you for being a part of saving precious souls in Cambodia!