Just like everywhere else, the past twelve months have been a challenge for Sokhom and CCM. Some parts of the ministry are still on hold due to Covid-19, others are receiving some extra attention. Sokhom and the students have worked hard improving the facilities and preparing for everything to come fully back online. We showcased their progress at our annual golf tournament, which raises funds for infrastructure every year, and we wanted to share this video with all of you. Thanks to Tom Sweat and his family for putting this together for us!
What could the game of golf and a dirt-moving excavator possibly have in common? And, I am not referring to some of the golfers taking big excavator type divots when they attempted to hit the ball at the CCM Golf Tournament. I am speaking of the “brand new used” excavator Sokhom was able to buy because of CCM supporters and golfers.
The excavator is one of the main pieces of machinery needed to do the work at CCM Center. It will help us reach our 2024 goal of being self-supporting in much of the mission work in Cambodia. We’ll always need help with medicine, orphans, widows and water wells; however, the major operational expenses will be covered by the sale of what our farm produces (fish, frogs, shrimp, coconuts, lemons, etc.).
If you are reading this, know that we thank the Lord so much for your loving support. Together we are physically and spiritually helping the poor in the villages of Cambodia.
As the Coronavirus spreads around the globe, some of you have asked how Cambodia Christian Ministries is handling the situation. The latest news is that there are less than 100 cases of Covid-19 in the country, but being a third world country, there is no telling what the exact number is. Also, being a third world country there is less medical expertise and fewer supplies to help those with the virus. All the schools in the country have been closed. Travel in and out of the country has been reduced greatly.
Sokhom and I have been visiting regularly about appropriate procedures concerning the pandemic and CCM activities. We have closed the front gate for the time being. The only exception is that two of our men go to the market daily to get food. When they return they wash their hands and change clothes. Our doctors are paying attention to the developing situation, but until more information and protective equipment becomes available, they are simply following the guidelines to slow the spread.
Sokhom’s spring trip to the US has been postponed. We continue teaching Bible via Skype to the Cambodia Bible School students. Thank the Lord for technology! And in spite of everything, construction continues on the fish pond, building up the levy, putting a better roof and walls on the multi-purpose building for future LeaderCare seminars, etc. Needless to say, there is still plenty to do and plenty being done!
Please include Cambodia and especially Sokhom and the rest of the people at CCM in your prayers. Feel free to contact me for any further information. God bless the friends and partners of Sokhom and CCM as we continue to bless the precious people of Cambodia with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Keep this photo in your mind for future reference. Then, the next time you are getting grumpy as you wait to see the doctor, picture these precious Cambodians filled with joy as they wait their turn to receive medical treatment.
Click here to see the details of our recent medical mission trip to remote villages of Cambodia.
One of CCM’s primary ministries is providing free healthcare to the poor in Cambodian villages. Since 2009 we have provided over 150,000 treatments, helping people through exams and prescriptions, dental work, eye checks and distributing eye glasses. Medical professionals from Singapore, Malaysia, India, the Philippines, Canada, the US, and Vietnam have joined us to bless the poorest of the poor in Cambodia. And of course, we always provide spiritual help in the villages to any who want to hear about this “Jesus”, who sent us to them.
We have also become well-known for delivering babies… but not in the normal sense of the word! You see, the only motorized vehicles in the villages surrounding CCM Center are motorbikes, and the last thing a woman in labor wants to do is climb on a motorbike and ride 20-30 minutes to the clinic to have her baby. Thankfully, CCM just so happens to have a 15-passenger van. Local dads-to-be sometimes call Sokhom in the middle of the night in hysterics (proper time for going into labor, right?), asking if he can send one of our doctors to take their wife to the clinic to have a baby. Now the word is out! In the last year or so, we have “delivered” over 20 babies. One of them was even born in the back seat of the van!
The surrounding villages love the Jesus People at Jesus Place. I think we win the affection of a lot of young moms and dads along the way as we help bring their little ones into the world.
The flooding in Cambodia this year caused a lot of damage. Crops were washed out, homes, buildings and roads were damaged, and things were very chaotic. But God works in all things!
We have called it a flood of mercy for many reasons. First and foremost, because the Good News of Jesus has spread even more as a result of the flood. Thanks to your support, our preaching students, doctors, and other servants were able to show God’s love to the people with bags of rice to eat, rice stems to plant, and even the occasional water rescue. Beyond this, God is even using the fish that were lost from CCM Center to spread the name of Jesus.
You see, when the dam burst, our fish farm washed out and we lost 50-60 thousand fish! But then people downstream saw the fish (blue catfish and tilapia that are unique to the area) and wondered where the fish came from. Those in the know told the people they were from Jesus Place. Jesus Fish from Jesus Place from the Jesus People.
Jesus used a fish to pay the tax, two fish to feed thousands, and tons of fish from the other side of the boat to show the disciples who he was. Perhaps God isn’t done using fish to spread the gospel!
Thanks again to all of our 2018 Golf Tournament sponsors and participants! The funds we raised will go toward flood relief and the various components of our work in Cambodia (preacher training, leadership seminars, orphan care, water well drilling, medicine and food).
Click here to see pictures from our wet but beautiful day of fellowship and encouragement. If you were able to join us for dinner after the tournament, you heard first-hand how humbled and thankful Sokhom is for all of you. God has truly blessed this ministry! Sokhom returns to Cambodia very soon. Please continue to pray for him, for the work, and for the people of Cambodia!
The floods from the typhoon (worst in our province since 1951) devastated the rice crop in Cambodia, which people depend on for food. Thanks to your generous support, Sokhom was able to purchase 15 tons of rice seed for people to plant. In a few months, the harvest will be ready and food production will be back on track. He also purchased 5 tons of rice and will purchase more as it becomes available to give to the hungry. Each of these bags will carry a message of love… a literal message (a note actually attached) and a symbolic message of the love of God through Jesus Christ.
There had been a delay in getting the rice to our CCM Center due to the washed out bridge to the west and the main road to the east. Since it would take months for the government to do the necessary repairs, we finally received permission from a government official to pay to fix part of the road. That allowed us to get the rice in and handed out to the people in need. Price gouging has been an issue as well due to the shortage.
The other good news we are happy to announce is that the school and all of the CCM Center is cleaned up and running smoothly again. Skype teaching has resumed, as has treatment at the medical clinic. Since the buildings are made of concrete (no sheet rock, etc.), the clean up went quickly considering the circumstances.
We still need ongoing funds to continue meeting the needs of the people. $30 feeds a family for a month! We also need funds to restock our fish hatchery and to bring in 1,500 loads of topsoil for our 70 acres (washed away).
If you can help, please contact Mike (214-533-4266) or send your donation to Cambodia Christian Ministries (10550 Marsh Lane, Dallas, TX 75229) with Flood Relief in the memo line. Please feel free to share this update with others.