Cambodia

Located in Southeast Asia, Cambodia has been relatively stable for the last two decades but bears scars of the civil war brought on by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. Landmines are still hidden underground in border regions of the country and there is a population void as a generation of adults over 50 are missing. Almost 70 perfect of the population is under 30. 

KEY CHALLENGES

Corruption is deep-rooted in Cambodia and it is still one of the world's poorest countries, with most of the workforce being employed in subsistence farming.
Portrait of happy mature asian man looking at camera against brown wall. Copy space

our approach

We were never intended to live in poverty, divided against one another, with little hope for peace. In the Kingdom of God, poverty, violence, division, and hopelessness will not exist. We think that the Church is God’s primary transforming agent in the world. The local church is there to make its community more like the Kingdom of God.

Read on to learn how communities are being transformed in Cambodia.

Our partners

We have been working with our partners in Cambodia since 1995. Holistically ministering to the peoples of the Mekong River Delta (spread throughout several countries), our partners in Southeast Asia are planting churches, discipling believers, and training up leaders. With a strong belief that all of life is sacred and spiritual, our partners in Southeast Asia are building bridges to minister to communities through vocation training, entrepreneurship, and leadership training – reconciling the concept of work to God's intent in creation.
Taken from a crab restaurant view in Kep, Cambodia

Projects

Mission ONE is engaged with leadership in Cambodia by providing training that helps them to follow Jesus with their whole lives. Economics, cultural contextualization, and leadership are a few topics covered by Mission ONE training.

Gospel Context

Jesus' life, death, and resurrection carry more collective and cosmic tones in Southeast Asia than we often perceive it does in the United States. Cultures largely influenced by Buddhism have stronger family and communal ties meaning a decision to follow Jesus is often made as a group. It is easier for people from Southeast Asia to see the way the gospel addresses the conflict between different groups of people. The Church is uniquely equipped to care for the needs of refugees and the poor because of these dynamics.

Working with local leaders in Cambodia, Mission ONE addresses the important topics of honor, shame, and what the gospel says about these cultural influences.

To learn more about how honor and shame interact with the Bible, check out Jackson W.'s book called Reading Romans with Eastern Eyes.

Seam Reap, Cambodia: October 08, 2012: Local students having an English lessons at their school. The school is named New Bridge for Cambodia it is an organization that offers students free education. Students whose families are not rich can get free lessons on fundamental curriculums. The school also relies on international aid from organizations like AIESEC.