The Khmer project was incorporated into the South-Pacific Division of Seventh-day Adventists in April 2001.
Ministering to the Khmer people since January 1995.
As we reflect upon the last six years, we feel inspired by what the Lord has accomplished. There are now 82 Seventh-day Adventist church members in the province of Kompong Cham. There is one large church in the main city, a smaller one about 30 minutes away, and five other house churches scattered throughout the province. East of the mighty Mekong River, towards Vietnam, 40 more people are meeting in a rented house. They are eagerly waiting for a building permit so they can have a permanent place to worship. A former Sunday pastor, who now believes in the Sabbath, is sharing the teachings of the Adventist church with his eight village churches. We praise the Lord for His faithfulness!
Our church members have started quite a few English schools in Kompong Cham. The biggest one is in Suong. It has nearly 150 students. English schools are a great way to teach students about God. We always offer Bible classes to our students. The schools also provide work for our English-speaking church members. But even more exciting than our English schools is the new Adventist school for kindergarten through eighth grade that just opened this past September. It started the year with 20 students, and I am sure it will grow each coming year.
We’ve also been working with a group of young men who know how to make furniture. They can make tables, desks, sofas, fancy chairs, bookshelves, and have even been known to make tents for the Pathfinders and crutches for a foreign doctor’s office. Their skills will enable them to make a decent living in Cambodia and not have to work on the Sabbath. Thanks, Arnold, for your hard work and thanks to all of you who gave financially to see the furniture factory become a reality.
As we say goodbye to Cambodia, I want to take this time to thank our children for their willingness to serve here along with us. Our kids have played a vital part in our mission here, and we deeply appreciate them. Shiloh, Joshua, and Hannah, thank you so much for your unselfish contributions to our work here. It wasn’t easy putting up with 10 children staring in your window when you were trying to study. It wasn’t easy trying to sleep when the karaoke music was blaring in your window each evening. It wasn’t easy doing school when your teacher had to leave so often throughout the day to tend to emergencies. You three have put up with a lot, yet I know God will bless you immensely for your willingness to serve.
To all of our supporters, we thank you, too, beyond measure. We have been blessed to be able to share our love for Jesus with the Cambodian people. Thank you for putting your trust in us and giving of your valuable resources to support us while we were there. We pray that each of the little groups that have started will grow beyond what we can imagine. May the bands of Christians in Cambodia spread the truth of salvation to each of their brethren, and may we all be united soon in heaven to live at peace with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Goodbye, our dear Cambodian friends. We will miss you deeply, but we know we will soon meet again.
—Stacy Hooker, March 2001
This project was started in 1995 and was completed in 2001.
Shelley Freeman (96-97), Chris Sorensen (95-98), Melinda Warden (96), Jonnice Towsley (97-98), Scott Davidson (97-98), Celeste Lollar (97-98), Margie Jones (99-00)