Outreach – Cambodia

St. George’s has been active in taking the good news of the gospel to the people of Cambodia through missionary work and church planting since 1993.

Originally established in the capital, Phnom Penh, ministry in Cambodia has now spread to four other major centres through the power of God’s grace.

The devastation of Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge regime is well known. Millions lost their lives between 1975 and 1979, a period during which Christianity was illegal. In April 1992, Prince Norodom Sihanouk (later King Norodom Sihanouk, the late father of the current King Norodom Sihamoni) agreed to the request of the Archbishop of Canterbury and gave his permission for the free exercise of the Anglican Ministry throughout Cambodian Territory. This is a timeline of the events since then: 1993: Rev John Benson was appointed as the first Dean of Cambodia and Cambodia became a part of the Diocese of Singapore.

  • 1993: A derelict villa was purchased in Phnom Penh and this was rebuilt as The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ our Peace.  Rev. Donald Cormack was the first Priest-in-charge.
  • 1996: Rev. Mok Wai Mung replaced Rev Cormack.
  • 1999: Rev. Tit Hieng was ordained as the first Cambodian priest
  • 2003: Rev. Mok Wai Mung took over from Rev Dr. John Benson as the Dean of Cambodia.
  • 2007: Rev. Mok returned to Singapore, and Rev Tit Hieng and his team assumed leadership responsibility.
  • 2016:  Rev. Steven Seah (Associate Dean – Cambodia) moved to Phnom Penh to lead ministry for the Deanery.

Today: In addition to the Church in Phnom Penh there are active churches or ministries in Svay Rieng, Takhmau, Kampong Speu, Pursat and Kandal.

The primary Anglican church in Cambodia is the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ our Peace in Phnom Penh. This Missionary Parish comprises a Khmer congregation, an English congregation and three Chinese congregations. There is also a Chinese Outreach in the city, and a daughter congregation, which meets at Takhmau, to the south of Phnom Penh. Sunday schools and youth ministries are run in all these places. A number of Cambodians have come to Christ while working in Phnom Penh, and taken the Word home with them to their villages. As a result, the ministry has spread from Phnom Penh to four other major centres:

To the East: Svay Prahoot Village in Svay Rieng Province

A facility has been established here which is used both for worship and as an office and residence for the local pastor. Weekly worship and Sunday School are now held, and it is hoped that a youth group and some house groups in nearby villages will soon commence.

To the West: Kampong Speu Province

Work is underway in four different villages located within a 10km radius of this provincial town. The work has been growing especially amongst the children. Worship meetings are held every Sunday in one of the villages, and a site has been identified for a church building.

To the North: Ksaet Borei in Pursat Province

Permission has been granted from the authorities to work in three communes in Pursat, and Sunday services are now held weekly in a new worship facility. The work continues to grow and expand to other villages and to the district town, Liek.

To the South: Preh Kraom Village, Takeo Province

10-15 adults regularly attend Bible Study, and more than 100 children attend the children’s ministry. Work here prioritises the raising up of committed Cambodian Christian leaders. To date, we have one ordained priest, five full-time workers and four Bible School trainees.??For further information on the history of the church in Cambodia, Rev Donald Cormack’s remarkable book “Killing Fields, Living Fields” is highly recommended. It is published by OMF International and is available in a number of bookshops in Singapore.

Church Services

In Phnom Penh there are five worship services on a Sunday, in Khmer, Chinese and English, in addition to a Youth Ministry service in Khmer. The Churches in the provinces all have weekly worship services on Sunday conducted in Khmer.

 

Sunday School

All of the Churches conduct Sunday School activities, which are always well attended. They are preceded by training sessions for the Sunday School leaders.

 

Bible Studies

Weekly Bible Studies are held in Phnom Penh and the provinces.

 

Hospital Service

A weekly hospital service is held in the Zhong Shan Hospital in Phnom Penh.

 

Church Functions

The Church conducts essential Christian functions, including baptisms, confirmations, weddings and funerals.

If you would like to make a contribution to the work of our missionary team in Cambodia, there are a number of convenient ways to do so. Please contact either the Church Office at 6473 2877 or email admin@stgeorges.org.sg