God is stirring our heart to become a more globally-minded people. Additionally, the Lord has now given us a focus for our overseas work, that being, the nation of Cambodia. The two agencies that we are working with in southeast Asia are:
Supporting Asia's Hope
Asia’s Hope provides family-style care for orphaned children at high risk of sexual and economic exploitation in Cambodia, Thailand and India. Each of the 32 homes are modeled on the concept of a family, not an institution. The house parents and other paid staff are 100% indigenous, and genuinely love the kids. The staff provide nurturing, along with education and job skills so the children can be successful.
Our congregation is partnering with Central Vineyard Church to provide support for one of the homes in Cambodia, along with helping to raise scholarship funds for the orphans who desire to get a college education. We are supporting and praying for these university students, asking God to make them world changers for Cambodia!
Cambodia Mission Partnership
The Vineyard movement uses U.S. based partnerships to further missions. A partnership is a group of churches that come together and choose a target area to focus in. No church is expected to go it alone! Together, along with the people living in the target areas, they develop a strategic plan and carry out the vision. Partnerships make cross-cultural and trans-local missions available to churches of all sizes. In partnership, the total burden does not fall on one church. In addition, new opportunities for fellowship and friendships are available among the partners. As the African proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Our church joined the Cambodia Mission Partnership in January 2016. There is a growing church planting movement in Cambodia with seven churches at this point and we get to be a part of this divine work. In this partnership, we are working closely with Central Vineyard Church (Columbus, OH), Oasis Vineyard (Salt Lake City, UT), and Cambodian Vineyard (Salt Lake City, UT).