By Rick Wolcott*
A team of 14 East Ohio Conference clergy and laity travelled to Cambodia June 26-July 8, 2019 to worship, fellowship, and be in small group discussions with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
“We are all a part of the family of God,” said East Ohio Conference Bishop Tracy S. Malone during her sermon to the congregation at Toul Kork Methodist Church, which is located in Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh.
“We are all on a journey of becoming who God has created us to be and we do not walk this journey by ourselves. We need each other, to encourage each other, to pray for each other, to continue to plant seeds of faith in each other. And every day we have the opportunity to plant seeds of faith and hope in others,” she said.
“When we come together to be the hands and feet of Jesus, we can change the world,” said Baldwin Wallace University Sophomore Connor Prusha, one of four young adults on the team.
The team visited ministries and Bible colleges and toured the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and the Khmer Rouge killing fields, in Phnom Penh; worshipped with more than 75 youth in the Kampong Thom Province; toured the Mustard Seed School and met with its founder, the President of the Methodist Church of Cambodia the Rev. Lun Sophy in Siem Reap. We also conducted hygiene training, handed out 300 personal hygiene kits, hosted Bible studies and mentoring sessions for clergy, and played games with more than 200 children in Siem Reap and in Banteay Meanchey. In the latter city we participated in a soccer ministry and conducted evangelism training. We also visited churches in Thal Long and Batam Bong and climbed ancient temples at Ankor Wat.
Click on the recap video above to view highlights from the team’s 10 days in Cambodia.
*Rick Wolcott is director of Communications for the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church.