Bro. James Willie's Visit to Cambodia
June 10-20, 2019
Report compiled by Bro. Israel Ngome & Bro. James
It was decided that Brother James Willie, who is based in Germany, will
visit Singapore from the 5th of June to the 24th of June 2019. It was
suggested to Bro. James by Bro. Gan to visit Brother Israel in addition,
who is a missionary based in Cambodia. Brother James agreed and included
Cambodia in his itinerary. He visited Cambodia from the 10th to the 20th
of June. During his visit he was introduced to the work being done by
Brother Israel, namely, maintaining and running the office in Phnom
Penh, printing and translation and distribution of Christian books and
an outreach to the various provinces to spread the gospel and the
message of the hour. During the visit we were able to visit three
provinces where meetings were held with the local fellowship. The local
believers were given the opportunity to ask questions and make
suggestions on how the outreach to them can be improved. In the
following, a background information to the work we are doing in Cambodia
is provided and this is followed by a summary of the visits to the three
provinces. After this, a prayer request lists is presented and finally,
the conclusion is presented.
We certainly need believers to visit us time and again to help us with
the work in Cambodia. It was a pleasure to receive Bro James Willie on
the 10th June 2019. I did not have to wait long for him at the airport
because his flight with SilkAir from Singapore was on time.
Time has traveled so fast and I can hardly believe that I have been here
in Cambodia for more than 10 years. The Country too has developed very
rapidly within these years and Christianity has not been left behind. I
remember that it was in August 2008 that I came to Cambodia. My first
thought was to find a local church and work with the Pastor to establish
believers in the knowledge of the scriptures.After working with a local
Pastor for one year, the Lord opened a door for me to start a church at
a Christian Centre which already had a church building. Bro. Gan came to
support us and he encouraged other ministers to visit Cambodia and help
in the work.
I have also had the opportunity to travel to all the 24 Provinces in
Cambodia sponsored by Voice of God Recording (VGR).This helped us to
locate many independent churches in the country and increased our
contacts for outreach. The VGR office was opened officially on the 1st
of October 2012. The opening of the Library gave the impetus for
spreading the Message in the country. Translators were hired and sermon
books were translated to Khmer and audio messages were also recorded.
Distributions have been done to all the 24 Provinces. But distribution
of the books alone is not sufficient as the message is still uncertain
to many in the country. Romans 10:17 says: “Consequently, faith comes
from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word
about Christ.” How shall they hear without a preacher? The laborers
have been very few in Cambodia and without the proper understanding of
the foundation of Scripture many have not believed or claimed to believe
the Message. However, I am sure there are many potential message
believers we can count because of the awakening. Every nation on Earth
has its own set of obstacles, and the country of Cambodia is no
exception. Buddhism is the dominant religion in the region; it is a
difficult task to break down those long-standing walls of tradition
including denominationalism. To make matters worse the people I met and
who claimed to believe the message disappeared from radar within a short
period after I got to know them and we had to sow in our own field
reaching out to new people and praying and hoping that some seeds would
fall on good ground like in the parable of the sower. I am happy some
message believing ministers have been to Cambodia to help in the sowing.
Brother James visit was timely and we used it as opportunity to examine
the situation on the field and to share our gains and challenges with
him. The first province we visited was the Kampong Chhang Province. We
had a meeting with the leaders on the 14th of June. The messages were
fundamental as we were trying to see if the people understood their ABC
and not to just assume that they did. At the end of the Bible study we
had a session for questions and answers.
Brother James sharing a message on the topic: God wrote
your life story
The church also asked some questions, one of which was
about how they should react in case they are persecuted for sharing the
gospel. Brother James answered using examples from the Bible to
highlight that we only become true believers in Jesus when we are
prepared to die for what we believe in. And Stephen, John the beloved,
etc., were used as examples to explain to them that it is possible for
believers to be persecuted for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.
They were told that no one can take away their lives unless the Lord
allows it. The people were happy and encouraged. We concluded that the
leaders are not devoid of basic scriptural knowledge and could grow more
with a proper discipleship training put in place. We had a talk with
Pastor Sok Chomreoun, who is like the overseer. He told us of the
financial difficulties he faces to bring the leaders together every
month for a Bible training and by his estimation an amount of $100/month
would do. As a possible model, we agreed that a training program would
be put together for him in Phnom Penh that will last for a specified
period-say 3 or 6 months, after which he will draw up a program to pass
on the knowledge to the rest of the leadership within a year at a cost
of 100 USD/month, with the meeting being held once a month.
The next Province we visited was Kampong Speu Province and it took place
on the 16th of June 2019. The name of the village is Trengtroyeung. This
is where I started a small fellowship several years back. The believers
were growing in the knowledge of the scriptures. We were not many
attending regular church services but we were blessed by the word and we
did feet washing and partook of the Lord's Supper. The church has
travailed but I believe the time has come for the dry bones to come to
life. I preached on the Power of Love & Bro James concluded with
exhortations. When the worship service was over, we had a meeting with
the leaders to share the difficulties they face and what we need to do
for the church to grow. Bro. Kim Eang and Bro. Kea all said it has been
long since Bro Gan visited us in Cambodia and they would like him to
visit. We all want Bro. Gan to visit again but I have been telling them
that Bro Gan does not have much time for social visits.
Brother James giving exhortation during the fellowship
If they want him to visit Cambodia they have to be more
committed in the church. Itis common in Cambodia for many people to come
to church if they hear that a minister is visiting from abroad but when
he is gone the seats are empty. True worshippers must worship the Lord
in spirit and in truth. On the positive side, I can testify of some
changes in the behavior of the people as a result of the washing they
have received by the water of the word.
My goal as a leader is to make this Church a strong pillar of truth. The
property where the church building stands is about 7 hectares of land.
It is a quiet place and good for worshipping and praising and waiting on
the Lord. Many people were baptized in this village that we have to
follow up with to encourage them to come back and more evangelism is
needed. I wish to make the following request that we can pray on:
1) It will be wonderful to get a better means of transportation for the
Church. The Tuktuk is not very efficient and the motorbike is not very
good. We bought it since 2010 and it was second hand. It was in for
repairs last Sunday and could not be used to carry some believers to
Church. There are some old people who could come to church if we had a
better means of transportation. Also, during the rainy season, it is
difficult for the Tuktuk to travel on the muddy, pond roads.
2) Baptismal Pool: There is a pond in front of the church and it will be
great to turn it in to a baptismal pool. There is no nearby stream for
baptism in the area. All we need to do is to concrete the pond with
cement to avoid weeds and muddy water.
3) Computer and a projector screen to view praise and worship songs.
Currently, the church does not have a computer and a projector and each
time I have to bring one from the office in Phnom Penh.
Pictures showing some views of the property including the
where services are held
When the meeting with the elders was over we visited the Centre of
Trengtroyeung Village. I wanted Bro James to see the Pastor I lived with
for about a year when I came to Cambodia. I was in Bangkok-Thailand for
three months and at the middle of the third month I had a dream seeing a
Brother telling me to come over and help him in the ministry.
Picture showing our visit
to pastor Chuch Mon
When I arrived in Cambodia, I did not know anybody. I visited one Church
and the Pastor invited me to a conference. It was here I met Pastor
Chuch Mon. He carried me on his motorbike to my guest house. It was like
he had known me for years. He told me that he will like me to come and
help him in his ministry. The following morning he sent a van to come
and get me from my quest house and I lived with him for one year. The
church used to be in a simple building where he lived with his family.
The Lord blessed him and the old house was later demolished and replaced
with the three storey building you see in the picture above. My prayer
for him now is for him to completely receive the message and be
established in the Word.
The Last Province we visited was Takeo Province on the 18th of June
2019. I have visited many churches in this province but I decided for us
to visit the Ampork Church in Kirivong district to encourage the pastor
and his members. Pastor Man Yan was the Pastor of KIrivong New Song
Church which is a denominational church run by a Korean missionary.
He was asked to step down because he does not have a Bible school
diploma but he is a man filled with the Holy Spirit and understands the
Bible. Most of the members left the church to follow him. He started his
church worshipping in a tent. It turns out that he has more members than
all of the other churches in the district.
Although our visit was on a Tuesday and Sunday is the day the villagers
always gather for worship a considerable number still showed-up. Bro
James preached about Heavenly Blessings when we walk in obedience with
the Lord. He quoted Joshua 1:8 and part Deuteronomy 24 and other
scriptures. It was a very rich message and a blessing to the church. I
saw the Pastor nodding his head each time during the preaching. Bro
James suggested that each time we visit a place it is good if we can
discern the condition of the people by God’s help and preached to help
the situation. When one is sent by God it is usually
address the issues troubling the people you are sent to. Most of the
villagers are very poor farmers but God’s word brings blessings to all
those who can understand and obey. It has taken the group 5 years to
build a place of worship and it still needs a little
finishing touches like flooring and the ceiling. Bro James gave the
Pastor an offering to assist the Pastor with the project.
Bro James sharing a message during our visit to the 3rd
The visit to all the provinces cost more than I had
expected but the cost was augmented by Bro James. Bro James could not
sleep at night for the first few days because of excessive heat and had
to pay for the installation of an air-conditioner in the room. With
this, other ministers who visit now will have an air-conditioned room.
It was a wonderful time we had with Bro James Willie.
After the Church visits, it was now time for a little recreation. Bro
James wanted to see the Killing Field. The site gives sorrow than
recreation because of what was done at the Killing Field. Many
people have heard of the genocide that happened in Cambodia during the
Poi Pot regime. The Khmer Rouge was the name popularly given to the
communist party. The Killing Field is a tourist’s site and many
foreigners who visit Cambodia choose to see for themselves what happened
there. Bro James has visited the concentration camp in near Munich and
he narrated to me that what he saw was very pathetic. Where is the power
of love? We must preach the gospel since this is the only remedy to the
atrocities that were suffered by the people of Cambodia. The message
that came to mind after visiting the killing field is that this world is
not our home.The 20th of June soon came and it was time for Bro James to
travel back to Singapore and then to Germany. We pray for more visitors
to come to Cambodia.
The following is a list of the items Bro. Israel would like brothers and
sisters to help him pray about. The first and the foremost need is a
spiritual one. The request is prayer for God to grant strength to our
brother as he takes on the need of spreading the good news of Jesus in
this part of this world. Some of the prayer needs are listed below:
• The work in Cambodia is God’s work and for this reason, His direction
and guidance would be needed. Unless the Lord builds His house we would
do but labor in vain.
• There is a need to constantly keep in touch with the believers in the
various provinces in order to keep them motivated. Please pray that the
Lord will give bro. Israel more inspiration on how to present the
Message to the leaders in the provinces.
• Please pray that the Lord will touch other ministers in the message to
be led to visit and encourage the believers in Cambodia.
• There are many needs in Cambodia, the key amongst them being that God
should stir up the hearts of the people, especially the leadership, to
study and hunger for His word. Please pray that God would cause such a
• Please pray for the financial needs of the work in Cambodia
This report summarizes the visit of our Bro. James Willie to see our
brother, Israel, who is a missionary in Cambodia. The overall impression
was positive with the work that has been done in Cambodia, given the
circumstances under which Bro. Israel is working. It presents the visits
to the various provinces and the interactions with the members of the
body of Christ in these regions in Cambodia and presents some of the
challenges that are to be overcome in order to effectively spread the
good news in this part of the world. The authors believe that this
vision of spreading God’s Word is in line with the plan of God for our
time since His second return is dependent on the good news reaching the
four corners of the earth, according to Matthew 24:14. And the spread of
the gospel around the world started in Europe in line with the vision of
Paul in the Book of Acts 16 when a man was seen asking him to come west
when Paul had intended to continue east. And ever since, the gospel has
spread westwards and today the final stop is Asia, before the gospel
returns to Jerusalem, where it started on the day of Pentecost with the
Apostles gathered in the upper room.