Sunday, June 18, 2017

History of the Methodist Church in Cambodia (MCC)




1980: Following the defeat of the Khmer Rouge, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) began relief efforts in Cambodia. In 1983, the United Methodist Indochinese Caucus was established by the GBGM to provide fellowship among expatriates from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, many of whom expressed a desire to share their Christian faith with the people of their home countries.

1990: The National Assembly of Cambodia officially recognized the right of Christians to worship within Cambodia. That same year, plans were already in place on the part of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) to officially begin mission work in Cambodia--in the areas of community rehabilitation, education, health care, economic reform and of course, evangelization.

1990: Kong Vutty, a choir director of the Cambodia Methodist congregation in Stockton, California, visited Cambodia and established financial support for the Tek Thla Methodist congregation—a congregation that was formed mainly among Cambodians who managed to hide from the Khmer Rouge while remaining in the country.



The same year, a Christian Cambodian woman by the name of Lonn Tep from the United Methodist Church in Modesto, California , returned to her village of Phum Phnov and evangelized among her family and the people in the village. This eventually resulted in the birth of the Methodist Church not only in Phum Phnov but also in other villages in the province of Svay Rieng.

1990: A congregation that was started in Kampong Cham established a relationship with the United Methodist Church in France.
1991: The Korean Methodist Church began mission work in Cambodia.
1992: The Cambodian United Methodist Church in Paris, France  opened two congregations in the province of Kampong Thom...

1992: Samuel Von, a United Methodist Cambodian pastor from the California-Nevada Conference brought the funds from Centenary United Methodist Church to build the church facility in Phum Phnov.

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1994: Rev. Kean Ung, a Cambodian pastor in Switzerland, returned to Cambodia and organized a Methodist Congregation in Ta Kdol, near the Capital city of Phnom Penh.

1996: The Methodist Church in Singapore appointed its first missionary to Cambodia:Mrs. Annabella Lim Poh Eng.

1998: The World Federation of Chinese Methodist Churches sent its first missionaries: Rev. Jessica Tiong Yien and Ms. Joyce Siew Sin Choo.

1996: A two-day mission consultation was held in Singapore among Korean, Singapore, Chinese and United Methodist Church representatives to work towards mission cooperation in Cambodia.

1997: Representative of the Korean, Singaporean, and The United Methodist Church mission boards, including  Connexio, the UMC mission board in Switzerland and France, discussed collaborative mission in Cambodia. Cambodian Methodists were among the delegates.

In the same year, a Coordinating Board for all Methodist Mission in Cambodia was organized.

1998: The first joint Pastors’ school was held in Phnom Penh  with over 100 lay Khmer (native Cambodian) pastors in attendance.

2000: The opening service for the first entering class at the Cambodian Methodist Bible School was held.



The same year, the Cambodian government recognized the registration of the Cambodia Christian Methodist Association.

2001: The first hymnal and worship book for the Methodist Mission in Cambodia was dedicated.

2002: The bishops of the various agencies met in Zurich, Switzerland and signed a document committing the work of the agencies toward one Methodist Church in Cambodia

2003: The first ordination service of the Mission was held. Ten Khmer pastors were ordained deacons.




2008: The Methodist work became the Methodist Mission in Cambodia which merged the work of all the agencies.

2009: The first Annual Meeting of the Methodist Mission in Cambodia was held.

2010: All the district superintendents appointed by  the bishop were Khmer.


TODAY: 

"Faithful to our Wesleyan heritage, we are committed to a Holistic ministry that embraces both personal conversion to discipleship In Christ and to Social transformation.  It encompasses all human relationships—with the neighbor, with nature, and with God.  We have ministries in health care, education, community development, leadership development, and livelihood development.  We have missionaries from Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, the USA, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Korea, Cambodia and Bangladesh.

"We give glory to God for what God has done and continues to do among the people of Cambodia!"


--Samuel Om, GBGM Missionary to Cambodia

Sam, Caroline, and Syvanny Om
CLICK HERE to read a post I wrote in 2014 when Sam was going to Cambodia and I was going to Main Street!