10 Sights to Behold on a Cambodian Mission Trip

by Charles A. Borchard

These exclusive photos and experiences all stem from Harmony Outreach’s mission trips over the years. #9 gets me every time.

 


1. Food you won’t stop eating.

  Lunch on the river after church in a village in the Kandal province. October 2017 Mission Trip.

Lunch on the river after church in a village in the Kandal province. October 2017 Mission Trip.

Oh my word even the bacon is better tasting. Possibly my new favorite snack food is strawberry jam and sweetened condensed milk spread over raisin bread. DO. NOT. JUDGE. BEFORE. YOU. TRY.


2. Church by the river.

  Altar call at the church on the river in the Kandal province. Harmony Outreach Cambodia Director PK (on left) translating for Pastor Richard as over 20 people accept the Lord as their savior. From Harmony Outreach's October 2017 mission trip.

Altar call at the church on the river in the Kandal province. Harmony Outreach Cambodia Director PK (on left) translating for Pastor Richard as over 20 people accept the Lord as their savior. From Harmony Outreach's October 2017 mission trip.

Pristine nature, villagers who have turned to love Jesus after a life of hardship without him, and hearing popular worship songs in another language. This is an experience to behold.

 


3. Tuk-tuk for all your needs.

  Mike posing in front of a tuk-tuk outside of Harmony Outreach Team's hotel. Picture taken during Harmony Outreach's October 2017 Missions Trip.

Mike posing in front of a tuk-tuk outside of Harmony Outreach Team's hotel. Picture taken during Harmony Outreach's October 2017 Missions Trip.

Tuk-tuk here, tuk-tuk there, everywhere you take a tuk-tuk. These buggies mounted atop the back tire of a moto are necessary for daily travel in Phnom Penh. #selfie

 


4. Children you won’t want to leave behind.

  Group of school children praying after watching the Jesus Film in their native language of Khmer. Picture taken during Harmony Outreach's October 2017 missions trip. 

Group of school children praying after watching the Jesus Film in their native language of Khmer. Picture taken during Harmony Outreach's October 2017 missions trip. 

Pastor Markus and his wife Ellie were called into missionary work in Cambodia. So, they left profitable businesses in Indonesia to bring education and Jesus to children in rural villages outside of Phnom Penh. These cuties cling to you and leave impressions that will last the rest of your life.

 

5. Pastors who labor gladly.

  Cambodia pastor baptizing one of his newest church members. 2016 missions trip.   

Cambodia pastor baptizing one of his newest church members. 2016 missions trip. 

The Cambodian Church planting scene is spreading like disco fever. Churches are replicating at a rate that is on step to provide a cultural shift within our lifetimes.

 


6. Students who are changing lives.

  Harmony Outeach October 2017 mission team eating a snack after worshiping with university students at the Learn2Work Center in the heart of Phnom Penh. So delicious!

Harmony Outeach October 2017 mission team eating a snack after worshiping with university students at the Learn2Work Center in the heart of Phnom Penh. So delicious!

The Learn2Work Center in Phnom Penh is training college students to be proficient in computers and English, both of which are necessary for the Cambodian job market. But what ends up happening is these university students receive a hopeful portion of Jesus in the mix. And to top it all off, they’re bringing their friends to Christ, too!

 

7.  Ingenuity that'll make you gawk.

  Typical telephone and power pole in Phnom Penh.

Typical telephone and power pole in Phnom Penh.

People in different places come up with different ways of doing things. After coming home from Cambodia, I actually missed their telephone poles.

 


8. Ministers getting their Bible on.

 A group of Cambodian village pastors receiving training in the Bible as part of the efforts of the Nathanael Project.

A group of Cambodian village pastors receiving training in the Bible as part of the efforts of the Nathanael Project.

The efforts of the Nathanael Project are to ensure that pastors in every province of Cambodia are trained in the Bible. Before this project, local pastors were mainly winging it with church leadership and Bible interpretation. But now pastors are given training in the use of the Bible, and a computer with which to study.



9. The girls who won’t give up.

  Rescued girls from Esther's House posing with Harmony Outreach director John Bentley while at the water park. From the October 2017 mission trip.

Rescued girls from Esther's House posing with Harmony Outreach director John Bentley while at the water park. From the October 2017 mission trip.

Unfortunately, Cambodia sees many young girls subject to sex exploitation. But that can’t keep these girls down. Mark and Jennifer see to it that they rescue as many girls as possible from sex exploitation. They provide: a safe place to live, food, work, and knowledge of the sacrifice of Jesus.

 

10. The culture you’ll witness.

  2012 Harmony Outreach mission team walking into Angkor Wat.

2012 Harmony Outreach mission team walking into Angkor Wat.

Bowing before others, respect, working hard, and an openness to spirituality are a few of the trademarks of Cambodian culture. People in this country are being introduced to the hope of Jesus Christ by the droves, and Harmony Outreach is honored to be part of the culture transforming work of the Lord in Cambodia. Next time you’ll just have to go with us!