Siem Reap, Cambodia
Chann Lork and Family
In recent years the country of Cambodia has been involved in a rebuilding process. After more than 400 years of what has been called the “dark ages,” culminating with the events of the 1970s, Cambodia has long been in need of a new political, social, and spiritual beginning. Under the communist rule of dictator, Pol Pot, who came to power in 1975, Cambodia suffered the most tragic event in its history. It is estimated that up to 3,000,000 people died under his regime. The majority of this number was executed just for being able to read and write. The result left a country limited in its educational level that presently has a median age of 19.
Cultural history and political unrest, combined with a primary religious influence and practice of Buddhism, clearly indicates the great need for the good news of Jesus. However, the difficulties of developing trust and establishing credibility for the gospel would need to grow out of the local Christian base in Cambodia.
Bear Valley was able to connect with several men who are strong in the faith who would be able to meet the challenges and prepare others to influence this country. Chann Lork and Phanat Ouch, along with several graduates from the International Bible Institute of Siem Reap(a BVBID Extension School), are filling the need of this country striving to rebuild.
We are proud and thankful to partner with Chann Lork and his family in the development of the church in Siem Reap, as well as, Takam, Leang Dai, and, most recently, Battambang villages. The goals for developing such a young population into leaders within the church, evangelists to share the gospel, and strengthening Christian homes will take several years, but it makes this work a powerful opportunity to change the future of Cambodia.