I apologize for being a few days late in reporting this, but thanks to my readers’ and viewers’ generous donations we raised $251 in the month of August for the churches in Cambodia. As referred to previously, the Didache and (a surprise to me) the Lives of Saints George and Panteleimon were translated into Khmer.
There is talk of having a Khmer-language website for evangelism purposes, but this is not our best news.
I recently have been updated that Fathers Paisie and Roman will be making the sacrifice of driving hours from their home parishes to begin a mission parish in Siem Reap–famous as being the “tourist city” of Cambodia due to being home of the Angor Wat. I call this a sacrifice not because the city is not pleasant (it is actually the only place in Cambodia I would actually recommend a Westerner to visit if they have no family in the country), but because the roads to the city are in terrible condition and it is nearly a eight hour ride from the capital.
Nonetheless, this is excellent news, as it offers both Orthodox tourists the ability to worship (and potentially also support the churches in Cambodia) as well as brings the Gospel to potentially more Cambodians. The cost of beginning this new parish is humble at this point–a mere $300 a month.
I did not get into dollars and cents with Father Paisie, but property in Cambodia tends to be relatively expensive (considering what the country is like, in all honesty.) Rents, however, are cheap–though they are getting higher ever since my last visit to Cambodia (which I believe was 5 years ago–too long.) So, the building itself is probably $200 a month and the payment to the local authorities for religious services another $100 dollars–give or take $50. But these are just my guesses.
So, everyone’s contributions are having a tangible effect on growing the Church in Cambodia. And, for not a lot of money, we can expand Orthodoxy into a whole new city it has never been liturgically practiced before. Consider being a co-founder of this new parish, even in the smallest of ways!
Help Grow the Orthodox Church in Cambodia!
Has this article blessed you? Please bless the Moscow Patriarchate’s missionary efforts in Cambodia to bring the Gospel to a people who have not heard it!
Hello Craig, greetings from Romania!
I’ve been watching your videos lately, you’re doing a fine job I believe. Also, reading your website I found out about the help you give to the Orthodox Church in Cambodia and I would like to help. I have a blog in Romanian and I will also start a YouTube Channel soon, with the help of God. Can you write an article with a description of the mission and send it to me? This way I can translate it into Romania and post it. This way my Orthodox brothers in Romania might help.
I will also donate monthly starting next month and, with your agreement, I’ll also start a campaign in Romanian.
I wait a reply from you!
God bless you and your family!
Have you seen https://orthodoxchristiantheology.com/donate/? Let me know if you need more detail.
I will speak with Father Paisie, one of the priests in Cambodia. He is Moldovan, which is obviously not Romanian…but it’s close!
I’ll get the info from that page and see what I can come up with.
PS: Moldovans in most part are Romanians ethnics (there is a small minority of course who are Russians, Ukrainians, and other nations). We are still separated because of the bolsheviks, past and present. But that is another talk.
Yeah, Father Paisie told me that “Molodovan” is more of a difference in nationalism that actual nationality.
Nevertheless, let me know if you want me to give more details. I re-read the donate page and realized I really only cited the Khmer church’s facebook and then told a story about how I send the money.
Let me know when your Youtube hits the scene, I would like to support you!
I’ve talked with some friends about the Church in Cambodia and already there six of us who will donate monthly. It won’t be much for now, around 25 USD/ month but hopefully more people will consider helping after I will talk to them.
I was wondering!? One of the „shows” on my channel will be about Orthodox mission in countries like Cambodia, Pakistan and others where Orthodoxy is only a minority.
Would you like to be my guest for a short interview telling first a little bit about you and your work (this can get some audience from Romania) and also about the Church in Cambodia and the help you offer them.
I would like to have an interview with Fr. Paisie but I will contact him for that. He is a Romanian speaker so it will be easier to interview him.
Best wishes and keep in touch!
Yes, awesome! I am happy to support and no support is too little. On OrthodoxChristianTheology.com/donate I have a link to Father Paisie’s Facebook. Reach out to him and I am sure he would be happy to do it!
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