Are you interested in expanding Orthodox missionary efforts in Cambodia? If you want to know about some of their background, check out their Facebook here or watch an interview between myself and Father Paisie here.
NOTE: Ever since the 2022 War in Ukraine, financial sanctions have cut off the parishes in Cambodia from the majority of their donors, who were Russian. Now we are their main source of donors. Click here to see the official call for donors from the Church in Cambodia.
As a brief synopsis, Cambodia presently has two temples, one in Sihanoukville (the town of my wife’s birth, but now a major Chinese tourist Mecca) and in the capital, Phnom Penh. There are two priests, Father Roman and Father Paisie.
Feel free to reach out to both on Facebook, though be aware that Father Paisie has stronger English (and by strong, I mean he is completely fluent.)
At present, the Church in Cambodia is growing due to a major investment made by the Moscow Patriarchate to have permanent priests, translate the liturgies and catechetical works into Khmer, and building beautiful temples (if you have been to Cambodia, you will realize that no one takes a religion seriously where God is not honored aesthetically.) There is a sizeable Russian expat community that makes up the backbone of both of these churches.
There are two ways within the Western world to donate to the Church in Cambodia.
- The easy way is to simply use Paypal. I am going to tell a story about this in a little bit.
- For sizeable donations (such as $10,000 and up) follow the directions given on the Moscow Patriarchate’s website (it involves money transfers at your bank). If your bank does not do international money transfers or has any issues, contact me to help you provide your donation to these churches.
I have been asked about taking donations by more than one person. Father Paisie, Father Roman, and I have struggled to find an easy way to send money to Cambodia from the Western world. Due to politics, sending money to a “Russian” church in a “communist country” (i.e. Cambodia) is not always easy. My own bank will not allow me, which means, I cannot be the only one who would run into problems following the Moscow Patriarchate’s directions. (It was an interesting conversation at the bank, to say the least.)
Father Roman found out that Paypal does not work in Russia and the website that Father Paisie knew of (think of a European Paypal) does not work here in the USA. This means, there was no easy way to get money from here to there directly.
For now all the donations are sent via Western Union/Moneygram, just like a casual remittance that immigrants send back to their home countries all the time. Thankfully this works very well and most of the time is cheaper than a bank transfer.
Every single penny you donate (minus the fees which PayPal discloses to you) will will be wired to the churches in Cambodia. Thanks to an anonymous contributor, the money transfer fees will not be deducted from your donation. You can be assured that your whole contribution will be given to the work in Cambodia as you intend. Please include any requests for prayers you would like with the donation as all donors are commemorated by the churches.
This is not a 501(c)(3) and you do not get a tax break for this. So far, PayPal has treated donations as gifts. This means no one gets a tax benefit nor a tax penalty. If the degree of donations requires some change in legal designation (ie to an official charity) that information will be updated here.
Because I hate monetary scams, please feel free to reach out to me directly or, more importantly, to the priests who know what is going on. It will be a real blessing to a growing church for the Khmer!
I can personally vouch for Father Roman and Father Paisie. They never reached out to me. I found Father Roman after translating the Russian site into English. In fact, I emailed him in both Russian and English, trying to figure out a way to support the Orthodox Church in Cambodia. He never asked me for money. The same is true of Father Paisie. In fact, this whole idea here is my own!
As of present, they are translating more evangelical works into Khmer and have had some hefty expenses repairing the church in Phnom Penh. Father Roman has climbed into the roof of the church in Sihanoukville and fixed it himself. So, they can put your donation to good use!
A ton of people take donations on Patreon or what not–and just stick it in their pockets for their own good. And, that’s fine. You can spend your money how you want and sending it to some guy to stick in his pocket is your prerogative. But, wouldn’t this be so much better?
To conclude, if anything here has been a blessing to you and you feel the conviction to bless someone else out of gratitude, please help support either Holy Trinity Monastery or this effort in support of the Church in Cambodia.
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