Pastoral Training with Mission Direct

As for several years, Mission Direct has been sending short-term mission teams to Cambodia from the UK. Whether through teachers training or pastoral training, they have been a blessing to many lives in Cambodia both directly and indirectly for the glory of God along side Fellowship of Hope Church. This is in addition to the amazing work they do every year in supporting Serve Cambodia’s community development projects, through fundraising for and helping to build new facilities, homes and classrooms.

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Last year, a couple of pastors whose names are Bob and Mike (who were part of the Mission Direct team) conducted pastors’ training for a few days on the Book of Nehemiah. They returned again this year with two other pastors Clive and Dave and taught on the book of Acts. They covered topics such as Pastoral care, sin, the cross, baptism, and worship while teaching from the book of Acts.

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The training started on the 13th and finished on the 15th of February. Some of the pastors that were present were from the provinces and they brought some of their elders with them as well. Now they in turn are able to teach other pastors and elders across the rural areas of Cambodia with what they themselves have learned.

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The training was mutually beneficial as the local leaders learned from the team and the team learned how churches work in Cambodia, the victories and the challenges faced by local leaders, and the sacrifices made by people from poor communities who dedicate their lives to serve Christ. They will be discussing about further training for the future, but for this year the local Cambodian leaders have received much and will in turn teach others what they have learned.

by Worthy Williams (missionary serving with Fellowship of Hope Church)

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Spelling Bee Competition

The recent “Spelling Bee” competition was an event to test the ability of the students from Serve Cambodia’s Education Centres for how far they understood of their lesson that they had learnt previously, “the sounds, phonics and high frequency words.” All of the classes competed together.



Two of the classes’ student ability was almost equal except one class that was smaller than them, but doesn’t matter because the test was focus on the sounds and phonics and every classes had learn already. This program was taken place twice, once for the students that attend in the morning and again for the students that attend in the afternoon.



It’s ran for one hour only after student break time and all the classmates was invited as the audience and cheers out for the class. Moreover, we had invited parent of the competitor to see that their children were doing the competition in the school.



In a purpose that parents should be proud of the children and should do any afford to support for their children’s study. One of the parent that participated had said that “I was enjoy to see this completion take place and my child had an opportunity to join this program. It was very meaningful for me and my child and it really showed me that this school can bring the brilliant future for the student that study here”.



At the end of the program, every student are satisfied of the winner and enjoyed with the competition. The event ran very smoothly. We do this as the encouragement for all the student to keep their study hard and there will be a chance for them too.

by Phanna Hun (Serve Cambodia Education Director)

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Healthcare Training for the Needy

In Serve Cambodia’s Medical Outreach project, we pay close attention to all children in our centers and our communities as well. We have a number of strategies for providing support.

Most Cambodians in remote villages in the province or on the outskirts of the city have difficulty obtaining or getting healthcare education. Their financial circumstance compel them to focus on earning an income rather than taking time to absorb healthcare education. However hard people work, when someone in their family gets sick their money quickly disappears because of the cost of medical care. We are trying to educate people to realize that prevention is better than treatment.




We provide all the children and community with basic healthcare training, a dental care checkup twice a year, and BMI screening for the children every trimester. (BMI is a ratio of a person’s height and weight and while it does not specifically measure body fat but can be an indicator of body fatness). Every student needs some body fat but having too much body fat can put them at risk of health problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Having too little body fat is also unhealthy. Thus, every trimester all students have their BMI measured to ensure that their health is cared for and those with diet issues are given support and advice.




Thus we are working on how we can fix this problem by providing basic healthcare training for both children and community.

Another important strand of our work is to work on basic hygiene. Hygiene is a term for various practices that help preserve a person’s well-being and health through acts of cleanliness. In short, proper hygiene is important for children in order to keep them healthy. To practice preserving one’s health through acts of cleanliness is very important for children. By brushing their teeth, washing their hands, and cutting their fingernails, children help preserve their health and that of others around them. All the children in Serve Cambodia’s three centers are taught how to brush their teeth properly, to eat a balanced diet and how to recover from the flu or common cold. This also lets them know the consequences of poor hygiene and what constitutes good personal hygiene.






Additionally the community are invited to join training on healthcare knowledge every trimester in order for them to know how to protect themselves and their families. We have provided them some training in; first aid, hypertension, diabetes, dehydration and updated them on any current health issues. The community are also made aware that drinking plenty of water can treat some sickness without the use of medicine and they are also shown how to help people in an emergency. Feedback from the community is very positive and we found it encouraging to see how the community is sharing their knowledge with their family and community.





We see it as important that the community not only obtain medical care but also get education at the same time.


However, we are constantly looking for the next opportunity to help our community to improve its health care and for us to show Jesus’ love through our work.

By Nineaka Sim (Serve Cambodia’s School Nurse)

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The life grown up by supporting

This is Seyha, he studies at one of Serve Cambodia’s education centres since 2011. He is the good boy and the top student in school. He loves the school and works hard learning English language at the centre, among his other classes. He is the active student in class and he isn’t just a top student at the SC centre but he also the top student in the state school.

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He has gotten the good result of an examination and the teachers at state school are proud of him. Especially in November this year he will get the praise certificate from the Ministry of Education. Nowadays Seyha is studying at Grade 11 and he will finish high school in 2018. He comes from the poor family and lives near the SC education centre.

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About Seyha’s family, they had originally moved from the slum and came to live near the Serve Cambodia centre. Even though he has moved out of the slum, his family doesn’t have much money. It is still in a poor area - everyone needs a lot of support to make a bright and new future where they can earn enough income for themselves and improve their lives.

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Seyha can study until finish high school by support from his sponsor and he is very happy for his education because he never thinks that he can study until finish high school and got the great result like that. He said that “thanks to sponsor that always support my studying and make me the top student in school”.


All the teachers and staff at Serve Cambodia are so proud of his studying and these past three months he is volunteer at the HOH centre and assist to teach the small class at afternoon. He always comes to help at the centre when he has time. We send our thanks to his sponsor that transform his life and get the bright future, and also to all of the other people who sponsor students like Seyha through Serve Cambodia’s education projects.

Prepared by Vanna Hin ( HOH Centre Manager )

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