We had a successful introduction of the Directions Ministry to almost 60 Pastors from five different cities most coming from provinces outside of Phnom Penh. We also received the first full version of the Cambodian Directions material.
US TEAM: Elisha Katamura, Steve Calmes and I, were the Directions facilitators from the United States and Taiwan.
Cambodian TEAM: Prak Kunthy, who is a coworker with Jason Powers, planned and coordinated along with our driver Sona Thoern (John), and two translators Phen Phon (Matthew) and Sitha Gneom, both are Prak’s college friends. Phen Phon (Matthew) was the man tasked with the translation of the Directions book into the Cambodian language.
Trip Overview: Feb. 19th-20 were preparation days. Feb. 21-22 we held the conference, which consisted of Day 1: stage 1-philosophy, stage 2-goals, and Day 2: stage 3-Methods. See Conference plan. Friday Feb 23rd was a rest day. Feb 24th, the US TEAM left.
Brief Trip Narrative:
Feb. 19th: Steve and I arrived Monday and were greeted by Prak and taken to our hotel. Elisha came the following day.
Feb. 20th: Elisha arrived and we all went to get him at the airport. Sona joined us and became our taxi guy for the rest of the trip. We met as a TEAM and talked through the coming days.
Feb. 21th: We were picked up by Sona at 8:00 Am and transported to the venue, in Phnom Penh across the river. We arrived before 9:00 where we saw the orphanage and school facilities, which included the church where we met. We were greeted with over 50 Pastors and leaders. A simple Philosophy and Goals presentation was given by Elisha and me. In the afternoon, we presented how to use the book and got them started on Lesson Day 1. After, the first day’s lesson, we gave them an assignment to complete Day 2 and 3 for the following day. We finished at 5:30 PM and stayed to meet with Prak. We returned to the Hotel across the river.
Feb. 22nd: Again, we were picked up at 8:00 AM and were transported to the venue. The attendees were ready to go. We reviewed Day 2 and spent the rest of the day allowing them to lead different sized small groups on their own. Later in the afternoon, we had a visit from the Under Secretary of State for Religious activities. He came with a representative of a large church alliance of over 6000 Christian Pastors. Apparently, Prak works with these individuals and they wanted to see what we were presenting. Perhaps a future connection. We ended the conference with their commitment to complete the first 9 lessons. Once they completed their lessons, we would follow-up with the complete book, delivered to their churches.
Feb. 23rd: We spent the day shopping for small gifts for our families. We also visited the most visited killing field location and followed with the most notorious Prison S21 in Phnom Penh. These were testimonies of the 1975-79 Khmer Rouge regime.
Future: Prak will followup with the Pastors who attended in April and May. Once they have finished the first half, we will deliver version 2, the full revised version for them to complete. Next October, we would like to visit again. At that time, we will provide one day workshop in their location, invited other Pastors in their area.
Pray for the Pastors in Cambodia, that they invest the time in the study with others in their local churches. Pray for their desire to grow and to promote this ministry to their areas of influence. Pray for the leadership team, that they followup on those Pastors, while at the same time, invest in the ministry in their ministries.