Cambodia is a place of contradiction.
Although there is great injustice, there is also opportunity for incredible hope.
Currently, Cambodia is Unreached. Simply put, that means that Cambodia's people don't have access to the hope of Jesus.
We believe that the gospel can transform the landscape of Cambodia. We see students discovering their purpose in Christ and living into the prodigies that God created them to be.
Cambodia is also in the midst of a human rights crisis. Human trafficking and the sex tourism industry run rampant and disproportionately affect the country’s most vulnerable populations.
We see this changing with education. We see the next generation of Cambodia’s leaders being equipped and empowered to end the cycle of injustice while creating jobs, contributing to local economies, fighting for the vulnerable, and locking arms with us to break the chains of trafficking and slavery.
The action we take in Cambodia must be strategic, impactful, and completely aligned with what God is calling us into.
- We are developing a Cambodia Development Committee to advocate for its people and our organization’s work among them.
- We are planning a second exploratory trip to Cambodia in the next six to nine months. This trip will focus on continuing to develop local partnerships and strategically discerning a location for our operational hub.
new location assessment
As we discern where God is calling us to operate in Cambodia, we look at four areas to weigh the impact and influence that a school would have:
We desire to work among the spiritually oppressed, confused, and left behind. We desire to be a part of making new disciples and building up members of the local church.
We desire to work among those facing physical and economic barriers. We desire to see our staff and students right the wrongs of injustice and oppression in their community.
We desire to work where there is low access to education, a lack of upward social or class mobility among community members, and a strong desire to become educated.
We desire to move where God is moving, lock arms with the local church, and partner with like-minded organizations. We desire to work in unsaturated regions where our organization can fill a hole that is needed in the community. We trust that God will provide key stateside and national leaders to champion our cause and move after they’re identified.
Why unreached people groups?
A people group isn’t just a country; it’s a community of people with its own language, belief system, history, culture, and identity. A people group is considered unreached when less than 2% of its population is evangelical Christian.
Unreached people groups not only don’t know Jesus, they don’t even know His name. Not only do they not experience the hope of the Gospel, they don’t even know that it exists.
There are over 7,000 Unreached People Groups—approximately 3 billion people—across the globe.
As we strive to bring hope through education to the left behind, we know that true hope isn’t possible without the love of Jesus.