Lutheran World Mission is formed from the initiatives of Mekong Mission Forum that aims to support church growth in the Mekong area. After various unfruitful attempts of working with local partners, an idea of starting one Lutheran church in Cambodia was given birth.
Lutheran Church in Singapore (Lutheran World Mission) spear-headed the work in Cambodia with the support of Lutheran Church of Australia (Mission International) , Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bavaria (Mission OneWorld), Finland Evangelical Lutheran Church (Finland Evangelical Lutheran Mission) (FELM), Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (Global Mission) (ELCA), Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Chinese Rhenish Church Hong Kong Synod (CRCHK) and Evangelical Church of Hong Kong.
Located at Kampong Chhang, two hour’s drive from Phnom Penh International Airport, Life Centre is built to reach out to the Phum Krous commune through diakonia works – livelihood projects, medical mission, small scale disaster relief work to meet the needs of the people from which Krous Church is eventually formed. Presently, we are doing livelihood and leadership projects with the support of LWF, scholarship programme through FELM and daily bread programme with ELCA – World hunger. We are also exploring starting a preschool and an agriculture nursery that will provide hands-on training to the farmers.
Located some 20 minutes drive from Phnom Penh International Airport, the Rainbow Hostel ministry in Phnom Penh was started to meet the accommodation needs of Krus youths when they come to the city to further their education. Subsequently, City Church was formed to meet the spiritual growth and outreach of the youths staying in the hostel. Presently we have 54 youths staying with us (20 Girls and 34 Boys) who are pursuing their degrees or skills training.
Supporting our girl’s hostel programme, CRCHK also sent a missionary, Miss Berta Law, to work with the youths. We provide scholarship and monthly allowance programmes to help the Khmer youths to complete their education. We also actively engage the community through education (teaching English). We have children’s English programme and Sunday school programme with the help of the interns.
Located at Kampong Cham, an hour’s drive from Phnom Penh International Airport, Tang Krang Community Centre took shape due to the youths’ outreach efforts from City Church. Our latest centre started to operate in July 2016. Presently we are doing community engagements through livelihood projects, teaching English and also providing scholarship through tuition programmes. FELM provides us with training in both leadership development, project management and agricultural training.
We are hosting three volunteers from ELCA – Young Adult Global Mission and two volunteers from ELCB – Mission One World. We will be partnering with LCA – Grow Ministries to expose young christian leaders in various mission work in Cambodia to expand their views on gospel work.
We are also providing theological education to pastors from other Lutheran congregations through MMF – Lutheran distinctive training with help of ELCB. We are also working with Danmission and FELM on family ministry through Continuous Learning Organization that trains pastors through pastor’s association of various province.
Lutheran World Mission is determined to help Lutheran Church in Cambodia to work towards self reliance and independence through pacing them step by step and phase by phase till the planned timeline and systematically training in both financial, theological and self sustainability diakonia work.