Our family arrived in Cambodia on March 4, 2004. The first year we spent in the capital city of Phnom Penh focusing all of our energies on language learning and cultural adaptation. From March 29, 2005 to March 25, 2010 (almost 5 years exactly), our family worked directly with the Forrest McPhail family in Pursat province, about 3 hours northwest of Phnom Penh. By God’s grace, we were able to help the McPhails with the planting of the Inheritance in Christ Church (ICC) in Preiy Nyee commune. The believers chose the church name based on Acts 26:18. The church was birthed on June 4, 2006, when 13 believers were baptized. Four years later on June 6, 2010, the church recognized two men as deacons, Ti (to the left of Forrest), and Puek (to the left of Chris).
On May 29, 2011, on the 5th anniversary of ICC, Pastor Ti was ordained into the Gospel ministry and became the first pastor of the Inheritance in Christ Church.
On March 25, 2010, our family moved to the province of Pailin near the Thailand border to begin a new church planting ministry. Numerous Bible studies were held with both professing believers and unsaved individuals using Firm Foundations. We met weekly with one family who desired to start a new independent church in Pailin town. This family moved to another province in 2012.
After our second furlough, we decided to move to the province of Battambang, also in Western Cambodia, on March 15, 2013. Our ministry in Battambang will continue to focus on evangelism and discipleship as we seek to foster two things in the society: indigenous local churches and spiritual local leadership. Along with this focus, we have a great desire to have a faithful Salt/Light presence in the community so we plan to seek creative ways to get involved in the community in a tangible way without creating dependency.