Mony Mok narrowly escaped death during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. After fleeing Cambodia as a young man, he spent months in a refugee camp in Indonesia where he heard the Gospel for the first time and put his faith in Christ. He would later come to America, but his burden for Cambodia never left him despite losing his entire family of nine members in the killing fields. Today he serves as the Director and Senior Pastor of the River of Life Church. He is married to Kunnary.
Partners International works with the River of Life Church-Cambodia (RLCC), the nation’s largest indigenous church network, with the goal of planting churches throughout the nation’s 24 provinces. In 2006, RLCC reached its goal of planting one church in every province, and is now focusing on equipping believers and planting daughter churches and reaching into the nearby nations of Vietnam and Laos.
“My name is Saran Tak. I am one of the church planters in Prey Veng Province. I am blessed to serve the Lord in my region. My vision is to help plant more churches in my area. The monthly support I have been receiving from you helps meet my family’s daily needs.
Therefore, I can focus on proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Thank you so much for blessing me with monthly support to expand God’s Kingdom in my province.”
Church Planter Support, River of Life
The heart of RLCC’s ministry is the evangelization of Cambodia. Phase one of their vision was accomplished in 2006 when they planted a church in each of Cambodia’s 24 provinces. Phase two involves strengthening the existing churches and multiplying them to plant a church in each county.
Almost all of RLCC’s churches would be considered house churches however they estimate that at least 30% of these churches meet under a tree or somewhere out in the open without a house big enough to hold them. The local believers have a real heart for helping the poor and actively participate in local development projects such as livestock, wells and agriculture that improve the lives of their neighbors and community members.
Training Workers, River of Life
In addition to supporting church planters, it is essential to train Christian leaders—pastors and laity. This year, RLCC holds three leadership training conferences that will each equip 100 leaders and potential pastors to become strong in God’s Word. Leaders will mature in their Christian walk and in leading the people of God. These conferences provide a time when pastors, church planters, and lay leaders can gather to encourage one another.
Motorcycles, River of Life
The work of evangelism requires travel. Often one church planter is responsible for visiting dozens of families spread throughout a broad area. The distance between them is too great to go on foot, is exhausting, and wastes time that the church planter could use for ministry. Others are working in several villages at a time. With limited public transportation in the nation, there is a critical need for modes of travel that are both reliable and affordable. Motorbikes, which are economical and easy to maintain, are the ideal answer. “I am a pastor of the River of Life Church in Kampot province,” said Phy Pen. My heart is full of joy to see the Gospel continue to reach more people in this area. It was a blessing to receive a motorbike from Partners International, which enables me to travel further to the remote villages to preach the Gospel and to plant more churches in this province.
This motorcycle definitely will help me to expand God’s work in this new place.”