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Missions in Cambodia: The Inaugural service of the Synod Presbyterian Church in Cambodia
By Lai Keet Keong (Synod Mission Executive)
Oct 2015

On 18th July 2015, the Presbyterian Church in Singapore (PCS) and the Synod Presbyterian Church in Cambodia (SPCC) jointly organized the Inaugural Service of the Synod Presbyterian Church in Cambodia and 1st Ordination Service in Phnom Penh. It was a momentous event as we celebrate the establishment of the new Synod in Cambodia officially registered with the Cambodian Government since January 2015.


The walking-in of ministers during the inaugural service of the SPCC

The Guests-of-honour were His Excellency (H.E.) Mr Seang Bun Leang, the special Advisor to the President of Cambodia, Rev. Dr Kevin Lowe and Mr Nov Sopankha.

The occasion was attended by more than 240 attendees from more than 20 Churches and organisations.


His Excellency Mr Seang Bun Leang greeting the congregation

The historic event began with the Blessing Dance presented by the Phnom Penh Promised Peoples Presbyterian Church (5Ps Church) Dance Group. This was followed by the unveiling of the SPCC plaque by H.E. Seang Bun Leang and Rev. Teo Yew Tiong, the Vice-Moderator of the PCS.


The Blessing Dance performance presented by the Phnom Penh Promised Peoples Presbyterian Church


Unveiling of the SPCC plaque by H.E. Mr Seang Bun Leang and Rev. Teo Yew Tiong


H.E. Mr Seang Bun Leang giving his speech

During his speech, H.E. Seang Bun Leang encouraged the churches to be faithful in serving and contributing to the people of Cambodia. He reiterated his friendship with us and assured SPCC of his continual support for social and community programs.

The ordination ceremony saw the ordination of the first batch of SPCC ministers. The ceremony was officiated by Rev. Teo Yew Tiong together with Rev. Phua Chee Seng and Rev. Leow Khee Fatt.The ordinands were Rev. Pa Sokha, Rev. Ruos Saruon and Rev. Cheng Socheat.

The ceremony was witnessed by the ordinand’s family members along with leaders and members from their churches. There were great excitement and joy as they joined the PCS ministers in officiating the ordination pledge and blessing for their ministries ahead. The ceremony concluded with benediction by the newly ordained ministers, followed by photo-taking sessions to commemorate the significant milestone. This was followed by the celebration dinner that was filled with joy and warm fellowship.

On behalf of the Synod Missions Committee and the PCS Synod Exco, we express our utmost gratitude to all the workers and volunteer helpers for making this event a successful and joyous one. Most of all, we give God the glory for His grace and divine leading that made the establishment of SPCC possible. We look forward to the greater things that the Church of Jesus Christ will do, and be a blessing to the people of Cambodia for the Kingdom of God.


Group Photo of PCS Ministers, SPCC Ministers and His Excellency Mr Seang Bun Leang


SPCC Ministers with their respective wives



"It is true that my heart is for Cambodia and I want to see the leaders in SPCC plant churches in all parts of Cambodia. I want to see the leaders in SPCC be strong enough to support themselves, to love and to have mercy to the community."

-- Rev. Pa Sokha (Kai)



"It is not easy to be here today, many difficulties were faced. I'm would like to grateful to my church members who allow me to serve you with Jesus' Love…I promise to serve HIM with all of my heart, my strength and my resources. I promise to take care His sheep to grow in spiritually, knowing the Word of God and living to glorify to Jesus."

-- Rev. Ruos Saruon



"This is our prayer for a long time already for Cambodian churches growing. We were very difficult in our ministry but we used to serve Jesus faithfully. And now we are blessed to be partner of PCS."

-- Rev. Cheng Socheat





Left to right: Rev. Teo Yew Tiong, Rev. Leow Khee Fatt and Rev. Phua Chee Seng


Left to right: Rev. Pa Sokha, Rev. Cheng Socheat and Rev. Ruos Saruon


Rev. Phua Chee Seng exhorting ministers and members to be faithful and wise in serving God


Responding to "The Promises"


Reading of the Minister's Pledge


Signing of the Ordination Certificates


Laying of Hands


Bestowing of the Stoles


Extending of the Right Hand of Fellowship


Fellowship over celebration dinner


Fellowship over celebration dinner




 
 




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