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Published October 29, 2018

The Window of Opportunity to Reach Cambodia With the Gospel Through Leadership

Before I got saved, I would have pursued the wrong kind of leadership. I grew up with bitterness in my heart. I wanted to do crazy stuff that was not godly. If I had not been saved, I would be on a different route. I would be destroying people around me, and I would have ended up in a different place.

The government today is open to whatever anyone wants to believe, in whatever religion. Because of that open door of opportunity, we believe we can bring the gospel of our Lord to Cambodia.

But because somebody loved me enough to pray for me, and had patience with me to lead me even though I was not a good man, I’m following the Lord; He is my role model. I’m trying to be a good man now. Today, I pastor a church in Cambodia.

The gospel has an open door of opportunity in Cambodia.

Buddhism is the state religion in Cambodia, but the government today is open to whatever anyone wants to believe, in whatever religion. Because of that open door of opportunity, we believe we can bring the gospel of our Lord to Cambodia.

Religion in Cambodia offers no hope—it’s based on fear and merit and saving merit for the next life. If you do great things in this life, then the next life will be better.

In following the Lord Jesus Christ, we focus on faith and what He has done for us on the cross. So we’re blessed to bring the gospel to the Cambodian people.

Leadership is key to bringing the kingdom of God to Cambodia.

As a pastor, I love leadership. I also believe everybody wins when a leader gets better, so my grander vision is to see people become leaders and be a positive influence in Cambodia.

You see, there’s quite a bit of chaos in Cambodia, but we believe as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have a reason to be there. We want to have impact and see the kingdom of our Lord come to the kingdom of Cambodia. Through the quality of leadership training the Summit provides, we believe with God, together we can see this happen.

We lead quite a bit of work in Cambodia and have a lot of followers. We plant hundreds of churches, and our congregation is large. Sometimes we say, “Oh, look at us! We’re doing well! Our city never been like this.” But then I’m reminded of Jim Collins’ Good to Great talk from the Summit, when he said good is the enemy of great.

We have 15 million people living in Cambodia, and we only have over two thousand people in our church. The Christian faith has grown to over three percent of the population. There are more and more believers now. We’re in a revival zone!

But we have a lot of work to do! We want to continue to get better and be great, not just so we can impact Cambodia, but we want to impact other Asian countries too, especially neighboring countries—Vietnam, Thailand and Laos.

I continue to ask how to improve myself to become a great leader.

To pursue my grander vision is hard. Leadership is hard. But I celebrate along the way when I can see lives changed one by one as people are transformed and become leaders. It inspires me on days when I feel like quitting.

Of course, I cannot save the world myself, but the Lord my God has put the gift of leadership in my heart.

Quitting is language we hear all the time when we’re facing hard work and difficulties. We say, “Why do I need to do this? Somebody else can do it.” But it goes back to, “if I don’t do it, who will do it?”

Of course, I cannot save the world myself, but the Lord my God has put the gift of leadership in my heart. He gave me the gift of evangelism and pastoral care as well. So when my gifts join with everyone else’s gifts, the world will be a better place.

The Global Leadership Summit meets a need in Cambodia.

My country needs help. My country needs more leaders. And through your prayers, help and patience with us, we believe that Cambodia will be a better place. Please continue to pray for us that we have wisdom from the Lord to train and make an impact on people. Pray that we have the right team on the bus and that we can lead and grow together.

Through your prayers, help and patience with us, we believe that Cambodia will be a better place.

It’s rare to have the world’s top leaders come to one place. In Cambodia, we can’t get them here, but through the Summit, people will benefit by having access to these leaders. There is no organization in the world that does this the way The Global Leadership Summit does, and people are hungry for it.

Thank you for making the Summit possible.

On behalf of me and our team in Cambodia, I want to thank those of you who put your effort, your prayer, your work, your volunteering and your finances toward The Global Leadership Summit. You will change the world. The world is not going to be the same. Your donations, effort and prayers have blessed the world. Thank you so much.

About the Author
Pastor Mara Kong

Pastor Mara Kong

Pastor

New Life Fellowship of Churches Cambodia, Phnom Penh Central Region

Mara Kong is a pastor at New Life Fellowship of Churches in Cambodia. In 2015, he started serving on The Global Leadership Summit team in Cambodia to help market the event in his region.

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