That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
-Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
In the parable of the sower we learn that most soil doesn’t start out ready to be planted but must be first made ready for the seeds. Good soil usually doesn’t happen all on its own, and as Christians we are commanded by Christ to go out and make disciples of all nations. This means not only proclaiming God’s word to others, but working with other Christians, new believers and old, and building them up in faith and enabling them to go out and share their faith. At Crossing Cambodia we are dedicated to working the soil that is the hearts of the Cambodian people. We want to prepare a few people at a time so that when the seed of God’s word takes root it will indeed produce a crop that is a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown and the Cambodian people will carry the gospel message to their brothers and sisters and every corner of this nation.
To effect change and share the gospel in Cambodia, one life at a time.
- Street Kids: To provide educational opportunities and a Christian witness for children and young adults so they may one day become Christian leaders in their homes, churches, and communities.
- Partnerships: To create partnerships with churches and teachers in Cambodia so that we may share resources in the most effective way possible and build God’s kingdom.
- Sustainability: To create sustainable business model that will support the organization long-term.
God loves the people of the world, even though we are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. Our good works and sacrifices can never earn us entry into heaven. He sent Jesus, His Son, to bear His love to us and bring us back into a relationship with Him so that we might be able to have salvation through Him.
By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. He rose again and is a living God who brings us to be with Him in heaven. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. Salvation comes through faith in Christ and He gives people forgiveness through Him.
The Bible is the Word of God, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ.
The Apostles’ Creed
We believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into the heavens. He is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the flesh, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Before joining Crossing Cambodia, Sokly worked in a garment factory in Phnom Penh then studied in a Discipleship Training School through Youth With A Mission (YWAM). After completing her schooling, she met Greg and and helped to establish Crossing Cambodia. She now serves as our Ministry Director, running the day to day operations of Crossing Cambodia and helping to develop the vision and future ministry opportunities.
Prior to coming to work with us Hoeurp earned a 4 year degree in accounting and worked as a cook at a local restaurant. However, she greatly desired an opportunity to share God’s love and serve him daily in her work. Now she serves as our Head Advocate, looking after the needs of the smallest children in our program as well as helping to cook and prepare meals for the other children.
Chhrovin has been working for Crossing Cambodia for years. She has a unique love for the children and desires to see them thrive.
Greg has been living and working in Cambodia since 2007 when he first came out with LCMS World Mission. He has worked for a number of different organizations since that time, but when he was introduced to the street children of Battambang, God set something in motion.
Greg now serves as the Mission Director for Crossing Cambodia, helping to set the vision and seeking out the resources necessary for the local staff to reach out to the poor and vulnerable who live in Battambang.
He currently lives in Battambang with his wife Sinuon and their 3 children, Richard, Julianne, and Elena.
You can keep up with Greg via email or through his blog.
After getting married to her husband Bronson Lobato in 2015, the two moved to Cambodia and have been here ever since. Paulina works mostly at home and works on the financial and administrative side of things at Crossing.
Paulina currently lives in Battambang with her husband and daughter, Roxanne.
You can keep up with Bronson & Paulina via email or through their blog.
Gregory Holz – Mission Director / Board Chair
Dan Deuel – Vice Chairman
Jim Kinsely – Director
Lilyana Carlson – Director
Brent Bisaillion – Director
Iaan Martin – Director
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St. John’s Lutheran Church – Yankton, SD
Our Savior Lutheran Church – Excelsior, MN
Lake Auburn Moravian Church – Victoria, MN
Trinity Lutheran Church – Billings, MT
St. Paul Lutheran Church – Utica, NE
ACTS Church – Leander, TX
St. Peter & Paul Lutheran Church – Houghton, MI
The logo for Crossing Cambodia was designed by Caleb Trimm, an aspiring young graphic designer and drummer from Montreal, Canada who has a passion for missions and a heart for Cambodia. He has already been on at least one trip to Cambodia and we pray he will soon return. He was given free reign to design the logo and after some design back and forth he created a logo that we feel is simple and still represents the mission of Crossing Cambodia.
- The cross at the heart of the heart of the logo first and foremost shows our commitment to Christ and sharing His gospel message in all that we do.
- The downward arrow reminds us that Christ came down to us in order to bear the cross on which He died and redeemed us.
- The arrow going forward reminds us that we need to keep moving forward with the gospel message and that we are going to “cross” the nation of Cambodia with the love of Christ.