Our Mission

To effect change and share the gospel in Cambodia, one life at a time.

 

Our Vision

We will work develop sustainable Christian leadership in the nation of Cambodia.
We do this through…
  • Education and Mentoring – We will seek to provide educational opportunities and a Christian witness for children and young adults so that they can become Christian leaders in their homes, churches, and communities.
  • Christian Networking – We work with local churches and other mission groups in Cambodia to share and use resources in the most effective way possible.
  • Church Partnerships – We will partner with local churches to help them get the resources and training they need to lead and develop effective ministries and outreach programs to their local communities.
  • Mission Teams & Volunteers – We strive to place teams and volunteers in ministry sites where the local Christians are going to be fully involved alongside them in ministry and their gifts are going to be of greatest value to the local churches and community.

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 about seeds and dirt.  As any gardener or farmer knows, most soil doesn’t start out ready to be planted.  You have to work it to make it ready for the seeds.  Good soil usually doesn’t happen all on its own.  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.  We need to commit our time to softening the hardened soil of people’s hearts who have never heard the gospel before through loving service to them.  We need to take time to study God’s word with others to remove the rocks and barriers that keep them from forming a strong root in faith.  We need to be present to encourage others as we help to remove the weeds and assure them of God’s plans during the worrisome times in their lives.  When these things have been done the hearts of others will be like good soil and the Gospel message of Jesus Christ can take root and truly produce a bounty that we can never accomplish on our own.
 
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.
 
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I grew up in the Lutheran church.  Anyone who has worshiped with a Lutheran, or at least listened to Garrison Keillor talk about Lutherans, knows that Lutheran’s love to sing and they do it well.  One memory in particular that really sticks in my mind from childhood is listening to my mother and father in church singing the hymn, “They Will Know We are Christians by Our Love.”  The song sounded amazing in our church,  but the sound of the chorus has forever been recorded into my memory.
 
As I went through college and then traveled half way around the globe to a small country called Cambodia I have always been reminded of that chorus.  I believe that as a Christian, God has given each of us a calling to share our faith and the message of salvation to others through service to those around us.  Some of us in places like Cambodia and others in places like the burbs of America.  As I’ve been working here in Cambodia I think we need to do all we can to share our love with those around us and serve others so that they will know we are Christians by our love.
 
The goal of Crossing Cambodia is to reach out to others and share the gospel by first and foremost sharing the Love of Christ with all around us.  We will serve the people around us, we will give them the aid they need to support themselves and their families, and through it all we pray that they will see God’s love inside us, motivating us to keep on helping and keep on sharing what it is we believe.  We want the people of Cambodia to know we are Christians by our love.
 
Greg Holz
Crossing Cambodia Mission Director

 


The Crossing Cambodia Logo

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.

Caleb graciously volunteered his services and we are forever grateful for the great design he created.  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.