Heavenly Treasure Church’s story
Our goal in church planting is to apply a holistic/transformational ministry development plan. Because Cambodia is a developing country, we have found it necessary to address both people’s spiritual and physical needs while church planting. We are concerned for the poor and as Paul states in Galatians 2, we, too, are eager to address their physical needs as well as their spiritual needs.
A registered, sustainable church plant (that is, reproducing disciples that are not dependent on us), named Heavenly Treasure Church, is the outcome of this type of holistic work among the poor in Cambodia.
Heavenly Treasure church was planted among a factory worker community on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. A pastor and his wife watch over and care for the young women sweat shop workers who rent rooms.
Students from our college ministry befriended the workers and cared for them. When they were sick or needy, they provided medicine and took them to the doctor with help from our project fund. Our project fund also helps educate and care for the children of single factory worker mothers.
We look at ourselves as facilitators that come alongside believers to provide the booster rocket/energy that they need to be launched into a sustainable thriving community of believers.
At first, yes, the ministry needs help and resources to lift off. Once, though, the factory workers experience the love of Christ, the love of the body of Christ, respond to the gospel and are taught how to run an effective ministry, they do not need our energy anymore to keep them successfully reaching for new heights.
In the beginning of the factory worker ministry, we built rooms which provide a small profit for the church through rentals. We also gave no-interest loans to those gifted in business in the ministry. They, in turn, provide resources for the church. The ministry is now financially self-sustaining after the initial investment. The factory workers, too, are tithing and giving their time and resources to the church. They are witnessing in the large garment factories and bringing them to the church. When they go back to their villages, they teach and witness to family and friends.
Please help us to help others spiritually and physically by donating to our project fund. See our Donate Page. Thank you.