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An Unlikely Leader Emerges in Cambodia

Faith2Share and our members know the importance of Christian leadership and we were thrilled to read a recent report from Faith2Share member Asian Outreach Alliance (AOA) about their work with a local man in Cambodia. As a quiet and softly spoken middle-aged man, Yan Bunsan is not a typical Christian leader in his rural village. He wanted to get involved in ministry, but most of his peers said he was too quiet. Yan Bunsan was very disappointed but instead of giving up, he approached Asian Outreach Cambodia (part of AOA) for facilitation skills training and guidance on building a strong community network. He wanted to show how committed he was!

Together with three other pastors, he has successfully established a thriving mushroom-growing livelihood programme, a cow bank for the poorest families in his village, a credit scheme and a gender-based violence support network.

Yan Bunsan said, “Many people thought I wouldn’t be able to do anything to help my church or village, but the training equipped me to identify needs and develop solutions. Before I was an ordinary church member and only took care of my family, but I was convinced that we are called to tell others about Christ, to baptize and teach them to live a godly life. I was not brave, but now I am a leader in my church. I help to solve problems in my village! I am really proud and want to thank AOC for strengthening indigenous workers like me to help our own communities”.