New House ChurchWorshiping with the new church on the front veranda of our house.

In November we changed houses from the south part of the city to the northern part for a couple of good reasons.  Sharon has had a really long commute to work each morning.  Also, there was no church in that part of town.  So, we chose a house with enough parking spaces for the SNACK trucks and would be conducive to church assemblies.

Our new house and SNACK OfficeThe SNACK trucks parked beside our new home preparing to go out to the countryside to bless the children.

The University Church of Christ which meets in the south and with whom we had served from the beginning strongly encouraged us in our mission to plant a new church in the north.  They sent us out with blessing and prayer December 7th.

Try preaching at UcoCAn older photo of Try preaching for all of us at the University church of Christ.

Right away, we began inviting the SNACK staff to invite their neighbors for lunch and worship.  We have normally had about 15-20 people, mostly Christians but a few others with faith who had not yet committed themselves to following Jesus only.  We were really encouraged that on the two occasions when we were out of town, the church met, ate together and worshiped just like any other Sunday.  Normally, we are the only foreigners/missionaries in attendance.

Worship at our new houseThe church gathered to worship inside our new house (without us there).

Sunday, 26 January we noted that there were some non-Christians who had not yet given themselves over to Christ so we helped a newer young Christian tell the gospel story.  Two of the young disciples decided to have Jesus clean them from their sins, receive His Holy Spirit and become a new creation in Christ.

Vutha baptized by BothVutha, 26 being baptized by Both

With a little encouragement and mentoring we asked one of the other young men (who had only ever witnessed baptism when he was baptized at one of the SNACK villages) to perform the baptisms.

Poun baptized by BothPhoun, 23 being baptized by Both

We welcomed Vutha and Phoun into the family of God as He added them to His church.  Please join our prayers that these two new babes in Christ will grow and flourish in the grace and peace of God, that they will tell many others what the Lord has done for them, and the others who are not yet Christians will decide to give their lives entirely to Christ Jesus, our Savior.  We praise God with you and with all the hosts of heaven that our new church is making new disciples and new Christians.

 After baptismsleft-to-right Dennis, Kolab, Phoun, Vutha, Noeurn, and Both

Encouragement to grow.Encouraging our new family to help one another grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus.


About Mission Cambodia

Dennis and Sharon minister in Phnom Penh to share the “Good News” of Jesus to the Cambodian people. Dennis trains in sowing, watering, disciple-making, church-planting, discipleship and leadership. Sharon directs the SNACK Program, an holistic outreach to poor, malnourished children and their families in the Cambodian countryside.
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  1. zack blaisdell says:

    God bless Dennis, Sharon, the SNACK program, and the new church there in Cambodia 🙂 That is so awesome seeing disciples making more disciples! Praise God. Grace and Peace.

  2. Dear Dennis and Sharon,
    Just wanted to let you know that we were in our prayer time asking the Holy Spirit to speak to our hearts. My phone rang, a wrong number with someone asking for Sharon Welch. My roommate looked you up and found you ate Christians involved in mission work. I have served on the mission field and was thrilled to see the way God is building His body through your dedication.
    Be encouraged! God sees you and is calling total strangers from Chelan, WA to pray for you.
    Debbie Miller and Tina Ogle

    • Hello Debbie and Tina,
      Thank you so much for your encouraging note. Yes, the Holy Spirit of Jesus is busy every place all the time. We are grateful that He led you to our sacrifice of service to to Him, His church and to all these little children in Cambodia. As always, to God be all glory!

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