Ground-blessing for new church in Phnom Penh
By Yeo Hwee Lan
THE GROUND-BLESSING CEREMONY for the new building of Chress Methodist Church (CMC) was held on Sept 4, 2011, in the Cambodian city of Phnom Penh.
The Rev Dr Peter Wong, Pastor-in-Charge of Covenant Community Methodist Church (CCMC), conducted the service and the ceremony together with Pastor Rath Phirum, the local pastor of CMC. They have been renting the church grounds for many years and their ministry has grown. The purchase of land for the new church building is a provision from God and truly calls for thanksgiving.
Ten members of CCMC, including the Local Church Executive Committee Chairman, Mr Eddie Koh, also witnessed this event. It was a significant milestone for both CCMC and CMC as many members of CCMC have partnered CMC in their ministry outreach to Cambodian children and youths since June 2008. It was uplifting and encouraging to see the fruits of our labour, and to be able to come alongside our spiritual brothers and sisters in CMC with much prayer.
About 30 worshippers, including youths, attended the service and the ceremony. There was also a lunch fellowship after the ceremony. It was a joyous occasion as we were able to commit the land and the future new church building to God and to His glory, and pray with our brothers and sisters in Christ that they will remain faithful and strong in the Lord.
Yeo Hwee Lan is a Lay Ministry Staff at Covenant Community Methodist Church.