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At Wellspring we have embarked on a relationship with a couple of communities in Cambodia!
We are passionate about the majority world and being deeply engaged with our brothers and sisters in Christ who live in poverty. We are motivated by the disconnection between the Australian church and the church overseas and the desire to see the church in Australia to have a deep care, concern, involvement and advocacy for Christians there.
Our desire is to establish a mutually beneficial partnership with a local church and community in a way which empowers, blesses and grows our communities in Cambodia and Australia. We want to help with the physical and spiritual needs of this community but also allow the Khmer people to teach, correct and assist us.
A critical idea to keep in mind as we embark on this journey is to allow our thoughts, expectations and the visual outworking of the relationship to be moulded by one another and our joint experiences. We are diverse cultures, peoples, experiences, world views and socioeconomic backgrounds which will profoundly affect our approach to relationship. This is actually something of joy and strength as well as challenge!
We have begun this relationship with Abraham Hang and the community at New Andong Village and the Anglican church and Project Khmer Hope (PKH). To find out more about Abraham and Andong go here. To find out more about the Anglican Church and PKH go here.
We want everyone to be involved, to know and love deeply and to benefit from the relationship with our partners. Here are some thoughts on how you can be involved in the relationship. Of course as the relationship grows and develops we will discover more ways to share and relate!
Any ideas are appreciated!
Stay informed. We will share communication from our partners and from us to them regularly. Please take the time to find out about them, what God is doing amongst them and what needs they have.
Understand and know their cultural background. Take and read books from the Cambodian resources area. Watch documentaries, go online.
Consider how they may help us. A crucial part of relationship is not only considering how we may bless them, but also how they may bless us. We need to consider this prayerfully and honestly!
Go on a mission exposure trip. We will conduct regular mission exposure trips, where you can learn from, work alongside and share with our sister communities. These can occur at various times throughout the year, please let Tim know if you want to join one and he will organise them to occur at suitable times.
Go for longer, 3 months, 6 months, a year or more. We will match your skills and experiences with strategic needs in our sister communities. We will organise your training, preparation and pastoral support. Imagine the possibilities and what God is calling you to! Maybe you can take a year off study, long service leave, leave without pay!
Support missionaries, mission agencies and go long term. We see this relationship as complimentary too established, long term, mission agencies and hope that it will see more people engaged and involved in mission. See our long term page for more info.
Give generously! Primarily we want you to give of yourself in relationship with the people in Cambodia. However we are carefully considering, with our sister communities, how our resources might best empower kingdom growth here and there. Go here for more information on how you can give and where your gifts are going.
In this relationship we will come to know and love one another deeply and empower the other to be God’s people in their place.
More information can also be found in the papers here.