Cambodian teens respond to first ever missions boot camp

By August 12, 2004

Cambodia (MNN) — Cambodian boot camps for Christian youth? Many thought it wouldn’t work. But, Words of Hope’s is praising God for 49 leaders and team members at the first commissioning of that camp.

Steve Peterson is with Teen Missions. He says, “This is the very first boot camp that we’ve organized and run for training Cambodian teens in their own country (and) how to reach their people and have a vision for sharing the Lord.”

There was some skepticism about Teen Missions starting this kind of a boot camp there, but Peterson says God answered prayers. “A lot of people didn’t think we’d be able to get Cambodian teens to be willing to volunteer their time and to work hard and to volunteer their services for ministry for the Lord without cost, without any pay,” says Peterson.

American and Canadian youth set up the boot camp and helped train the Cambodian teen leaders.

Peterson says this training could make a huge impact for evangelism in Southeast Asia. “The youth are the future of any country,” says Peterson, “and, these young people from the churches and the orphanages here in Cambodia, as they catch a vision for the Lord and grow in their walk with the Lord and catch a burden for sharing Christ. They know the language. They know the culture. They are the most powerful missionaries for reaching Cambodia and the rest of Southeast Asia.”

You can help sponsor a teen leader who wants to attend these boot camps. The cost is just $250. Your investment in one young person will allow dozens of other young people to hear the Gospel.

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