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S.W.O.T. Analysis Summary
Cambodian glory came early in history. From AD 900 to AD 1300, the
time of the construction of Angkor Watt, Cambodia was the dominant
power in S.E. Asia. From that time onward Cambodia has been in
constant turmoil with more powerful neighbors to the east and west,
Vietnam and Thailand. It was pressure from these neighbors that
drove Cambodia into a colonial relationship with France, which
lasted for about 90 years ending in 1953. For the next 17 years
Cambodia enjoyed a brief period of peace known as the "Sihanouk
Tragedy was set in motion when the U.S. invaded Cambodia in 1970 in
order to facilitate their extraction from the politically unpopular
war in Vietnam. This led to the U.S. backed Lon Nol government being
established in Cambodia. With the final U.S. withdrawal and North
Vietnamese triumph in 1975, Cambodia was left to the mercy of the
communist victors; unfortunately, they had none.
Enraged by five years of relentless U.S. bombing the Khmer Rouge
took out their pent up hatred upon the Cambodian population. From
1.5 to 3 million people died out of a total population of 9 million
under the Pol Pot reign of terror. Pol Pot sought to set up a
communistic agrarian utopia. All modern development was considered
counter revolutionary and eliminated. Cities were evacuated and
schools, hospitals, water and sewer systems, libraries, factories,
bridges, hydroelectric dams and irrigation systems were
systematically destroyed. Cambodia went from being one of the most
developed countries in S.E. Asia to the least in 5 years. The
Vietnamese invaded Cambodia in 1979 to stop the genocide. This led
to continual fighting with the Khmer Rouge, with Vietnamese
dominance of the population centers, for the next ten years, ending
only when the Vietnamese benefactor, the Soviet Union, disintegrated
Various factions fought for control of Cambodia until the United
Nations intervened in 1992. A UN supervised election in1993 placed
the Royalists under King Sihanouk's son Ranariddh in power but
Communist leader Hun Sen refused to yield to the election results.
As a compromise a three-headed coalition government was established
only to be overthrown in a Coup de'tat in July of 1997 that placed
Hun Sen in absolute control. Presently, Prime Minister, Hun Sen is
moving the country toward democracy. The greatest obstacle to this
is the established corruption and cronyism of the existing leaders
and the absence of the "rule of law". At the present time in
Cambodia, the rich and the powerful rule, although steps toward
democracy are occurring on an increasing basis.
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A) There is relative freedom to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ
with the exception of arbitrary government, "Requirements". These
are not born of ideological beliefs as much as from greed and
political pressure from the Buddhist majority.
B) There is a hunger within the people for spiritual truth. The
tragic events of the past 30 years, and the failure of the current
value system to bring any kind of equity into the lives of the vast
majority of the population, have left people searching.
C) Christianity is rapidly growing in Cambodia. The Foursquare
Church grew from 1 to 42 congregations during the first 9 months of
D) The rampant, "Wild west" capitalism of the past eight years has
left Cambodia to be run by the will and whim of the, "Robber Baron"
E) Extreme poverty has driven many reproductive age women into
prostitution as a survival tactic. In Cambodia this profession lacks
the social stigma of Western cultures and is frequently patronized
by the men.
F) United Nations troops brought to Cambodia in 1992 introduced
wholesale A.I.D.S. Cambodia has the highest H.I.V. infection rate in
Asia with 100 new cases per day in 1999.
G) Constant warfare between various factions over the past 30 years
has left many areas of Cambodia virtual, "Landmine Gardens". There
are an estimated 1 to 2 million active landmines in Cambodia. One in
every 243 Cambodians is permanently disabled due to a mine.
H) A.I.D.S., landmines, poverty, poor health care, war, childbirth
complications and malnutrition have produced a disproportionate
number of orphans in Cambodia. Deaths from A.I.D.S. alone will
produce 43,000 new orphans by the end of year 2000. The extended
family system that has traditionally absorbed these orphaned
children can no longer handle the supply. In addition, the
temptation to, "Sell" orphaned children by impoverished relatives,
is making family placement risky.
I) Approximately 85% of Cambodians are rural and agrarian. The
Government is by far the largest non-agrarian employer. Soldiers,
police, teachers and civil servants are paid from $16-30 per month.
It takes from $50-150 (depending upon location) per month for a
family to survive in Cambodia. Incomes for government employees must
be supplemented. Some employees have second or even third jobs but
more have developed innovative methods of income enhancement
(graft). Police collect fines on the spot, teachers charge students
for instruction, and civil servants collect "fees" for services
J) More than 80% of Cambodians live below the international standard
for poverty. "Land grabs" by the rich and powerful coupled with
drought (1998), flooding 1996-97), medical emergencies and economic
depression have forced many rural Cambodians to sell land and left
the vast majority destitute.
K) The "Patronage" system of corruption infects the nation from top
to bottom. Many benevolent organizations have left Cambodia in
frustration over their inability to establish any kind of
self-policing system of governance. Even the family system has been
compromised by the selling of children, especially young girls, who
can bring up to $700 when sold into the brothel system.
L) The value system of Christianity and the centralized polity of
the Foursquare Church have endowed it with a core of honest,
dedicated leaders eager to demonstrate the love of Christ, and a
governmental system capable of dealing with lapses of integrity when
they do occur.
M) There are several Non Government Organizations (N.G.O.'s) in
Cambodia willing to work cooperatively with other groups when they
can provide leaders of integrity to accomplish the organization's
stated goals. Often there is an overlapping of purpose and areas of
shared mission between organizations.
N) There is a willingness of certain individuals, charitable
organizations and foundations in the developed nations to fund the
care of orphans if they can have confidence that their gifts will be
used for the intended purpose.
O) The Foursquare Church has established a nationally recognized
N.G.O., "Foursquare Children of Promise", dedicated to planting
churches, the care of orphans, and developing an economic and
agricultural base of support for the people of Cambodia.
P) Every Church in Cambodia faces the challenge of a "spiritually
hungry" population, the extreme poverty of the people and the
increasing number of orphans. Very few Cambodian churches own a
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Observation, Truth, Assumption &
Human existence consists of three
aspects, body, soul and spirit. God created all three to function in
harmony as a unified whole. Current missionary efforts in Cambodia,
as a reaction to the past error of establishing dependency building
material aid centers at the expense of proclaiming spiritual truth,
have shunned ministering social and material aid to the Cambodian
people. The result has been an anemic church with spiritually
informed but skeptical and impoverished believers. The church has
left the economic and social concerns of the Cambodian people to
secular agencies, which have often conflicted with church teachings
due to differing value systems.
… "I will build my church; and the
gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matt. 16:18) The
promise of Christ for triumphal power against the forces of darkness
in this world rests only upon the church. No other institution on
earth carries this guarantee. In addition, God is especially
interested in some specific social activities for the church,
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:
to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep
oneself from being polluted by the world." (Jas. 1:27)
God wants to bless Cambodia. Jesus
proclaimed: "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has
anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to
proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the
blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's
favor." (Luke 4:18-19) This message has not lost its potency in 2000
years. The concept of "Gospel Lift" is more than a "Warm fuzzy" from
some optimistic preacher, it is the truth of God intercepting human
The "Church" must be proactive in
developing spiritual life through the proclamation of the Gospel but
at the same time work in cooperative effort with other dedicated
organizations to bring holistic health to the body of Christ,
specifically to build strong families, assist the orphans, widows
and impoverished and thereby demonstrate our love for the total
person body, soul and spirit.
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"Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.
If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well
fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In
the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action,
is dead. But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show
me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I
To establish and build the Church of Jesus Christ in Cambodia by
proclaiming the truth of the Gospel and by demonstrating the love of
Christ in practical ways.
To establish and build the Church by proclaiming and demonstrating
the Gospel of Christ to the holistic community through ministering
spiritual, social and material truth to the Cambodian people.
Spiritually, this will be accomplished by evangelizing and training
the people in Christian truth and by equipping "called" spiritual
leaders from among them to plant new churches.
Socially, the Gospel will be demonstrated by teaching family values
and strengthening existing family structures, according to Christian
principles, to eventually absorb homeless children. In the interim
the church will be proactive by, feeding, housing, loving, and
training orphans, building facilities, and assisting destitute
Materially, the Gospel will be demonstrated to those without clothes
and daily food by assisting them with the establishment of
self-sustaining agricultural enterprises. City dwellers will be
assisted through appropriate cooperative training opportunities when
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Spiritual: The Cambodian Foursquare Church seeks to follow
the pattern of Spirit-empowered church development found in the book
of Acts. The plan is to strategically follow the four-stage pattern
of church development as adopted by Foursquare Missions
International. (See appendix A). Emphasis will be placed upon the
following areas for 1999-2001.
1) Training pastors and church planters through the establishment of
a Bible School with a short-term "church Planting" emphasis.
2) Develop lay leadership through training sessions held regionally
on a periodic basis.
3) Plant Churches as leaders are called, identified, trained,
dispatched and equipped.
4) Mobilize church members with an evangelical outlook and mission.
5) Demonstrate the Gospel through the Holy Spirit empowered ministry
of our Lord.
6) A major focus of the teaching of the Cambodian Foursquare Church
will be on strengthening family values and teaching Christian
principals of compassion, with a goal of eventually equipping church
members to absorb the supply of homeless children.
B) Social: "Suppose a brother or sister
is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I
wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his
physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself,
if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say,
"You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds,
and I will show you my faith by what I do." (NIV)
1) Every community is
faced with the problem of orphaned children.
2) Often widows are destitute and uncared for.
3) Family structures, devastated under Pol Pot, are not strong
enough to absorb the homeless children, children are frequently sold
4) The church is generally poverty stricken and unable to adequately
care for the children in the congregation let alone build a facility
for church meetings and the care of orphans.
5) Benevolent organizations are willing to help with the care of
orphans but difficulty with corruption make oversight of funds a
6) The Church will partner with organizations like International
Cooperating Ministries (ICM), Children of Promise (COPI), Warm
Blankets Foundation, Kids for the Kingdom and others to construct
church facilities to give a more permanent physical presence to
churches in each community.
7) The church has dedicated clergy who subscribe to ethics of
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When congregations sense the will
of God to care for orphaned children, the Cambodian Foursquare
Church provides pastoral leadership and disciplined oversight to
establish an orphanage within the local church setting.
The Cambodian Foursquare Church recognizes that the "Family" is the
God given and ordained structure for child rearing. The problem in
Cambodia is that the supply of orphans, the extreme poverty of most
families, the temptation to sell unwanted children, and the
devastation of family values under Pol Pot have rendered family
units incapable of meeting the demand.
Children of Promise, ICM, Warm Blankets Foundation, Kids for the
Kingdom and other benevolent organizations provide funding for the
monthly support of orphans and the construction of facilities. The
local church supplies leadership and a dedicated staff and benefits
by being able to demonstrate the love of Christ in a practical way
and by meeting in the orphanage facility.
Widows are housed at the orphanage facility as staff members and
given food, clothing and a meaningful job. The children receive
Christian care and upbringing and the church realizes a debt free
facility (see appendix B). The donor organizations have assurance
that their funds are used properly. The community benefits by
receiving care for orphaned children and by experiencing genuine
Christian love. The nation profits by the development of stronger
families, citizens with Christian values of compassion, and the
development of emerging Christian leaders.
C) Economic: Most of the Cambodian
people are agrarian (85%) peasants; more
than two-thirds are illiterate and the majority are landless. The
introduction of modern agricultural practices and improved livestock
varieties through the proven techniques of Heifer Project
International along with micro-enterprise development business
practices allows the community to become self-supporting and
empowered to reach out to help others.
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Heifer Project International benefits from finding leaders of
integrity to watch over the funding of their project (appendix C).
The church benefits by breaking economic bondage and dependency of
the members and by teaching the concept of the tithe (i.e. If you
have ten pigs to sell one belongs to God). The community benefits as
trained members "pass the gift".
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Foursquare Children of Promise (F.C.O.P.) is a nationally recognized
Non Government Organization (N.G.O.) licensed to operate anywhere in
the Kingdom of Cambodia by the Department of Social Welfare and the
Department of Cults and Religions. Specific authority is granted to:
1) Plant and develop churches.
2) Aid orphans.
3) Establish schools
4) Drill wells
5) Provide for agricultural and economic development.
6) Construct facilities as needed to carry out mandated
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(Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)
A) Builds strong, healthy, self-governing, self-supporting and
self-propagating churches in Cambodia.
B) Contributes to the development and training of church leaders.
C) Builds the church by demonstrating the love of Christ to the
Cambodian people in a manner that fulfills a requirement of "true
religion". James 1:27
D) Gives the church a debt free meeting facility.
E) Involves the local congregation in a participatory level. They
provide labor and service as they sacrificially give themselves to
the care of orphans.
F) Helps the Cambodian government by assisting in meeting an
expensive and embarrassing need - the care of homeless children.
G) Allows the benevolent donor organizations a high degree of
confidence in the proper use of funds.
H) Develops a renewable and sustainable economic base for the
I) Teaches the concept of tithing.
This plan is:
A) Subject to the uncertainty of foreign benevolence.
B) Subject to the favor of local and national government officials.
C) Subject to the integrity of leadership.
This plan has the potential to:
A) Develop 50 strong, healthy, reproducing congregations over the
next three years.
B) Provide for the care, education and Christian upbringing of 2000+
homeless children in Cambodia.
C) Provide for the development of a trained clergy.
D) Provide for the economic self sufficiency of church members.
E) Assist the Cambodian government in meeting an urgent need.
F) Fulfill the mandate of God.
This plan is vulnerable to:
A) The discontinuance of foreign support.
B) Government graft and corruption.
C) Governmental politics and control.
D) The failure to maintain a high level of integrity.
The Cambodian Foursquare Church recognizes that this is a departure
from "Business as usual" for Foursquare Missions International and
suggests that this plan be implemented as an experiment for the next
three years subject to annual evaluations of the effectiveness of
the plan in reaching stated goals.
It is the opinion of The Cambodian Foursquare Church that the
"pendulum" of missiology has swung too far in the direction of
indigenosity so as to neglect the social and economic aspects of
church health that may be beyond the reach of an impoverished
people. It is the intention of this experiment to bring balance
between the essential aspects of evangelism, compassion and
development in terms of growing healthy churches.
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