Dear Lyla & friends at Tracyton UMC,
Thanks for your interest in an update about my work as a UMC missionary with CHAD in Cambodia and soon about work with the United Mission to Nepal.

In Transition

From Cambodia to ... Nepal

A little over five years ago, I showed up at the Global Ministries headquarters in New York and said in substance, "Here am I, send me." And they said, "Where we really need you is. . .  Cambodia!" And I said, "OK."

And what a joy it has been! Cambodia Methodism is a "mission initiative," an emerging church on a path to autonomy, and it has been my privilege to share with you some of the indicators of this over the years. Five years ago, I was one of 11 missionaries in Phnom Pehn. My departure brings that number down to seven. This is a great indicator of the strength of the mission as more programming and leadership is picked up by Cambodian nationals. Though the end of my term of itinerancy comes as an emotional jolt, it is with great joy that, as I leave Cambodia, the ministry continues in the hands of my friends.

So Global Ministries said, "Where we really need you now is. . .  Nepal!" And I said, "OK."

True, I am sad to be leaving Cambodia and at the same time tremendously excited about the challenges and opportunities in going to Nepal. I will write about the new work in future newsletters as I learn more. So far, I understand the work will be substantially focused on community outreach, like my work in Cambodia. I am hopeful that a significant essence will be on testing for drinking water quality, a passion I developed during my masters program at SacState which involved research in Ghana. In the language of missionary assignments, I will be "seconded" to the United Mission to Nepal, a long-established, inter-denominational Christian organization in the country.

I said good-bye on February 19th to the Community Health and Agricultural Development (CHAD) team, other members of the Methodist Mission in Cambodia and many friends I have developed over the past five years.

These past few months for me have been full of transitioning responsibilities to the capable hands of various Cambodian team members and the Social Concerns Committee. Mr. Thy will continue on as team leader, particularly overseeing the ongoing monitoring of project groups. Ms. Daneth was invaluable this winter as she picked up coordination of my former haunts in Kampong Speu and Takeo. Ms. Vannak has assumed much of the financial oversight for the program assisted by GBGM-Cambodia treasurer Helen Camarce. Mrs. Sophal will coordinate health access and advocacy ministries following the retirement in December of missionary Irene Mparutsa and her return home to Zimbabwe. And Mr. Ken will continue to advocate for holistic ministry throughout the church. I have great confidence that the program will continue to provide valuable support to the ministry of the church in Cambodia.

Please keep in touch with the ongoing work in Cambodia through stories on the blog Mr. Thy continues to write powerful testimonials of changes experienced by Cambodians for this site. Also new in 2012 was a CHAD program Facebook page with the name CommunityHealthAgriculturalDevelopmentCambodia.  Ms. Vannak has been regularly posting pictures to the Facebook page so I hope you will check it out.
More to come.

Itineration Schedule

Visiting churches and friends

On of my joys is the opportunity every three years to visit churches and supporters throughout the USA. Some of those visits are underway, some have yet to be scheduled. Here is the overall plan of where I will be when.

Washington State (February 24 - April 1)
Iowa (April 2 - 8)
New York (April 9 - 14)
Virginia (April 15 - 21)
Wellness in Atlanta, GA (April 22 - 27)
Oregon (April 28 - May 10)
California (May 14 - June 24)

More details of events and locations where I will be sharing are available in the calendar posted on the right hand column of my blog.

Supporting the Ministry

Your donations make this possible

Thank you for your ongoing prayers, messages and financial support for the many elements this work. Tax-deductible donations can be made through The Advance website (designated giving program of the United Methodist Church). 100% comes directly to the program since administrative costs are covered through other donations. Your local UMC will also be recognized when you give online.

The CHAD team works tirelessly with the people of Cambodia on programs of food security, sustainable livelihood development and health care access and advocacy. They continue to need your support. You can designate a gift for this ministry to Advance #14916a

You can support my new work with the United Mission to Nepal by a gift to the "Integrated Community Development Project" (formerly called Advocating and Strengthening the Rights of People with Disabilities) using Advance #3021568

As always, it is donations and covenant pledge commitments to Advance 15187z that enables to the UMC to send me and the hundreds of other missionaries supported by our church to various locations around the world. I am ever grateful to those individuals and covenant church partners whose contributions enable me to participate in this ministry.

I am excited to be joining the Health Team of the United Mission to Nepal* as a technical advisor for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). You can learn more about this wonderful organization at

Some highlights from 2012

Children at Sangkai Chrum perform The Blessing Dance, a traditional Khmer ballet popular within the Cambodian Christian community.
A community wide effort yielded 30 new latrines in L'ah village, Kratie province.
Three congregations gathering for a CHAD workshop at Bethany church in Jamkar Jeak village celebrate the baptism of 17 persons with Rev. Hong Phally presiding.
Ongoing recovery efforts from the Oct/Nov 2011 flooding included establishment of 35 new Rice Banks for increased food security and a national workshop organized by the Social Concerns Committee in partnership with UMCOR on Disaster Risk Management and Mitigation.
Food and fellowship.
A holiday visit to the Plain of Jars in Laos with my mother.
A new email!
For church related messages you can now reach me at

Personal emails can still be sent to or and to several other addresses you may have on file for me.
*My new appointment to Nepal has been confirmed by the cabinet of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. It is still pending a routein medical clearance scheduled for this coming April as well as final confirmation from the United Mission to Nepal.

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