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Torquay church's Cambodian mission 

Members of a Torquay Baptist church are preparing for a major mission trip where they will be working alongside street children and vulnerable women.

Precious400The 10-strong team from Barton Baptist Church travel to Cambodia for two weeks in November to work with two established ministries there.
It’s the first time the church has undertaken such a mission and it came about through a family connection from a couple within the church, as minister Richard Matcham explains. 'Their [the couple’s] daughter attends a church in Victoria, Australia called 'Riviera Christian Centre' (not bad considering Barton is in the 'English Riviera'), and this church have partnered with two ministries in Cambodia for 15 years, so have lots of experience.
'I said wouldn't it be great if we (Barton) partnered with them and joined them on the next possible trip. The couple said it was a great idea and that was that.’

The church is joining two ministries: Transform Cambodia and Precious Women

Transform Cambodia provides street children with an education in English and a meal each day. The families of the children are consequently given rice every month to compensate for the loss of income sustained in removing their child from work.

Women working in the sex industry are taught skills for trade by the ministry, Precious Women. These skills may include hand-crafting items or skills for work in the hair and beauty industry. This ministry helps the women to gain skills for trade outside of the sex industry, whilst keeping safe.

On this first visit, the team go with the mission to see what's going on already; to learn, to pray and to serve as needed.

Richard said, ‘I think our over-riding concern is to walk humbly, listen carefully, pray greatly.’

Barton Baptist sees this as a whole-church mission, adopting the inclusive mantra, 'some people will go; some people will stay; everyone will pray'.

Richard explained how this prayerfulness is central to their collective mission. ‘This way, we include everyone whilst highlighting not only the supreme importance of prayer, but also our collective responsibility as church to pray!’ he said.

Preparing for the mission is another way the church has come together. They have established a prayer-prompter box in preparation for the mission, which means that everyone in the church has someone to pray for.

The team has also been quizzing up on Cambodian history and church members have come up with creative fund-raising activities including hosting a whopping 8 course Cambodian meal.

Baptist Times, 28/07/2015
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