Psalm 92:12-14 (NLT)
But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted to the LORD’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green.
Having been one of the only 200 Christians who survived the Killing Fields, Pastor Kho Sok (pictured above) dedicated his life to seeing his nation transformed by the Gospel, and is now the oldest church planter in Cambodia. Even though he is now in his 80s, Pastor Kho is still dedicated to his vision.
Pastor Kho was born in 1932. By the time he was in elementary school, Kho had become friends with a young boy named Chhirc Taing whose grandfather was a leader in a local church in Phum Sramor Sangke Porng, about 16 kilometers from where Kho lived. In 1949, Kho came to the Lord and began attending the church where he grew in his faith. He later attended a two-year Bible training school in Takhmau under the leadership of Rev. Harry Taylor with the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). After his graduation, Kho went to serve as assistant to Pastor Bieng Chum in a local church in Khet Takeo. He fell in love with Pastor Bieng’s younger sister, Sary. They were married and moved to Skun in Khet Kampong Cham where they suffered the ordeal of the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979. Four of Kho’s siblings were killed by the Khmer Rouge.
In 2004, Pastor Kho attended the Institute of Church Planting Cambodia (ICPC) presented by AFCI Cambodia. Soon after his graduation, Pastor Kho was planting churches throughout Cambodia. The first church was in his home village, another followed in Khet Kandal, and a third was planted in a village on the Mekong River.
Barnabas Mam, AFCI Asia Ministry Advisor, recently had the privilege of worshiping with Pastor Kho and other members of his team in another of his church plants in Phum Chambakmeas. Pastor Kho gave a short and powerful testimony on how God protected his life in the Killing Fields, how the Lord anointed him to be trained at ICPC, and how the Lord sent him to plant four churches in his old age. Barnabas preached on “Jesus, the Passover Lamb” (Exodus 12:1- 14) and led the congregation in Holy Communion.
Pastor Kho Sok is the oldest of all the church planters who have ever attended ICPC. Kho and his wife, Sary, are blessed with eight children, 30 grand-children and 17 great grand-children. Their lives and ministries are living examples of Psalm 92 and producing abundant fruit even during old age.