The need for effective training is greater than ever in Southeast Asia!
Fifteen years ago, a vision was born to train church planters in Cambodia how to evangelize a community and plant a new church. Thirty enthusiastic young men and women to attend this first training. This set a pattern, and each year 30 new church planters have been trained in an intensive course covering evangelism, discipleship, counseling, and church management. Now, close to 500 churches have been planted across the country; two of those churches are even in prisons. Each church averages 70 members, meaning that over 35,000 people have been reached with the Gospel.
Eight years ago, because of the success of this training, funds were raised to purchase land near the airport in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to build a permanent training center. The land, purchased at a cost of $245,000 is now valued at $700,000.
Last year, AFCI Cambodia began construction of a permanent training center on this land, and our desire is to complete the first phase in 2017. The Cambodian team has already moved in, and completion of the center will allow them to work toward raising the funds for Phase 2.
Once the Jubilee Center is complete, Cambodia will be able to train even more church planters and also use the Center for national and regional meetings.
Looking at the architectural drawing above, the building on the left is Phase 1. This is the largest of the two buildings and will hold 300 people on the ground floor for conferences and special meetings.