Posted by: Simon & Becci | May 23, 2013

The ends of the earth

Liberty logo with name

One of the things I love about being a Christian is that I am part of an ever-increasing family that stretches across the world. When Jesus sent out his merry band of 120 followers to be his witnesses, he tasked them with going to their city (Jerusalem), their nation (Judea), the nation next door (Samaria) and then to the ends of the earth.

This mission continues today and is why Becci and I are in Cambodia – to bring good news to people who need to hear it!

Our prayer is for our church to help people in our city experience the freedom that God offers, and we have been thinking it is important that the name of the church reflects this. Over recent months we have found that the word “Jubilee” did not really connect with Cambodians in their language so we have just changed the name of the church to “Liberty Family Church” (Or “Crum chor-num crew-sa sair-ray-pe-up” if you fancy practicing your Khmer!). We now have a website you can visit, and you can hear me share the vision of the church online – just click below to listen or, for Facebook users, click here for a summary.

We are well aware that our church needs to work alongside many others in the nation of Cambodia, in what is a critical juncture in its history with a new generation emerging after the dark years of the Khmer Rouge and its aftermath. There are many others we can work in partnership with here, with the Khmer Church gradually growing in strength as they work alongside mission agencies, church planting groups, development NGOs and others from overseas. Check out this excellent youtube video to hear from others working in the country:

Last month we had the privilege of spending a couple of weeks in one of our nearby nations as we travelled to Manila in the Philippines. We spent a wonderful few days with our friends Eden and Fe Singson, and saw first-hand the great church they are building and other projects they are involved with. Being in Manila made Phnom Penh feel very small: the 24 million people in the metropolitan Manila area is greater than the population of Australia and New Zealand combined!

Eden teaches in the rather quieter surroundings of Puerto Princessa on the isalnd of Palawan.

Eden teaches in the peaceful surroundings of Puerto Princessa on the island of Palawan.

After also stopping off in Hong Kong for two days on our way home (as you do), and having already travelled to Serbia, Turkey, Singapore and Australia this year, we are at very least visiting the ends of the earth! Whilst the travel may be fun, it’s not easy living, working and leading in another culture, but I can safely say it is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. To this end I just wanted to highlight the hard work, perseverance and all round brilliance of our friends Tom & Julie Eaton as they celebrate the 5th anniversary of GraceCity Church in Nagoya, Japan.

The work of newfrontiers in this part of the world may only just be beginning (you can now read my article about our recent conference in Sydney here) but its exciting to play our small part in God’s great plan as it unfolds to bring blessing to all nations.



  1. Hooray hooray 🙂

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