Pentecostal congregations and community development: A study of church engagement in the field of education in Cambodia supervisor
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Filipino missionaries went to Cambodia in the 1990s. Primarily, aiming to preach the gospel to Cambodians. These missionaries established the Three Pentecostal congregations and in the long run they were able to establish English language centres and pre-schools. The purpose of this thesis is to gain understanding on how and what the church is doing that impacts the community. Interviews and observations of selected programs were conducted in the field to collect data. After analysing the data, the result reveals that the main needs of Cambodia is “Education” This is the reason why these Pentecostal congregations that I visited, both in Phnom Penh and Battambang offered different activities such as English language school, free dormitories for students from different villages who cannot afford to pay for dorm rentals. They also offered different programs that help the community to improve their life values, and economic status. And as a result, these activities have developed individuals and the community. There were changes in their old perspectives in life and received hope for a brighter future. Pentecostal congregation in Cambodia did not just exist for the gospel but also to help the community to improve their lives and prepare the new generation for the future.