Called to serve

15 Aug, 2013 | Cambodia
OM International
Koem Vannak (31) and his family are preparing to leave for Logos Hope this month. They will be the second missionaries to be sent out since OM Cambodia started in 2006.
Koem Vannak, 31, and his family will be commissioned on Sunday, 25 August 2013 to join Logos Hope for one year. Since OM Cambodia started in 2006, he will be the second OMer to be sent out from Cambodia.

Raised in a Buddhist family in Kampong Saom-Shihanoukville, Vannak ran away from home as a teenager to escape his father’s alcoholism. During the next few years, Vannak’s parents became Christians and prayed daily for Vannak’s salvation. When Vannak returned home four and a half years later, they asked him what he wanted to do. “I want to study English,” Vannak replied. Introducing him to their pastor a few weeks later, Vannak’s parents asked their pastor if he had any work for their son. “No, I just want Vannak to study the Bible,” the pastor replied.

Vannak started studying at a Bible college, and it was during this time that he came to faith. “When I saw the movie The Passion of the Christ, I broke down in tears and confessed my sins to God,” said Vannak. “I saw Jesus’ love, and started to serve. During my studies, I taught Sunday school and led Bible studies for youth at our church. I told my pastor to send me wherever he wanted me to serve [the] Lord.” 

Upon graduation in 2007, Vannak’s pastor put him in contact with Pastor Lee from Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Since then, he has been serving as assistant pastor of World Vision Church, an OM church plant. In 2008, Vannak married Sek Nary from OM Cambodia, and together they have a four-year-old daughter.

“I spent 10 days on Doulos when it was in Cambodia and have prayed that God would send me into world missions ever since. I really love to serve!” added Vannak.

Praise God for raising up Christian workers in Cambodia and for preparing Vannak and his wife, Nary, for world missions. Pray that finances for their flight and monthly expenses would be covered, and for wisdom as they seek to serve God wherever needed. Pray that Nary’s siblings would come to believe in Jesus through the testimony of her life and experiences.

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