In 2004 my sister had an accident and broke her leg. During a hospital visit, we met a Christian man named David who was the dorm leader at New Life Fellowship Church in Phnom Penh Thmey. David shared with me about the dorms, and how I could be taught English and computer skills for free. I decided to give it a try despite the fact that I was raised in a devout Buddhist family. When I moved to the dorms, it was not easy being exposed to Christianity and Jesus. Although I struggled from time to time, the young men at the dorms encouraged me and helped me grow. Keenly aware and burdened by great sin in my life, I accepted Jesus as my savior when I read Isaiah 1:16 “I will remove your sins...” My life progressively changed, and God delivered me from all my addictions. He restored me to my family and removed hate, anger, and fear from my heart. My mother saw a real difference inside me and stated “You have truly changed at the place of Jesus in only 6 months, while I have been trying to change you for 20 years. Take me to your God!”
I continued living at the dorms for 4 years getting computer training, learning English, and I also earned a college degree. The young men that welcomed me in the dorms of New Life Fellowship Church have become my best friends. Together we have seen God work in our families and bless us with our own families to care for. Since coming to Christ, my mother, sister, brother, and other relatives have accepted the Christian faith and have rejected Buddhism. The Lord has used the dorm ministry to make all the difference in my life, and I will always pray for the young men who live there.
Hello. My name is Vuth Rath and I’d like to share some events of my life that led to my transformation in Jesus Christ. My childhood and the years to follow went down a dark path when my father was unable to continue working and my family lost the majority of our possessions. At a young age of 16, I began getting involved with an evil crowd who introduced me to smoking, drinking, and prostitutes. This was the beginning point of a 6-year drug addiction and a criminal lifestyle. I was often angry and violent towards those around me. I felt useless and was completely broken; convinced I was a great dishonor to my family.
During the first year, I became curious about Christianity so I took many bible classes to learn more. I also went to church on Sundays. Soon I got very involved with the youth program as well. Through these different activities, I began to feel God’s love and I sensed that He was softening my heart. This kind of love was something I had never experienced in Buddhism before. In 2010 after listening to a Sunday message from Pastor Sophea, I decided to give my life to Jesus. In October of that same year, I was baptized to show the conversion that took place in my life. I continued to be discipled through bible classes and served in various ministries at the church.
In 2014, I became a dorm leader here and received my bachelor’s degree. I got a great job at Bloom Café here in Phnom Penh, which is a Christian organization that hires abused and disadvantaged women to help them gain skills and improve their circumstances. I believe God has given me a calling to help girls and women who feel they are hopeless. At work and in the dormitory, I am able to minister to them and let them know about their value in Jesus, that He is the one who heals and restores their broken hearts! My younger sister has also become a Christian through all of this, and lives in the dorms with me now. I do not know what my life would be like if I had not moved to the dorms when I was 19 years old. I thank God often for using this to change my life and for using me to lead other girls towards Him while living here.
My name is Socheata Lev and I am currently a leader at the New Life Fellowship Girls Dormitory here in Phnom Penh Thmey. I came from my village when I was nineteen years old to live in the dorms while studying for a degree in Banking and Finance. My village Prey Romeas, is not far from Phnom Penh Thmey so I was already familiar with the New Life Fellowship Church before coming to live in the dorms. At first I did not want to live in the dorms because I did not want Christian influence in my life. At the time I was very strongly following Buddhism. Eventually I decided to live there because we only had to pay a little bit of money for utilities and we could come to English and computer classes at the church for free.
However the scholarship did not cover room and board, and my family was not able to financially help me in this way. I feared that I would not be able to continue my education. A high school classmate of mine told me that he was going to Bible School in Phnom Penh, and went to a local church called New Life Fellowship Phnom Penh Thmey. He learned that the church sponsored university students to live in their dormitories for free. I was very glad to hear about this because it meant that I could continue my education.
While living in the dorms, I was invited to bible studies every evening and to church on Sunday mornings. While observing the church leaders and their families, I saw true genuine love among them. The love they showed toward me was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. After a year of living in the dorms, I prayed that Jesus would lead my life and I felt as if something inside of me was coming alive. In that moment, I experienced love and peace from God that lifted all the pain from my heart. While living in the dorms, I did earn my teaching certificate and bachelor’s degree in chemistry, but I also became a leader in the church. God has given me the calling to become a pastor, and I am currently the campus pastor of a village church not far from Phnom Penh. God has also blessed me with my beautiful wife Heather and our beloved son Anderson. By living in the dorms, our heavenly Father has prepared me to be a loving father and husband toward my family. This opportunity of living in a Christian dormitory has completely changed the course of my life and was the starting point of my new life in Jesus Christ.
My name is Pheap Mey and I would like to share how living in the New Life Fellowship men’s dormitory has made a tremendous impact on my life. I was born in 1984 and grew up in a small village in the Prey Veng province of Cambodia. I lived with my mom and dad, and I was the oldest of nine children. Unfortunately I did not have a positive relationship with my father. He was emotionally and physically abusive, and this caused me to hold a lot of pain, resentment, and frustration in my heart. I didn’t know what true love was. When I finished high school, I was fortunate to receive a scholarship to study at a university in Phnom Penh to become a Chemistry teacher.