17th February 2020

Cambodia: Ecological Farming

Today while I was walking on by the riverside, I saw Mr. Dang spraying in his farm. A simple smile led us into conversation. He drew my attention. Out of curiosity, I asked him what kind of pesticides he was using to protect plants? He replied, he doesn’t use any pesticides to kill insects. He said, he uses water from a septic tank and cows’ … Read more

Battambang, Cambodia: Bon Phoum – A Village Blessing

We witnessed another unique Khmer-Christian Festival today (Feb. 5) in Chomnaom (ចំណោម). The Bon Phoum which literally means Village feast or Village blessing in Chomnaom started when Fr. Totet SJ was the parish priest of the place in 2002-2005. The idea actually originates from the Cambodian tradition of thanksgiving after the harvest season. The Christianised tradition was warmly accepted by the villagers making it a … Read more

Muka, East Malaysia: Asian Cluster Meeting of the Mill Hill Missionaries

The Asian Cluster Meeting was held in Mukah, Sarawak, East Malaysia from 20th to 24th January 2020. The Society Representatives from mission areas of Pakistan, India, Malaysia and the Philippines met together with the Asian Councillor who facilitated the meeting. The General Superior who happened to be in Sarawak for an official visitation of the membership there also attended the meeting. The meeting began with … Read more

Cambodia: Singaporean Christians on Solidarity Mission

We had another meaningful experience today in Kompong Khleang village, a floating community (during rainy season) approximately 50km from Siem Reap. The church has no chapel in the area but there is a student learning center. This time, I was privileged to be able to join the Singaporean group of 32 including 2 Singaporean priests (A redemptorist and a diocesan priest) and an Indonesian Jesuit … Read more

Cambodia: In Recent Years the Church has Experienced a Slow, but Concrete Rebirth

“With a spirit of service, we must communicate the message of salvation of the Gospel and accompany the population towards a path of fullness of life”. This is what Father Mario Ghezzi, missionary of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) said in an interview with Agenzia Fides, who for seventeen years worked in Cambodia, talking about the challenges of the local Church in the … Read more

Christmas Greetings from Cambodia

Christmas Greetings from Siem Reap, Cambodia!!! We had a meaningful and memorable first Christmas celebration in Cambodia 2019. We hope you also had a meaningful one wherever you are. As beginners, we are progressing in our language (speaking , reading and writing) in fact we just finished the syllabus for beginners and hopefully next year by February or March we will be sent to Phnom … Read more

Cambodia: ‘A light to the Gentiles’

Jesus Farm was filled with about 300 people; children and adult (mostly non-Christians) as we celebrated our Christmas mass yesterday. Jesus Farm is one of the parish outstations which is about an hour and a half drive from the parish Church. Since some outstations like Jesus Farm are very far and we lack priests to celebrate khmer mass, Christmas masses are celebrated earlier so people … Read more

Cambodia: Village Christmas Party

While I missed the first day Aguinaldo mass in the Philippines , I am also gradually introduced to a unique Cambodian Christmas celebration as I attended today for the first time , the Christmas party in one of the villages in Siem Reap; the Anlong Sa community. Attended by mostly grandmothers, mothers and young children, I was impressed by their simplicity and contentment. They are … Read more

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