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    Salvation Army Work Begins in Cambodia

    Army now officially at work in 126 countries. November 27, 2012
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    Commissioner Park, Man-hee (Territorial Commander, Korea Territory) addresses the congregation, with translation into the Khmer language

    The General has announced that Salvation Army work has been officially established in the Kingdom of Cambodia, with effect from November 22, 2012, taking the total number of countries in which the Army has officially recognized work to 126.

    The potential for Salvation Army work in Cambodia has been a topic of conversation at International Headquarters since 2008, when the Korea Territory first expressed an interest in exploring the possibility of mission outreach there. A short-term ministry program to Cambodia was commenced by a small team from the Korea Territory in 2009. A member of that team, Young People's Sergeant Major Kim, Hong-soo, returned to Cambodia some time later and commenced a ministry with some university students in Phnom Penh.

    During the 95th corps anniversary celebrations at Ah Hyun Corps in the Seoul Division of the Korea Territory, a Declaration of Vision was made, one aspect of which was a commitment to plant a corps in Cambodia.

    While the short-term ministry was under way, various other aspects, such as legal registration of The Salvation Army in the Kingdom of Cambodia, were being pursued and have now been completed.

    The official opening was conducted by Commissioners Park, Man-hee and Kim, Keum-nyeo (territorial leaders, Korea Territory) in Phnom Penh on Thursday, November 22. They were accompanied by a group of 45 officers and soldiers from the Korea Territory. The officers appointed in charge of the new work are Captain Shin, Jin-kyun and Captain Lim, Hyang.

    The inaugural meeting was attended by civic dignitaries (including the Republic of Korea's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia) together with local church and business leaders.


    On Wednesday, November 28, 2012, Major John Gerard said:

    I am thrilled to read that Cambodia has opened their gates and allowed the Army to official " open air " in this country.

    I would like to know what western Salvationist can do before Christmas to help with gifts. We pledge to pray. But we need also to make contact with our new brothers and sisters and assure them of our prayers and concerns.

    Fire a volley !

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