Economic Justice in Cambodia

May 13, 2010

The following is a letter from Katherine Parker of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, who is serving as a General Board of Global Ministries' missionary, assigned to work with Community Health and Agricultural Development (CHAD) in Cambodia.

Grace and Peace to all my friends!
A quick note to say hello from Cambodia. The heat lingers as we wait for enough rain to start plowing.
At our Theology of Development training for pastors last week, I was overwhelmed when the pastors started connecting the concepts to small practical actions. It is so important for our pastors to have fellowship time, to study together and compare notes about what makes for effective ministry in Cambodia. 
Some great ideas came out about how to take a weekly rice offering for the poor, orphans, and widows. 
When we talked about examples of unjust economic situations in Cambodia the pastors discussed how weddings can be a significant economic drain for poor families, yet people tend to give smaller gifts to poor families than to wealthy ones (wedding gifts are always cash). Therefore, in living out our faith values on economic justice, we should strive to give an equal gift to everyone so as to reduce the hardship placed on poor families to host a wedding. 
It is a privilege to walk alongside as our young church is figuring out what it means to live an authentic faith in this place.
I am also grateful to GBGM in New York for producing a Hallelujah Moment bulletin insert about us this week. This and more are posted at Thanks for reading.
With joy,
Covenant Relationship (Advance #15187Z), Healthcare (Advance #3020542)