Joseph and Marilyn Chan, who are missionaries from the California-Nevada Annual Conference to Cambodia, will be itinerating this August from the 12th to the 26th. They will be available during this period to visit churches in the annual conference. If interested in scheduling a visit, contact Howard Parker, Conference Secretary of Global Ministries, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marilyn Sovann Chan has been serving in Phnom Penh since 1998 with the Methodist Mission in Cambodia as Women and Music Ministry Coordinator. Chan is involved in organizational development of Methodist women in Cambodia by seeking opportunities for exposure and leadership development through networking with local and international women's groups. She coordinates and follows-up on 'livelihood' projects – pig farming, silk weaving, bamboo basket weaving, vegetable farming, sewing, fish farming and hammock making. Chan also advocates, encourages, counsels and networks with local and international churches and non-government organizations that promote empowerment and attempt to improve the health, physical, emotional and spiritual growth of Cambodian women. (Photo by Cassandra Zambini.)
The Rev. Joseph Chan has been assigned to Phnom Pehn, Cambodia since 1998, where he has worked with evangelization and church growth. In August of 2006, Rev. Chan was ordained as an Elder of the Methodist Mission in Cambodia and in January 2007 he was assigned as District Superintendent of Kampong Cham, Kratie, Stung Treng, Ratanakiri and Mondol Kiri provinces. He serves on the Cabinet, Men's Committee and as an Executive Board Member of MMC.
His focus is helping local pastors and church leaders learn how to encourage and care for their congregations by empowering them to overcome spiritual oppression, poverty and authority oppression. He provides pastoral care and counseling to pastors and members who are in need of spiritual, emotional and economic support. Rev. Chan continues to network with other Christian organizations and non-government organizations. He facilitates the acquisition of land for churches and is involved in the building process. Joseph remains dedicated in promoting Cambodian hymns for use in all of the Methodist churches.
Missionary Katherine Parker, who has also served in Cambodia over the past five years in community health and agricultural development, will be visiting California-Nevada churches earlier in the spring from mid-May to mid-June. There are some remaining opportunities to schedule visits with her, although at this point her Sundays are all committed and other available times are dwindling. More information on Katherine and her visit is available at http://cnumc.org/news/detail/3679.