Gospel Community Church
In the summer of 2009 we planted a church in Saang, and this year we will be celebrating our 7-year anniversary! Staff from our Khmer leadership team pastor the growing congregation, with the Hansons serving as apostolic advisors. In addition to weekly services, GCCS has women’s and men’s groups, youth discipleship, ecumenical events, children’s ministry, Sunday School, nursery, counseling, benevolent programs, and more.
GCCS is founded on the belief that the Body of Christ is meant to be a living, active presence in the community, exemplifying the Kingdom of God through the lifestyle of his people. We are all growing and learning together as we seek his will for Saang!
We are in touch with our community and it’s needs, we are always looking at ways that will help our area grow in life and welfare as well as Education. Providing skills training that empowers and equips for small business ownership and management as well as job creation and home industry.
In collaboration with local government, we also provide seminars and events to raise awareness of community issues (health and hygiene, family management, anti-trafficking, family issues, domestic abuse, etc) by offering practical and Biblical solutions to the surrounding community.
Sak Saum, the Khmer word for “dignity”, is a program designed to help at-risk and trafficked women through counseling, education, and job skills training. Women in our program receive counseling, are trained in income-generating skills, receive life-skills mentoring, and take part in daily devotional times. We also provide housing for those without a safe place to stay and childcare for women with young children.
In addition to the women in our full-time program, we also provide income and discipleship to impoverished and at-risk individuals (both men and women) outside of our regular program. This is accomplished by employing them at our fair-trade sewing facilities or purchasing supplies and materials they produce. By pouring into lives with the love of Christ, we are seeing many be restored and transformed in beautiful ways.
Father’s House, a facility for orphaned, at-risk, and trafficked children. We are excited to announce that our Fathers House program has been successfully concluded August 2018. This past year we have seen the remaining children graduate from High school. With our guidance and influence and training of the past 12 years the members of the Fathers house have grown from children into educated young adults ready to take on life. We have watched as some have gone onto university, some have applied with the military and others have retained jobs in Phnom Penh, while some have decided to stay on the campus and work with our Sak Saum intern program. All to say we are so blessed to see the influence from the Fathers House has inspired young people into the next steps of life with confidence, equipping, and empowerment.
Loaves & Fish
Our Loaves and Fish program provides food, hygiene supplies, clothing, medical care, and education to orphans, widows, and the desperately poor. In Cambodian culture, these are three groups that are often ignored or ostracized. Our goal is to not only meet physical needs, but to integrate them into their communities as equal and valued individuals. This is accomplished by discipleship, education, Love and understanding. Love does something to empower and equip others.