During that time he discipled young Cambodian men in the Bible, mentoring them to live with a love and passion for Jesus Christ. John also worked with a Cambodian national pastor, evangelizing and church planting in a few villages outside of Phnom Penh. Four small house churches were formed and met regularly for prayer, teaching and fellowship.
Returning to the United States in 2001 to obtain needed medical care for one of our children, John spent two years working on administrative aspects for COP. A new board of directors was formed at that time as COP made preparations for their continued work in Cambodia. Since John's return to Cambodia COP has acquired International Non-Governmental Organization status with the Royal Government of Cambodia and has signed an agreement granting permission to carry out humanitarian aid efforts throughout all of Cambodia. (The gospel is "humanitarian aid"!)
COP has signed a Project Agreement in Cambodia to establish Cosette's Hope Children's Home, an orphanage to care for children orphaned by and infected with HIV and AIDS.
IRS granted Cambodian Outreach Project non-profit tax-exempt status
under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) effective August 1998. COP is
incorporated in the state of Colorado.
Cambodian Outreach Project (COP) was developed in
July 1998, after three men from Colorado visited Cambodia to explore
the prospect of ministering among the poor and outcast. That seven-day
trip proved to be life-changing as these men stood face-to-face with
the extreme poverty and hopelessness of a man made kingdom without
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