On October 23rd of this year Pastor Terry and Pastor Chris Lapel will fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia as guest training facilitators at the first Cambodia Christian Pastor’s Conference hosted by the Billy Graham Association (BGA). God has opened the door for the Gospel to be preached by Franklin Graham in a crusade scheduled for the fall of 2019, but first, pastors must come together in united faith and prayer and be trained to prepare their congregations.
This is the reason for the Pastor's Conference this October, as 200-400 pastors will gather on October 26-27. Pastor Terry will facilitate two sessions of the training from the first two chapters of Pastoring the Flock of God, written by our own Pastor Jerry Rueb. All the pastors will receive a copy of Pastor Jerry’s book which has been translated and printed in Khmer (the national language of Cambodia), along with a copy of the Billy Graham Counselors Handbook, which has also been translated.
The Lord has been miraculously bringing people and resources together in ways that only He could have done. Many of you were at church the weekend Pastor Jerry introduced Mie Takatsuji, Asian Ministries Coordinator for the BGA as she shared the hopelessness in her life before she received Christ. On September 29-30 you will have the opportunity to hear a testimony from Long Beach Pastor, Christopher Lapel, who survived the Killing Fields era of Cambodia where more than three million people were killed and buried by the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979. Pastor Christopher has raised up more than 200 churches in Northern Cambodia over the past 30 years.
From October 28 through November 1st Terry and Chris will facilitate a Pastoring the Flock of God training seminar for sixty pastors and church leaders at the Hope Bible Institute in Battambang; six hours North of Phnom Penh near the Thailand border.
Below is a short excerpt from one of the many articles you can read about Pastor Lapel’s life.
THE CHRISTOPER LAPEL STORY
Christopher Lapel was raised in Phnom Penh, the son of a Buddhist priest who served as one of nine advisors to King Norodom Suramarith and later to Prince Sihanouk. In 1970 Prince Sihanouk was driven into exile by the Lon Nol Regime, and then in 1975, Khmer Rouge soldiers armed with AK-47 rifles and B-40 rocket launchers ordered the Lapel family out of their house with most other people who lived in Phnom Penh. That began a genocide which did not end until 1979. During that time Christopher lost both parents and his brother and sister. He eventually escaped Cambodia and came to a refugee camp in Thailand. It was there that he found Christ and later his wife, Vanna.
The United States government resettled Christopher and Vanna in Lincoln, Nebraska where Christopher worked in the Refugee Resettlement Program for five years. The Lapels eventually relocated to Long Beach. California. Christopher attended and graduated from Hope International University and in 1988 was called as pastor to the English and Cambodian congregations of Golden West Christian Church in Los Angeles, where he serves to this day.
Golden West began to provide support for Christopher to make short-term mission trips to Cambodian refugee camps in Thailand and soon he planted two churches. As these new Christian refugees were repatriated back to Cambodia, they took the gospel with them and with Christopher’s leadership began planting church after church. God began to fulfill Christopher’s vision of evangelizing his home country by providing the resources to build Hope Bible Institute, a college for future Cambodian church planters. For the past 30 years, the Lord has assembled teams of pastors and college faculty from Hope International to travel to Battambang twice a year to facilitate Bible and Christian leadership classes for as many as 300 leaders from more than 200 churches that have been planted by Pastor Lapel.
In 2002, Cornerstone’s Pastor Terry Miller was serving as Worship and Church Ministries Pastor for Stonecreek Christian Church in Rancho Santa Margarita. It was there he met Pastor Lapel and was asked to join one of the Hope Bible Institute teaching teams. Over the years, Pastor Terry has continued his pastoral teaching trips to Cambodia and is very excited and grateful to be teamed up once again with his good friend and fellow pastor, Christopher Lapel. We ask for your prayers for both Chris and Terry as they embark on this training program.
"The Lord has been miraculously bringing people and resources together in ways that only He could have done."
"From October 28 through November 1st Terry and Chris will facilitate a Pastoring the Flock of God training seminar for sixty pastors and church leaders at the Hope Bible Institute in Battambang; six hours North of Phnom Pen."
"Christopher Lapel was raised in Phnom Penh, the son of a Buddhist priest who served as one of nine advisors to King Norodom Suramarith and later to Prince Sihanouk."
"Over the years, Pastor Terry has continued his pastoral teaching trips to Cambodia and is very excited and grateful to be teamed up once again with his good friend and fellow pastor, Christopher Lapel."