A soccer player who survived the Cambodian genocide in the 1970's is committed to reaching young people in that country for Christ.
As a member of the Cambodia National Soccer team, Kiri Nguon was known as the Pele' of his country. But he was forced to flee his country to escape the Khmer Rouge regime led by Pol Pot that slaughtered more than a million people.
Nguon eventually made it to a refugee camp in Thailand, where Christian missionaries led him to the Lord and helped him come to the United States where he became as pastor.
But his native country has always been on his heart.
"He told us that he was willing to go back to Cambodia and eat nothing but rice and salt if it was necessary to reach the young people of Cambodia for Christ," recalls Marcia Stevenson, president of California-based ministry Harvest Alliance International.
Harvest Alliance has been partnering with Nguon, who returned to Cambodia more than a decade ago and is using soccer to reach young men for Christ.
"He feeds them. He teaches them soccer skills," Stevenson says of the minister. "But after each soccer practice he holds a Bible Study. And a lot of these young men have now come to Christ and are helping him."
Nguon's ultimate goal is to create a sports camp in Cambodia but he needs property and sponsors.
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