TCM’s Cambodia Team had its beginning when Ariel & Faith Mahilum became burdened for the Buddhist nation of Cambodia. Cambodia has experienced tremendous turmoil and suffering during the past few decades. The people want to turn away from that past to something that offers hope. The Mahilums sought to offer that hope in Jesus Christ. The Mahilums were later joined by Myra Omictin.
For ten years, TCM-Cambodia missionaries operated a dormitory for university students in the Phnom Penh, the capital city. English, computer and counseling classes were also offered. While meeting physical needs, the Team focused on evangelism, planting churches and training leaders. During this time, Julia Liles joined Team Cambodia.
The Cambodia ministry changed in 2018 with the closing of the dormitory and a focus on establishing churches in locations in Phnom Penh and in the village. James and Agape Bermejo moved to Phnom Penh to work with these churches and associated home fellowships. The Mahilums have since resigned from TCM and returned to the Philippines. Although still living and sharing the gospel in Cambodia, Myra also resigned in order to get married.
Team Cambodia continues to work together to bring the love of Jesus to this weary land. You, too, can be a part of the Team through prayer, communication and support.
Julia Liles entered Cambodia from the UK in 2015 and plunged directly into language study which takes up her weekday mornings. Despite her limited Khmer, she delights in distributing tracts to people she meets (even Buddhist monks!) and engaging in conversations about the Bible and Jesus Christ with neighbors and university students who are genuinely seeking for Truth. Julia is actively involved in discipleship and training women living in the TCM dormitory as well as engaging in the ministries of the Phnom Penh Grace Church, outreaches to children and youth in the surrounding villages and intervention efforts with human trafficking. Julia’s heart desire is to see Cambodians of all ages and walks of life enter into the Grace church to hear God’s Word and receive Christ. She longs to see the current believers develop a heart for evangelism despite their cultural shyness.
James and Agape Bermejo were redirected to the Cambodia Team in October 2017. They are seasoned urban church planters from the Philippines and will be leading the city ministry in Phnom Penh along with Myra and Julia. They live in a house that has meeting rooms and an office. They meet with Cambodians for ministry purposes several times per week. James and Agape are actively studying the Khmer language.