Children's program worker | Cambodia

  • Service term length or program: Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service: Asia
  • Location: Cambodia
  • Ministry category: Education, Community development, Health

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Help with a children’s character development program, and possibly discipleship and mentoring within a rural house church movement. College degree in education preferred.

Regional vision
To include a greater emphasis on disciple-making in the dorm ministry in Cambodia, expand impact among children at risk in Cambodia, and participate in business ventures in several locations. To see the churches in Cambodia and Thailand grow in mission, reaching out to their neighbors and beyond; to see vibrant indigenous churches rising and thriving to glorify God in unique ways throughout Southeast Asia. To invite workers to bring new vision to this region.


  • Participate in children's program activities and/or provide basic medical care in a rural clinic.
  • Invest time in relationships with rural Cambodians.
  • Meet one to two times per week with children’s program leaders John and Debbie Coats.

All long-term and short-term missionaries engage in Launch, EMM’s discipleship training course, before and during their assignments. Phase one of Launch includes personal discipleship activities through online modules. For phase two of Launch, participants spend one to two weeks learning alongside their Launch cohort (a group of others preparing for service) before heading to their outreach locations. In phase three of Launch, workers continue to connect online with their Launch cohort for up to a year as they navigate ministry in their country of service. 

Cambodia has three seasons: hot, rainy, and cool. It can be a challenging place to live at times, with inadequate health care, high temperatures, poor infrastructure, and substandard quality in many areas. However, there is a lovely simplicity about daily life, and the Khmer people are often friendly and fun-loving. There is delicious food, beautiful countryside, and many ways to engage with the younger generation. Cambodia was greatly affected by the Khmer Rouge, and still experiences much injustice, corruption, and disunity. There has been extremely rapid social change in the past 20 years, with many village families having at least one family member working in the city or abroad. The religious landscape is mostly Buddhist, but animism is common in the villages. There is an atmosphere of openness to the gospel. 

Supervisors and colleagues
The children’s program worker will work with the EMM team and local colleagues. This person will be supervised by John and Debbie Coats, with additional supervision from Regional Representative Ryan Umble.

Skills and experience
A college degree is required, preferably with a focus in education or medicine. Applicant should have good communication skills. Perseverance, adaptability, and flexibility are necessary, as is a willingness to invest significant time and energy in relationships with local Christian leaders, church members, and people in the community.