Meet the Team
Bill and Ilana Lobbezoo have been C&MA IWs in Cambodia since 1996. At present Bill and Ilana serve as the team leaders for our Global Ministries team in Cambodia, based in Phnom Penh. Most recently they have also been working primarily with university students teaching English, mentoring and providing leadership development. They have two daughters, Holly and Kimberly. Holly has completed her studies at Redeemer University College in Ontario, and Kimberly is entering her 2nd year this Fall.
About the Site
Cambodia is a small Southeast Asian country nestled between Thailand, Vietnam and Laos, and shares climate, culture, food and language similarities with its neighbouring countries. The country has a long history of political unrest, most recently known for the Khmer Rouge holocaust regime led by Pol Pot more than 30 years ago now. During that time, more than 80% of the Cambodian Christians lost their lives. Though Phnom Penh and other major cities are now experiencing rapid growth and modernization similar to our Western world, society is still recovering from the effects of this war against their own.
Our C&MA Canada team has workers in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are focusing on ministry to the student communities of these centres and their surrounding areas. It is our desire and goal to offer pathways whereby these young people can develop livelihoods for themselves and their families within the framework of wholistic ministries to body, mind and spirit.