On April 17th, 1975 the Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, took power in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. In order to turn Cambodia into a Maoist, peasant-dominated agrarian cooperative, all city dwellers were forced into the countryside or to labor camps.
Hospitals, schools, stores, religion, and family were banned. People were killed for not working hard enough, for being educated, for being ethnically different, for many random reasons. By execution, torture and starvation, an estimated 2 million Cambodians, or 30% of the population, died during the rule of Pol Pot.
Cambodians are now rebuilding their lives, their culture, their very identity. The country is young, the average age a mere 20 years old. A small middle class is emerging, though heartbreaking poverty is still the norm. Families from XCF have set out to communicate the gospel in both word and deed by serving the poor through free medical care and education.
Mercy Medical Center
"He sent them out to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal." Luke 9:2
As a development ministry in Cambodia, Mercy Medical Center operates through a system of strategic referring partners (national churches and Christian organizations) which bring us in contact with underprivileged Cambodians in all 25 provinces. Active evangelism is accomplished in our waiting room and throughout our medical center every day. The medical center allows us to be an “authentic witness” proclaiming Jesus Christ in both word and deed.
- 10 long-term missionary staff provide training and discipleship for the 70 national staff who are the primary evangelists and church planters.
- 100's have come to Christ each year through MMC.
- 15 churches have been planted directly by MMC staff and patients & 60+ churches have been planted through the combined work of MMC with our referring partners.
Our vision is to send spiritually and medically trained bi-vocational national healthcare workers into the provinces to partner with national churches in bringing many Cambodians to Christ.
Patients take some responsibility for their care through a small fee. Referring partners also help, and MMC subsidizes the remaining costs for patient care. Funds go to the operating costs of the center, including national worker salaries in medical, outreach and administrative divisions. Missionary staff are not supported through MMC. For more information visit the Mercy Medical Center website.
Meet Our Team
Tim & Marjie Benadum collaborated with many Cambodians and other organizations to bring about the Mercy Medical Center. Cambodians suffer from many health issues and do not have the resources to obtain the help they need.
For information on how your contribution assisted this ministry please visit the yearly report.