Children under 17 make up 5,000 of the 8,000 residents of Andong 3 in Cambodia (Whiteboard Network)

Challenge your beliefs each week with topics on domestic and international politics, missions, Christian movements, persecution and global outreach with Steve Strang. Listen to the Strang Report at charismapodcastnetwork.com.


Humanitarian organization People for Care & Learning (PCL) isn’t just clothing and feeding widows and orphans; it’s going one step further and building an entire city for them.  

More than 8,000 people of the village Andong 3 in Cambodia were relocated in 2006 after the government needed the land for development. Each resident was given a small plot of land about 30 minutes outside of Phnom Penh, the capital.

After developing a good relationship with the Cambodian government, PCL was asked to work in the village, says Fred Garmon, international director and president of the Cleveland, Tenn.,-based nonprofit started by the Church of God.

“We built 100 homes, but it was still a slum,” he says. So Garmon and others began to wonder if they could build the entire city. “The government really loved the idea,” he recalls.

The $2.25 million-dollar project, which includes the construction of 1,500 family homes, is expected to be completed in 2015. 

“We can make a difference in this city,” says Garmon, who has witnessed firsthand the poverty, lack of clean water, devastating flooding that is so common to Andong, and lack of education and work opportunities.

“We serve to inspire hope and empower potential. To do that, we try to give the poor a working chance,” Garmon adds. The goal is to create opportunities for people to learn important job skills.

Already throughout Cambodia, PCL operates orphanages, provides clean water, performs medical surgeries and offers English classes. “One of the things that helps them move out of the poverty cycle ... is their ability to speak English,” says Bill George, chairman of PCL’s board of directors.

Currently there are 100 staff and volunteers working in Cambodia, including 10 in Andong 3. “If you’re going to walk with the poor,” George says, “you have to roll up your sleeves [and] earn the right to speak into their lives.”

Best Magazine Deal. Subscribe now and get 3 magazines for the price of 1. Get Charisma, SpiritLed Woman and Ministry Today, all for $24. YES - I want this deal!

3 Reasons Why you should read Life in the Spirit. 1) Get to know the Holy Spirit. 2) Learn to enter God's presence 3) Hear God's voice clearly! Click Here to draw closer to God!

Your Turn

Comment Guidelines
View/Add Comments
  • Rev. Samuel Rodriguez was the first Hispanic pastor in history to pray at a presidential inauguration.

    At Trump Inauguration, Charismatic Leaders Pray Boldly in Jesus' Name. Is This Foreshadowing a New Day in America?

    It was an amazing day to let religious freedom ring in America.

  • Pastor Jim Garlow in a file photo shown praying.

    Conservative Christian Leaders Gather in DC, Calling Trump's Election an Answer to Prayer

    "Although the news media is predicting protests, what I'm seeing is that everyone is abuzz ...

  • Donald Trump certainly needs your prayers.

    Why You Must Pray for Donald Trump

    Here are eight ways I plan to intercede for President Trump regularly.

  • When I flew into D.C. yesterday, there were so many Secret Servicemen on the plane I wondered what was going on!

    Jennifer LeClaire Releases Urgent Prophetic Warning Over Washington, D.C.

    When I flew into D.C. yesterday, there were so many Secret Servicemen on the plane I wondered what ...

  • Here's a prophetic word for Washington, D.C.

    Prophecy: The Lord Is Raising Up Daniels in DC

    I believe we're on the precipice of a Third Great Awakening the Lord spoke to my heart about in ...

  • Does any of this reflect what's going on in your marriage?

    9 Characteristics of a Healthy Sexual Relationship for a Believer

    A healthy sexual relationship for a Christian couple takes effort, and it's worth working for.

  • Churches don't address this topic affecting women.

    The Secret Sorrow Women Carry

    This woman breaks the silence about a taboo subject to help restore many women.

  • Bishop Eddie Long died at 63.

    Bishop Eddie Long Dead at 63

    "Although his transition leaves a void for those of us who loved him dearly, we can celebrate ...

  • Continue Your Journey with the Holy Spirit

    Continue Your Journey with the Holy Spirit

    Follow God on the most fulfilling journey of your life with Encounter the Holy Spirit! Break away from past hurts and press into the One who wants a personal encounter with you.

  • Dream the Unimaginable In His Presence

    Dream the Unimaginable In His Presence

    Reach your full potential and be led by His Spirit. In His Presence takes you to a deeper understanding of who God is and how he communicates with us.

  • Set Your Spirit on Fire

    Set Your Spirit on Fire

    Receive the power and gifts that come through the Holy Spirit Baptism. Don’t go empty-handed; accept all that He has for you! His power is available to those who ask.

  • Put on the Full Armor of God

    Put on the Full Armor of God

    Break every stronghold with the power of the Holy Spirit. Use the power of your tongue to declare and decree the Word of God. Witness heaven move on your behalf.

Use Desktop Layout
Charisma Magazine — Empowering believers for life in the Spirit