of this year Equip Cambodia
will form a partnership with the NGO “Bread of Life” to open the Bread of Life Bed & Breakfast. This new bed & breakfast will serve as a hands-on training venue for young Cambodian adults who are being trained in the hotel and hospitality industry. With the vision of “Equipping Cambodia’s Next Generation for Life Transformation,”
our trainees will receive discipleship mentoring as well as vocational training that will enable them to be productive Christian citizens in Cambodian society as well as gainfully employed professionals in the hospitality industry. Please pray for and consider supporting us financially as we embark on this exciting phase of our ministry’s development.Guests at Bread of Life Bed & Breakfast will enjoy accommodations at a 4-star service standard. Our guests will be treated to the friendly service and hospitality of our Cambodian staff and trainees.
Bread of Life Bed & Breakfast will provide hands-on training to program participants in a variety of disciplines related to the tourist and hospitality industries. The bed and breakfast will open in August of 2015 with 5 fully-trained and professional staff, as well as 5 trainees who will receive their training in our program. Guest accommodations will be low-cost, but our standard of service will be 4-star. Conference facilities as well as venues for for seminars, classes, small discussion and study groups will be available to guests and visiting groups or teams. Our cafe will provide a menu for the budget traveler as well as for those desiring a fine dining experience.
The driving force of our work is the belief that true life transformation is only possible in a living and vital relationship with God. Accordingly, all trainees will receive supervised guidance in the areas of Spiritual Direction, including guided Bible study in our discipleship program as well as in serving in a local Cambodian church. Vocational training will also be provided in the areas of food and beverage, housekeeping, gardening & landscaping, facilities maintenance, English language, basic finance & bookkeeping and basic computer use. Training will also be provided in time management and a variety of practical life skills such as healthy relationship building, personal money management, making healthy choices and personal hygiene and grooming. At the completion of the training module Equip Cambodia will assist our graduates in obtaining employment in one of Siem Reap’s fine hotels and restaurants. Assistance in job placement is a core value of our program.
During the first three years of operation Bread of Life Bed and Breakfast we anticipate a budget need of $50k USD. These funds will cover initial renovation and start-up costs, as well as salaries for our Cambodian staff, monthly property rental, training costs in the areas of discipleship, food and beverage, housekeeping and English language training. These funds will also ensure a healthy cash-flow during the lean, low tourist season months.
As God allows our training program and reputation to grow and expand, Equip Cambodia intends to purchase land in the Siem Reap area where we will develop a fully equipped and functional vocational training and Christian retreat center. The center will be a place where short-term mission teams can find clean and affordable accommodations for team members and where long-term missionaries serving throughout Southeast Asia and beyond can find refreshment and rejuvenation for themselves and their families. Like the bed & breakfast, the retreat center will be a venue for our ongoing spiritual, vocational and life-skills training program.
Land prices are skyrocketing in and around the Siem Reap area, and this trend is expected to continue. Siem Reap is currently Cambodia’s fastest growing economic region, and the hospitality industry is the hub of this economic boom. We anticipate a property of at least 2.5 acres to be required to accommodate both our retreat and training center. At current prices, this would mean a cost of 1 to 1.5 million dollars. Obviously, time is of the essence in order for us to make good on current more reasonable land prices.
Equip Cambodia is excited to be embarking on this journey. Our desire is to empower and enable the young adults of Cambodia with skills that will lead to a productive, meaningful and influential life. Our vision of “Equipping Cambodia’s Next Generation for Life Transformation” can be realized as we achieve the dream of the Bread of Life Bed & Breakfast as well as ultimately the Equip Cambodia Training and Retreat Center. Your partnership in any step of this journey would be most appreciated.