We were excited to have our church’s Missions Director, Jeremy Johnson, come to Cambodia with us, and we’re excited to read what he had to say about Threaded Leaf Project and his trip with us! Check it out below:
A couple weeks ago, I went on a mission literally half way around the world in Cambodia. This was my first trip to Asia, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Our church partnered with an awesome organization called, Threaded Leaf Project. This concept for doing missions is literally revolutionizing the way missions is being done. It all started with a dream and a passion by founder Maury McCown for the people of Cambodia.
The concept is simple, Threaded Leaf Project partners with a team of tailors to create clothes made from Cambodian fabric and sells it fair trade in America at their store in Texas. The proceeds keep the team of tailors employed making it locally self sustaining and maybe even more importantly creates a scholarship program for students in Cambodia to attend college, provides food and room and board in two different dorms right in the capital city of Phnom Penh. The Christian influence is overt and intentional and the impact it is having on the Kingdom is exponential.
As you may know, Cambodia is 96% Buddhist. It is a tough mountain to climb for the cause of Christ, but nothing is impossible. Threaded Leaf believes the best way to have an impact on the Kingdom, is to invest in these students and the people God has given them to influence. The products they sell have a purpose and maybe the coolest part is, they don’t take a dime for doing it. Every dollar that comes in is invested into the people of Cambodia.
Over the course of the week, my life was changed immensely and I saw this organization changing lives and really changing the world, one thread at a time. Maury and his wife Erika get it. They are doing missions and giving back the right way and they make it easy for a church or even an individual to buy into that. I have been in ministry for over 20 years and this was the most impactful missional experience that I have been a part of and I would encourage anyone to jump on board with an organization that is actually helping and not hurting the community they are focused on.
For more information about Threaded Leaf Project, check out their website, www.threadedleafproject.org or visit their shop located at 107-A This Way St., Lake Jackson, TX 77566