New Executive Director

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Sirivuth speaking


“We will reach souls for Christ!” exclaimed Sirivuth.

The man who was the only child in his family to survive the Khmer Rouge is now praying that Prison Fellowship Cambodia can reach some of the 15 million Cambodians who do not know Christ.

Sirivuth Annwas one of three children born into a Buddhist family on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. During the Khmer Rouge, a relative betrayed his father, a commercial pilot. His two siblings also died during those devastating four years. Sirivuth recalls the tiny scoop of dry rice that was put into the giant pot, with each person just getting a couple grains in their scoop.

In 1979, he and his mother resettled in Battambang, where his mother remarried. His stepfather and mother supported him to get a good education. Sirivuth became an English teacher for children and adults of all ages in 1993. One day in his crowded classroom, he noticed a Korean man waiting at the back.

“What do you want?” he asked. The man replied, “Sir, finish your work, and then I want to meet you. I want you to go out with me and share the Word of God.” So Sirivuth finished the lesson while the man slept in the back of the classroom. Then Sirivuth followed him through the community, translating the Gospel for him. At the end of the day, the man ga
ve him a Bible inscribed with “My beloved brother. Jesus said, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life.’ John 14:6.”

Over the next few years, Sirivuth continued to read the Bible so that he could learn more English words. Through continued conversations with the Korean man and prayers to God, Sirivuth eventually became a Christian and was baptized. Today John 14:6 remains his favorite Bible verse.

After thirteen years serving with World Vision, Sirivuth began working for Prison Fellowship Cambodia in 2014 with the Children of Prisoners program. He came up with a more sustainable method for the program using church partnership rather than parental in-prison referrals. Under his leadership, the program went from working with 3 pastors to 40 pastors in less than a year. Today over 500 children are involved, and 85% of their caregivers have joined in Christian activities.

On May 19, 2015, Sirivuth Ann became the 2nd Khmer executive director for Prison Fellowship Cambodia. He is passionate about equipping churches to share the Gospel with prisoners and their families. His vision is that PFC can reach every prison in Cambodia.

Sirivuth’s work often calls him outside of his comfort zone, yet he maintains “[Our lives are] not a comfort zone, [but] a war zone. We are soldiers for Christ. We have to fight spiritually.” Sirivuth remains confident of God’s presence and provision as he leads Prison Fellowship Cambodia forward.