Assessment and Reflection of last 13 years serving as dental missionary in Cambodia
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Frank Cho, DDS
The Lord gave me a clear vision to “GO TO CAMBODIA”. However, what I ended up doing was quite different from what I had thought I would do. The Lord taught me that His priorities were different from my priorities. I had thought that my priority would be to first open a dental school, but the Lord lead me to first serve the poor and the “least of the least”. The opening of the doors to teach in a dental school followed 4 ½ years later. I’ve learned that evangelism to the poor is much easier than to dental students or to rich people. As students change, strategies to introduce the Lord Jesus have also had to change. My wife and I were surprised and amazed at how God provided all the funds necessary for all of the ministry’s needs. We were able to hand over the ministry to national workers and come home. We rejoice in watching the nationals grow in the Lord and continue building long-term relationship with them.
In 1993, Dr. Frank Cho had a vision to go to Cambodia through the Christian Dental Society (CDS) where he had been a member since my senior year of dental school. In preparation, Dr. Cho attended Fuller Seminary for a year and half. In 2004, CDS and Global Dental Alliance (GDA) sent him to Cambodia. After 2 months of basic training, Dr. Cho joined Church Resources Ministry (CRM) and arrived in Cambodia in August 2004. In May of 2005, Dr. Cho opened a dental clinic with Cooperative Service International Hospital (CSI), a Southern Baptist NGO, in Phnom Penh. Over the past 13 years, dental and medical teams have provided mobile dental services 6 times a year. Since September of 2008, Dr. Cho has been teaching at the International Univ. Dental School. He and his wife started a home Bible study with dental students. In May of 2009, a for-profit dental clinic was established which is self-sustaining and serves as a place to teach senior dental students.