Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Serving At: SURF Project

Home Country: Cambodia, Asia and Pacific

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Banabas Chey is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service as a youth worker with the SURF  Project in Portrush, Ireland. He was commissioned in August 2018

The Global Mission Fellows program takes young adults ages 20-30 out of their home environments and places them in new contexts for mission experience and service. The program has a strong emphasis on faith and justice. Global Mission Fellows become active parts of their new local communities. They connect the church in mission across cultural and geographical boundaries. They grow in personal and social holiness and become strong young leaders working to build just communities in a peaceful world.

Barnabas is from Phnom Pehn, Cambodia, where he is a member of the nondenominational Faith in Christ Church. He holds a degree in civil engineering from Norton University in Phnom Pehn and attended a Methodist-related high school. He has worked in the real estate, travel and spa industries.
“I started to build my personal relationship with God when I was in secondary school,” Barnabas says. “Then I moved away to the city and found my way in the Faith in Christ Church. We do Bible study three times a week and … lots of outreach activities.”

Although he completed a college degree in engineering, he does not feel called to that profession. “I believe God has other plans for my life,” Barnabas says. “God puts me in situations to serve others. When I spend time just to work and earn money for myself, I don’t feel good about it. I can’t stand to see people having so much trouble in life and don’t know what to do about it. God puts sympathy in my heart, so I believe he calls me to mission.”

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