Since 1969, Haggai has equipped more than 125,000 leaders in 189 countries. And the scope of this work has allowed us to collaborate with and equip leaders serving in some of the world’s most impactful ministries. One such leader is Pheakdey Thath, the national executive director for LeaderImpact in Cambodia, a ministry of Cru (also known as Campus Crusade for Christ). LeaderImpact is a volunteer-led movement dedicated to having a lasting impact on leaders, by fully engaging their professional, personal, and spiritual lives.
Much like Haggai, LeaderImpact works with Christian professionals to spur Kingdom advancement. They strategically focus on seven areas: family, business, government, education, the arts, religion, and media. As the national executive director, Pheakdey’s specific goal is to equip Cambodian leaders in each of these sectors through personal coaching and community groups.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, Pheakdey was eager to continue his work through LeaderImpact, but lockdowns and the pivot to a virtual format proved to be a challenge.
“I knew online is where it is at today . . . but it was not easy, as I did not know a lot about using online platforms. But I had to learn to make some things work.”
In the fall of 2020, Pheakdey participated in one of Haggai’s first Virtual Haggai Leader Experience (VHLE). The skills he acquired helped him adapt his own ministry in a new and challenging season. Pheakdey learned the new tools and immediately began to share them with those in the LeaderImpact community.
Pheakdey now hosts small groups online for LeaderImpact’s community of teachers, called Cambodia Teacher Community. In May of 2021, he equipped 109 teachers with virtual learning skills, equipping them to share the Gospel using online platforms. He also leads online small groups through FamilyLife, another Cru ministry focused on equipping couples and families with Scriptural resources to reflect Jesus at home.
Pheakdey equips LeaderImpact’s community of teachers with skills to share the Gospel using
Though he was already an integral part of an impactful ministry with a global reach, the challenges of an unprecedented season sent Pheakdey in search of renewal for himself and his ministry, and the VHLE revitalized his focus on the calling set before him.
“Haggai helped me to keep my commitment to the Lord and for the Kingdom of God . . . In this year 2021, I really want to make a few more city teams in some provinces for the Teacher Community. And I want to help my FamilyLife Team to stand firm and see more fruit by helping other families. Because I cannot reach Cambodia alone or with only a small number of teams. I need as many teams as possible.”