One Nation One Generation

Ministry History

In 14 years University of the Nations/Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Battambang has grown from a small handful of young volunteer missionaries into a vibrant and growing ministry that touches thousands of lives everyday in the second largest city in the nation of Cambodia.









Cambodian History

From 1975-1979, the Khmer Rouge, a Communist Regime committed a mass genocide, killing an estimated 2-3 million innocent people. Civil war continued into the late 1990’s leaving a war-torn nation trying to recover in the 2000’s while most of Asia was developing rapidly. The effects of war are still seen in many ways including: significant poverty, education needs, corruption, little infrastructure, lack of healthcare, sanitation and clean drinking water.

What Has Been Accomplished

Just some of the programs that we are currently running include:

  • Youth Development Center – An Educational Center teaching Languages & Skills to over 300 students every day
  • King’s Kids – A project to Children at Risk in 5 slums in and around our community
  • Jeevit’s House – An HIV/AIDS Center supporting 35 Children & Families effected by HIV/AIDS
  • Discipleship Training School & School of Biblical Studies – Trained over 1000 indigenous Christian leaders and currently training over 100 students from different countries per year to influence their own nation
  • Café Eden – A thriving Café/Micro Business providing training and employment for local people living in poverty. Also providing YWAM a platform to engage the community in a relevant manner. ALL profits from the Café go back into the community
  • Short-Term Student Volunteers – Partnered with many schools, orphanages and other Christian ministries by sending them 400-500 volunteers per year
  • Staff Outreaches – Sent from our ministry to all 24 Provinces in Cambodia and six Surrounding Nations touching lives of 10,000’s of people

The Journey and Exciting Challenges Ahead

The blessing of this success has brought with it corresponding challenges. From 2005-2016, all of our programs and staff/student housing were being run out of 14 rented facilities spread over a 4-mile radius. After prayerful consideration our leadership team all agreed that UofN/YWAM Battambang has matured as a ministry and was ready for new and greater things. Continuing to operate from so many locations was not able to best meet the needs of the city or encourage the development of a vibrant Christian community.

As a result we believed God called us to have a permanent location. From 2009-2011, we have been led to pray for God’s direction and to research options. At the end of 2011,  we found the right longterm location. We praise God that through generous people like you we have been able to purchase a piece of property debt-free by the end of 2012.

We have moved onto the Campus since December 2016 after completing the Phase 1 of buildings from 2014-2016. We are still trusting God for the finances to complete Phase 2 of the campus buildings.

Our New Campus and Community Development Center

Our 13-acre site is strategically located 5-minutes from the Core of the City and will accommodate the development of a full-blown University of the Nations YWAM Campus and Community  Center.

Campus Design

  • Educational Center for 1000+ students from the local community
  • Vocational Training for 50-100 students
  • Housing for 250-300 Staff, Students & Short-Term Volunteers
  • Classrooms for YWAM Bible & Missions Training Courses
  • Children’s Ministry, Preschool and Playground
  • Multi-purpose facility for larger gatherings of 1000+
  • A cafeteria to serve meals up to 500 people daily
  • A Sports Field

One Nation in One Generation

Sixty Years Ago South Korea was coming out of a war, one of the poorest nations in the world & highly culturally Buddhist. Today this nation is one of the wealthiest nations, highly Christian and is the second leading nation in sending Christian missionaries. God literally transformed a Nation in One Generation. We find Cambodia in a similar situation to South Korea 60 years ago, the question is will the Body of Christ respond to this opportunity?

Please pray about partnering financially with us to see our Campus built

(All sized tax-deductible donations are needed)


For more information please check out our video trailers or email us .

Blessings from Battambang, Cambodia,

Garth Signature

Garth Gustafson

Director, UofN/YWAM Battambang, Cambodia