Mara was born in 1973 during the time America was bombing in Cambodia. His province, including his village, was one of the most bombed areas, but God protected Mara and his family. Following the bombing, he experienced the Khmer Rouge Regime of Terror from 1975-1979. This regime caused many people to die of starvation, exhaustion, disease, or murder by the Pol Pot regime. Twenty-one of Mara's relative were killed during this regime. But amazingly the Khmer Rouge people really liked Mara a lot and would actually give him food any time he asked them for it. Mara believes this was God's favor and protection on his life even though he didn't know God yet. In 1980 the government of Cambodia started to set up schools again and Mara joined school at the first grade, one year after freedom from Khmer Rouge. He later graduated from high school and moved to Phnom Penh to study at the Royal University.
During that time he was involved in politics, and worked as a journalist for a local newspaper. Later his friend invited him to go to New Life Fellowship to study English for free. After he was there for a while he felt the love and care of God's people towards him and God started changing his heart. He received the Lord Jesus Christ in 1995, got baptized, and began following the Lord. This was the same year he graduated from University.
In 1999 Mara started working for New Life Fellowship as an evangelist and helped plant the first daughter church in the Cambodia country-side. That was the same year that Leah Cassidy, an American, came to be a missionary at New Life, teaching computer. In 2001 Mara married Leah and they continued working at the church. Mara worked as a evangelist helping plant more churches in the provinces and Leah worked in the church office. They have 3 children, Naomi, Anna and Joshua.
Mara currently oversees Pastoral Care Department, which ministers to men, women, married couples, sick people, business and professionals, and New Life's Healing Home. He counsels members, and preaches at many of the church services. Mara loves to evangelize and pray for people, see them come to know Jesus and be set free. Leah is involved with teaching the Bible, women's ministry and discipling and helping women in the church. She also homeschools their children.