One month in Cambodia already, can you believe it?
It's been an amazing adventure so far; seeing God use our team in many new ways and learning new things about him too in the process. As we tick over the half-way mark, I think our team is experiencing a mixture of emotions. We're all so excited for what God has in store for the next three weeks, but are also feeling the heat (literally) of outreach. Our prayer is to remain strong and unified as a team, keeping our focus on God in everything that we do.
Week four was a big week with lots of wonderful adventures with God, so I'll just give you a few highlights. This week we were blessed with the arrival of Betty-Ann, our Discipleship Training School (DTS) leader who has been in Vancouver. She is here for a pastoral visit, and will be with us for two weeks.
On Tuesday we left at 6:30am for another water seminar at a village. This time we discovered that the village was in fact Christian which was so encouraging to witness. As we spent the day with the community, the pastor shared with us amazing testimonies of his life. We were all so inspired by his incredible faith in God, and how possible it is for a village in Cambodia to become Christian. So far the villages we have visited have been Buddhist or have had no faith at all. It was such a blessing to see the fruit of years of hard work and trust in God.
On Thursday Sarah led the morning session by doing a "treasure hunt". During this time we began by praying and asking God for clues about what he wanted us to do. Such as a location, a name, a time, a smell etc. Any sort of picture, word or scripture to point us in the right direction. After some prayer, we decided to go to a nearby Children's Hospital to evangelize. When we arrived we gathered as a team to pray, and our two Tuk tuk drivers decided to join us. Now this was pretty incredible as our Tuk tuk drivers aren't believers and we have been praying for them since being here!
We then split in two groups and half of us went to an area where all these people were gathered and sitting outside of the hospital. They were there waiting to visit a loved one or to be check by a doctor themselves. With a bit of hesitation, we simply just sat with the people and began talking to them. As we talked to one person it was like we were talking to 10 as others around gathered and listened. Dispersed amongst the crowd, our team had the opportunity to pray for healing, preach the gospel and share God's love with so many people. Our Tuk tuk drivers even translated for us, so God used them too to minister to others. This was a huge answer to prayer!
On Friday we did another visit to a village, but this time instead of doing a water seminar, we did the next stage which was building the filters. This was our second time to this village so we had about 40 filters to build. It was hard work! But again, it wasn't about the water filters at all. What God has been continually showing our team is that the biggest blessing is seen as we spend all day with the people, hanging out with them, building relationship and loving them. Even when we aren't speaking, just simple acts like cutting vegetables with the women, or playing soccer with the young boys, or teaching a girl to play "Tic Tac Toe" in the dirt. All these actions add up, and can speak more than any words we could ever say.
This weekend we did something a little bit different by beginning Saturday morning with communion. Not only did we want to spend this time honouring God, but also honouring each other. We had the opportunity to wash each other's feet to encourage our team mates, ask for forgiveness and pray. This was a really humbling experience and really great for our team to remain unified.
For church we went to the english school again for their Sunday fellowship. Our team participated with a few other teams from Korea and Hawaii by doing dramas, dances, preaching and testimonies. What was special about this service was at the end when we had small groups. Many of us had deeper conversations with the students about God, and some even students gave their life to Jesus for the first time!
Please keep Cambodia in your prayers, the best is yet to come.