Last day in Cambodia

So to day will wrap up our mission trip in Cambodia.  The students have run hard and worked well!  We were able to share the gospel with close to 400 students and we had the blessing of baptizing 24 of them.  You should be proud of your students!  They connected well even with the language barrier and demonstrated the love of Jesus well.  We have worked hard all day everyday and have rarely ended our team meetings by 10:00pm at night.  Please pray for us as we spend our last day in Phnom Penh and get ready for a long ride home!  Everyone is excited to get back home and share their experiences with you!  

What an incredible day! July 5th

What an incredible day! July 5th

Today was a blessing!  We had an unbelievable amount of fun with the children and youth.  It's amazing how well our students are connecting with them in spite of the vast language barrier.  We have close to one hundred students coming every day.  The youth who are believers are intense worshipers.  It's fun to see our students sucked in and the other non-believing students watch with smiles on their faces.  They are having fun in a christian community and picking up on it being different than everything else in the world.  This morning we made a devotional for them and had it translated in Khemi.  One of the videos shows the students reading it, answering questions, reading the Bible, and being shown how we connect with God.  Many of them were talking to the pastors and Cambodian leaders.  Amazing!  Please keep praying for a spiritual impact and safety for our team.  So far we have only had one mild belly issue!  That's pretty amazing!

This is the first devotional half of these students have ever experienced!

This is an insane game that they absolutely loved.  The guys lock ams and the girls try to pull them all completely apart.  You would think it was a brawl at times if it wasn't for the laughter

Phnom Penh Camp

Our students worked hard today.  From 8:30am to 9:00pm the played, worshiped, spoke and led the Cambodians well!  Lauren and Blake gave their testimonies and they all led the students in games.  The humidity is very intense but our students are pushing through, staying hydrated, and having fun.  Here are several videos to give you a feel for what we've been doing.

Close to 100 students on day 1

Student led games

Blakes testimony

Lauren helping lead worship

Prey Ving Camp

Our students worked hard today.  From 8:30am to 9:00pm the played, worshiped, spoke and led the Cambodians well!  Lauren and Blake gave their testimonies and they all led the students in games.  The humidity is very intense but our students are pushing through, staying hydrated, and having fun.  Here are several videos to give you a feel for what we've been doing.

Truck ride to the farm community

The team in Prey Ving village

Children's games

Bus ride back to Phnom Penh

July 3rd recap and Prayers for July 4th

I will post pictures tonight.  We had a full day yesterday with travel and ministry in Prey Ving!  It took us three hours to drive out yesterday.  When we were close to our village we found our bus to be too big to enter the small farming road.  So we hired a flat bed truck to drive us into the farming community that we were ministering to.  It was a bumpy ride that led to incredible ministry.  We had an opportunity to split our team and work with 100 students and 250 children!  The team did great playing with the nationals and presenting the gospel to them.  We were able to share the truth of Christ and help these students and children connect to the Pastor who lives in this community and has established a church here.  The three hour trip home felt much longer!  But our students really connected with a group of Cambodian students that came to help us.  By the time we got back to Phnom Penh the team was tired and ready to sleep.

Today we start our three day camp to reach the students here in Phnom Penh.  Bora has decided to keep the camp here in town to make it possible to reach more teenagers.  Schools are still testing here and it has made it difficult to have students leave town.  We are eager to see how many will come and connect with our team and the message of Jesus.  Please pray for us as we change our camp plans and get ready for this outreach.  Our students are really enjoying this opportunity and have done an amazing job loving the Cambodians and presenting the message of God's love!  Today Lauren will be sharing her testimony and several of us will be helping on the Cambodian worship team.  We have a full day of games, connecting, and presenting the gospel to students who have yet to hear about God.  Please pray that God will continue to direct and use our words and actions!

Prayers for Monday July 3rd

We are about to drive 3 hours to Prey Ving to do two separate services.  Half of our team will work with around 100 teenagers and the other half will have 200 children!  Prey Ving is a rural farming area outside of Phnom Penh.  There is a young pastor who has been working hard to bring young people in for this time of ministry.  Pray that it will be a great time for these children and youth to make a connection with God and with this Pastor.  It is our hope that students and children will have a fun time, hear truth, and find a new spiritual community of hope!

 

      Worship with the Cambodian church was pretty amazing!  It was incredible to see the students finally connecting with the people we have been praying for.  Mitch did an incredible job preaching and encouraging us all to make our relationship with Jesus the top priority in our lives. We went to the S-21 facility.  This was the high school that was converted into the primary place of torture and murder during the Khmer Rouge reign from 1975-1979.  It was hard to come face to face with this history of evil.  God did show us something in the midst of this.  As we talked with Pastor Bora an interesting question was brought up.  Did the Hindu's and Buddhist pray for rescue?  Bora told us that in this faith people don't really expect answers to prayer.  They don't expect their god's to rescue or provide.  There are no miracles for them.  There is no relationship and there is no comfort.  This is the hope we have come to bring.  We have a God who promises to be a Father to those in need.  We have a Father that listens and responds to our prayers.  We have a savior who suffered alongside us and brings comfort and healing.  Please pray for us as we find words to deliver this message of hope to a nation in need!           </iframe>" data-provider-name="YouTube"

Worship with the Cambodian church was pretty amazing!  It was incredible to see the students finally connecting with the people we have been praying for.  Mitch did an incredible job preaching and encouraging us all to make our relationship with Jesus the top priority in our lives. We went to the S-21 facility.  This was the high school that was converted into the primary place of torture and murder during the Khmer Rouge reign from 1975-1979.  It was hard to come face to face with this history of evil.  God did show us something in the midst of this.  As we talked with Pastor Bora an interesting question was brought up.  Did the Hindu's and Buddhist pray for rescue?  Bora told us that in this faith people don't really expect answers to prayer.  They don't expect their god's to rescue or provide.  There are no miracles for them.  There is no relationship and there is no comfort.  This is the hope we have come to bring.  We have a God who promises to be a Father to those in need.  We have a Father that listens and responds to our prayers.  We have a savior who suffered alongside us and brings comfort and healing.  Please pray for us as we find words to deliver this message of hope to a nation in need!

 

Church and then some pretty heavy content

We made it in last night and settled into the hotel around midnight.  It's 6:00am right now and the team is still sleeping.  Mitch is preaching in Bora's church at 9:00am.  Please pray for him to have encouraging words.  It's such an honor and blessing to worship with the Cambodian Church.  We really feel like we are worshiping in the New Testament Church!  We are in the minority and it has never felt more important to Love God and Love People!  These are the few believers that God has chosen to spread his Gospel and reach the unreached.  Less than 3% of this country follows Jesus and this morning we get to worship with them!  

Please pray for the group for our afternoon time.  We will be taking in some very heavy content and embracing the darkest part of this cultures history.  We will be visiting the Killing Fields where close to 3 million Cambodians were murdered just 50 years ago.  This will be hard for the team to take in.  Please pray that God uses this to bond the team to the culture and open an avenue for the students to make an impact.  Pray that God opens their eyes to see that they get to make a positive impact and fight against the evil that touched these people.  We can be used to be a light and a healing balm of God to a nation that damaged.  Please pray that our students will be able to process such deep and heavy content in a way that is redemptive.

Eph 1:1-6  "God has made the plan!"

Eph 1:1-6 "God has made the plan!"

We are all struck by God's ability to pull everything together!  We've tried to make plans but God re-makes them according to His plan.  Pray for us as we find ourselves in Christ and therefore in His plan!

A Week to Launch!

We are a week from departure!  The students and I are incredibly excited for this opportunity that God has opened up for us.  It's hard to believe that we are jumping on a plane next Friday.  Please keep us in prayer as the students finish up their last week of school and wrap up their last preparations and memorizations.  Pray as well for the retreat that we are getting ready for.  Pastor Bora and his students are still recruiting friends to go.  It's our prayer that God creates a core of believers out of this trip that will continue to spread the gospel in Cambodia!