I want to thank God for a successful short-term missions trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A team of 7 of us went to hot and dusty villages of Takhamao and Takeo and all of us not only "survived" but were quite satisfied with God using us to accomplish His work. Pastor Sophy (pronounced Soh-Pi) and driver Andy (who told us he was 70% believing in Christ) followed us.
Our ministry started on second day where we travelled about an hour and half to Takeo village. We did a whole day leadership training filled with fun and games. Old and young Cambodians joined in the training with great delight. Their worship was vibrant even in nearly 40 Celsius heat. Their musical instruments were powered by car batteries. The highlight of it all that day was all the people were touched by God, even the pastor (Chea Ming) was seen sobbing away.
Third day, we went again to the village to do a youth BGR program. There was about 60 young people there and we did the seminar with activities thrown in. I believed they were blessed. The pastor told me the message (Myself and Sharon shared) was timely for them. Two youth even sang solo and their voices were great. All of us were having fun with them.
Fourth day, we went to Takhamao village and helped them in the Sunday School Service. About 110 children came for a time of fun and games. It was quite chaotic as we did not prepare ourselves for so many kids. But we feel so good to know the work of God is thriving there. Then we attended the Sunday Service where I preached a simple message. After that we also attended a funeral service for a member whose mother passed away.
In the afternoon the same day, we went again to Takeo village for a Sunday School where about 80 kids attended. This time, we did a better job in handling them and the Name of Jesus was being lifted up! We were pleased with what God did through us. Then Sharon preached a beautiful sermon in the Sunday Service where the whole congregation came out for altar call. Everyone was prayed for and in the closing, I challenged them to rise up and be the light for Jesus, everyone, young or old!
All the three days, we were feasted with delicious Cambodian lunch with mangoes and also watermelons freshly plucked from the farm. Their hospitality was incredible and sweet.
My greatest joy of this trip was when Pastor Chea Ming told us to sit around at the front and the Cambodians gathered around us praying for us. When I heard those Khmer language being spoken, I was honoured and felt so privileged to be a small part of God's plan for the whole world, that every tribe and tongue will bow before Jesus and acknowledge Him as Lord!
PS: Andy the driver gave his life to the Lord at the end of our trip.