There is such an open sky here. You can see for miles in any direction; and the clouds, oh man the clouds are glorious. It is such a picture of God’s creation. The universe declares His majesty.
We arrived in Kampong Thom last Friday after a nice holiday in Siem Reap. As soon as we got here we knew it would be different than anything we have seen yet as far as ministry and just daily life. Our house is in the middle of a village, to the left is wood house with a thatch roof and a satellite dish and to the right is an open boggy field with random cows milling around. Every so often a little kid goes by on a bike and then maybe a family on a scooter and then some cart with loud khmer music playing. It really is a different culture.
We split up into teams of two and are going into different villages to teach english and Bible stories to children and youth. Me and Andrew teach in the Achaliak Village and have about 20 students. I LOVE this ministry, teaching english as a second language to precious Cambodian children is right up my alley.
I can just feel God so near here. I don’t know if it is the disconnectedness from regular life or just the hunger of my own spirit seeking Him and drawing Him close to my heart. Tonight we worshiped on the top porch and a lightening storm started in the midst of our singing, it was so powerful. It was the most spirit filled worship we have experienced on this outreach so far. We were filling this land with our voices, worshiping our God, the Lord Jesus Christ. His spirit came upon me, very gently, like a sweet nourishing kiss of life.
I have never felt so right in where I am nor so certain that the Lord is next to me in all of this. Tonight during worship I was on my knees praying and was just sort of overcome with the fact that I was on a porch in a village in the middle of nowhere in Cambodia. I am utterly amazed that the Lord has brought me here. This whole time I have been struggling with living in the now, with being fully here, my whole focus. I feel like I have finally mastered that, God has taught me to just look at the day ahead of me… not a week from now, a month from now or a year from now, just today. I am able to rest peacefully and wake up and embrace the NOW. That has been my prayer this whole time. Hallelujah.
With all of that said I have made some decisions about what is next in my life. I plan to head home pretty much right after we are done in Israel. I feel called to get back in school and finish up and follow wherever the Lord leads me from there. This will probably all happen in Michigan, Grand Rapids to be exact. I feel the Lord telling me to go home, it is time. I need rest, my body needs rest and I need my family. I am not looking at graduation in Israel like the end of this but just as another step in my walk with Jesus. I am so excited to go home and extend in this blessing that I have received and continue to live all of this out and continue to learn and grow in all the freedom that Jesus brings me.
We are in Cambodia until July 13. A few very exciting things are coming up between now and then… the first being the 4th of July! You have to understand that my team has 5 Americans, 2 Canadians and 2 Kiwis, and as one of the proud Americans, we plan to really celebrate our Independence, even in Cambodia. The second is my dear friend and teammate Katy’s birthday. She is turning 23 on July 8 so that will be a fun celebration as well. We fly to Bangkok the 13th and then spend three weeks in Thailand, meet up with the Far East Asia team on August 2 and fly to Israel! I can’t believe it.
2 Corinthians 6:3-9
We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way; in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger, in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.