Thursday, January 29, 2015

Never the Same

It is our last day in Cambodia.
Even as I type those words it, is hard to believe.
We have spent two weeks in this nation-- two weeks loving, laughing, crying, hugging, working.
Two weeks changing.
I hope that when you see us, whoever you may be, we are completely unrecognizable. Oh, how I hope. It is my prayer that each one of us has been so emptied of ourselves, and so filled up with the agape love of God, that we cannot help but to reflect the person of Jesus.
We can say that we are "never the same", but the true test of this plea to be forever changed comes when we step off the plane in America.
May we truly, never, ever, ever, ever-ever, be the same.
In big ways, and small ways. In our home, in our workplace, in our schools, on the street, in the car, in every moment.
And may we never stop changing.

Philippians 1:21
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 

These photos are from Wednesday, during our visit to Kong Pixay: our final stop to church orphan homes. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Days 9 and 10: All as One

Tuesday was spent at the Chomka Chek home in the Pursat Province with not only the kids from the Chomka Chek home, but with our Prek Bey family as well! It was a beautiful time of celebration and we savored every moment! There was LOTS of dancing and LOTS of laughter! We distributed flip-flops and earrings, and shared a delicious meal with the Cambodians!

Wednesday was a phenomenal day as we joined together with the Young Lions for an evangelism event at the Phsar Chas home. Our hearts nearly burst as many of us were reunited with brothers and  and sisters from previous trips; we spent the day with family from Steung Somrong, Toul Serey, and Ou Kontrom!
Jesus worked miracles through the Young Lions and Cambodian pastors. We saw salvations and healings, people receiving the Holy Spirit, and... water baptisms!!!

It was a serious honor to be serving Jesus together. The Cambodians are vessels for God's glory and because of their love and dedication to His will, this nation is being changed. 
Oh, how we love them. Thank you, Jesus.
Thank you.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Day 8: Peace Prevails

This day is never easy...
Somehow, in the matter of only a few short days, your heart becomes entangled with the hearts of the kids. You dread the moment when you must step foot on the bus and take your final glance out the window. 
Yet, as much as it hurts, as much as it feels as though you may not be "okay", peace does come. 
It moves through every embrace, anoints every head. 
So instead of sorrow, there is joy in the knowledge that the children Jesus has brought into our life this week have experienced a love unlike anything they have ever known.
Seeds have been planted, and though we may never see the growth and fruition in their lives, we can leave knowing that all has been for His glory. God is still with them. He will keep them safe. He will continue to remind them of our love. 

[Philippians 4:7] And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

 These ladies were part of the staff at the New Lucky Star Restaurant; they took great care of us during our stay in Anlong Veng. Every morning they served us endless amounts of coffee with kindness and joy!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Day 7: Captivated

Today marks one week since our arrival in Cambodia!

As we rose to greet the day, a slight shift could be sensed in the atmosphere; we awoke knowing that this would be our last full day at the Anlong Veng home. It was not an urgency that settled over the team, but a deep appreciation of every second spent with our Cambodian family.
Quiet moments with the kids were more frequent and peace washed over the finishing touches of work.
We enjoyed an escapade to the market and observed the pure delight on the faces of the kids as they showed off their shiny new purchases to one another.
Words were given, prayers spoken, and purpose released into the lives of these people who have so quickly captivated our hearts and changed our lives forever.
Sunday morning we will attend church at the home and it will then be time to say not "goodbye", but "see you later".

Kong Pixay Orphan Home

Kong Pixay Orphan Home
Posts are written in Cambodia time which is 15 hours ahead.