I sincerely apologize for my late update on my blog. Though it means that I’ve been that much more busy with ministry here in Cambodia. God’s been doing so many amazing things here and I cannot wait to share more to you all. First of all I want to share this video that I put together which would give a very basic summary of our ministry for the past month.
So here’s a little journal that I’ve been writing since the last blog update. I wanted tell you guys what’s been happening during the ministry here at the Battambang Base. It’s quite long, but bare with me and trust me, some of the things that God’s been doing is so amazing. So here we go.
After one week of crazy life in the remote village, returning back to the YWAM UofN Battambang base, We’ve started to do our official ministry here in Cambodia. In the morning’s we all start the morning by having breakfast at 7AM, at 7:30we do work duty to clean the base for 15minutes. From 8~9AM we have team worship where I’ve had a lot of opportunity to lead our team in worship. From 9~12, we all separate and go to different ministry places. Some of us go to the orphanage showing the love that they’ve never received from their parents and teaching them about never-ending love from Jesus. Our heats truly break for these children who really want more love in their lives. I still remember when we first entered into the orphanage about 20~30 children came running towards us hugging us (more like grasping on to us) saying ‘HELLOOO~~~’ with their Cambodian accent. They really want love and we want to give love to them.
But we’re here for such a short time. So the best thing that we can do is to give them as much love as we can give and ask God that He would plan His amazing love in their hearts for rest of their lives. These children are so precious.
A lot my morning ministry is focus in going into the village. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, me and two other teammates have been consistently going to the village playing soccer with the children, teaching English to them, and sharing story about God. As we began to build more friendship with the people in the village, we’ve had a lot more opportunity to share the gospel to them. On Monday, the day after Easter, we shared the story about Jesus how he died on the cross to carry all of our sins and to fill us with his unending love.
As my teammate was sharing the story of Easter, I was silently praying and asking for the Holy Spirit to speak through me and share the true love from God. Then the Holy Spirit really used me and spoke through as I had the opportunity to share my testimony, just sharing how I’ve tried so many things in my own power but nothing brought joy in my life until I truly accepted Jesus as my savior and my life has been completely changed. One girl who was listen carefully to our stories, mentioned that she wanted believe in this person, Jesus who would give her more joy in her life. We prayed for her, and she prayed and accepted Jesus as her savior. Then I continued to ask God for more revelation and the Holy Spirit told me to go get some water so we could baptize her. I was quite confused at first, but I knew it was the right thing to do because God was really speaking through me. Even in the Bible, it says that if there is more than two or three fellow Christians to witness their faith, we can baptize. So we did. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, we baptized her. It was so powerful. It’s been almost about two weeks since her baptism and Her faith has grown so much. There is so much more confidence in her and we see the hunger inside of her to know more about God and Jesus. That’s not all; other girls and older women in the village have been seeing the change in her life and are truly touch from witnessing the girl’s baptism.
Next part you can read or watch the video or both.
We’ve seen many more salvations during our ministry. One of the greatest thing that I’ve seen was when God used me to heal this man with his right leg and right arm broken. We were showing the Jesus Film at a slums village and during the middle of the film, I noticed a limping man dragging his right leg. I’ve been strongly asking God even before coming to Cambodia that I would be able to see miracles of healing. And that night, when I saw him, I knew that it was the night that God wanted to heal this man. After watching the film, several of us in our team gathered around and began to pray over this one lady, but my heart and thought continued to go to that man. He was looking around us curiously wondering what we were doing (as we were praying) but after a while as if he’s lost interest he began to walk away. The Spirit inside of me began to tell me that I must pray for him right now. So I grabbed one of the translator and went to the man, asked if some where hurt because I saw him dragging his leg. He told us the situation about his broken leg and arm so I just asked him if we could pray. As he nodded, we began asking God to heal this man in the name of Jesus. The first round he said that it still hurt. So we prayed more. Second time he said it felt better. We asked if we could pray one more time and this time he said that the pain has gone away. I asked if he could move his arms around and walk around a bit, he began really move around and with a surprised face saying that most of the pain is gone! I shared to him that God loves him and Jesus loves him and that is why he got healed. We didn’t have much time to stay there so I couldn’t be there to see him accept Jesus, but as we left I saw another woman who knew the Lord sharing about Christ to him, and I firmly believe that he will receive Jesus as his savior, if not yet, very soon.
God is so good. I mean, really, SO GOOD.
Anyways, coming back to more of details of our ministry, each one of us in our team has been assigned to two classes, where I am teaching Japanese and Korean to the Cambodian students. In true honesty, I really don’t have that much confidence in Japanese or Korean. Well, I can speak fluently but to teach the students the actual language… I thought I would be able to do it, but God gave me wisdom and I’ve been able to enjoy teaching my language class to my students. I really do love my students and they are very precious to me as I get to spend once a week sharing the gospel to them. I’ve shared them my testimony of how I used to live a crazy life in the darkness, but truly the Lord has saved me and changed me to be a better person. Well I’m still the transmission part of it. And hearing from my translator of my class, the students are really interested in this person “Jesus” who’s changed my life, where I’m full of joy in my life doing this ministry work in Cambodia.