Defining my Asian-American experience hasn’t been easy. I’m still struggling to find others to engage in those conversations with and so I’m still learning and stumbling through it.
After seeing, hearing and experiencing God’s work in Cambodia in a way that not many get the chance to, I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to share what I observed.
I feel most alive when I’m sitting across from someone, listening to their story. Especially when God emerges as a central character, bringing transformation, redemption and healing.
Since arriving in Cambodia, I’ve been asked how my expectations for this trip match reality. The question brings to mind those memes where a glamorous image is set next to the comical play-by-play of someone’s actual life.
When I prepared to go on my first short-term mission trip to Southeast Asia eight years ago, an OMF staff person told my team the story of a short-term worker who had a breakdown on her trip because she just couldn’t handle the curtains in her room.
If 27 hours of travel weren’t enough to indicate that I had landed on the other side of the world, the rickshaw ride home from the airport was.
Scripture tells us to ‘Go and make disciples of all nations….’ In 1999, a missionary from the Evangelical Mission to the Unreached (EMU) began an informal Bible school in Ratanakiri for house church leaders.
An OMF worker found that teaching urban design at a Cambodian fine arts university gave him opportunities to not just share the gospel, but also equip Cambodians to improve the world around them.
Most Cambodians do not associate with Christians; I was once one of them, hating Christians. One day, in grade 9, I heard about a Christian group conducting a music class. I had always dreamed of playing guitar someday. I went to the class; it was free, but I still didn’t want to associate with them. Playing guitar was what I always wanted.
Mission Kampuchea 2021 has set the goal for every church in Cambodia to go to a village where there is no Christian presence and start a group once every three years.