One Vision, Two Pillars (from our February, 2013 Newsletter)
“Do NOT show up knowing exactly what you’re going to do.” That’s the advice I received a few months ago when I asked a missionary who’s lived in this country for 21 years, “What’s the worst thing new missionaries do?” Her counsel is encouraging and somewhat relieving, because we felt odd repeating over and over, “Nope, we’re not exactly sure what we’re going to do. I mean, we want to plant churches and disciple new believers, but we have no idea what that will look like.”
And we still don’t know exactly what that will look like. We’ve got one more year of language and culture study, our first Stateside Service (aka furlough) in November, 2013, and then… ?
But I want to share with you a little bit of clarification that I feel the Lord has given us. A couple of months back I was praying about all this and I felt like God showed me that the main vision, the primary purpose we’re here, is the growing and maturing of the Bride of Christ in Cambodia. And the two pillars upon which that vision will be accomplished are 1) Evangelism and discipleship among Khmer young people (15-30y), and 2) Christ-centered, heart-focused counseling.
So this is our aim, our purpose, our prayer; that the Bride of Christ would grow and mature in the Kingdom of Cambodia. And we believe God is asking us to work towards that, primarily, through youth work and Christian counseling.
What will that look like? I’ve got some ideas, but I’m not exactly sure. Ask me again in ten years. I do know that a mastery of the Khmer language and a deep understanding of the culture are critical, even for the attempt.
So pray with us. Pray that God would begin, even now, to prepare the hearts of young people, so that when Christ is revealed to them, they will see Him, and obey. Pray for a willingness among our Khmer friends and acquaintances to open up, to share their hearts, to be willing to allow Christ to heal the deep places and the terrible pain.
As everywhere, so many people here carry around deep hurts and undiscussed emotional scars. Pray that some would be healed by the Great Physician, returning to their families and friends with a powerful testimony to the power of God.
Pray for revival in the Kingdom of Cambodia.