This article was originally posted in our September 2019 Word@Work.
Cambodia Bible Mission Trip: Reflections
Chan Keen Mun, Participant, Bible Mission Trip to Cambodia, 15 – 18 March 2019
In June 2018, I was praying for God’s instructions and direction for this Bible Mission Trip to Cambodia, which was originally scheduled to take place in September 2018. However, in July 2018, my father-in-law was called home to be with the Lord, and my mother was diagnosed with bleeding and cancer in the brain. Even though the trip had to be postponed to March 2019, I am still grateful for God’s faithfulness in bringing the team together.
While we were in the midst of preparing for the trip, God remained faithful by leading us every step of the way—through the planning of the programme, the rehearsals for reenacting the Bible stories and the planning of the teaching sessions. We had planned to teach the locals about the grace of God, with some reflections from Gideon’s life (Judges 6– 7). As I was going through these passages with the intention of reaching out to the locals, never would I have thought that I too, would experience the grace of God firsthand.
A few weeks before the Bible Mission Trip, I found out that my mother—who had been given six months to live and was already receiving palliative care—had been completely healed from cancer! What a joy it was to receive God’s grace!
During the mission trip, I saw how God was working through each of us, bringing our individual talents together to serve His people as one body. As my team and I were ministering to the children in Tuolpongror with the Word, we were delighted and encouraged at how eager they were to receive Jesus into their hearts.
At the end of the programme, one of the teachers at the local school made the decision to re-commit her life to Christ. It was here our team realised that we had to continue to pray fervently for the rest of the teachers who had not received Jesus as their Lord and Saviour—so that they too could make a difference in the lives of the children whom they teach.
To conclude, my team and I are very thankful that we were able to accomplish the work in Cambodia by the immense grace of God. All of us have been blessed in more ways than one; it is indeed more blessed to give than to receive!