What does missions look like? This is the question that was challenged and refined during our trip to Cambodia.
My wife and I both went to Cambodia for two and a half weeks to focus on teacher training. We were able to share strategies on classroom management, special education, assessment, provide resources, and build relations with the teachers at Living Fountain Orphanage, Glad Tidings Private School, and a local public school.
At the orphanage, we spent time with the kids by sharing meals together, playing games, singing songs, and attending services. We also spent time with the mothers working at Living Fountain to listen to their stories, encourage them, pray together, and share a smile.
We were fortunate to meet people who we have been praying for for many, many years — people like Pastor Edu, Pastor Jojo, Rev. Song’s 2 disciples. It’s an incredible feeling putting faces to names we’ve prayed for through faith knowing that God listens.
What does missions look like?
We visited multiple villages and communities around Cambodia and saw everything from a mobile dental clinic, dormitory ministry, haircutting ministry, a community centre providing books, English classes, soccer leagues, computer labs, a post-secondary electrical engineering class, children’s programs, and VBS programs.
We also had opportunities to share about our relation with Jesus and how we are all sinners. We shared our testimonies and prayed with the children at Living Fountain.
Our mission trip was unique in the sense that it was part vision trip and part teacher training. We saw first hand how much prayer is needed for Anne, Rev. Choi, the Mothers working at the orphanage, the children, future direction, and building relations with the nearby villages. We also learned that education can be a powerful tool to connect with villages to later share the gospel.
So, what does missions look like?
Let me share a verse from 1 Peter 4:10.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
We are very fortunate to be living in Canada where we have options and opportunities to pursue our passions. One lesson I learned from Cambodia is that missions can look like anything and everything as long as the end goal is to share the gospel and help people love Jesus more and more each day. Our prayer is that our congregation can continue finding ways to spread the Gospel through the gifts that God has given us and that we will always have a passion for missions.
Thank you to everyone who supported us through prayers, finances, school resources, and encouraging words. I hope that you will also be challenged to use your gifts to bless others around you whether it’s in Cambodia, Toronto, or Timbuktu.
After coming back from Cambodia, our hope is to go again with a team of educators. Please continue to pray for us and for Cambodia. If you want to hear more about Cambodia, please come talk to us. Thank you and All Glory and Praise to God!!