As I have just returned from my second mission trip to Cambodia, I reflect on a number of things, including the questions from family and friends. One question I’m asked is, ” Was it fun? Did you have a lot of fun?” I’m never sure how to answer that. The word fun by definition means to engage in joyous play and amusement. That is just not my experience.
My first trip to Cambodia last year did not go as I thought it would. I was expecting hardship and pain. There was virtually none. Even the weather cooperated, as the warnings of monsoons and oppressive heat did not occur. This year, as I struggled with jet lag, lack of sleep, illness, dehydration, and a general sense of malaise, my thought was, “this is the REAL mission trip.”
But the grace of God is a miraculous gift. Through Him, I was not only able to survive, but thrive as well. To watch the teenagers and young adults of the Youth Camp come to Christ, to pray over them as they in turn prayed over us. To feel the unconditional love from our kids at Prek Eng. These are privileges that for me make it all worthwhile. Unforgettable, life changing experiences that would never occur if I traveled somewhere to just “have fun.”
In closing, I want to thank everyone who prayed for us and supported us during our journey. May God bless.
~ David Henry