We’ve been on the ground in Cambodia for one week today. Throughout this trip, God has drawn me specifically to 1 John 4:11-12. It reads: Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
As I think about the many challenges and questions we’ve faced during our first week, I think about this verse. At the end of the day, that’s what we’re here to do. We’re here to love. We’re here to encourage. We don’t come as saviors. We don’t come as westerners who have all the answers. We come as brothers & sisters in Jesus with a desire to love because He first loved us. This is a simple statement. This is a powerful prayer. This is God’s redemptive plan.
Church, you’d be so encouraged and proud of this amazing team! Despite sickness, exhaustion, uncertainty and spiritual opposition, they’ve poured themselves out completely. To say I’m inspired by them is an understatement!
- They’ve loved and encouraged each other through some very difficult moments.
- They’ve loved and encouraged 50 teens at the youth camp … many who took steps towards Jesus.
- They’ve loved and encouraged Pastor Sary and his leadership team in Chbar Mon.
- They’ve loved and encouraged our kids at the orphanage.
- They’ve loved and encouraged our driver, our translator, tuk-tuk drivers, coffee shop employees, hotel desk attendees … everyone!
The beautiful part of all of this is that we’ve been loved in return! From the teens in Chbar Mon to our kids at the orphanage, we’ve been loved! There’s a miraculous yet unexplainable thing that happens when God’s people unconditionally love each other. Hearts are restored. Hearts are healed. Faith becomes clearer. Heaven comes to earth.
Vista, thank you. Thank you for giving, praying and reaching further. Thank you for loving those you’ve never met. I hope we can carry back the love they’ve given us for you in return.