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CAMBODIA TRIPS JUNE 2018


“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.”  1 Chronicles 16:24


TEAM TWO | June 26-July 7, 2018

Beth Conti, Heather Eschbach, Jordan Conti, David Henry, Brandi Murray, Brian Webb

 

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The Lost and Almost Forgotten Children of Phnom Penh

First a Little Food for Thought!!!

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”. Matthew 28:19 NASB

Why should we be actively doing and supporting mission work?  Well, through mission work we bring the Gospel to the Dead of this world. Scripture tells us that mission work is an important subject which must be taken seriously. As Christians we need to live with an eternal world perspective, not one that revolves around ourselves. We need to daily seek ways in which to lay our lives down for the Kingdom of God.

For those of us who have accepted Christ as our Redeemer, we have felt God’s Grace and Merciful hands at work in our lives. It’s a feeling that we will never forget. Don’t we want everyone in the World to experience God’s presence in their lives???

For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in the riches for all who call on him. For “whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved”. How will they call on him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Romans 10: 12-15 NASB

If we had the cure for cancer wouldn’t we want to share it with the whole world??? Well we have something even better and that is the cure for Death which is found through Jesus Christ’s Death and Resurrection.

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation”. Mark 16:15 NASB

As many of you know Prek Eng 3 is a home for about 20 children. From the moment I met them I was blown away by their open Love and affection. It’s hard to describe exactly what it is, but it’s different than anything I have ever experienced from a group of children in that it never turns off. I have experienced this some with younger children such as my grandkids, but not with kids as old as 22. God is definitely hard at work here in a mighty way.

During my stay I was able to spend sometime getting to know the three young men who are in college. Each one has had more than his fair share of trials, some of which were pretty horrific. When asked, they will tell you that Jesus is the reason they have been able to deal with the harsh trials this world has put them through. You can tell by their words and actions that their relationship with Christ is healing them and opening their eyes to a brighter future. They really are just normal guys with normal problems, only they lack some support and resources to solve some of them. This is where Vista Community Church has stepped up with some support and provided these children with a lifeline.  The orphanage Vista sponsors gives them a safe haven to feel love and get their basic needs of housing, food and education met. They also learn about Salvation through Jesus, Grace, Mercy and the Soul Healing that God wants to wash them with.

My experience with the people in Cambodia was a positive one. I found them to be a loving, generous and hardworking people. At our hotel I met a young man of 22 who grew up very poor with his mother. They often didn’t know where their next meal was going to come from. He said he was unexpectedly sponsored by a man who helped his family out and also paid for him to go to college. With this opportunity he graduated and has since started a hotel cleaning business which is doing quite well. He returns the favor of his good fortune by employing very poor people from his area. He told me that the man’s generosity had changed his family’s future from being grim to unbelievably bright. At the same hotel I made friends with the daytime security man who told me that he lost all of his family during the Khmer Rouge killing fields. With tears in his eyes he told me there was not a day that went by where he didn’t remember watching his family being murdered.  He has been blessed with a wife and five kids now and says he has had to start his family over from nothing. Cambodia has had a tragic history and as a result is full of broken people. An example of this is how mothers can sell their daughters into the sex trade. Another is while I was at the orphanage I held a small girl of maybe 2 in my arms just as cute as anything and so loving. She and her older sister where found abandoned on the street only a month earlier. My heart ached at the thought of how these things could possibly be happening in this day and age.

Religions in Cambodia (Est)
Buddhist       95%
Christianity    2%
Islam               2%
Other              1%

Cambodia is a country just full of people that are desperate for the Good News of Salvation through Jesus Christ. This is why I believe the Lord has brought Vista to Cambodia. These kids that you are sponsoring are the future of this country. They will be the ones to become educated, get good jobs, spread their Faith and help bring their country to know the Lord.  I urge everyone who reads this to stop and think about how blessed we are and think hard about supporting missions. Your contributions are going to a good place, one that I know God is blessing abundantly.

Now after this the Lord appointed seventy other, and sent them in pairs ahead of him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come. And He was saying to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Luke 10:1-2 NASB

This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14 NASB

~ Dave Heilman