As part of Living Praise’s ongoing ministry to Kompongsom Bible School (KBS) in Cambodia, a team of 6 church members embarked on a mission trip from 4 to 11 September 2017.
The team comprised Jessie Wong, Sue Kim Lee, Tan Nguan Sen, Koh Kim Tiang, Grace Tan and Nathania Tan. We went with the aim of imparting skills to the KBS students on how to plan and implement a children’s programme.
Over the course of 3 days, our team conducted training for KBS students, teaching them creative thinking, brainstorming and problem-solving tools, and how to share the gospel using the Wordless Book. The students were then assigned into groups to plan the children’s programme at the Oil Palm Church, with the theme Gift of Life.
The students shared with us that through this experience, they learned the importance of teamwork. They were able to showcase their creativity in presenting their ideas and worked enthusiastically in coming up with the final children’s programme, which was based on John 14:6, Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
On the day of the children’s programme at Oil Palm Church, the 79 children in attendance exceeded our expectations of 30 to 40 children. We saw God working through the KBS students who led singing, played games, performed their skit and shared the message with the children. Initially, the KBS students had been fearful when tasked to share the gospel using the Wordless Book in small groups.
After they prayed, the Holy Spirit gave them the words to speak as they started to share the gospel. We praise God for the many children that responded to the altar call that day, who raised their hands to indicate their willingness to believe in Jesus,
The next day, our team set off for Kdat Village Church where we met with Pastor Kim San, a graduate from KBS who ministers to the village children.
Through befriending them, he teaches them the Bible and sings Christian songs with them. 14 children attended the programme organized by our team. We sang songs and through a game, taught the children that only Jesus can give eternal life. Thank God for the opportunity to minister to the children and encourage Pastor Kim San in his church building work.
Our team is thankful to God for the good weather throughout our trip, especially during the programmes. We were reminded that God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s resources. He provided enough open space for our programmes to be conducted and enabled us to buy the necessary materials for teaching aids.
Through the daily devotions conducted by Nguan Sen, it created an opportunity for the KBS students to share with us how God had spoken to them through His word, and to share their struggles and experiences with God. We praise God for the various opportunities for us to minister to the KBS students and the children of Kompongsom and Kdat village in this trip, for the fulfilling of God’s work and purposes.
LIVING THE MISSION - Living Praise for God's Mission
In Matthew 9:37-38, Jesus said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the labourers are few. Therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into His harvest.” The harvest belongs to our Lord Jesus Christ. We are merely labourers carrying out the commands of our Lord. Will you rise up to the call and go forth to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ?
These are people who have been to short overseas missions trip, read about their experiences and if you want to find out more, why not approach them on Sunday! Or better still join them for their next mission trip!
When we reached KBS on the first day, it was so heart-warming to see familiar faces and so many young senior students. They were so enthusiastic, cheerful and willing to learn. They were good at leading songs and just sang from the bottom of their hearts in worshipping God. We arranged a time slot for them to lead worship for all the programmes. Kim Tiang taught them two new songs and they were able to learn them within a short time. They enjoyed the singing and were doing the actions. What a privilege it was for me to be part of this experience. Overall, I am thankful to God for such good team spirit, much laughter, teasing, food and fellowship with one another. Praise and thanks be to God!
Yet I was very impressed and encouraged by the group of seven students whom Naomi & I worked with on a bible story. I thank God for His mercy and grace in giving us very responsive and interested students who enjoyed the activities with the children at Smech Daeng Church. Although there were heavy rains and a flood at the village church, it happened after the programme was over. It has been a long time since I walked in ankle-deep water, and so it was a fun experience for me. I am thankful God for the bonus!
The joy I saw in the Komponsom Bible School students (aged 15 to 28), despite their difficult and diverse backgrounds, brought me much encouragement. I wish to share what God has shown me through them in the following acronym for Kampongsom. I hope that you will share in this joy with me and reflect on the greatness of our Almighty God.
* K – Keen Interest in learning / kindness in receiving
* A – Awesome attitude that focuses on wanting to serve God
* M – Motivated to lead praises to God and wanting to sing cheerfully for Him
* P – Passionate in helping to meet the needs of each other
* O – Ordinary men and women in God’s extraordinary call to spread the gospel
* N – Never give up determination
* G – Gratitude to God and to people around them
* S – Son of God, Jesus is placed in the center of their lives
* O – Overcoming their fear of not able to handle young children
* M – Mercy and grace of God seen bestowed in their lives from the personal life stories they shared with us during our time spent with them.
Lastly, coming out from this trip, I would like to encourage anyone considering short-term mission trips – not to hesitate. For no matter how busy or inadequate we think we may be, if we wholeheartedly place our trust in God, He will certainly take care of our concerns, worries and anxieties in all we do or say.
Elvira has just completed 1 year of service in Japan with OMF in a university students’ ministry known as fmZERO, located in Sapporo, Hokkaido. We thank God for seeing her safely through it.
We thank God as well that in her time there, OMF was able to conduct chapel at Towa no Mori High School and Rakuno University, where 800 high school students and 600 university students had the opportunity to hear the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ as Lord! We praise God for the many responses they received from the students. Pray with Elvira that God will continue to grow the seeds that were planted, and that they bear fruit for His glory!
We give thanks to God as well for a smooth and fun fmZERO English camp in August, that deepened the relationships with the 11 students. The students were open in sharing their thoughts on friendship and family and heard of our gracious Heavenly Father who is welcoming us sinners into His family. Pray for the follow-up conversations with the individuals and for the planning of a follow-up event.
Pray for Elvira that God grants her wisdom for the future, and willingness to obey and choose the things that pleases Him. Pray for Japan as well that in this materially rich yet spiritually poor country, God, in His mercy and grace, will bring many Japanese to know Him and that His name may be rightfully glorified.