My experience was most enjoyable, meaningful and fulfilling – a journey of many firsts.
Among others, this was my first trip to Cambodia; I had never visited a 3rd world country before.
This was my first mission trip; I had never served the church beyond the community, let alone beyond the shores of our island nation.
As such, this was the first trip on which I was so reliant on the Lord, trusting and putting all my faith in Him. I was treading on an unfamiliar path. What could I, a 25-year old young adult, have of any value to give or contribute to mission work? I did not know a lot of Scripture, nor did I know what I would have to share with my Cambodian brothers and sisters in Christ, or how I should go about it. All of this even seemed elementary, compared to teaching them how to do Sunday school for kids.
Yet God is good, faithful and sovereign. His hand was in everything, throughout all the circumstances and situations we faced during the trip – including the smallest things like the weather. Being amongst Elders, I found that I had much to learn. Their patience and generosity, accompanied with a wealth of kind instruction, provided me a nurturing environment to grow in. The Kompongsom Bible School (KBS) senior students were equally an inspiration. I was particularly struck by their competency in English and their unfailing zeal in stepping up to responsibilities. I always felt like they had much more to teach me, than I had to teach them. We thanked God every day for their valuable partnership – from which I benefited immensely. When God calls, He also equips. He never calls us to do something without also giving us what we need to do it. God gives each of us the power and ability to do the work he has planned. Every individual is equipped to serve.
Discipleship – this word has new meaning for me today. For me, it is primarily about service. I could not fully appreciate the entirety of this till going down to serve in Cambodia myself. The New Testament shows what it means to be a disciple of Christ – to serve Christ (surrender all to Jesus as Lord) and to be in the service of others. My service towards others shows itself, both in my service to the Body of Christ (fellow Christians) 1 and to the world, more broadly (non-Christians). I must also reach out to those who do not belong to the family of God. In performing acts of kindness towards others, I truly serve Christ. 2 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40 NIV). Jesus came to seek and to save the lost – so must I. There can be no growing in discipleship without a growing will to serve as well. For this is the way our Lord trod. His life from start to finish was one of complete obedience to God, and humble, loving service to others. As His disciples, we are called to do the same. 1 Mark 10:42-44 2 Matthew 25:34-40