Post submitted by Kathryn Sparks after traveling to Cambodia for the first time with Freedom’s Promise.
Upon first glance, Cambodia appeared to be a God-forsaken country. The darkness that looms in the air is like no other place I have ever been. I could actually feel the heaviness in the air. And it was so repulsive and disturbing that I felt hopeless — almost.
But I remembered what Moses told Joshua in Deuteronomy 31:8: “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” My hope is in the Lord, who promises to never leave nor forsake us. Therefore, we cannot become discouraged, I told myself.
During my time in Cambodia, I quickly realized that God has not forsaken the country and people of Cambodia. Praise God! He is present and working through Cambodians and internationals, who He has called to Cambodia, to write a new story in this beautiful country — a story of hope, healing and restoration.
I saw the Lord work in mighty and miraculous ways during my time in country. John 1:5 says, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Although the sin in Cambodia is dark and repulsive, Jesus, the Light of the World, is living and working through believers, shining light in the darkness. In John 8:12 Jesus says, “…I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” I saw the light of life shining in Christ’s servants in Cambodia.
God is using Laura to disciple young Cambodians, using the Bible to teach English. Her faithfulness to God to disciple among the nations is seen in the multiplication of believers in Cambodia.
God is using Rose and Perlito as a beacon of light for His kingdom as they run the Bridge of Hope in Poipet, located on the border of Cambodia and Thailand, where human and sex traffickers prey on precious Cambodian children, girls, boys, men and women.
God is using Sokleap as she leads several Freedom’s Promise projects, such as the sewing center, which offers an opportunity for women to learn a valuable skill to provide for their families, protecting them from traffickers.
God is using Freedom’s Promise healing teams to love and care for His children, who are suffering physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually in a broken, fallen world.
God is using community health education and evangelism to open doors, facilitate conversation and present opportunities to share the greatest love story of all time, the Gospel, while teaching healthy living practices, such as how to prepare food safely and how to purify water with limited resources.
God is using vision clinics and reading glasses to give sight and to share Jesus with the blind who do not know Him.
God is using medical teams to bring villagers miles from their homes so that His word can be shared with those who have never heard the name of Jesus.
God is using translators (my precious new friends!) to share the Gospel with their friends, children, spouses, neighbors, boyfriends, girlfriends and families.
God is using the need for transportation to present an opportunity to share Christ with van drivers.
God is using Tiffany as she guides and leads Freedom’s Promise and the organization’s projects and partners from the States and countless hours in Cambodia.
God is using Stacey and Thomas as they nurture, care for and love on Freedom’s Promise’s partners and translators, providing a safe-haven for our brothers and sisters in Christ as they strive to walk with Jesus daily.
God is using language barriers as an opportunity to build relationships between Cambodian translators and foreigners to establish community in Jesus’ name. Despite countless cultural differences, Cambodians and internationals, united in the family of God, are doing kingdom work together.
God is using ordinary people in extraordinary ways to build His kingdom in Cambodia. All of the people mentioned above have faithfully answered the Lord’s call to serve Him. Although Cambodia’s darkness is heavy, I have seen the light of Jesus, shining through our brothers and sisters in Christ, who are serving as His hands and feet in this beautiful country. The Lord is restoring His people in Cambodia for His name, fame and glory, and it was an honor and privilege to experience God in this country with these people, who now hold a very special place in my heart and prayers. To God be the glory, forever and ever!