Last Sunday, was once again another day of celebration that brought tears to my eyes. Chris and I spent the morning with the Khmer house church that worships in 2Five2's building in Prek Pneu. Over the last two years this church has grown near and dear to our hearts, and now are people we can call friends. They welcome us with words of encouragement, hugs, and smiles. This group of amazing people can brighten the day of anyone who is in need of a smile.
The church baptized 29 (yes, 29!) men, women, and children last Sunday in a large orange cooler (so great!) Samrach, the pastor, has been leading this group of new believers since Christmas when they all became followers of Christ.
During the midst of frustrating days, we are quickly reminded of the beauty of God's work in this country. As Chris said, while driving our moto home, "this is why we moved here, watching people come to know Jesus in a country that is in need of such healing." There is nothing more true than that.
On this day, the people and the environment could only be defined by the word joy. People were walking, speaking, sitting, singing in a posture of joy. However, as we took the left turn on the dirt road out of the village we saw a woman on all fours, bowing down to the four monks she had just given her money to. It was such a contrast of posture, emotion, and lifestyle. We ask you to join us in praying for this church and our ministry to continue to reach those in this community so they can too experience this joy, joy in Christ.
We consider ourselves blessed, and are filled with thankfulness as we partner with the church, and in the words of Samrach, "thank you working with us in the kingdom here."
In the video the church is singing, "Jesus, we are committing ourselves to you."