To Cambodia With Love

6 Jun

Cambodia. A year ago it was just a place. A few months ago it was just a dream.

What a wonderful, wonderful thing to be led of God. To have a specific place and purpose for this summer, out of the million and one possibilities. Of all countries, why Cambodia? Of all mission organizations, why University of the Nations? Of all opportunities, why Children at Risk? I don’t know. Honestly, I don’t understand how the Lord takes a heart and moves it and uses it. I don’t understand how He takes two hearts in the same direction. It’s a marvelously humbling thing.

It was only a month ago that I felt overwhelmed by all the questions. Where will we find good backpacks for cheap? How should we book our flights? Where in the world will all the money come from? How will we get past the language barrier? What if we don’t know how to do something they ask us to do? What does discipleship look like in a different culture? Will mom be ok all summer? And on and on. But above all has come the peace – the indescribable peace – and the resting in He Who called and the confidence that He is faithful. He is just as much God in the smallest detail as He is in the most noble commission. He doesn’t send us, then step back to let us frantically pull everything together on our own. He calls, and He equips, and He enables, and He shows His care for and in our lives. We’ve seen it firsthand the past few weeks, in a hundred different mind-blowing ways. We’re not going to even try starting in our own strength. It’s going to be leaning on Him from the very beginning.

This short summer cannot be about us. It can’t be about adventure or serving overseas or living out a dream. It must be only and all Jesus. He might make it painfully challenging. He’ll quite possibly redefine our lives. But whatever His plans and purposes, I know He’s going to exceed our expectations. I know it will prove to be another monument of His faithfulness in the lives of Ervina and Claudia. That excites me to no end. What is life, unless it is spent for His glory? Unless we use this vapor of breath to make His Name better known?

How are we feeling forty-eight hours before stepping on the plane? Ridiculously excited with a tinge of scared. Here’s to a summer across the world and being taught to love.

“Our chief motivation is not the needs of men.
It’s the glory of God.”
Paul Washer


11 Responses to “To Cambodia With Love”

  1. clarita June 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    wow, oh wow. what an exciting journey this is. i’m so thankful to be able to follow it the whole way across the globe – it is such a treat! be sure to be us updated. and don’t forget your little family at the cottage in georgia while you’re there. 🙂 i hope it’s a wonderful trip for both of you! ♥

  2. clarita June 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    You might already know this, but your pictures are showing up a little off-balance. Like too tall, or too vertical? Just thought you might want to know.

  3. Alma Yoder June 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    We’ll be prayin for you girls!!!!

  4. Olivia June 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    Oh my! I am soo excited for all of this, and all that the Lord is doing in both of your lives, and is going to do in your lives! I pray that He will burden your hearts even more for His children in Cambodia, and that He would love through you to reach the lost and the broken. You’ll be in my prayers!! ♥

  5. Carla Barkman June 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    Praying for both of you…and can’t wait to hear what God will do through your lives!

  6. Kath Smucker June 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    I know I’ve told ya’ll before but I’m soooo jealous… Wishing ya’ll God’s best!!!

  7. Karla Beachy June 8, 2011 at 3:03 am #

    I just love love your hearts and your testimony! May God be the breath behind every moment of your summer. May He cover you with His wings, and may your heartbeat be drowned out by His heartbeat in you both. love and prayers, Karla

  8. Tiffany June 8, 2011 at 4:06 am #

    Many blessings and prayers as y’all step forward in this journey. I’m recruiting myself to your team of cheerleaders, so I want you to know I can’t wait to hear more. =)

  9. susan June 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    Your mother just informed us that you left for Cambodia. We will be praying for you and following your blog. So excited that God chose to use you in that needy country.

    The Kems

    • Phyliis June 11, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

      I just love how God has worked in your lives. His light just shines on your faces. Your desires to live so close to God and to obey His call is a blessing to see in young people. Seems in today’s society lots live for self. Just hearing your hearts and your desire to be changed by God and to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate is refreshing. I want to be more like that. We will be praying for you and we will be reading your updates and looking at your pictures. Love you both as my own. Phyllis

  10. Lucy Friesen June 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    Love the Paul Washer quote. May God truly be glorified in and through your lives.

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