Hear for yourself what it is like to be a follower of Jesus in Cambodia when many in your community follow after their own gods. (Video is in English and Khmer.) I am so thankful for permission to share this story from a young Cambodian follower of Christ. She is dear to me because we worked together in 2018 during my first missions trip ever. (See my first blog post published in country here.) She translated for me as I served the younger children in two Cambodian floating villages when I was leading the music station for a Vacation Bible School style program. This year, in November 2019, I was pleased to see and work with her again as she continued to serve as a member of the translation team alongside her older sibling and a few university students. I was happy to also have her join us in singing since my primary role this year was again music but geared towards her peers and older University students from 2 other churches there at the Cambodia Youth Missions Conference put on by Daegu Faith International Church (DFIC) of South Korea.
3 I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. 4 As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us to[a] a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,[b] 10 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, 12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.[c] 13 Follow the pattern of the sound[d] words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14 By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.
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