My Reason to go to Cambodia
Ever since I was a high school student, I’ve wanted to go overseas to do missions. Of course, I did not know when or even where that would happen, but I knew I wanted that to be a part of my future. Throughout the many years I’ve attended FKBC, I have seen various groups of missionaries from our church being sent out to China, Philippines, Cambodia, and Mexico. When I watched these people go off to serve in other countries, I started to form a desire to do the same. My heart went out to the people living overseas who did not yet know Christ. The life I live in America is so comfortable and I see the many blessings that God has given me in my day to day life. I live such a privileged life here… and I know that there are people that are across the world who don’t have that kind of life.
Last summer, in July of 2013, I had the opportunity to go on a short term mission trip with a team of 50 people to Yucatan, Mexico. During my time there, I was able to experience a glimpse of the kind of life the native people lived on an everyday basis. The people I encountered lived in homes that were literally made of the forest that they lived around. Their homes consisted of wood, dirt, leaves, and whatever resources they had. I had always seen these kinds of situations through the Internet or tv, but I never was able to see and experience it physically. I was blown away by how different our lives were. And, I was even more blown away by how these people have grown to appreciate the life that they lived. God had blessed these people despite their living situation. I realized that it does not matter where you live and what kind of situation you are going through because through those things, God will bless those who seek after Him and He will be faithful to His people.
With that in mind, I knew more than ever that I wanted to go out and serve Him. I realized that this life that I have is not about the “American dream”. It’s not about living comfortably or having a “privileged life”. My main mission is to follow God’s calling - to serve Him, to witness, to go out! All the doors leading to the decision of going to Cambodia opened for me. God allowed me to take this opportunity and I knew in my heart that this was the path to take. Before going to Cambodia, I know I still have much room for spiritual growth and discipline, but I also know that God has placed me into a community of sisters and brothers in Christ who are here to support me and help me in my journey of growth. I’m so thankful for this church and for those who have encouraged me to be bold. I do not know what this year will bring… Maybe I will encounter enormous hardships, but I know that God is greater than anything that could come my way. I trust that I will be fine and that He will be glorified in the end.