I went to Cambodia for the first time in 2006. At that time, I had no vision for my life. I was only 23 years
old and it was my first mission trip. Afterwards I felt the longing to go back. Many people have that
feeling after a mission trip; they miss the kids, the foods, the experience. So they always say “I want to
go back next year. I want to go back again”. However most of the time, it’s short-lived. But for me, it was
different. The longing to go back was a deeper calling.
I went back to Cambodia three times after that, leading a different mission team each time. And I kept
feeling a stronger conviction to come back and serve in a bigger way. I realized that 2~3 week short term mission trips didn’t make as big of a difference. I wanted to be used in a bigger way, in a bigger capacity.
It was then that God gave me the vision for education. I had been teaching for a long time in many
different ways, but I never considered it as a career. However God showed me that He was the one who gave me the gift of teaching and leadership, and that He wanted to use me in the field of education. In
order to better prepare myself for this calling, I decided to apply to graduate school. In 2011, through
God’s grace, I earned my Master’s degree in International Educational Development from Columbia
This year, when I heard that our church was preparing to send a small group of missionaries to
Cambodia, I thought to myself, “Has my time come? Is this the opportunity I’ve been waiting for?” So I
started to pray intentionally (작정기도) for that one thing. I came to church every morning at 8AM for
over a month praying specifically for direction. Of course in my heart, I wanted to go right away, but I
did not want to go to Cambodia on my own accord. I believed that it is crucial to wait for God’s timing
and calling when going on missions. I had waited this long, and I was not about to mess up God’s plan
and timing because of my own impatience.
But thankfully, I felt the Lord confirming that this was indeed the opportunity I was waiting for. I felt the
Holy Spirit giving me peace about this decision. I have no doubt in my mind and am fully confident that
God is sending me to Life International School and He will be with me every step of the way.
I am very excited to go back to Cambodia. It has been 5 years since I’ve been there; 7 years since I’ve
been to Life School. But I still kept in touch with the Cambodian students and friends I had met there.
They always asked me when I was coming back to see them and do ministry with them again... and I
always had to answer carefully, “When God sends me... if it is His will”. But finally, now I can say, “I will
see you soon! God answered our prayers!” Thank you Lord for sending me back to Cambodia.
Soli Deo Gloria!