Learning Curves in Cambodia

Jessie Becker | 30 June 2017

Three weeks spent in Cambodia opened my eyes and mind. I saw and learnt so much that I can't begin to describe it all in one blog post! 

I will never forget the first morning of outreach. We split into small groups, each with a translator, and gave out balloons and candy to the children. Before long a small group of children had gathered. After playing a few games, our translator prompted us to share a Bible story. These children (pictured above) crouched on the ground with their hands outstretched and asked Jesus to be their friend.

Over the next ten days, I joined the team from C3 Auckland running village ministry, church services, visiting the hospital as well as some manual labour packing rice and shovelling gravel. Together we saw over 160 lives returned home to the Father, multiple healings and as a team learnt to step out of comfort zone daily.

I also had the privilege to stay on and help home-school the McGonagle boys while Ben and Cherie focused on their work. After school I would help out at the Princess Project doing whatever was needed. As part of the Princess Project, the children are blessed with a Kid’s Church styled programme. They worship, learn about Jesus, are fed, and take home enough rice & vegetables to feed their family for a week.

C3 Church Cambodia and the Princess Project are changing the face of that country. Every day of the week there is something going on--whether it's a connect group in the village, a karate class, english class, or youth group. There is always something happening and something to be involved in.

Ben & Cherie have trained a solid team of young people who are leading both ministries. These young leaders are training up others as young as fourteen. What a model to learn from! Every member in the body has a role and everyone gets involved one way or another.

One personal learning curve was that my context should not define my outward-looking, missions-focused lifestyle. In the first week, I truly believed that life would be easier in Cambodia--it would be easier to share my faith, to pray for the sick and to love people. My pride was not at stake in Cambodia, nobody knew me.

Towards the end of the trip (I still thank God I was able to stay on a few extra weeks), I realised that these foundations are laid in my own backyard. I was always told as a child that it is easier to wash dishes in another home but you have to learn to wash dishes in your own first.

My greatest challenge coming home to New Zealand is to build my own foundations. I was relying on the context to shape how I lived in Cambodia but contexts and countries change. If I can grasp the missions mentality here in New Zealand and build my life on the Word of God then I can go anywhere in the world.

If I can grasp the missions mentality here in New Zealand and build my life on the Word of God then I can go anywhere in the world.
-Jessie Becker

I challenge you to consider your lifestyle. Are you waiting for God to send you somewhere? Don’t wait for God to send you physically. He has planted you where you are for this season. Live like you imagine you would, now, in New Zealand! Build your own foundations.

Thank you, thank you, thank you C3 Church Christchurch, family and friends for sending me to Cambodia. You blessed the McGonagles and the team more than you realise. You have made a difference in so many lives. Thank you for praying. I felt so safe and remained in good health the entire trip.

Please continue to uplift the ministries in Cambodia. Find a way to support them. If you could see for your own eyes you would understand why I have come back so eager to support them in any way possible.

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