The Things We Carry

3 days. We leave in 3 days. Right now, the biggest thing on all our minds is PACKING.

Do we have what we need? Are we packing too much? Too little? We have all the essentials: bug spray, lightweight clothing, a toothbrush, shampoo, malaria meds… and more bug spray.

But we aren’t just going on vacation. We’re going to join the front. We’re going into battle. Not a physical battle: we aren’t fighting people, or governments, or laws, or communities. We’re fighting a spiritual battle. Unseen, but just as real.. if not more real. Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

We aren’t fighting flesh and blood. We are going to join the front where strong warriors have been fighting for truth and light and justice for a long time. We go to bring them aid. We go to bring them supplies. And we go to bring them refreshment. And as we go into battle, we carry a few other things with us.

A heart to love. 

As we go to Cambodia, we bring with us a heart ready to love people. The people of Cambodia have been through a rough season of their history, and are coming out on the other side of it. They need the unconditional love of Jesus to renew and revive their hearts. God uses broken people to bring this love. We are all broken in some way. But we pray that God would let the love that He has poured out on us pour out on the people of Cambodia while we are there.

A heart to learn.

We are there to bring refreshment to the missionaries and fellow believers that are stationed in Cambodia. But we also come with a heart to learn. Learn the language. Learn the culture. Learn their heart for their people. While we go to teach English, we are simultaneously the humble students of the people whose lives we are a part of for a couple weeks. And when we return home, we will bring what we have learned back with us.

A heart to listen.

Sometimes, it feels like we are called on to speak a lot. Our ministry is given mostly through words and actions on our behalf. But in an unfamiliar place, one of the most important things we can do is to listen. To listen to the people and hear their stories. To listen to their joys and to their fears. To be silent in respect for what they have to say. To listen for God’s still small voice guiding us as we go. Words can speak loudly, but sometimes listening can be heard better.

And the things we carry do not remain in Cambodia. They come back with us – stronger, perhaps, than before we left. The war is still raging here, even if it is less evident. We may go to bring missionaries relief in Cambodia, but we return to our own front to fight in America.

If you would like to pray for the team as we leave, we will be posting prayer requests here on the blog as we go. At the moment, please be praying:

  • Our last minute preparation goes smoothly
  • Our flight takes off without any problems
  • For energy and joy for the team as we set off on this adventure.

Thank you for all your prayers!

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