The Hope of the Gospel

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Toul Sleng

I wanted to write and share something that was on my heart today – what a blessing it has been to be back here in Cambodia – the Lord is at work in many ways!

As many of you know, in the 1970’s Cambodia experienced one of the worst genocides in modern history – not so much in number, but in the fact that over 30% of the population (about 2-3 million out of 6 million) was killed as a result of the communist regime of Pol Pot (called the Khmer Rouge).

Today, as we walked through the genocide museum here in Phnom Penh with the team from Master’s College, I came across something that was not here the last time I visited the museum – most of the pictures of former Khmer Rouge soldiers and their testimonies as to why they joined the Khmer Rouge had been defaced and graffitied upon.  But there was one picture that caught my attention more than any of the others; I had seen the picture before, it shows a woman, formally of the Khmer Rouge, taking part in a Buddhist ceremony (Cambodians believe by doing many ceremonies it gives a person good karma and therefore blessing and a better reincarnation in the next life).

The woman giving an offering as part of a Buddhist Ceremony
The woman during the time of the Khmer Rouge

But what caught my eye was what was graffitied on the picture showing that same women during the time when she was a Khmer Rouge Soldier; written in bright red next to her face was written, “There is no reason to concern yourself with meritorious ceremonies because you have killed so many people that they cannot even be counted.”

The truth of this statement, and yet, in its context, the utter hopelessness it conveys struck me.  What utter hopelessness this woman must feel!  What dispair and condemnation!

But this is why we serve here in Cambodia!  For truly, there is no hope in ceremonies for this woman, but beyond that, the Bible states there is no hope for anyone without Christ: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  Our only hope is through Christ and belief in His name!  And so we press on, together with you, that the Gospel might be preached and that some might be saved to the glory of God and for the joy of the peoples.

Join me in praying for the people of Cambodia, the God would open many hearts to receive His gospel and obtain as an outcome, the salvation of their souls.

I only have three more weeks here in Cambodia with the team from Master’s before heading back to the States to continue seminary.  Please pray for us as we minister:

* Pray for continued strength, health and safety for the team

* Pray that we would be able to encourage our brothers and sisters who are persecuted for their faith as we travel

* Pray for the team from Master’s college, that the Lord would continue to use this time to mold them and conform them into His likeness

* Pray for Shalom Church, that Pastor Sopheak and Pastor Sopheap would be encouraged in the Lord and be granted extra grace as they serve their flocks

Thank you for your many prayers and for your support of the ministry here in Cambodia.  May the Lord be praised, for He is good!

Because He lives,

Nathan


“but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we declare it, not to please people but God, who examines our hearts.” (1 Thessalonians 2:4)

 

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