Thursday, September 30, 2010

Nowhere to Turn

It's been a hard week for me, for various reasons. I hide them, ignore them, push them aside. But when I face them it all crashes down on me. I break down, I cry. I cry out to God, wondering where he is in all the mess I'm in.

Some of my other friends are going through hard times too. Their worlds are turned upside down and nothing makes sense. Where is God? Where is love?

2 Corinthians 1:3-7
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

In hard times, let this be our prayer. God has not forgotten us. When we hurt, he hurts too. When we cry, he cries with us. Just as Christ suffered on this earth, he too understands our pain and comforts us.

Thank you for being a loving God, and forgive us when we forget that.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Can't Sleep, Must Go Back to Phnom Penh

Day One Back At Home:

It is so surreal to be back home. It's weird to think a day ago I was outside of the airport in Phnom Pehn with the Crossroads and Pillars students. I actually miss them alot. I didn't think it would be this difficult to readjust being back at home. But on the plane ride i was thinking about how I just saw everyone and I was remembering our times at the village and back at Phnom Penh. They're just a great group of brothers and sisters. You can see how powerful and transforming the gospel is. And all they want to do is praise God and make his name known. It was an amazing privilege to join them in their ministry for the Kuy Village. We were able to witness the first ever baptism for this group of people and it was great to find out that many others have accepted Christ into their hearts. there will actually be another baptism in September in the village where we stayed.

There were many memorable moments in my trip to Cambodia. When I think of them, I get sad again, but I know that the time had to have ended at some time. I will write them in another time. Itll take a few posts for me to summarize some of the main events that happened during the trip. And I want to take my time to remember all of the good times.

For now, I will continue to pray that God will help me transition back to home. It's hard when I think about how friendly everyone was and their heart for Jesus. Maybe I won't see them again or maybe I will. For now, I hope i can keep in touch with them, although unlike Americans they're not on the internet 24/7.

Stick around for more updates on the trip. Ima warn u: im going to write alot in attempt of preserving the memories. but hopefully you'll be blessed and encouraged by how much God is doing in Cambodia and how he is finding his lost sheep.