Friday's program at Daughters involved alot of prayer ministry. We started our with our usual 2 hour intercession period praying for the leaders of Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge, families, children and women who are vulnerable to exploitation. Then at 1:30pm the church service started. Many of the girls participate in the service along with the local staff and foreign workers. It was such a joy listening to the girls singing familiar worship songs in Khmer. One can only imagine what it might be like in heaven when people from every tribe, tongue and nation will be worshipping the Lamb around the throne.
As I thought of these girls worshipping the Lord, my mind wondered back to the woman who brought the alabaster jar and poured perfume on the feet of Jesus. In this modern day setting, could it be that the songs of praise emanating from these special sisters is like a sweet smelling fragrance to the Lord’s ear.
Despite all the challenges that these girls have gone through, I stand amazed at their warmth and affection. They have welcomed us with open arms and are so eager to connect with us each day. This is when I wished I had more Khmer language but God is answering prayers as His language of love seems to transcend the verbal challenges. This was evident today as some other volunteers from the centre were leaving and so Ruth asked some of the girls who were Christian to come forward and pray a blessing over those volunteers. However, the girls were so overcome with emotion and full of tears that they could not pray. These dear sisters have shown me that when we love in Jesus name, barriers do come down and God indeed creates a special bond as heart touches heart despite culture, despite language barrier and despite contrasting life experiences. He indeed is the common glue that unites us all.