“You are the light of the world,” Matthew 5:14
Svay Pak is a dark and hurting place, and God has a plan to bring light to it – and through Christ, we are part of that plan. Jesus is telling us that we have been rescued out of the darkness so that we can be the light of the world.
We have each witnessed things that we had read about in preparation for this trip. However, seeing it happen right before your eyes is hard. We have been in a restaurant right down the street from our hotel eating dinner and witnessing men with young girls; we arrived at work to find a man leaving a building with a large wad of cash and a peak into the room he was exiting revealed a table stacked high with money; we have been praying for a 9 year Vietnamese girl who was the victim of rape from a 45 year old Khmer man. Svay Pak is a very dark and hurting place.
Each member of our team has experienced the saving grace of Jesus Christ and know the power of forgiveness and hope. We have been transformed and cleansed from the inside out. As we are now at the cleaning stage of our work at the Sanctuary, we have set the stage – the building is clean and will soon be ready to provide more light and hope to Svay Pak. The people who will use this new building will continue the mighty work of God. Lives will be transformed of those who enter its doors.
If you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. Isaiah 58:10
Thanks for all the prayers and emails of encouragement. They are very much appreciated. You would never believe that we are actually thinking the heat is not all that bad – that can only be a result of your prayers.