Svay Pak is a place that grows on you. It's hard to imagine a dusty town that used to be a modern day Sodom and Gomorroah can get under your skin but it does because there the Light of Christ is no longer a pocket in the darkness but it is becoming brighter each day. Here we have the opportunity each day to be involved in such a radical ministry, one that involves a constant battle, a battle for lost souls, a battle against injustice, a battle against the demonic forces that seek to oppress both children and adults. This is not a battle for the faint hearted but God has continuously showed us that the battle is His. We are simply called to persevere knowing that we are not laboring in vain when we labor for the Lord because ultimately we stand on the side of victory. When I think of Svay Pak, I see the growing army He is building there---Pastor Chantha, Bunthan, Ratanak, Don & Bridget Brewster, the growing number of students (28) that are being discipled, the 150 plus children at the Kids Klub, the 400 plus congregation. This is the Lord's Army made up of ordinary people who are willing to trust an extraordinary God to do the impossible in their community. He is, He can and He will!
Can anything good come out of Svay Pak? That same question was asked some 2000 years ago when people said 'can anything good come out of Nazareth?' Yes and we are seeing the first fruits of the 'good' thing that God has started and what the Lord starts He promises to complete. And so as I leave Svay Pak this year, I am excited and filled with much hope for the ongoing fruit that will spring forth despite the darkness. God is at work and His plans will not be thwarted as you and I pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done in a place where He has clearly taken up residence!
Thank you all for all your prayers, your support and your words of encouragement. Because you have stood in the gap, seeds of love, seeds of hope and seeds of joy have been planted for eternity in this little village called Svay Pak!