So today I couldn't help but think of a better place to spend New Year's day but to attend the church service in Svay Pak with my Khmer friends. It was an opportunity to worship the Lord in a place and with people who are shining His light brightly in the community.
After the service, we headed to a restaurant in one of the suburbs. On behalf of Ratanak International, Beth, Stephen and I had the privilege of hosting a thank you New Year's lunch at a local Khmer restaurant for Pastor Chantha, Bunthan and their disciples. We are so grateful and thankful to these who work on the frontlines seeking to be a voice for those who have no voice. They give off themselves tirelessly each day seeking to make a difference and to make an impact in the lives of young and old in this community. They may not have much in terms of wordly possessions but their lives are rich in faith. They continue to model His love with an intensity and passion in the midst of many challenges. They inspire us with the joy they have in Christ, in the midst of despairing situations. They have thought us what it means to press on and persevere by giving ourselves fully in the service of the Lord. We are so blessed by their partnership and pray God's richest blessings on them and as the New Year enfolds, may they be young men and women who continue to reflect the words in Psalm 1: 2-3, Blessed is the one whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prosper.
Today they presented us a beautiful bouquet of flowers and we each received a wonderful team photo along with a plaque full of their names!
We look forward to another year of partnering with these dear friends from Agape International Missions (AIM) and their American co-laborers Don & Bridget Brewster.
On that note, as my Irish friends would say, I am taking a 'wee' break for a week and heading to Singapore for some rest and relaxation! See you when you see me! Thank you for all your prayers and support for those of us in Ratanak Cambodia and beyond!