Hello there, this is Pastor Ben. Currently, we are on the plane, flying home to L.A. (These last three posts will be posted when we arrive home).
Thank you so much for reading these blog posts and for your prayers. We know that many of you have been praying for us faithfully and please know that your prayers were vitally essential for our time here. I believe in the power of prayer, and so I know that without your prayers, our trip could not have been a success.
On this blog, you have been able to get a glimpse of some of the things we saw and did in Cambodia. It was a rich experience, and we were able to participate in many exciting activities. However, as our host leader Albert reminded us on the last day, the most important thing about our trip is not what we did, but what we learned about God and ourselves. Short term missions is not about “doing” as much as it is about “learning.” The real, lasting work is being done on the field in day-to-day discipleship by the long-term missionaries, pastors, and the great Christian laypeople in Cambodia. We came to serve in whatever ways are needed, and more importantly to learn more about the greatness of our God and the needs of our world. We were greatly enriched by meeting these faithful Cambodian servants, and were inspired by their zeal for evangelism and passion for their nation. We were deepened in our understanding of our world, as we learned about all that God is doing outside of our “world” of Southern California. We pray that this understanding will change the way we view our own lives, culture, and relationships with God and each other.
We also were able to get to know one another more deeply as we worked together. One thing I was so proud of was the way our team stepped up to serve, each using our own unique gifts and abilities. Truly, each one of us had a role to play. And each day, some of needed to be more in the “spotlight” while others needed to be more in a supportive role. By the end of the trip, we saw how we all needed each other, one was not more important than the other. This is exactly how Paul describes the church in 1 Corinthians 12. I pray that we can continue this functioning as the servant-body of Christ back home.
Over the next few weeks, we will continue to reflect upon what God has taught us during this trip. We look forward to sharing with you more. See you soon, we miss you all!