10 Sights to Behold on a Cambodian Mission Trip
by Charles A. Borchard
These exclusive photos and experiences all stem from Harmony Outreach’s mission trips over the years. #9 gets me every time.
1. Food you won’t stop eating.
Oh my word even the bacon is better tasting. Possibly my new favorite snack food is strawberry jam and sweetened condensed milk spread over raisin bread. DO. NOT. JUDGE. BEFORE. YOU. TRY.
2. Church by the river.
Pristine nature, villagers who have turned to love Jesus after a life of hardship without him, and hearing popular worship songs in another language. This is an experience to behold.
3. Tuk-tuk for all your needs.
Tuk-tuk here, tuk-tuk there, everywhere you take a tuk-tuk. These buggies mounted atop the back tire of a moto are necessary for daily travel in Phnom Penh. #selfie
4. Children you won’t want to leave behind.
Pastor Markus and his wife Ellie were called into missionary work in Cambodia. So, they left profitable businesses in Indonesia to bring education and Jesus to children in rural villages outside of Phnom Penh. These cuties cling to you and leave impressions that will last the rest of your life.
5. Pastors who labor gladly.
The Cambodian Church planting scene is spreading like disco fever. Churches are replicating at a rate that is on step to provide a cultural shift within our lifetimes.
6. Students who are changing lives.
The Learn2Work Center in Phnom Penh is training college students to be proficient in computers and English, both of which are necessary for the Cambodian job market. But what ends up happening is these university students receive a hopeful portion of Jesus in the mix. And to top it all off, they’re bringing their friends to Christ, too!
7. Ingenuity that'll make you gawk.
People in different places come up with different ways of doing things. After coming home from Cambodia, I actually missed their telephone poles.
8. Ministers getting their Bible on.
The efforts of the Nathanael Project are to ensure that pastors in every province of Cambodia are trained in the Bible. Before this project, local pastors were mainly winging it with church leadership and Bible interpretation. But now pastors are given training in the use of the Bible, and a computer with which to study.
9. The girls who won’t give up.
Unfortunately, Cambodia sees many young girls subject to sex exploitation. But that can’t keep these girls down. Mark and Jennifer see to it that they rescue as many girls as possible from sex exploitation. They provide: a safe place to live, food, work, and knowledge of the sacrifice of Jesus.