“We’ll go to edge of the world, bringing good news to the broken and poor, there is hope for all who are thirsty to come to the well and drink of His mercy. All who call upon the Lord will be saved. But how can they call when they don’t believe; and how will they believe when they’ve never heard it; and how will they hear unless someone tells them; and how can they tell them if they’re never sent. We will go!”
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me, Therefore go…”
If you haven’t heard already, I’m going to Cambodia this summer. Multitudes are destined for a Christ-less eternity, and Jesus doesn’t want that to happen. So here we are, heading to Cambodia in four months.
What’s awesome about this trip is what I was most scared of when I first began this. I’m not going with a team. Every other missions trip I’ve been on, I’ve been accompanied by at least eight others, and some of them had been before. This time, it will be me and my best friend Jessica. Before you start to worry about us, we won’t be alone, not once during our journey. We are going to Cambodia with the Smith’s (a missionary family I’ve known since birth). We will be flying over to Cambodia with them at the end of July, and staying nearby. At the end of our stay, Jess and I will be flying back to the states together. I guess this is where you might start to worry. But I’m not afraid. I’ve been reading in Isaiah this past week, and as I read some of the verses I had to stop and think about how crazy and meaningful they are.
“I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I AM THE LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. From the rising of the sun to the place of its setting men may know there is none besides me. I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, The LORD, do all these things. I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. I am he; I am the first and the last. My own hand laid the foundations of the earth.
It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you.”
Isaiah 45,46,48 and Deuteronomy 31:8
Do you see why I’m not afraid? The LORD himself has promised to go with me, before me, and behind me. The God of the universe, stronger than any power or demon or delayed flight or lost luggage is with me. You see, Jesus didn’t call us to go and make disciples where it’s comfortable. He called us to go and make disciples in all nations. Yes, there are risks involved; but the risks are worth it. I’m comforted by the Comforter, and at peace because He will be with us.
Jessica and I will hopefully be updating our blog for this trip. You can head over to http://cambodiamissionstrip2014.wordpress.com/ and read all about us and find out more about our trip. We’ll be adding more information soon!