As part of the fall 2014 tour through Southeast Asia, Steve and Rissa traveled to Cambodia
Jimo (middle) is a missionary from India. He and his wife, Lila, have lived in Siem Reap for about five years. They planted a small, international church there and they reach out to the locals by teaching English in the villages.
After a time of praise and worship in song, I had the opportunity to share a message with the church entitled, "Is Christ Precious to You?," drawing on 1 Peter 2:7: "Unto you therefore which believe he is precious."
Later, after Rissa had returned home to Manila, I continued on to Phnom Pehn. I was able to visit the horrific “Killing Fields,” where the genocide of Pol Pot’s regime was most pronounced. It offers a tragic commentary on the depravity of human nature apart from Christ, as well as a poignant reminder that the world’s only hope of true peace is through the gospel, which must be proclaimed among all the nations.
Rissa and Lila together after the worship service.
After the worship service, Rissa and I were treated to a fellowship meal with Jimo and Lila, as well as several of the people who had attended the service.
In Phnom Pehn, I was also blessed to visit with Peter, the pastor of an international church in that city, and he was able to provide me with greater insight into both the spiritual condition of Cambodia, as well as the effectiveness – and needs – of the church there.