Hi Friends and Family,
Before sharing an August Newsletter 2020 update, allow me to share three things that a missionary must be doing to thrive in mission.
Last year, in August I went back to the Philippines mainly to visit and spend time with my biological and spiritual family. Even though it was just a two-week stay I can say that it has been quintessential.
During this visit, I met an Indian missionary. We decided to go for a coffee before I fly to Singapore to attend a G12 Conference before heading back to the mission field which is Cambodia. In our talk, he taught something that became a significant reminder to me until now.
So he asked me, “How are you? How is the mission going?”
“Surviving.” my short answer.
He then continued to talk and say, “You know what, it is a good thing that you are surviving but I suppose you have to learn how to thrive rather than to survive.”
That was encouraging.
Now I want to write this article/newsletter to remind myself and other missionaries that we can do these three things to thrive in mission.
1. Face your FEAR.
I would like to be particular on this first point. The fear that I am talking about here is the fear of facing new and uncomfortable things. Whenever I would share my testimony to co-missionaries about the mission, most of the time I would mention my phobia with the language, food, and different practices here, however, I was reminded to thrive no matter how hard it is. By God’s grace, I can talk to people now using the Khmer language, I can read and write a few.
2. Find a COMMUNITY.
To tell you honestly I came to Kampong Thom, Cambodia without knowing anybody. The only that kept me going, in the beginning, was God’s promise that He will always be with me and I reckon that is more than enough. Yet, God helped me find a community. A Filipino-believer community whom I can spend time with at times. This is valuable because at some point I get to feel the feeling of being in my own country when I am with them. Given, that these people are believers, it’s a great encouragement for me to see that I am not alone in my missionary journey.
3. Focus on the WORD.
I strongly believe that you will concur with me with this third point. Being in the mission field with inconsistent guidance about how should I do things here is formidable. Nonetheless, with God’s word being available it gives me a reason to keep going. It prompts me to thrive. Without His word I do not know which direction to take and what decision to make about the ministry here.
Thank you that you are still reading this blog.
Here are some mission updates for August 2020.
We are looking forward for the growth of the ministry here. Please be with us in prayer and financial support.
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Here is my prayer list. Thank you so much in advance.
- Intimacy with God and Personal Christian Discipline
- Two local families to be won and be connected to Love Church community.
- Baptism Plan for Bro Kimthan’s wife and children.
- More locals to be part of Love Church ministry. 🙂