A Reminder of How Small My View is on a Big God
by Zoro Mer, Connections Pastor at GHFC and Friends Center Representative
What a blessing it was to be in Cambodia, both personally and as a pastor on staff at one of our churches!
On a personal level, this trip surpassed any hopes I had. Being born in a refugee camp on the border of Cambodia and Thailand, my dad’s entire family still lives there. I had only met them once before in 2009. Knowing that I was going to be in Cambodia for only a day and a half (which was going to be filled with meetings), I didn’t even consider visiting them. I also didn’t think I would even be able to see them on this trip since I didn’t know many of their names, phone numbers, or even their addresses.
After arriving in Cambodia, we hit the ground running and dropped the Radcliffs off at their language assessment and headed to a nearby mall called “Savannah.” While at the mall, I realized that it looked very familiar. After some thought, I remembered that I had been there before. So, I asked Fede Hernandez (one of our missionaries) if, after dinner that night, he could drive me around a little and look for my family’s house. I knew it was going to be more difficult than finding a needle in a haystack because Phnom Penh has two million people. We got in the car and drove around for a few minutes in the dark, rainy night. Believe it or not, I was able to recognize enough of my surroundings that I found my aunt’s house. It took a while for my family to recognize me because showing up unannounced was so out of context for them. When my aunt finally recognized me, she couldn’t stop hugging and kissing me because she didn’t think she would ever see me again. The really cool thing was that they met and came to love Fede. In fact, they exchanged information and the hope was that Fede (who now knows more about my family then I do) will continue to develop a relationship with them. Most importantly, he will share the gospel with them. This brought me so much hope. Finding a God-sized needle in a haystack was easier than I thought.
Secondly, as a pastor at one of our churches, I have now seen firsthand what an amazing job our missionaries are doing in Cambodia. Our team is working so hard in bringing the good news of Jesus Christ to the Cambodian people. Their knowledge of the language and culture truly blew me away. I have no doubt that our God is using them in a mighty way. I can’t wait to be one of their biggest supporters, as well as their biggest cheerleaders! I would love to sit and talk with anybody about our work in Cambodia as a family of churches (you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org). I believe in our missionaries there. They are all committed in sacrificial love towards the Cambodian people. The harvest is plentiful, and these workers are just right!