“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matt 11:28-30
After an exhausting move from Cambodia’s capital city to Siem Reap, we joined about 50 other C&MA International Workers including their family members for our 5 day Annual Field Forum. It was a spiritually refreshing time with a great children’s program where our kids had the opportunity to make new friends in the C&MA family. But after we said goodbye to our colleagues, we returned to the hectic life of setting-up house, cleaning, unpacking and planning for the ministry. We have finally settled into our new place but there are many challenges. Home construction in Cambodia is not made to last long-term so Kevin has had to DIY fix many of the household issues himself. All these stressors have taken a toll on our bodies, mental state and spiritual lives. When exhausted, we tend to be more snappy at each other, think negatively and become isolated. Do you know the feeling?
It’s difficult not to plan a busy schedule in order to get things done because we like to feel a sense of control and accomplishment. However, we observe our neighbours regularly taking time to sit and chat, play volleyball or sing karaoke out in the yard when others come to visit. Some neighbours don’t hesitate to greet us even when they are just wearing a towel! LOL We read an update by another fellow international worker from a different continent sharing about this too and it seems many cultures value relationships more than getting things done. We are still learning how to slow down and just be present for others. Isn’t that what Jesus said to us, come and have relationship with me, the yoke I carry is lighter and easier? We are not under the yolk of the law and doing things, but rather of grace and love. Let us rest our souls in Him.
PRAISE AND PRAYER:
- Praise God we have have a new home. We are thankful our team members prayed over every room and claimed the space in Jesus’ name. The kids also like their new home.
- We officially start working at the Vietnamese ministry on Sunday, July 21st. Please pray for our physical, mental and spiritual well-being as disciple-makers.
- From July 19 til August 6 there will be 3 short-term Envision teams arriving from Coquitlam, Red Deer and Kitchener. We will be assisting with hosting these teams as they visit various ministry sites including the Vietnamese ministry in Siem Reap. Please pray that the short-term teams arriving may gain a valuable experience in order to discern their role in global missions.