Going to church …

Everywhere we go–even while crossing walking head-on into motorcycle traffic–this group is constantly  snapping pictures. We are, however, hesitant to train our cameras on a church service. There’s something a little weird about snapping away like tourists while people are communing with God. That’s why it was an odd moment, and a pretty funny one, when the pastor of the 30-member Boeung Tom Pun Meanchey Church, where we attended this morning, rose from his front-row seat and turned to snap a couple of photos of us. Other than that, it was a fairly standard service: songs, scripture readings and prayers, part in English, part in Khmer: Afterward, we mingled in the dirt yard, with dogs and children running around and ate the  teeny oranges  they passed out.

I spoke to Navy Sous, a 24-year old who led and translated much of the service. She became a Christian because of her curiosity. She wondered why people kept coming to the little building every Sunday to sing and pray. “One day I follow them and sing and listen … One day the pastor say, Am I going to believe in God? And I say, ‘Okay.'” Navy said God has opened a way for her to study in college and to help run a kid’s camp in Malaysia. “God is amazing,” she said more than once. Since becoming a Christian, Navy has faced persecution. “The neighbors, they don’t want to talk to us. My relative, they ignore us. Buddhism is our nation’s religion. It is not for people to become Christian,” she said.  Recently, Navy added, her family has become warmer to her because they can see the change in her life.

This evening at the International Christian Fellowhip, we heard scripture read with a Australian accent, greetings given in a Kenyan accent and a sermon preached in a South African accent. It was a lively and passionate sermon, and its basis was Philippians 2:1-13, the identical passage Bethany and I pledged  two months ago to read every day. (The first four verses of this passage are the theme of the interim.)  “Another ‘But God’ moment,” Leonard commented later. The preacher of the sermon, Richard Waddell, arrived four months ago from Dakkar. “I’m trying to keep my eyes open so I can see what God is doing?” he said. “The Cambodian people are very open to the things of God.”


1 comment so far

  1. Ann DeRooy on

    A small glimpse of the international praise in heaven!

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