OUR PARTNER IN CAMBODIA
After 4 years here in Cambodia, I thought that I might have things figured out at this missionary life (insert sarcastic statement here). In reality, I am daily reminded of my humanness, and my desperate need for God to show up in my life. It’s in that place of “humanness” that I am becoming most sure of who I am in Christ, though. Last week, at about 10:30 PM I was sitting across from 5 of our newly rescued girls with a bag of meth in my hand questioning them like I was a professional investigator. The youngest was cross-legged holding a teddy bear in her arms while explaining in detail through giggles how to take those drugs to get the best effect from them. My exterior was tough, and my internal thoughts were frantically searching for the right questions to ask with a lot of “Alright Holy Spirit, what’s next?”. My heart was so glad they were safe, and my mind was so angry that they had brought and hid drugs in our home. I had such mixed feelings in that moment, and even questioned how God was going to redeem this situation.
About a week later while trying to process that weird day, God brought to my mind “Death is at work in us, but life in you” (2 Corinthians 4:12) It is possible, actually probable that death and life are at work at the same time in all of us while we hold these earthly bodies. As the first Adam was created and brought about the curse of death, the second Adam (Christ) became a life-giving Spirit that fights for our hearts within us. And just as Christ daily fights and raises me to life, he is already fighting for these 5 rescued girls. Life may be messy here (the fight for life is rarely pretty/easy) but I am convinced of Christ’s resurrection power at work in me, in our rescued girls, and also in you.