7 days in Cambodia, 100+ degree temperature, and 160 people.
It was definitely the hottest weather I have experienced in Cambodia.
We are sitting in Seoul airport right now waiting for our evening flt back to the States. My son Samuel and I have been in Cambodia for the “ASEAN DTS” – a collaboration of 10 Discipleship Training Schools from nations all over Sth East Asia, focused on reaching the ASEAN nations: about 160 people (for a description of “ASEAN” see our previous blog). DTS’s came from Singapore, Thailand (3), Cambodia (2), Vietnam (2), Myanmar, and Kona.
I was invited to spend focused time coaching and training the leaders. While I did do a couple of teachings sessions during the week, I was mostly meeting with people, (and teams) in the afternoons, breakfasts, dinners, lunches, and in-between; I loved being used. You can’t come here and not be impacted. I learn and gain so much from being with so many committed people in the region. Our lives – by comparison – seem so easy.
Being with these 160 people was amazing. We had times of HUGE giving to each other for unpaid outreach finances, personal gifts, and encouragement. There were also application times of good-old crying out to God for more heart for people, evangelism passion, repentance, praying for each other, and sending people with pioneering vision for the missions.
Definitely a highlight for me, my son Samuel came along. He loves Cambodia and always wants to join me when I go. SO many people know our family and for them to see Samuel again was fun for them too. Samuel did great. He came to classes, suffered the heat (!), stayed up late, hung out with people, and helped take care of some kids a couple of mornings. He did great with the food too. Everyone thought he was wonderful, and I loved having him travel with me. Really good times together. A very special thank you to those who gave to YWAM to send Samuel on this trip. It was worth it. Thank you.
This is my second trip to Cambodia in 4 months, and I am back again in September for our leadership training course for the region, “Asean+ DTS Equip”. Enjoy the photos,
Jeremy and Samuel!