2013 Cambodia – Candice Smith

Christ and Him Crucified

In preparation for the winter missions season, I began to plead with the Lord for boldness. I am naturally a shy person and only become bold or confident when no one else is. I tend to hide behind others unless it becomes absolutely necessary for me to step out. But as our team began to meet and prayer topics for missions were being displayed at the K1 prayer tabernacle, I began to feel boldness rising up. I had no idea what God was going to do with that on the field. Until I met the lost. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:2-5 “For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God”. The conviction to preach the good news of Christ pushed past all my fears and on this trip, our team was able to bring the Gospel to the lost in a very real way.

On the fourth day of our trip, our team held a church service in the Kampot province, about two hours outside of Pnohm Penh, the capital. After the service we split up into two groups and went door to door sharing the Gospel throughout the neighboring villages. The sun was hot and we often walked through harvested rice fields and across unpaved roads. A throng of children accompanied us, acting as our bodyguards against the dogs and often telling us about the people we were going to meet. I smiled and laughed with them as I gazed out at the few houses far off in the distance. I felt like the disciples in the New Testament who walked through cities preaching the Gospel prepared to shake the dust off their feet and keep going. When we arrived at one house, Pastor John-Michael simply said “Candice, you’re up.” And immediately boldness began to rise. The reality that the message of Christ had to be shared was at the forefront of my mind. We were led by our host pastor, Pastor Lim. He greeted the family in Khmer and asked if it was ok if we could come in and share the Gospel. The hospitality of the Cambodians is hard to put into words. With each house we visited, every person invited us in, prepared a place for us to sit and some even chopped down coconuts to give to us. We were uninvited and unexpected guests and they never turned us away.

After being invited to sit, my team and I asked if we could share the Gospel. A young woman said yes. I began to tell her the story of God and Adam and explain the problem of sin. I could hear God giving me the words to make the story very personal for her: her fears, His love, her doubts, His protection; all of these things were being poured from Him through me to her. Finally I asked her if she wanted to receive Christ and she said yes. It was the first time I had ever led someone in the sinner’s prayer! After she prayed, my team and I cheered and hugged her. We clapped and prayed for her one last time. As we left to go to the next house, I turned around and she was following us! As Noble Salimen, another member of our team, shared the Gospel at the next house, I watched the young woman that had just given her life to the Lord. She listened intently and looked passionately at her neighbor. I thought to myself: “She has it. She wants others to have it too.” And then I realized that this is what Paul meant by “your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God”. I realized that the message of the Gospel we shared with her was life and that the power of God was real to her.

Our team continued to do evangelism the following day and witness many give their lives to the Lord. In some homes, we also prayed for healing which resulted in more salvations! Some members of our team shared the Gospel with the innkeeper where we were staying and he also gave his life to the Lord! The Gospel became a part of our conversations among the team and definetly with others. From our time of evangelism, we saw 13 salvations and 4 people healed!

Sharing the Gospel is a command we have all been given. I believe that our western mindset has watered down the message and underestimated its effectiveness. But in Cambodia, our team went door to door sharing the message of Christ and Him crucified for their sins. We told the story of God’s love and how sin separates but how Christ brings life. We explained that if one confesses with his mouth and believes in his heart, that he shall be saved. And we prayed with the lost for their salvation. Then we shook the dust of our feet, and went to the next house to do it again. In Cambodia, our team was able to experience firsthand what it is like to preach Christ and the bring the Good News to the lost!

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