2014 Cambodia – Andrew Kim

Left with Questions, Returned with Answers

“Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.” -Psalm 149:3-4

This winter, I had the amazing opportunity to embark on my first ever overseas missions trip. Even before applying, Cambodia as a nation was strangely highlighted to me. It was the first overseas missions destination of Ahreum Kim’s (my older sister) as well as Jin Chung’s (my small group leader). When I filled out my application form, it what mission fields I would be interested in (Manipur, Chennai, LA/LV, Dumaguete, Phnom Penh). And Cambodia was the only one I checked off. Already, it felt as if Cambodia was calling.

But throughout training, meetings, dance practices, and singing practices I had two questions constantly in the back of my head:

  • Do short-term missions really matter? Do they make a lasting impact?
  • Is my dancing really evangelism? Or just entertainment?

But once we arrived in the field for our first slum outreach, my first question was answered. The team was praying for a woman who had been unable to walk for 2 months. It took 3 attempts, but suddenly the lady said that she felt 100% healing. She got up and began to jump up and down right before us, with tears streaming down her face. When I saw the look in her eyes, I knew that God had sent out team to change her life. There was no way that she could forget this supernatural experience. As I was thinking about this truth, I was suddenly reminded of how once Korea was a Christ-less nation. It was the faithful work of missionaries and ministry teams that transformed Korea into a nation of God’s favor and presence.

My second question regarding dance evangelism was answered a few days later. Previously, whenever I did some spin moves at an outreach, I heard the cheers, but I still felt that my dance was only icing, whereas the cake was the prayer and message. However, one day at a local high school I heard that one of the students was a dancer. After talking to him, I found out he was actually a bboy (breakdancer), just like me. I felt strongly convicted about doubting the use of dance as a means for evangelism. And so we actually had a dance circle right outside the classroom. This boy was so excited that we shared similar passions. He later came to the local church we were ministering, where we were scheduled to performed again for the youth. Through this encounter, God revealed to me that dancing ministry can be like praise music. It can be a way to open and prepare hearts to hear the Word of God. And in this case specifically, it was a way to reach out and connect to someone who normally would have been unreachable. This was the first time that I felt like I was directly using dance to spread the truth of Christ. I left with fresh revelation about the importance and versatility of dance ministry. My prayer is that this bboy God led me to will become connected at this local church and really grow in the Lord.

My team and I have so many more revelations we wish we could share, but this was but a small scene in our wild and crazy adventure in the nation of Cambodia. Thank you for all those who sowed into this trip. It was the careful stewardship of the local pastors that cultivated the fruit, but our team came as reapers, and together we harvested for God’s Kingdom. I highly encourage that any Christian who has yet to go on missions to do so. This was only my first trip, but the experience dramatically shifted my heart, my mind, and my spirit. Thank you so much for your partnership.

Comments

  1. Hector Sierra says:

    Hi, if u have a chance can you reply to me, I have a girlfriend in Cambodia I want to know the process how to get marry okay please call me

    Thanks, god bless you

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