2014 Cambodia – Daisy Kim

To Find His Lost Sheep

“Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” -Luke 15:3-7

The clear blue sky and palm tree leaves complimented each other so well, and I realized that it was my first time looking up that day. It was as if God wanted to remind me, “I made the heavens and the earth and all that is in them” (Exodus 20:11). “Yes God, you did.” For a moment I almost forgot where I was, but as my eyes made their way down the palm trees to the wooden house to where our team was praying for a young man, I heard a whisper,

“Hey, I’m here.”

My heart skipped a beat and tears started rolling down my face because of His overwhelming and beautiful presence. My mind couldn’t stop screaming, “Jesus is here! Jesus is here!” It was the third time God highlighted a specific person to me on the trip, but this time it was different.

This was on the second to last day of our trip. We ministered at a poor village where there was no defined line between the ground and the rubbish that was scattered everywhere. According to one of my teammates, the chicken looked like zombies pecking around at the garbage for survival. Our team walked around the slum from house to house spreading the word about our dance performance. Despite their poverty, one lady offered us a purple fruit, which we later found was a garcinia. It looked like a normal plum on the outside, but looked like a clear baby alien on the inside. Not only was this fruit delicious, but I was deeply touched by the generous heart of the woman despite what little that she had. On our way back to the performance area, one of my teammates mentioned that they had invited a guy with a burn on his face, which reminded me of Pastor Emily’s prophesy before the trip that we’d be ministering to someone with a skin disease. “Could he be the one?” I wondered, but didn’t want to get my hopes up.

That day Pastor Emily preached about the names of God: Jehovah Jireh, our provider; Jehovah Nissi, our victor; Jehovah Shalom, our prince of peace; and last but not least Jehovah Rapha, our healer. The next thing I knew, with a stone cold face, the man with the skin burns came up to receive prayer. His burn marks were pretty fresh. You could see the pink and red flesh spreading from his right cheek all the way down and around his chest. All this he had covered with a piece of cloth that was partially wet from the pus. I stood a few steps away from the team to be closer to our worship leader Jinhee, who was strumming on the guitar at that time. That was then when I looked up at the sky and heard God’s voice and knew He was there. Our team was expecting to see this man’s burn marks visibly heal before our eyes as we prayed for him, but we didn’t see it happen. “Why, God? We know you have the power to heal him! We witnessed the lame walk and the blind see just these past few days! Why not now?”

But in that moment of His presence, I felt like God was telling me that he sent our team to Cambodia for this young man, who didn’t know Jesus when he walked up to receive prayer, but left as a Christian with a smile and some tears. Though this young man’s skin was not healed that day, the Lord did remove the pain that he was feeling as a result of the burns. Through this undeniable encounter with God, this man’s heart was open to the Gospel and he ended up receiving Jesus as his Lord and savior! And I knew in my spirit that God was rejoicing with the heavens over this one man’s salvation. I am deeply convicted that even if we didn’t see all the salvations, healings, and miracles prior to that day, it would’ve totally been worth it to go through all that we went through to witness this young man become a brother in Christ.

Our God is a one who chases after individual hearts. He is not about quantity, but all about quality. And because each soul, each heart is dear and important to His heart, He intentionally gathered a team of 13 people living in Korea to minister to specific people whom He loves so much in secluded areas of Cambodia. It was amazing to witness people in the slums get healed from physical ailments, but I felt like God was asking me, “Can you even imagine what happens in the Heavens when one person is saved?” In Luke 10:20, states that “your names are written in heaven.” Luke 15:7 declares, “there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

You see, I didn’t seek God. I didn’t even know He existed and I didn’t even know I needed Him. He came to me. He sought me out and He found me. And it’s not because of anything I did in life to deserve Him, but simply because He wanted a relationship with me that I was blessed with everlasting life in Him. I didn’t know I could fall head-over-heels in love like this with someone during my life-time, and I definitely didn’t know it would be with the most perfect person in the world. And to know that I could’ve been lost forever if God didn’t pursue me first… to have a fresh revelation of how worthy I am because of the price Jesus paid on the cross for me, this all gives me a fresh perspective on why God sent me to Cambodia. Yes, there were a lot of personal breakthroughs such as overcoming my insecurities in dancing (as a part of a dance ministry team) but more than that, the Lord wanted to use me to chase after his lost sheep. And it is one of my deepest desires to continue to be His feet to find, His hands to reach, and His lips to profess His love for His people who aren’t even seeking Him, who don’t even know He exists, who has never heard of this kind of love.

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