2014 Cambodia – Daniel Kim

God Stories and Highlighters

“For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'” -Romans 10:13-15.

I’m back from another amazing adventure: the first ever dance-based or rather performing arts-based outreach through New Philadelphia Church. Ten days in a country that not long ago experienced one of the most atrocious massacres in history. Two New Philly missions teams had gone before us and prepared the way for us to harvest souls and plunder the enemy’s camp. Since arriving back in Korea, I’ve been asked several times what I would say the highlight of my trip would be. Each time I found it difficult to answer because I’m a phlegmatic and also because of the number of amazing things we had experienced on the field. I still haven’t decided what the highlight of our trip would be, but I decided long ago that God is good and when you trust and obey Him, your life will be filled with highlights like a pack of highlighter markers.
As our team pondered the theme of our trip, we agreed that the word would be “expression.” Before leaving for Cambodia, we had been warned that Cambodians are not very expressive, and thus to be prepared for a lack of response. I thought this was interesting given that our team would be using song and dance as a ministry tool to share about Jesus. And surely enough all throughout our trip, we saw expression in every place where we ministered. It was amazing to walk into a place and watch the hardest of hearts melt away as we performed and shared our hearts. Age was not a factor. We saw 80 year old women dancing like David- thankfully fully clothed- and also saw stone-cold faces of abandoned children wash away into smiles, laughter, and tears. Our team saw the power of song and dance not only as a form of expression, but also having the power to unlock expression. This brought me back 5 years as I remembered the first sermon I preached at New Philly called “The Power of Expression.”
A moment that I will never forget from this trip happened at the second slum where we ministered. It was a wonderful time where we witnessed many salvations and even some physical healings. But as the team was making our way out of the slums, we heard a woman on her hands and knees postured next to her doorway crying out to us. She was a lady who had been crippled as a result of a work related accident. She was unable to work, go to church, and was hindered from taking care of her son as she had not been able to walk for the past two months. She desperately wanted to join our service that day but was unable to due to her disability. She had been waiting by her door so that she would catch us on our way out. So our course our team lay hands and prayed for this lady. And as we prayed, she felt the power of God fill her body. She suddenly stood up to her feet, then walked around her tiny home, and then finally jumped up and down with the biggest smile on her face! I will never forget the look in her eyes as she repeatedly said thank you in Khmer, with tears running down her face. God had become so tangibly real to her at that moment. I will also never forget the look on my team members’ faces as many of them had witnessed their first real, live miracle as a result of their prayers. It was a priceless moment.
Sunday came along and we found ourselves at Sen Sok Church. As I walked to my seat I passed by the lady who had previously been lame. She was sitting in her seat with the biggest smile on her face. As the service progressed, she was invited to the front to share her testimony. She shared how the power of God had healed her miraculously, which resulted in an eruption of celebration from the congregation. This led into a time of healing for others who had pain and sickness in their bodies. Our team was dispersed throughout the church and prayed for those with their hands raised. Tears and loud cries filled the room as person after person experienced healing. Twenty four people in total were healed that morning, some of whom had struggled with pain for years. This was quite amazing to witness. And God did not only work through us, but He also worked in us. I was so pleased to see my team being so greatly impacted by the way God brought His kingdom throughout the trip. Even now as I look into my team members’ faces and even my own face in the mirror, I see so much maturity and transformation.
Leading the first ever performing arts based outreach team was full of challenges. There were many kinks to be ironed out and on top of our normal missions recon assignments and missions prep. We had to create and learn several dances and songs. We were the only team with non leaders, and more than half of our team were first-time missionaries with New Philly. Pioneering is incredibly difficult at times but God is faithful. Seeing the 100-fold fruit and knowing God is using this team to open doors for future possibilities makes it more than worth it. I am incredibly honored to have been a part of this amazing team and look forward to what God will do in the future in the realm of performing arts at New Philly and in the church as a whole.
Thank you so much for your financial support and prayers to send us out into the field. These testimonies would not have been possible without it. Any testimony you read here (and the many more that were released) are yours by inheritance- indeed you have sown great treasures in Heaven! Please pray that God would give wisdom to the local pastors in how to steward the momentum God created during our time in Cambodia. Also pray for the local church to take the empowerment they received to rise up in their identity with authority and to lead the church in bringing the kingdom throughout Cambodia.

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