2015 Cambodia – Leoni Taljard

Provision for His Children

This was my first missions trip ever! I was a bit nervous in the beginning because of the support raising process. I didn’t think I was going to raise enough money, so I prayed for provision and peace and I just said, “Lord I trust you and I have faith that it will work out.” Always trust in the Lord. I ended up overflowing with provision! I was truly blessed by that and I give all the glory to God as He provided fully for me. Then I started getting really excited.

We had a great team: half was in Busan and the other half was in Seoul. We prayed together each week and fasted each week for different prayer topics: the children of Cambodia, pastors that we were going to partner with, physical healing, joy, team unity. And God blew my mind once more. When the team members all met at Incheon Airport we immediately clicked and got along. Over the course of the trip I made great friends and more importantly I made new sisters in Christ. I am so grateful for the new sisters that God has given me.

Our team left Seoul the evening of 27 December and arrived in Phnom Penh that night at 11pm. It was HOT and we were all still partly dressed our winter clothes from cold Korea. Pastor Lim, our local contact through NPWM (Native Partners for World Mission) fetched us at the airport and took us to the church building where we stayed for throughout our trip.

We were so blessed from the moment we arrived at New Hope for Orphans. The children’s smiles, hugs, and their big hearts and generosity truly touched my heart. They have everything they need and the Lord truly provides for them through their sponsors and the missions teams that come to pray for them. The sanctuary of this children’s home is anointed by the Holy Spirit and I could feel God’s presence amongst the children as they played, danced with all their might, and interacted with us. The way the kids love and give affection really testify to God’s goodness. As soon as our team entered the grounds of the orphanage, the kids came running up to us, welcoming us with wide arms and clinging onto us. I was standing there looking for who to play with or who to go sit with, and a boy just came up to me took my hand and started speaking English and showing me around. He showed me their newly born kittens, taught me a hand clap game, and just wanted to be near me. The children set the atmosphere in the place and the team didn’t have to strive to minister. There was a supernatural grace that filled the whole area.

Our time at the New Hope Orphanage reminds me of Matthew 6:25-26, 33. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Our heavenly Father knows all our needs and will care for us so much more than the lilies in the field and the grass of the meadows.” I feel these verses especially for the youth that responded to the full-time ministry altar call. I feel that as they earnestly seek the Kingdom of God above all else, He will give them everything they need. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” This command really affected me in the way I think about my daily needs, and even the minor problems I face day to day. I have so much more than these children, but they trust Him fully in everything they do. I realized that there shouldn’t be any area where I don’t trust the Lord. It has made me much more grateful in all I do and all that I ask for.

As a family in Christ we have to pray for the youth of Cambodia, that they grow up to truly be nation changers. Pray for all the native pastors, that the Lord strengthen them even more in the work that they are doing. They are raising up the younger ones in the villages, and they are going to invite in more youth that they may grow in Christ. Pray protection over them, and strong faith for all the Lord has called them to do for the nation.

The mission trip has blessed me in so many ways, but mainly in how the Lord provides in all aspects to our team and His children. The Lord looks after His children wherever they are, He knows what we need and will give us so much more. Amen.