2015 Cambodia – Ted Grilo

Releasing Healing & Fire

“However, as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’ – the things God has prepared for those who love him.” -1 Corinthians 2:9

Over Christmas, a team of twelve members and leaders at our church went on a seven day missions trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This was my fifth missions trip with New Philadelphia Church. This trip was quite different from other trips I had been on. In the past, we would minister to people of all ages. In Cambodia, we ministered almost exclusively to children and the elderly. This made for a very exciting, very fun, and powerful trip. Let me tell you about two key events that took place!

This year’s trip marked a major shift in the response of the people. In the past, children were fairly inexpressive. But this year they were so full of the love of God! In a rural village, our team led a time of children’s songs, skits, testimony, and a short message. The children were happy and excited, and we wanted to pray for physical healing over these children. My team member Michelle and I prayed for a 10 year old boy with pain in his eye. With the help of the translator, the boy confirmed that the pain left completely! He was so happy to feel better! As Michelle and I prayed for another girl’s inner ear pain, we decided to ask the first boy to pray with us for healing. We told him that just as Jesus had healed his eye, so could He heal the girl. With so much faith, the boy closed his eyes and prayed with all his heart. As we finished praying, the girl’s ear pain went away completely! Everyone was so joyous. Afterwards, we taught the boy that whenever someone in the village needs healing, to go and pray for them in Jesus’ name, just like this. I felt strongly that God was equipping the village to steward faith for 100% immediate healing ministry through this boy! Before we left, we sang the action song, Power in the Blood (of Jesus), and the boy imitated my actions so closely, with great excitement and conviction.

On a New Philly missions team, each team member is assigned a role. There’s a team leader, preacher, doctor, VBS/children’s ministry director, etc., On this trip, my role was the worship leader. In practicing and preparing for the trip, the song Set a Fire by Jesus Culture was on my heart. On the field, as we travelled from village to village, I played the song often as our team preacher led ministry time. After a day or two, one of our translators, Brother Smey, asked to learn to play the song on guitar. I was delighted to teach him and excited that he was interested in learning to worship on guitar. Smey loved this song and kept practicing it over and over. After some time, I explained to him that asking God to set a fire in our hearts is to ask for the fire of the Holy Spirit. I told him about Acts chapters 1 and 2 and how God pours out His fire to empower His people. I could tell that seeds were being planted for him to ask God for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire.

On the last night of the trip, we ministered at the Native Partners for World Mission center in Cambodia. The attendees at this service were youth and college-age students. Our sister Janis testified about how her life changed when she received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Rona taught and preached on the fire of God. Rona preached that God loves to give the Holy Spirit, but that we need to clear away any distractions and sin that would satiate our desire to ask for the Holy Spirit. Faith was stirred up in many and at the end of the message, nearly everyone came to receive prayer to be filled with the fire of God. When a person gets touched by the fire of God, they are changed forever. One becomes empowered with increased faith for healing and miracles, as well as with increased discernment and power in intercession. This message was HUGE! What’s more, due to a last-minute change, Brother Smey ended up translating this message instead of the lead pastor, Pastor Lim. Brother Smey had been asking to learn the song about the fire of God all week, and now he was translating a message on this very topic. Our team strongly felt that the Lord had marked 25 year old Smey to carry this message to this young generation.

I feel that God also had a plan in using me to help equip the next generation for stewarding healing ministry and the fire of the Holy Spirit. These parts of the Christian walk are dear to my heart. I am reminded of 1 Corinthians 2:9, “’What no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and what no mind has conceived,’ the things that God has planned for those who love him.” In both the case of the young boy (who was healed) and with Brother Smey (who was marked to steward the fire), I know that God will do great and mighty works. This trip to Cambodia was an exciting opportunity to partner with God’s heart and plans.

Here are several ways that you can continue to pray for Cambodia and the New Hope for Orphans ministry in Cambodia:

  • Pray for Brother Smey to steward the fire of the Holy Spirit and for the young boy to steward prayer for healing. May Pastor Lim and the youth group at the Native Partners for World Missions center in Phnom Penh continue to steward these greater miracles of the Lord.
  • Cover Cambodia’s future ministers. There are many young people who desire to teach and do full-time ministry. Pray for open doors, financial provision, discipleship, and that they would rise up and inspire other young people.
  • Release wisdom and grace over Pastor Sinai as he oversees approximately 1,000 children through New Hope for Orphans ministry. Pray that the Lord mark each of these youth to be used for His glory in Cambodia!