In a place that has been so devastated by war and mass genocide, it can sometimes feel like such a dry and desolate place even while being surrounded by the lush green country side and minutes away from the beauty lined beaches that Cambodia offers. In my time here I have seen the beauty of Cambodia but also the tragic reminisce of a time when hope for a better future was lost in the horrific rule of the Khmer Rouge, It has left this place feeling dry. So much of the culture, religions, and structures were lost during the time of the Khmer Rouge and has left this country in some senses in a place of infancy. Going anywhere in the city you see construction everywhere, from massive skyscrapers to small businesses, hotels to apartments, there is construction everywhere.
Similar to the rebuilding of the country, the church here is also in the process of being reestablished and growing but it will take time. In a spiritual sense the atmosphere is dry. Recently in my time praying for Cambodia and believing for something greater for this amazing country, this passage came to mind:
The Valley of Dry Bones
37 The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”
4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
This passage has challenged me to believe for life to be brought back to Cambodia in a spiritual sense. Now I am not saying the the people walk around like zombies and look like they have no life in them because that is not true, they are growing and are very much alive, and getting back to a place of growth within the country. I see this passage in a spiritual sense of the church coming alive and seeing hope, joy, love, compassion, identity, and walking in wholeness as a regular site here. I don't work to see simply another religion come to this country, but an intimate relationship with the Lord come to this place. I want to be a part of the church coming alive and people experiencing the freedom that comes with walking with the Lord. I know that God has a plan for this country and I am thankful to be a part of it in this season. I am thankful to serve here and to believe for greater things to come as time goes on. This country is so beautiful and I highly encourage all to visit and most importantly serve here. My prayer is to see the Lord breathe life in this country and for the kingdom of heaven to be established here. I invite you all to come alongside me and those who serve here in prayer for the church to come to life in a radical way here in Cambodia.