Counting the Cost
The Bunong of Cambodia
"The only reason that I am still alive is because I gave my life to Christ and God protected me. I want to tell others in my village about Jesus."
This was a testimony that I heard when visiting with a woman in a rural village in Cambodia after her husband had attempted to murder her two nights before. The morning before she was assaulted, she was visited by our team and made a decision to follow Jesus. Her husband was not pleased with her decision, so later that night he punched her in the back of the head, choked her, and left her for dead in their hut. He fled with all of their money and valuables into the jungle. The woman told us how she had been unconscious for many hours that she felt a power (God) give her consciousness and lifted her to sit up. We spent some time encouraging her and praying with her. She had an alter in her house that was used for spirit worship, but she was having a local pastor come that day to take the items and burn them, because now she was a worshiper of Jesus.
During our CPE trip to Cambodia, we saw 33 people give their lives to the Lord, and many more seeds were planted in the five CMA churches we worked with. We were partnered with the CPE director of Cambodia, Ernest Ung, as well as the CPE director of India, Moses Undru. It was also great to see a few from our American team get the privilege to lead someone to Christ for the very first time.
I got to spend time in a virtually unreached village where the majority of people had never even heard the name of Jesus or had only heard His name, but knew nothing about Him. One of the days we were in that village, most of the village attended an animal sacrifice (water buffalo) to appease the spirits because an woman miscarried a baby. We got to witness to a couple of the village elders and they were considering following Christ, so please pray that they come to Christ because when the village elders follow Christ, often the whole village will follow their lead. Our team was in other villages that experienced some spiritual resistance as well, it seems mostly out of fear of the spirits. Although we faced resistance, it was encouraging to see during our visit a couple of the villages that were entirely ALL believers, so God is at work!