Once into Cambodia, we connected with two of the most amazing people I have met on the mission field, Perlito and Rose. We met on a YWAM outreach a couple years back in the border town of Poipet. They are missionaries from the Philippines and have been planted, hosting all sorts of teams there, pouring into the local villages near where they live. They are so generous, offering us boiled fish with rice and sharing the latest in ministry happenings the moment we met. They are surrounded by children who are not getting an education because there’s no money to teach them. For $35/month per child, they can get a great education, so Perlito and Rose are lining up sponsors for hundreds of kids. And the kids are eating it up. After all, children are the future of Cambodia just like they are in every other country.
This morning I’m at a rooftop cafe in Battambang. It’s hot and barely 7am. The air is hazy, but nothing compared to Chiang Rai with all the fires burning. Battambang is spread out, but there are travelers here meaning there is something to see. I was wondering what it was, so I checked with the Lonely Planet and there are the usual Buddhist temples, museums, and a 10 hour boat trip along a river connecting us with Siem Reip. People flock there because of Anchor Wat, an ancient temple. Some people are sight-seeing junkies. They come into Cambodia one day, go through Anchor Wat, and leave the very next. It helps the local economy though, so that’s good.
Earlier this morning, the app on the YouVision Bible for my phone spit out my Dad’s life verse; the one on his stone in the cemetery. It’s Hebrews 12:12:1-3. What a great passage. “…let us also lay aside every weight… let us run with endurance… looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…”
What a progression. It continues, “…Keep your life free from love of money… (13:5), we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come…” (V.14)
Isn’t it always a battle between the flesh and the Spirit? The flesh is fearful, weak, and worldly. It’s the child, the ego, the “I must have it now!” spirit in me. It’s lust. The flesh wants enough money so I don’t have to trust God with anything anymore and can do what I want all the while using some excuse about wanting money to be generous to others. The word reassures the believer that Jesus will never leave or forsake his people, of course knowing the lure and tendency toward taking refuge in the almighty dollar instead of the unseen. It’s just one day at a time no matter where we are as believers. If we are not living a life by the Spirit and by faith, we might as well close up shop and go home.