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Time Cut Short

by on Sep.19, 2010, under Cambodia, Gene, On my mind, Spiritual

I took this picture while visiting a Cambodian village. This young woman is married. Her husband is off in the city trying to get a job. She is living with her dad. She had just lost a child.

Trouble is relative.. I guess.

Sometimes God wants to do something new….

This is something new for me.. poetry. I have never given poetry much thought. This just happened. I have learned to expect the unexpected when I give myself time to be with God.

Time Cut Short

Father, do not cut short the time.

my days I would shorten, to be with you

and lessen the pain..

but I remember… I am not alone.

The not so distant and distant cries arrive in my ears

at the same time…

They, we are all your children.. you hear everyone.

Tempted to camp in my incompleteness..

It seems departure the better choice

Disappointment to self, to others

to much to bare.

But there they are..

stretched out in both directions

time past and time future

but to you all the same

and I agree with You again..

not one lost who would be saved..

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Behind The Scenes – Cambodian Documentary

by on Feb.15, 2010, under Cambodia, On my mind

Video by Dustin Holliday. Dustin is the Director of Outreach at Christian Fellowship Church in the Washington DC area and close friend of Jack. He also leads a missional outreach to Nicaragua.  He joined Jack and I in Cambodia to get a first hand look at the One Prayer Church planting efforts. While we were traveling and shooting video, Dustin was using his mad video skills and a flip camera to capture these behind the scenes shots. It’s a rare look for me because I am always behind the camera.

We had a great time.. lots of fun in the midst of some pretty intense work in very high heat and humidity. Dustin was incredibly helpful. Several times I took him up on his offer to carry the gear. A 50 plus lb. back pack full of lens, mics, batteries etc.

Dustin is a warrior. He and Jack are cut from the same fabric. Leather I think. Camo black leather with kevlar coating and built in GPS tracking and radiation detection and spider venom antidote. Yes… they eat spiders. No, I did not. You can insert whatever sissy descriptive term you like right here.. but I did not eat the giant jungle spider.. and I have no plans too.

Warrior: ” A warrior is a person experienced in or capable of engaging in combat or warfare”.

I spent 5 days with Jack and Dustin together. Wow… I would tell you what they talked about but I want to live a little longer  ( if you get my meaning). What I did witness and can share is these guys are intense.  Both these guys are highly trained in self defense. They can hurt you so fast and in so many different ways that you would need a slow motion camera and instant replay to figure out which way to fall down.

But these warriors have chosen to use their tougher than nails skills for the Kingdom of God. I have witnessed them using their “get it done” mentality to impact a village for Christ and bring lasting change that will save lives now and for eternity. They may have hands of steel with attitudes to match but inside of them both beat hearts of gold.

It was an honor to serve God along side these warriors and a surprise when Dustin called me “the warrior videographer”.  I kinda like that..   Shootin pictures.. takin names.. For God’s Kingdom… now and forever..

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A Tale of Two Kingdoms – Part 3

by on Feb.02, 2010, under Cambodia, One Prayer, Spiritual

In this final video, Part Three of The Tale of Two Kingdoms, An Eternal Kingdom, we visit the the villages where the Kingdom of God is growing rapidly. 

Only a few short months ago the church planters completed their training and went out into the villages and jungles of Cambodia with the good news of Jesus Christ. This message of hope for today and eternal life was received with incredible enthusiasm. Soon the new believers began baptizing each other in the name of Jesus. Now several of the church planters have begun planting additional churches. This is truly the definition of “going viral”. This is the body of Christ in action. Men and women, children of God being the hands and feet of Christ, bringing His Kingdom, from heaven to earth. 

While visiting these villages, many practical needs became evident. Clean water, healthcare, food, sanitation and educational needs. Now we have the opportunity to make a huge difference in the lives of these new believers by sacrificing some of our blessing to help meet some of there most basic needs.

This video documents and celebrates the work of God through His people being obedient to His call:

Matthew 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?
39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 
40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

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Tale of Two Kingdoms – Part 2

by on Jan.24, 2010, under Cambodia, One Prayer, Spiritual

Part 2 of Tale of Two Kingdoms moved Jack and I from Seim Reap and the jungles of the north to Cambodia’s largest city, Phnom Phen. Along the way we stopped by to witness a baptism service by some of the brand new churches began by One Prayer church planters.. but more on that in the next post.

Just saying the name of the city, Phnom Phen raises childhood memories. I grew up during the height of the Vietnam war. Nearly every day I would hear Walter Cronkite reporting on the number of young men who had died in the war that day. I often imagined that could be my fate. Many of these reports would come in from Phnom Phen.  I will have more to say on that in another post as well.

But nothing could have prepared us for what we saw in and around Phnom Phen.

The killing fields, as it’s commonly referred too, is just outside of the city. For a full historical account, google will give you all you could ever want to read. The atrocities performed by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge cannot be overstated. We also visited a school that had been converted into a place of torture, interrogation and murder.

When men falter and submit to the god of this world, satan builds a kingdom… and this is what it looks like.

However, there is a different kingdom, The Kingdom of God. And on the thrown sits Jesus Christ, the lamb slain for the sins of man. His Kingdom has no end, and there will be no place for evil. His subjects are His children and fellow heirs.

“2 Corinthians 4:16 So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.17 These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us.18 There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.”

Part three will address God’s kingdom being built in the hearts of new Christ followers in Cambodia through the One Prayer church planting efforts.

Coming soon..

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Tale of Two Kingdoms – Part 1

by on Jan.07, 2010, under Cambodia, One Prayer

Part one of “Tale of Two Kingdoms” looks at the art, history, culture, religion and wealth of the Khmer people. They’re story includes a rise to incredible prosperity but as often happens when kingdoms are built by the hands of men, they fall. Jack Magruder, One Prayer field corespondent, highlights a few historical details as he tours the once opulent, now ancient ruins of Angkor Wat, Cambodia. The Kingdoms of men rise and fall. Only God’s Kingdom will last forever. Part one, the rise. Part two the fall and the rebirth of a new kingdom. One that will never end.

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One Prayer Update from Cambodia & India

by on Dec.27, 2009, under Cambodia, INDIA, One Prayer

Jack Magruder and I spent two weeks in December 2009 visiting Cambodia and India to observe the One Prayer church planters in action and to assess the physical needs of these new communities of believers. It’s safe to say that God is at work building his Kingdom. These baby churches are growing at astounding pace. Reminiscent of the early church in the book of Acts, new people are coming to faith constantly. What a blessing to observe. As you celebrate the new souls saved, simultaneously your heart breaks at the poverty. Malnutrition and the lack of even the most basic of human needs is everywhere. We are indeed praising God for His incredible work of salvation here and at the same time hearing His call to reach out to these brothers and sisters with a hand of love to meet there most immediate physical needs.

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