I could have never imagined how great of an impact the Angkor of Faith would have had on me. It was by far the most amazing week of my life, and I am so grateful to our Father for the opportunity. As a first timer to the AofF, I was anticipating and excited to see what God would do…but I was absolutely blown away by what I witnessed and was blessed to be a part of. It is nearly impossible to explain such an incredible experience in tangible words, but I will do my best.
Within the first 5 minutes of gathering with this awesome group, I already felt at home. Like I was with family…and I was!! A forever family. It was such a wonderful blessing to gather with Christians from all over Asia with the same goal to reach out in love to these amazing kids in Siem Reap and bring glory to our Father. I loved listening to the different languages, knowing we all served the same mighty God who transcends all languages and cultures. We were all gathered under the same banner of love, which is the thread that binds us together. The diversity of the Body is such a beautiful thing, especially with the realization that God had brought us together as One to serve His children.
The atmosphere of the entire week was so uplifting and joyful. It was an infectious joy which could not be ignored through the laughter of the children, the beautiful times of worship & the willing spirits of the participants. Everyone was willing to jump in and do their part sacrificially and with enthusiasm; whether it was cooking lunch, leading worship, playing with the kids, or washing lice out of their hair. Each part of the Body did their part to make it an incredible week. You could feel the Spirit alive and breathing throughout each moment. God was truly working and moving through each person and opportunity of service.
One of my favorite things about the whole week was singing with the kids and watching their sweet faces light up as they sang praise songs to our Father. It was wonderful and such a blessing that by the end of the week you could hear them singing the songs as we walked along the streets and everywhere we went, complete with the movements! My prayer is that those songs are still pealing throughout the streets of Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor Wat.
It was beautiful to watch the yellow shirts spread kindness and grace throughout the streets of Siem Reap as we sought to show kindness during the Amazing (G)race day on Thursday. What was even cooler is that the kids were serving their own people with us! One of the other amazingly memorable moments of the week was visiting the kids at the orphanage and the joy on their faces as they shared their love for the Lord to us through song. They are so grateful for even the smallest gifts, and it was such a blessing to be able to play with them and see their beautiful smiles. I know that touched us all and it is a time we shall always remember. Experiences like this always change our perspective and hearts, and hopefully tune us more into God’s perspective and will…
I am so extremely thankful God provided this amazing opportunity. Words can truly not express the transformation that occurred during my time at the Angkor of Faith. It is truly something you have to experience in person to begin to grasp or understand. I am grateful for each new friendship made through those I was blessed to serve with and each kid who was brought into our path. I pray that these will continue to blossom and grow as time goes on, until we meet again in heaven. The Angkor of Faith was a glimpse of heaven for me.
It was super hard to leave, but I knew that something had forever changed in my heart that week and that I will most definitely be returning.
I know that Cambodia and these amazing kids will forever be a special part of my life, and I look forward to see what God will continue to do in their lives. May the seeds that have been planted grow in their hearts as the blossom into who He has made them to be in Him!
Greater things have yet to come and greater things are still be done…