To Seek and to Save
By Joe Kong, international worker in Cambodia
In Luke 19 when Jesus was criticized by the Pharisees for going to visit Zaccheus’ home, He quickly rebuked them, saying, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (verse 10). This is the first Core Value of The Christian and Missionary Alliance: “Lost people matter to God. He wants them found.” In order to obey Jesus’ Great Commission, the C&MA has sent my wife, Kay, and me to Cambodia, along with other international workers, to preach the gospel and to plant new churches. Oftentimes we go to difficult places in remote villages among the Khmer people in Cambodia, one of the strong Buddhist countries in Southeast Asia.
In August 2012, I traveled by boat and by tuk tuk (a three-wheel motorbike) with national workers to Charom village in Kompong Chhnang province, a remote region in Cambodia, to preach the gospel and to plant a church where the Khmer people have not heard the gospel before. After the full gospel presentation, several Khmer people prayed to receive Christ as their personal Savior and Lord. Praise God for a new church plant that has been started to expand His Kingdom in Cambodia through going, baptizing and teaching according to Matthew 28:19–20. These new believers have received follow-up from leaders of the mother C&MA church in Tumnup village through discipleship classes and were ready to be baptized in January, along with believers in four other new church plants in the same region.
Thank you for your generous giving to the Great Commission Fund to support us working in Cambodia to slowly push darkness out of this strong Buddhist country through the light of the gospel.