Three Lessons From Cambodia
1. God put this team together. When we first started planning for this team, I envisioned a soccer team made up of Americans. However, He had other plans by putting together 3 Americans, 3 Singaporeans, and 1 Filipino. It turns out, that spoke loudly to leaders in Phnom Penh because they often struggle working together. When they saw our team made of of folks from all over the world and not knowing each other beforehand, they were amazed. In seeing, that we were united because of Jesus and able to work together, God used us to speak into hearts and encourage our Cambodian brothers and sisters.
2. He gave the folks on our team boldness in sharing the Gospel. For instance, one of our teammates was standing around watching the soccer games. I encouraged him to find some spectators and share. God gave him the courage to do so, and he shared with a young man. We were able to experience numerous stories like this sharing the Gospel one on one with spectators.
3. He gave us direction. For example, we played a basketball game against the school provincial champion team. We were able to share testimonies and the Gospel with a large group of students. We found out the team had no coach so we volunteered to come back the next day (a school holiday) to do a basketball clinic. They were thrilled so we came back. However, a couple of the soccer players on our team were wondering how they could help with a basketball clinic. To be honest, I was too. Yet, shortly after we arrived, a boy asked if we wanted to play soccer. I explained we were going to be doing a basketball clinic but these two guys might want to play. I asked these guys, and they were thrilled to do so. Not only that, The Lord led them to conduct a soccer clinic which the kids loved. After The clinic, they were able to share the gospel!