3.17.13 CAMBODIA- a day of worship and gratitude

TODAY WAS A DAY OF WORSHIP…

BOTH INSIDE THE CHURCH AND OUT IN THE WORLD.

WORSHIP IN THE COUNTRYSIDE…GOTTA GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO THE MUSICIANS!

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AT THE END OF WORSHIP WE GATHERED AS A GLOBAL WORSHIP TEAM MADE UP OF LEADERS FROM

CAMBODIA , SINGAPORE, AND THE UNITED STATES.  OH TO BE PART OF A CONNECTIONAL CHURCH SYSTEM.

GO JOHN WESLEY AND METHODISM!

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THIS PICTURE IS A TRIBUTE TO ALLIE HACKER, ONE OF THE HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH AT LAUMC,

WHO COMES  TO CHURCH BAREFOOT ALMOST EVERY SUNDAY.  LIKE THESE TWO YOUNG GIRLS,

SHE TOO LIVES OUT THE SCRIPTURES BY TAKING OFF HER SHOES TO STAND ON HOLY GROUND.

AND, YES, I EVEN PREACHED BAREFOOT!

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THE BLESSING CENTER, A NEW METHODIST CHURCH IN THE COUNTRYSIDE, TAKES FORM AS JOSEPH’S DREAM BEGINS TO GROW.

(includes sanctuary, parsonage, education center,dormatories for girls, and a future senior center)

A MOMENT OF VISION CASTING, SHARING OF DREAMS, AND SACRED WORSHIP WITH OUR TEAM,

THE NEW CARE TAKERS ON THE CHURCH GROUNDS, AND JOSEPH AND MARILYN CHAN,

OUR UNITED METHODIST MISSIONARIES. THIS WAS ONE OF THOSE QUIET TIMES OF REFLECTIVE

WORSHIP AND SHARING THAT TOOK PLACE OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.

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WHILE WE WERE STANDING IN THE BLESSING CENTER  (SANCTUARY) FOLLOWING OUR TIME OF WORSHIP,

ANDREW LOOKED AT DYLAN AND SAID, “HEY, WE SHOULD COME BACK IN 10 YEARS WITH OUR OWN KIDS

AND SEE WHAT THIS HAS GROWN INTO. ” DYLAN LOOKED OUT AT THE LAND AND SAID IN A REFLECTIVE TONE,

“YEA!”  THIS WAS A TIME OF BLESSING IN AND OF ITSELF.

 

THE METHODIST SCHOOL OF SIEM REAP

WE TOOK A SIDE TRIP OUT TO THE METHODIST SCHOOL SO WE COULD SEE WHAT WAS HAPPENING

WITH EDUCATION. WHAT WE HAVE COME TO UNDERSTAND IS ONE OF THE MAIN WAYS TO BREAK THE CYCLE

OF POVERTY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS TO EDUCATE CHILDREN.  WHEN ONE IS EDUCATED,

CHOICES IN LIFE GROW. WHEN ONE ISN”T, EXPLOITATION IS RAMPANT, YOUNG BODIES,

MINDS AND SOULS ARE VIOLATED, DREAMS ARE CHRUSHED,

LIVES ARE DESTROYED, AND FAMILIES ARE BROKEN.

TO EDUCATE OR NOT TO EDUCATE…IT’S A PRETTY EASY CHOICE TO MAKE.

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AT THE END OF THE DAY IT WILL BE THE BEAUTY OF JUSTICE THAT WILL FLOWER AND GROW IF WE TAKE A STAND FOR ALL OF GOD’S CHILDREN.

 

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