“I am so amazed at how God is working even in the small communities. I can see God’s hand as the children and youth come together to worship Him. I see lives being changed because of Him and how they have faith in Him despite having not much in their lives. I am thoroughly encouraged by their faith and this mission trip made me realized how thankful I am for having Him in my life. Throughout the mission trip, in all the stress and tasks, I really rely on God for strength and wisdom as there was nowhere else I could draw strength from. I believe it is good for anyone to go for a mission trip as it really exposes you first hand on God’s ministry in evangelism. As we are called to spread the gospel in the last commandment, It’s really eye opening to see how it is like and how it transforms other people’s life. It is good also as we are able to share His word and touch lives as a team and know that we are here together to do it”
Andrew Gan, OCF Caulfield, OCF Cambodia Mission Trip 2016/2017
“Going on this mission trip was better than I could have thought. The team was so proactive in bonding and communication with one another, really taking time to love and care for each other, to listen, to pray and to encourage. We felt like a family, working together to further God’s kingdom and bring his love to these people. Sure you’ll hit road bumps (READ THE NEWSLETTER HAHAHA), like clogged toilets, bugs, and people who are sick and poor. But with the fatigue, comes amazing wondrous joy when the kids hold your hand, when the sick ask you to pray, when a family welcomes you as one of them. With the sadness, comes the love of your team standing beside you, pulling you up and bandaging wounds (I’m apparently very accident prone), and with clogged toilets and bugs come experience and laughter when you bathe at night in your clothes at a well, when you make up silly songs about the people who clogged the toilets.
Most importantly, in the suffering and poor state of these people, you see God’s promise and love. The ability to reach out, and learn what unconditional love means, what missions involve and bond of friendship so strong that it can talk through conflicts and push past 2am preparation sessions is something I’ll never ever give up, regret or trade. I only have one invitation to those who are considering missions: Open your heart, Come and see.”
Sarah Wang, OCF Adelaide, OCF Cambodia Mission Trip 2016/2017
“During the course of the mission I personally have experience the strength of prayer and faith. Missions has as well made me realise how fragile life is, as we the privilege generation often forget that we are mortal and take life for granted. Before the start of this mission I was sceptical on the efficiency of the team as I did not believe that a 5 men team would make much of an impact. For me I thought all our effort will amount to the ripples made by a pebble falling into the ocean. When I missed my flight to Phnom Penh I felt discouraged and felt that I should have gone home or maybe I was not ready for missions. However, with prayer I managed to convince myself and continued on. Second best decision I made in my life. During the course of this mission I grew close to my colleagues and became friends with the local children and youths, but most importantly I learned to depend less on myself and more on him.
Missions changes us all differently, some learn to love where else some became closer to him. Missions is something all of us should strive to participate as during the journey you will learn more about yourself as well as learn new skills. The interactions between you and OCFers from other centres will allow a greater unity between centres and forge unlikely friendship that will last you a lifetime. It’s common to feel that you are not ready for missions however don’t worry as nobody is and all of us learn along the way. However, if you’re unsure it’s better to pray for wisdom and ask family of friends that have participated in missions for advice. Good luck in your journey. Godspeed.”
Kurt Low, OCF Adelaide, OCF Cambodia Mission Trip 2016/2017
“Although this was the second time I went on the mission trip to Cambodia, the experience was fresh and enriching, and time well spent during the summer break! With past experience, I felt that I could prepare better for it, connect with the locals more easily and carry out ministry there with more confidence. It is a great opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and do things which you may never have done before, from preaching sermons, teaching bible stories to children, praying for people in the community and even sharing your testimony in front of large groups of people. Though we may feel inadequate, God is able to use us mightily if only we make ourselves available for Him. We saw lives being touched through prayer or the word of God, hungry street children being fed, wounds of children in the slums being bound up, the walls of a church being painted and the gospel being shared to many.
It was also eye-opening to see the poverty of the locals, yet how much faith the believers had, and how generous they were with the little that they had. Connecting with many of them personally makes a mission trip so much different to a holiday; you experience a whole new worldview and culture which may challenge what you have always known. It is also a great experience to serve alongside fellow OCFers, and grow together in the process! In such a diverse team, it is such a joy to see how God has made everyone different, and how through love and unity, we could function together as a body of Christ to show His love to the people there. By the end of the trip, many of us who were once acquaintances are now very good friends.
Whether you may be new to cross-cultural missions, or have been on many trips before, I highly recommend the Cambodia trip. When you have a team of OCFers with you, and a local pastor like Ps Bala (organised, funny, experienced, and a great spiritual mentor), as well as a mighty God, you know you will be in for a good trip.”
Ethan Tan, OCF Clayton, OCF Cambodia Mission Trip 2016/2017