I met Vat at an evangelism seminar run by my team. He was a new Christian and sacrificed hours from his job to travel everyday for a week to attend the seminar and learn more about the Gospel. As I got to know him we became friends and I watched him grow as a capable proclaimer of the Good News.
Vat along with his wife and two children live somewhere below dirt poor and above destitute. They are part of Cambodia’s working class. Their one bedroom, one bath, rented house has a leaky sheet metal roof and a space under their floor that is flooded by tidal sea water on a daily basis.
One day a mutual friend informed me that Vat was struggling to get work because although bribery is common, he thought that it was not worthy of a follower of Jesus. Not only that, but at the same time his daughter had contracted Shingles.
I made it a point to follow up with him and to offer him some money.
“This is my opportunity to see God work in my life” he said as he refused my help. He then told me he sensed God was already at work and that he perceived God moving and directing in circumstances to bring the aid he needed.
God did bring the work he needed. Vat had assessed the situation correctly and God built his faith. God showed himself as Vat’s Savior and met his need. God rescued him, healed his daughter and rewarded him with joy.
Vat’s story is one of many we could tell where God, through World Team workers, is transforming lives and growing His church.
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