It was last spring that Tim heard God tell him to lead a marriage conference here in Cambodia. Here we are months later in Phnon Pehn preparing for just that. We invited someone much better than ourselves to lead the conference too. We are excited for Hans Molegraaf to be arriving tomorrow night to share his heart and explain God's intentions for marriage with the people here in the city.
We have already been out exploring, visiting the church and taking in the atmosphere around us. I'm astonished with one simple truth: The people of Cambodia are content. They don't appear to be a people group full of dissatisfaction or resentment. They are respectful, kind, full of warmth and many smiles. They don't know any different which probably is why there is full contentment among the families.
I see the biggest hurdle of the marriage conference being one that is cultural and historic. The couples here struggle to communicate. There is no prying deeper into conversations or asking questions that could lead to a richer relationship. Please pray as we expose this potential hurdle this weekend. Pray that God will speak loudly to many of the pastors attending so they can in return, go back to their own villages and enhance many more marriages. Pray that God will be present and speak the words needed through Hans as he shares and also when Tim and I are asked to speak.
This is hijacking me out of my comfort zone, but I'm grateful my husband can be beside me as much around us seems out of control. I'll be honest and say that walking to dinner last night my stomach was in my throat from the smells we were walking past. But much like anything, if you can get past the surface you see absolute beauty. You see hearts ripe and a people group in need of Jesus.
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Stephanie is a stay-at-home mommy to four little blessings. Married for 16 years, Tim and Stephanie find new ways to enjoy intimate time together while raising the young family.