Expecting God's visit
“We are expecting something new from God everyday,” Jonathan shares to the group. Jonathan Engalla, a Free Methodist missionary from the Philippines, is sharing to our Taiwan mission group here in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We are here for ten days ministering to school-aged children, and today, we are currently visiting different missionaries for a time of encouragement and acquaintance with their field work. Jonathan is with his family of four, including two girls ages eleven and four. “Each day, we see God’s grace helping us with our new life here in Cambodia, with language study, and with our adjustment to a new culture and environment.” Jonathan continues to tell his family’s story. “We are still in culture shock. This is only our seventh month since our move from the Philippines.”
The Taiwan mission team is listening intently. One of our team members, Grace Wei, shares how God is challenging her to always look forward to new things in her life and expect God’s surprises for her family. “You have blessed us so much,” Grace remarks. Towards the end of our visit, before we prayed together, Mary Jane Engalla, the wife of Jonathan, expresses her gratitude. “You have blessed us. I pray that other mission teams would do what you are doing.”
It is beautiful to witness the reciprocal flow of God’s goodness between two cultures and two groups. We came here to give God’s blessings, but in the end we are the one who are receiving God’s blessings through the people who are here. Sam Huang, one of our team members, at one time during our teaching session at the Prek Thei village, told the big group of Cambodian villagers: “We came to minister to you, to be a blessing to you, but it is you who have blessed us. Thank you so much.”
God’s grace flows in both direction. Yesterday, we visited the Engalla family, a Free Methodist missionary family from the Philippines, Paul and Grace, medical doctors from Hong Kong with OMF, and Jamsor and Kitty, husband and wife team and Baptist missionaries also from Hong Kong working with university students and managing a dormitory ministry in this city. They have blessed us with their stories. Today, we are going to visit another missionary family New York (USA) and from Japan. We are expecting God to visit us again in a very special way. To God be the glory, great things He has done.