“And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying, Also, on the tenth of this seventh month, this is a day of atonement. It shall be a holy convocation to you. And you shall afflict your souls and offer a fire offering to Jehovah. And you shall do no work in that same day, for it is a day of atonement, in order to make an atonement for you before Jehovah your God.” ~ Leviticus 23:26-28 ~
As part of my Grade 10 Bible Class, I teach about the Day of Atonement, and one of the things that is taught as something to be done during the Day of Atonement is Holy Convocation. Holy Convocation is the gathering together of God’s people for the purpose of exhorting and encouraging one another. It is to be a time where God’s people recount God’s mercies, tell of His wonderful works, offer praise and thanksgiving and contemplate the sacrifice of Christ. Inspiration tells us that when we God’s people do these things their faith is strengthened.
I’ve been very blessed by the camp-meeting that we’ve been having this week, and I can see how much it has been a blessing to the Khmer people who have attended. I was blessed by the sermons I listened to by Pr. Sindara (from Indonesia), Mr. Griswold (USA), and a sermon about the commandments that I heard from a member of the ASAP team. The theme of the camp was “Grace”. We were also blessed to have many other missionaries attend. It was good to share outreach ideas and pray for one another. There is so much work to be done – I must say once again; if God is calling you to give your life in service to Him as an overseas missionary, say, “Yes!” You’ll never regret saying yes to God!
An interesting aspect of this camp-meeting was the youth and children’s afternoon activities. They would break into groups of about 20 or so, and go into the town and surrounding villages and participate in different outreach activities. These activities included, picking up rubbish, handing out tracts, and going around trading fruit for cigarettes – along with explaining to them the harmful effects of smoking and the benefits of eating fruit.
It wasn’t all work though. The young people enjoyed a day at Kulen Mountain, including swimming at a beautiful waterfall, and also a trip to Baray (Baray is a large man-made lake near Siem Reap that was part of the ancient water system of the Khmers). The week finished off with a concert on Saturday night, where each province was able to perform an item or two. My favorite was the Vietnamese/Khmer group. They made everyone laugh with their hand cleaning dance and their chicken dance. After the concert they went and made many large bonfires and cooked sweet potato and corn to eat, followed by games and socializing. I left to go sleep at 11PM and they were still going strong at that time.
This morning, they had all left to return home by 8AM or so. It is very quiet here now. School begins again tomorrow and we have a week and a half to exams.
Thank you for keeping Cambodia in your prayers. May God bless you and guide you into a closer, deeper relationship with Him each day as you surrender your life to Him.
P.S see HoofTrek for the latest update on our living situation!