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Seeking to be immersed in the Cambodian culture

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Seeking to be immersed in the Cambodian culture

| News, Stories | October 26, 2015

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By Alexis Hamilton, Asia Gateway Missions Training

My husband Alan Hamilton and I set off on a mission trip with a deep desire to learn more about the life of Christians in Cambodia, the Khmer culture, and how we can be of service to God in that country.

It was a heady mix of experiences in our field exposure trip from 11th to 18th of July 2015. We enjoyed the warmth and hospitality of the locals. Still, challenges abounded.

Despite the help of local interpreters, at times it proved daunting trying to explain fairly deep and complex issues in simple English. But we did emerge richer for the experience, even if through the hard way. It has strengthened our resolve to master the Khmer language.

Attending church also proved to be insightful. We may not have understood the songs or the language but still felt very much at home and blessed at the Khmer Sunday worship service.

Certainly, we found it refreshing to see a Cambodian leading his ministry with so much vision and drive.

There is a long way to go, but the ministry is working hard to see people go beyond, to encourage the country to heal, grow and be redeemed through knowing Jesus.

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