Drinking coconut water right from the tree and talking about Living Water in Chhouk District of Kampot Province. Name two things that missionaries love to do. What a great feeling to have the opportunity to share time and God’s passion.
It was a hot dry season day when we went to see Pastor Nop Sean and a four of his associates. These were very influential men in this community, and they were looking for help in spreading the gospel. Gospelizing is what they called it.
They were also perfect hosts. In the United States, as a meeting is called to order it is very normal to offer the guests a cup of coffee or maybe tea. In Cambodia, hosts normally offer a bottle of drinking water.
But it is a special occasion when hosts can offer something more. Chhouk District is the coconut growing region of Cambodia where farmers climb the trees to pick the green coconuts filled with coconut water. A large green coconut holds between a pint and a half and a quart of the sweet liquid. It was only minutes before that the coconut I was drinking from was hanging high above my head. The congregation elder in attendance chopped off the top of the fruit in front of me and inserted the straw, just as shown in the picture. Oh, heaven.
As for speaking about heaven, that was the topic of our meeting, and these men were willing to spend hours, moving with the shade and working through a translator to discuss how we could work together.