Missionaries George and Shary Frahm – Serving in Cambodia

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Gracious Hosts

DSC_0079 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.

 

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Eight Great Questions For All of Us

  1. Who am I? ~ What can I learn about myself?
  2. Who is God? ~ How can my understanding of God grow?
  3. Who are we? ~ What can I learn about community and the church?
  4. What is the impact of culture on faith? ~ How can I see life and the gospel differently because of what I’ve experienced?
  5. What’s wrong with the world? ~ What can I learn about justice, poverty and the causes of suffering?
  6. What does it mean to be a follower of Christ? ~ What can I learn about discipleship?
  7. What’s of value? ~ What can I learn about my lifestyle?
  8. Where am I going? ~ What might God call me to be and to do as a result of this experience? What can I learn about my vocation?                              (Mission workbook by Tim Dearborn/IV Press)
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