"For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God."

– Romans 8:14

Day Eleven: Broken and Wretched, Made New.

Today was our last day at Jeevit's house running the Vacation Bible School for the children of Battambang and it has really been an incredible week. With children, it's always difficult to tell how much they are really absorbing when we tell them the stories of the Bible. Now imagine going through a translator...things can get kind of messy.

But I am confident in the truth that the seeds were planted this week. I know that my God is able to break through any language barrier and spread His message, regardless of how well we think they understood the meaning of the story. My God is able and He will have His way.

Something that I've been feeling led to write about over the course of the past few days is one of the relationships many of us from the Ellensburg team have made with one of the staff members at the YWAM base. This guy always has a funny joke to cheer us up, a smile on his face and loves Christ more than anything. He also has one of the most powerful testimonies I've ever heard. This man of God's name is Sat and I rejoice in the ability to call him by brother in Christ.

I've found that asking people their testimonies (their stories of how they came to know Christ) is one of the most important conversations you can have with someone. Something as personal as your turning away from a life of sin and running from God to a life filled with the grace and power of the cross is very important to believers. Their testimony explains how Christ has saved them from their own selfish desires and freed them from a life of sin.

Sat's story is one of redemption and triumph over a life marred by hardships and tribulation. His life, although once filled with great difficulty and pain, has become a life transformed by the power of the cross and Christ working in him.

Sat was born to a very poor family in Thailand. His father died when he was very young, leaving his family without an adult male presence in their lives. Because the family had no father figure, they were looked down on in the community. During this time, Sat and his family moved to Cambodia.

Throughout his teenage years, Sat was involved with a lot of gang activity which brought on many problems of its own. Respecting Sat's privacy, I can't really go into too much detail, but after many more difficult years, Sat was saved by the grace and sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sat enrolled in YWAM's Discipleship Training School, School of Biblical Studies, and the Titus Project, all taking about two years to complete. It is Sat's calling to travel Southeast Asia and spread the truth of Christ and His Kingdom.

God has blessed Sat with an incredible story of how Christ saved him from the pits. It is his existence and it is his life now.

For those that might be reading and may not be a believer, I ask you, who could ever plan something like this? How could someone not believe the truth that is the Word of God when you witness the changes seen in even the worst of sinners?

Romans 3:23 says, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." We are all a broken and wretched people. We do not deserve the grace that God so freely gives to us. While we were still sinning, Christ died for us.

Please continue to pray for all of the staff that works on the YWAM base and each life they impact. My God is the One true God.

Day Twelve: O My God This Spirit is Strong

Day Ten: God of Joy