January 7 is an anniversary that every Cambodian knows. Some will say it is a day etched in their hearts. A new birthday when life was given back to them. January 7, 1979 is the day the Vietnamese tanks and Khmer resistance forces entered and took control of Phnom Penh away from the Khmer Rouge.…
I am always aware of the constant poverty in Cambodia, and on this trip, covering some 8 provinces on the western side of Cambodia I found myself unable to help time and time again. The one thing that gives me comfort while living among such poverty is that I was able to help about 100 kids this week have an opportunity to get education, eat good food, and have opportunities that all the other people I met could probably never even imagine.
How Important are foundations? A foundation is a massive structure which has to support the weight of the building. A small building needs a small foundation. A big building needs a big foundation. I am not an expert builder, but I think we have to be sure we always build our nations, our lives and our families on a solid foundation. That foundation must be a foundation of righteousness, holiness and obedience to God’s commands. No exceptions.
One way we keep costs low is by using locally available materials. That includes “organic rebar”. Concrete is an amazing thing. It can handle huge compression forces, but yet, it pulls apart very easy. It has very little tension strength. That is why for building with concrete, you need to use rebar. If you don’t, it will crack very quickly. It holds the concrete together. Well, in Cambodia, we use bamboo for road work. Bamboo does not deteriorate over time. The road will be replaced long before the bamboo will show any ware and tare. Bamboo is flexible and strong.
In today’s society, everyone is always looking for clever ways of doing business, or making the most money with the least amount of effort. Scams and schemes are everywhere to fool people. Unfortunately they are even in the church. Like I said, I don’t have all the answers, but I think we all need to be reminded that God has given us the task to build nations. We all need to be more careful how we build. One of my favorite “red letter” sections is John 15:16 which says, “You did not choose me,[Jesus] but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.” If you build your nation God’s way, you build the Kingdom of God.