A word from Bob and Donna Sekijima,
Greetings from Cambodia! After much anticipation, our first day of clinic was today, working out of a government hospital in Preah Netr Preah. We weren’t sure what to expect, but we know that God always provides. One of the things that God provided was our weather – it was a little rainy and cloudy in the morning, keeping the temperature cooler than we’ve been experiencing. Does that seem like Seattle weather? Yes, except that cool here means 88 degrees and 78% humidity!
Our clinics, with just a couple little bumps, went smoothly. It’s like Romans 12:4-6 – “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.” All of us have different roles and talents in our clinic, but we work together as a whole for the glory of God. During intake/registration, we ask if they want prayer and the majority said yes. Today we saw 200 patients and 121 people (including our two bus drivers) accepting Christ!
Thank you all for your prayers for our team. On a personal note, we’d like to thank Lighthouse for inviting us on this amazing mission trip. These trips are life transforming for us and for the people we serve!
Bob & Donna
Your scribe is awed by this team from Lighthouse and is honored to be a part of it. God intended to do some good work and He certainly accomplished it; not only were two hundred people shown the love of God by being treated for medical, optical, or dental problems, but well over half of them prayed to receive Christ; it is a privilege to witness such a dramatic movement of the Spirit and your scribe could live another thirty years and never again witness such a day as this. Most of the prayer and counseling was done by Cambodian pastors and by the team of translators that accompanied this band of ordinary people. What lies ahead is the hard work of following up on those new believers by the Cambodian pastors.
There was one person in particular that is worth mentioning. A woman came for prayer and it was revealed that her ex-husband had placed a curse on her. To ward off that curse, she had tied several beaded bands around her waist; her trust in these bands actually opened the door for her to be tormented by evil spirits. When the bands were cut off, there ensued a period of dramatic shrieks and screaming; eventually, after much intense prayer by several people who had gathered around her and laying their hands on her, the woman experienced relief and a sense of peace. This was a startling reminder that “our battle is not with flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness…” And, thus, your prayers are coveted and appreciated.