Calvin: The team came back on June 28. Have you recovered from the trip?
Chamron: I am used to jet lags from international flights. It was tiring, but I am slowly recovering from it.
Calvin: Give us some basic info about this year's team.
Chamron: We have 15 people in total, 13 females and 2 males. The trip spans 18 days. Instead of staying in the big cities, we targeted the rural areas. I felt that Jesus was calling us to go into the "deep water", areas where not many outside teams would go. Those are the most underserved areas, yet we also saw that God brought in a great harvest in those areas. We visited over 10 rural villages.
Calvin: I heard that God did some amazing things in those rural areas. Tell us what happened.
Chamron: God had done some amazing things in Cambodia. With our brief time there, we witnessed 350 people receiving Christ and 131 people got baptized.
Calvin: Is there something different about this year’s trip?
Chamron: For the first time, I assigned the team to serve with the Cambodian children ministry leaders while I spent 2 full days training and equipping 30 indigenous Cambodian church leaders. We studied the Word, prayed, and encouraged one another. We poured out our hearts to each other. It’s truly a joy.
Calvin: What about the Team U.S. while you did the training with these leaders?
Chamron: The U.S. team did children's ministries in 4 villages. They did a wonderful job in loving and caring for the children. They played with these children and also led them to the Lord. They were so delighted to see these children receiving the good news of Jesus in humility and openness.
Calvin: I heard you guys also worked with the homeless people there.
Chamron: Yes. We also served the homeless people this time. We provided them with blankets, noodles, medicines, Sarong skirts, and the crosses, but most importantly, we gave them Jesus. Many gave their lives to Christ.
Calvin: The team had some young ladies from the New Day for Children. Tell us about their experience.
Chamron: Yes, the New Day young ladies and staff were also part of the team this year. It was an eye-opening experience for them to see God’s work in Cambodian. They were deeply moved by what they saw. The adults and children there, even though they don’t have much to give, were so generous. The New Day girls felt grateful for what they already have in the U.S. They served hundreds of homeless children too. Over one hundred children were placed in schools. We gave them blankets, food, medicine, and clothes. One of the New Day young ladies helped babysit a sick baby, whose father had to work and the mom was in prison. Her tender care for the baby made the whole team cried.
Calvin: Any final words for our FCC folks?
Chamron: We are glad and are grateful to God for the opportunity to be a part of the Kingdom work in Cambodia. Because God is always at work in people's hearts. We are humbled and honored to see that in action. Everyone is welcome to join us to experience God in Cambodia in the future.
[The transcript was recorded on July 9 at 11:30am and has been edited by Pastor Calvin]