Counting the Cost

For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?

This weekend I had a interesting conversation with a Khmer friend of mine. It was another reminder of why we came to Cambodia. My friend is one of the few Khmer Christians in Cambodia, but like most he is still trying to understand what living like a Christian is about.

Living in Cambodia now for a year, I've discovered that Buddhism has such a stronger hold on people than I originally thought. I always knew that Buddhism was the major religion in the region, but I never understood until I was able to see it.

Everything in Cambodia focuses on a rebuilding of the culture that was lost over 30 years ago, and at the core of this culture is Buddhism. For a Cambodian to accept Christ, there is a huge cost to consider. In Luke 14:26-33, Jesus talks about becoming His disciple, to count the cost before taking up the cross. It is interesting to look back at my salvation. At the time, I was in High School, I was more worried about what my friends might think, or that I wouldn't be cool.

For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?

After talking to my friend, the cost for a Khmer seemed so difficult. He could be disowned from his family and he couldn't get a job back in his home town. He also would have to try and find a Christian wife, which would prove challenging since less that 2% of the country is Christian.

Anyway, my conversation with my friend reminded me of why we came here. Cambodians need a lot of help, this is one of the least churched countries, and Khmer Christians here need people to help desciple them. To walk life with them, encourage them, and help them understand the fullness of God's grace.

God is faithful and His grace is sufficient to help Cambodian's overcome the challenges of life. Please pray for our Khmer brothers and sisters that they will keep seeking Him and His will for their lives.

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