In my review of By Their Blood, I confessed my short attention span for reading the book cover to cover. I have found it helpful, though, to use as a reference book, re-reading and re-reading again sections from the countries most relevant to me.
I wanted to share with you a short portion (no gory details) that strengthened my resolve as I read the chapter about Cambodia. Since the authors’ rights prevent me from reproducing parts of their work for this purpose, I’m going to relate the story in my own words as I remember it.
A year after the beginning of a mass genocide in Cambodia, a wife received a letter from her husband. She was studying overseas, safely removed from the unspeakable terrors taking place in Cambodia. Her husband, on the other hand, may have already been dead for months by the time his letter reached her.
The husband wrote about how he and other Cambodian church leaders, upon learning that their death was fast approaching and not avoidable, read John 13 together. Then they washed each others’ feet and, knowing they were about to be executed, quietly discussed the future. Finally, in his letter to his wife, this man urged his wife to tell Christians around the world not to forget to pray for Cambodia.
The genocide that ended that husband’s life has been over for almost forty years as I blog this. It left the country in ruins, but Cambodia has since recovered. Though not a developed country, it’s developing fast and is a far cry from the war-torn country it used to be.
That said, some things haven’t changed. The lost still need Jesus. Shattered lives still need hope. Embittered individuals still need forgiveness. Now-centered minds still need to be opened to the concept of eternity.
Cambodia still needs prayer.
On this blog, I appeal mostly to an audience of readers. I regularly write book reviews and share thoughts sparked by what I’ve been reading. I tease you with quotes from my manuscripts and I talk about Louise.
Today I want to do something a little different. I want us to step away from the world of reading to consider – and pray for – two things:
- The world of lost souls in general
- The lost souls of Cambodia specifically
I’m not condemning reading, and Lord willing I will continue to post lots of book-related content here. But I do want to suggest that maybe, just as the now-centered minds of Cambodians need to be opened to the concept of eternity, so our now-centered minds need the same.
Before I end this post, I want to ask you to pray for a third thing:
- The lost soul of my friend Chivv Leang
She’s received a Bible in the Khmer (Cambodian) language. She’s said there’s something about it that draws her to want to read it. But last time I saw her, she hadn’t made a personal commitment to Jesus as her Lord and Savior. So I’m sharing this part of my life with you and asking you to pray for her as I seek to engage her about this.
- What specific challenges do readers face in living in the light of eternity?
- Have you heard of the 1975-1979 genocide in Cambodia (honestly, I didn’t even know Cambodia existed until a year or so before we moved here!)
- Who in your life is lost whom I can pray for?