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By Dave Board
of our rented home. He was concerned that his
When our family felt the call of God to surrender
house would be flooded with strangers coming
to the field of Cambodia, we could have never
and going but we assured him that we did not
imagined the scope of ministry He would
foresee the church ever growing larger than 30
entrust to our care. Through His providence,
people at the most. That sounded
God had allowed us to enjoy
reasonable to him since the only
19 years of fruitful ministry in
type of Christian he had met was
the States amongst Cambodian
a “rice-Christian”—someone who
refugees in the Midwest as well
attends church long enough to
as Southern California prior
get whatever physical help the
to arriving in Cambodia in
church is providing without ever
2005. However, once we arrived
truly turning to God from idols
on the foreign field, we soon Dave & Debbie Board
(1 Thessalonians 1:9). Over the
discovered the culture was much
past several years, God has blessed His work
more intense than what we had previously
far beyond our abilities and faithfulness. As we
experienced while serving in the States. It
contemplate the hundreds of Buddhist, Muslim,
was immediately apparent that the practice
and Animist folks who have trusted Christ
of ancestral worship as well as pressure from
and who are living faithfully for the Lord, we
the Buddhist and Muslim leaders to conform
are reminded of the words of Christ when He
to the community norm would be formidable
promised Peter in Matthew 16:18, I will build
foes seeking to prevent the lost from coming to
my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail
Christ. We took comfort in Matthew 28:19–20
and believed that Jesus’ promise to be with us
against it. How prone we are to overestimate
our own role on the mission field while at the
was as certain as His command to go!
same time to underestimate the awesome plan
When we planted our present church, we began
God intends to bring to fulfillment through the
with a small group of five teenage young men and
power of the Gospel as it is preached to those
a couple of ladies whom we had won to Christ. I
whose hearts and minds are blinded by the god
remember negotiating with our landlord for the
of this world.

right to hold church services in the living room
Dave & Debbie with Cambodian believers.