Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Cambodia News and Prayer Requests

Hey, Friends!

How are you?

Hopefully this post finds you well. I'm so sorry for not writing sooner. It's really been a crazy few weeks. I came back from Guatemala pretty sick. It knocked me out for almost two weeks, actually. I've just started to get my strength back in the last week or so. There's been a lot going on, and once I wasn't as sick, there was a lot that needed to be done/worked out with Cambodia. It's been many days of calling overseas, once-a-day emails, and a lot of prayer. Things are finally figured out, praise God.

Because I was so sick, I was unable to speak anywhere, to meet with any of you and catch up on your lives, etc. I've just had to pray that God would bring it all in. Some have asked if I still need financial help, and last night I got a new update on my support. I wanted to send it to you so you know where I stand.

As of this week, I still need $1400.

Missions work is definitely difficult at times. There's a lot of spiritual warefare, a lot of stuff that happens overseas that can be stressful. It's what I love to do, it's what I know I'm called to do, and it can really be a lot of fun too. I don't do it because I love to travel or because I want an adventure. I do it because of Christ and his call on my life. I do it because there are people all over the world who do not know who He is and unless they are told, they will die without Him.

But one of the hardest parts for me is asking for financial support. It's something I've struggled with for years. I've wished so many times that I didn't have to ask for help because I know that all of you have financial burdens and responsibilities. I know y'all have families and bills and unexpected things come up, and that the economy stinks right now. I know the incredible sacrifice you have made to send me out so that all of us can minister overseas. I am so thankful for you--thankful beyond words at how you have given to me over the years. I don't take it lightly. Every time I write with a new trip or a new need, I have to just step back and pray that God will provide again. Ultimately, that's what He does. He provides it through y'all. And it's taught me a lot. First, it's taught me to rely on Him and walk by faith. Second, it's taught me how important it is for the Body of Christ to send me out.... that if I just had the money I needed and didn't need to ask for help, it would be a disservice. I'm not supposed to be a rogue minister, sent out to do this all by myself. We're doing this together. It's never been my ministry. It's been God's.... ours, through Him.

I just... I really need help. What happens if the money doesn't come in before Aug 10? That's okay! I can keep raising support for as long as I need to. My plane ticket is nonrefundable. It was booked with a credit card. And the truth is if it's not in before I leave, I'll need to keep raising it until it is in--even after the trip is long over. Honestly, I'm really nervous at the thought of leaving with this huge gap in support.

Please know that I am so thankful for the fact tht half of the trip has come in! I'm not belittling that or not grateful for those of you who have given towards it already. I know it was a quick thing... that though it was something I'd been praying about a lot so I almost felt it coming, y'all didn't know until mid-June. And then with working up in North Ga, I wasn't able to be in constant communication with y'all. Right now I just needed to let you know where I stand and that I still need your help. I am so thankful for all of you. I am so thankful for those of you who tell me that you pray for me often. Any support for me can be sent to Sixty1, P.O. Box 2046, Boone, N.C. 28607. Checks need to be made out to Sixty1 and have my name, Kristen Torres-Toro, in the memo line.

As for Cambodia itself, I feel like this trip is going to be huge as far as ministry is concerned. One reason why I believe that is the amount of warfare that I've been under concerning Cambodia itself, what with being sick and laid out for so long and all the other details. I have only been on a few trips where the attacks were this bad before I left, and looking back, I can say that those were always the trips that HAD to happen, the trips where INCREDIBLE things happened... like my gogo, Sarafina, getting up and walking after two years as a lame invalid. Like the AIDS patient being healed. Like my participant's knee injury, which the doctors said was only fixable by surgery, actually moved beneath my hand as we prayed, the joints came back together, and the pain was gone for the first time since she was a child... and then that student went out into the jungle and touched so many lives with the truth of Jesus Christ.

Cambodia is one of the darkest places in our world today. Children, from the time of their births, are sexually abused in the most horrific of ways--boys and girls. It's considered normal for them... "healthy," even. The organization that we are going with works to rescue and minister to these girls. While I am there, I'm going to be given an indepth view of this horrific situation, I'll be able to see how the organization is ministering to and working with these children. And I will spend my days doing that as well.

That's why I am going--to love on as many children as I can, to pray for them, and to tell them about Christ. I appreciate y'all so much.... Thank you for sending me out. Thank you for believing in what God has called me to do. Thank you for how you have given so freely so those on the other side of the world can hear about Christ and know Him. Thank you for how you have covered me in prayer, for your friendship. Thank you for your support--and I mean that in every way. Please, be praying for me as I go. Please pray for protection and that when the enemy attacks, that I will stand firm and be able to walk by faith. Please pray with me that God will continue to provide what I need. And if you would pray about helping me raise the rest of what I need, I would be really thankful. Happy Wednesday! I'll talk to you soon!

-Kristen Torres-Toro

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