On our first day in Siem Reap, Cambodia, I was exploring the market with my friend Sandy. One of the shops was selling flip flops that said, “Sandy”, so I pointed them out to her. The store owner noticed and walked over to us.
Instead of telling us the price, she asked us, “Are you Christians?”
Taken off guard, Sandy answered, “Yes, how did you know?”
“I heard you say ‘Amen’,” she replied. We looked at each other, puzzled, because neither of us had said that around her. We asked her what she believed in, to which she responded, “Nothing.” After that, we decided to leave the market.
That night, I thought of what an amazing opportunity I had to tell her the gospel, and didn’t. It’s not everyday someone asks you if you’re a Christian in a primarily Buddhist nation! The next day my team went to evangelize in the same area, however, the market in Siem Reap was packed with shops, merchants and tourists. Every time we entered, everything looked different.
The chances of meeting the same person twice is nearly unheard of, unless God really wants you to talk to them.
Right away Sandy and I knew that we needed to try to find the merchant from before, so off we went, praying that God would allow our paths to cross. Within ten minutes of walking around the market, I saw a pair of sandals that said “Sandy”. I looked up, and there was that same woman! When I asked if she remembered us, she just pointed at the sandals.
I didn’t know where to begin, so I simply shared that God wanted us to search for her, so we could tell her how much He wants to have a relationship with her. After sharing the gospel with her, she let us pray for her, and asked us questions about the Bible. It piqued our curiosity that she knew so much about God, so we asked her if she had her own Bible. She said “Yes! People like you visited me a few weeks ago and gave me a Bible, and I’ve been reading it ever since!”
When Jesus talks about planting seeds, He talks about the importance of the sower and the reaper celebrating together.
A previous outreach had found this woman in the market, felt God wanting her to know more about Him, and planted a seed in her heart. Now, weeks later, we were able to continue to water that seed. We’ve been able to visit her and continue answering her questions about God. And who knows, maybe the next outreach team will come, find her in the market, and harvest what has been sown before them.
by Brittany Kulikamp
YWAM Compassion DTS student