July 26, 2018 | Know Your Enemy
We are here and ready. Our place is called The Tan Tower. The building is Tan. Another team is here with us for today. They are from West Ridge in Coraopolis. I love again how it took us to travel around the world to meet friends in Christ right down the road. We shared a devotional from Colossians 3:12-17. A great way to set the tone for the trip.
Our first stop was intense but very purposeful. S-21, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. It is a museum to remind the world of the Khmer Rouge ruling during 1975-79.
The details are disturbing and eye opening since much of these atrocities happened unbeknownst to the world. It is important to learn and know the past so we can understand the ripple affect this time in history still has today. Cambodia is still pushing towards better education and improvement for something that happened almost 40 years ago today.
There was a heaviness of the site as a high school was turned into a prison camp. The classrooms divided into 4’x6 ‘cells for two people. Some of us went into the cells for a view of what it might have looked and felt like within the space. An uneasiness and unsettling feeling was present. It was difficult to open the trip with such a visit but it is important to understand what Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:12.
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of the dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms.
Principalities are territorial. Powers are people in authority. Rulers of Darkness operate on people of influence. Spiritual wickedness is malice which is the desire to harm and murder people. This was very important for us to understand first at S-21 and our next trip to the Royal Palace and Prime minister’s house.
We headed to a part of Phnom Phen that I had never been before, The Royal Palace. The grounds and area are beautiful. Statues, manicured landscapes, and people. It was a side of the city that was amazing to see. We set up shop right outside the palace gates. We circled up and prayed for the principalities that occupied that space beyond the wall. Cambodia is ruled by the Prime minister but there still is a royal family. We prayed for the nation, for its leaders, that God would have a hand. That His gospel would spread like wild fire, and His name would be known and revered. For He can change the direction of a scared and hurt nation. He can change hearts through the Holy Spirit to reconcile all. It was simple, it was Spirit filled, and it was the team taking a step forward…. together.
We then moved on down the road across the street to the Prime Minister’s house. We prayed that no ruler of darkness would operate on people of influence. For Jesus’ name to be on the lips of all. We prayed together, we prayed with the Spirit in us, we prayed for all. It seemed like such a brief moment but talking to the team, it was a powerful moment. The first for some. Then one said, “I’ve never done this before.” We should do this at home.” Yes.
Then like that, the day was over. We walked the Russian market. We took more steps together.
It is important to understand that is a unique trip. It has its own feel, purpose, and flow. This is the first trip for some, the second trip for others. This isn’t going to be a repeat. This trip is a unique time, place, and circumstance for us to step forward in faith. Step out of the boat and trust as Peter did when he walked on water.
Leaving at 6 am for the Kampong Thom orphanage.