Heading into this summer I was unsure of where God wanted me. I specifically asked Him to open up a special ministry opportunity in which I could see Him do great things. I had no idea how greatly the Lord would use the training I received from the past four years at Baptist College of Ministry to equip me to serve Him for a month in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I boarded the plane for Asia at the end of June, violin in hand, in response to a request from missionaries for help in their music ministry.
Throughout the following month as I lived with the missionaries and grew in my understanding of Asian culture I thanked God for the many unique opportunities and experiences He handed me. Daily practice with the missionary kids, coaching and training young adults from the church, and participating in church services through my music broadened my understanding of how He desired to use the tool of music in the local church on the mission field.
As I built friendships with the nationals and gave practical help for furthering their music ministry my heart filled with gratitude for the musical training I am receiving at BCM. I felt equipped to train others because my teachers had invested time into training me. Teaching music opens the door to building connections with individuals, developing their character, and determining to see them all the way to through to victory – practically and spiritually. I felt thrilled to give to Cambodians what my own teachers had given me and watch them catch the vision to reach their own people in that same way. I left Cambodia at the end of the month praising the Lord for choosing to use my college training in a way that glorified His name and impacted the lives of others.