Some days ago, ICF Cambodia celebrated its second anniversary. On the 7th of September 2014 we had our Grand Opening in Siem Reap. Before that, ICF Cambodia already existed for about 1 year – already as a small kind of house church with celebrations on Sundays and a social arm reaching out to those in need. It simply wasn’t really official yet. We, or rather family Strupler & Co. (I started in July 2014) first wanted to pick leaders as well as get used to people and culture. From the beginning on, it grew faster than ever expected. Within a few months we had great and supportive leaders and to-become-leaders respectively on our side.
Looking back, there is uncountable stories from people who have changed immensely. Something which fascinates me again and again.
One girl was a cocktail waitress in a bar and is now our worship singer and preaches in the ONEIGHTY (youth) celebration.
One boy on the rather bad way towards gangs etc. turned around and is passionately sharing about God in teachings. One girl got to know ICF, liked it, joined a team and is now a fantastic leader of leaders from various teams. One boy never graduated school but is a natural genius and now leading the ONEIGHTY ministry. And then there is the entire volunteer movement – too many to know the exact number. They come week for week, invest time and strength – selflessly, tirelessly, faithfully. They love God. Love people. And love to serve.
Nowadays, ICF Cambodia has many faces, some known, some unknown. Some on stage, some in the background. Some singing, some cooking. Some turning on the generator, some looking after kids. Some picking up teenagers, some leading games. Some preaching, some comforting during a break. All of them equally important.
And one has many names: Lover, Savior, Provider, Creator, Prince of Peace, Ruler, Shepherd, Friend. Jesus. God. He has been doing lots for us, in us and through us.
And to Him all our praise belongs.