Sought After

And you will be called Sought After, a City Not Forsaken…

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Wait…Sacrifice is supposed to be HARD?!

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When I quit my job to go on the World Race, people complimented my willingness to sacrifice.  When I lived in a tent or slept on floors for the better part of a year, I was praised for my eagerness to surrender.  But here’s the secret…that was the easy part…Walking away from a 9-5 sit-at-my-desk job was more of a joy than a sacrifice.  Living in a tent in the African bush was more adventure than surrender.  Not that it didn’t have its challenges or require faith, but those are the challenges I prefer and the type of faith I enjoy building.

Homesickness was never an issue; being immersed in a new country, new culture and new language every four weeks doesn’t really leave much time for dreaming of home.

But now I find myself five months into an indefinite commitment to a country and a people not my own.  I love Cambodia, but it’s not all elephants and fried tarantulas.

This Christmas was not my first away from home, but it was my first in a hot climate.  It was my first Christmas morning waking up alone.  It was my first Christmas spent with people (awesome people) with whom my longest relationship was four months.  This year I missed my brother’s home-coming from a 12-month deployment in Kuwait, two of my best friend’s visits to West Virginia and another best friend’s daughter’s first Christmas.

I knew being a “missionary” would not be easy.  I was prepared for the work to be hard, the air to be humid and the culture to be strange.  What I was not prepared for was realizing that giving things up is hard.  Dealing with false guilt (self-imposed guilt, to be sure) over where I should be spending Christmas is hard.   I finally realized that in choosing to be here I have chosen not to be home, among people I love.

It seems to be a self-evident concept: sacrifice is hard.

I know now that in choosing missionary-ness, I am choosing sacrifice.  Small as it is compared to what others have or are giving up , it is sacrifice all the same.

As I am learning this I pray that I will fall so far in love with Jesus that He truly satisfies not only all my needs, but all my wants. When you pray for me, ask God to so captivate my heart that everything else disappears.  I am convinced that this, above all else, will empower me to serve Him and love His people.

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January 14, 2011 at 6:29 am

I have Arrived!

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Praise God!  After a year of waiting, a 12-hour flight, a 12-hour layover and a 4-hour flight, I am finally back in Phnom Penh!  I arrived Friday the 13th.  After being picked up at the airport I was taken straight to House of Rainbow Bridge Orphanage.  I was happy to see all of the children, but when Sok Leap came running out to hug me, my heart melted!  He came full-speed, a smile stretched across his face, and leapt into my arms.  I hugged him tightly and thanked God that we were together.  I would gladly make the entire journey again, if only for that one moment!  He stuck right by me the entire time I was there, holding my hand and hugging me.  I don’t even know words strong enough to describe the happiness!  What a blessing to be here and have him back in my life.

After spending some time at the orphanage I was brought to my new home. The girls I am living with are fantastic.  They have included me in ministry and been gracious enough to answer my never-ending questions about practical life in Cambodia.  I have my own room and even my own bathroom!  We are within walking distance to the Russian Market, which means I can find pretty much anything I need and there are several choices of restaurants with wi-fi right around the corner.

Cambodian life thus far has been hot and humid…very humid…but also filled with unexpected blessings…a giant hug from my boy, my own room and bathroom, ice in the freezer, popazon chairs in the common area, s’mores Pop-Tarts at Lucky Market and a group of girls who have taken me in and made me feel welcome.  Who could ask for more?

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August 15, 2010 at 11:50 pm

My Story

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From June 2008 to May 2009 I traveled on The World Race, an 11 month mission trip to 11 countries.  During this time I ministered in many different ways and to many different cultures.  The one thing God kept bringing me back to was the international Deaf community.  I had the privilege of working with the Deaf community on three different continents!

While working in an orphanage in Cambodia, I met a 10 year old Deaf boy named Sok Leap.  From the time I met this boy God began to burden my heart for Sok Leap and through him to burden my heart for the entire Cambodian Deaf community.

There are currently no ministries for the Deaf or even interpreted church services in Cambodia.  As I have prayed about these people, God has brought me to Isaiah 62:12 “And you will be called Sought After, a City Not Forsaken.”  God is seeking out Sok Leap and the Deaf of Cambodia.  He has not forsaken them and is sending me to help show them His love and their identity in Christ.

I will be moving to Cambodia to work with Sok Leap, offering Bible training, discipleship and simply showing him the love of Jesus.  I will also be establishing a Deaf ministry, beginning with small-group Bible Studies and relational discipleship.

God has called me to this, but I can’t do it alone.  I need your financial help to make it happen.  I am working to raise $1,200 per month in one-time gifts and pledges.  One-time gifts are appreciated, but a monthly pledge will allow me to remain in Cambodia and continue to work with the Deaf.  This goal can be reached simply by the following:

5 People giving $100 per month plus
10 People giving $50 per month plus
10 People giving $25 per month

Please prayerfully consider supporting my passion and my ministry.  Your investments will have eternal impact on the Deaf community of Cambodia.  Click here to give online or you can support me by sending a check to Commissioned Believer’s Deaf Ministry:

CB Deaf Ministry
PO Box 413

Eagle, ID 83616

On a separate sheet of paper, please indicate ‘Support for Stephanie Davis’.  100% of support given through Commissioned Believers will come directly to me in the field.  Commissioned Believers is currently working towards obtaining their non-profit status, in the near future your gifts will be tax-deductible.

In addition to financial support, I covet your prayers.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration.  Your investments are eternal.

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July 28, 2010 at 12:51 am