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Convergence of Creativity, Creation and Kingdom Growth

by Eric, Asia Area Director | Oct 2022 | Heartbeat, HB Asia, HB Cambodia

Superintendent Daniel Sar of our Cambodian Free Methodist Church has a dynamic vision to plant a church in the thousands of villages in Cambodia where there is no gospel witness. It is a big vision that requires creativity, but Daniel trusts that as they plant seeds, our Father will bring the kingdom growth.

Sometimes creativity, creation and kingdom growth all converge. In Cambodia recently, 31 members of the Free Methodist Church, including Superintendent Sar, participated in an interfaith dialogue and tree planting event at “Monks Community Forest,” a large stretch of evergreen forest in northwest Cambodia. It is the country’s largest community-managed conservation site established to  protect forest, conserve biodiversity and prevent deforestation through illegal logging.

The interfaith event attended by 1,500 people was organized to cooperate in planting trees in villages and communities to restore areas that have been deforested. Around 260 Buddhist monks, six Muslims, many indigenous people and about 75 Christians (about half Free Methodist) participated. A total of 6,500 trees were planted, and Superintendent Sar was among those who addressed the group. He shared from the Scriptures about creation care and how his own motivation to care for creation is centered on his love for the Creator. A Buddhist monk invited Daniel to come and build a Christian chapel in the park and to make a Bible available. We are proud of Daniel’s courage and determination to share Jesus wherever there is an open door!