Hey Kids! Here’s an interesting true story written by Missionary Braden Pewitt, a missionary to the Pnong people in Cambodia. For more stories by Missionary Braden click here.
“I saw you last night in my dream,” Lokru shouted to me with excitement. “You came just as you are now. I saw you with your helmet on and your jacket and your scarf. This is exactly like my dream! You are here just like in my dream.”
I had come to visit Lokru and his family since I knew they still mourned the recent passing of Kruweh, their father and husband. I knew each night they lay restless, waiting for the certain attacks of the demon sorcerers. I’d been praying for them and I came once again to assure them that Chief God was with them and would keep them safe. “We haven’t yet seen the soul-eating sorcerers,” Pumrok explained. “Fortunately we still have a number of people staying with us from night to night.” I nodded my head in relief.
I had also come to assure Lokru that I would support him financially so that he could continue the teachers training courses his father and mother had already sacrificed so much for. His face lit up. “I’m so happy!” he exclaimed. “I so want to become a teacher. I promise I will study hard and do my very best.” And that’s when he said, “I saw you in my dream last night. My dream came true!”
Chills raced up and down my spine as I realized once again that Chief God had prepared the way before me; that in fact, I had come right on time just as He wanted. I suddenly understood the sudden idea that had popped into my head the evening before: why not go to Boan Village before breakfast in the morning? That idea hadn’t been my subconscious playing tricks. It in fact had been the voice of God. Wow! “Thank you God for directing me once again. And help me to be more open next time.”
But Lokru wasn’t the only one who had dreamed the night before. When I stepped into Liu’s hut, she was beaming. “Chief God came to visit me last night in my dream,” she told me. “He arrived with the chief in a car and then walked here to my hut. I recognized Him. I invited Him in and He stepped into my hut. I reached for His hand and He shook it. [The traditional Pnong greeting]. I offered Him a drink and He drank with me. It was Chief God for sure. I recognized Him. He was like you!”
I glanced at the place Liu was pointing to on the raised platform. Chief God had been here! He had sat with this widow in her tiny hut right here on this spot. Suddenly chills tickled more than my spine. My entire body was trembling with excitement and joy. For my God, my Friend, my Guide, had been here with this woman just a few hours before. I glanced around the dark hut. And he’s here now, I thought to myself. He’s right here with us now.
“He was like you,” she had said. I still don’t know what she meant. Did I somehow remind her of Him? I hoped so. Did my love seem familiar when she saw Love Itself walk through her door? Once again I hoped so. But whatever the case, she recognized Him when she saw Him.
Please pray for these Pnong people. We’re leaving the province again. This time we have meetings in Thailand with AFM, a few days of buying supplies, and a week of family vacation. We won’t be back until the end of next month. But as you can see, God can speak to these people without us even being around and sometimes He uses the times we are away to do His greatest work. Please pray for Lokru, Pumrok, and their family as they still watch the shadows for the jyaks, the soul-eating sorcerers. Please pray that they find Chief God there instead and give Him praise. Please pray for Liu. Chief God is obviously sharing Himself with her right now. Pray that during this next month she will welcome His presence even more – not only into her hut but also her entire life.
Braden, Johanna, Keenan & Jaden