“Before I came to Christ, my life was okay on the surface. It seemed like I needed nothing. But deep down I knew my life was not what I wanted it to be,” Pastor Lak Soeuy in Cambodia remarks.
He came from a family that practiced Buddhism. “I tried to follow Buddha’s teaching and do good,” he says. “But what I tried to do in Buddhism still did not change my life.” Things got even worse when he began practicing witchcraft and sorcery.
Pastor Lak lost grandparents during Pol Pot’s reign of terror, executions and starvation. His family was able to escape to a United Nations refugee camp in Thailand, where he first heard about Jesus Christ. But he did not understand. As Cambodia prepared for its first elections in 1992, Pastor Lak’s family returned, and he received a Christian booklet from someone. The words touched his heart as he read, but he still didn’t understand.
A few years later, a Cambodian friend came to visit and explained how Jesus Christ died to redeem us from the power of sin. “So I prayed to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior,” Pastor Lak tells. “My life has totally changed since I made that decision. I feel I have a purpose and direction in my life now.”
God called him to the ministry of preaching the Gospel, and many people have received the Lord as their Savior through his ministry. After attending seminary, Pastor Lak was sent out to start a new church in Takeo Province. Now, this church body is self-sustaining, and they look after poor widows, children and families as well.
In addition to his pastoral duties, he serves as coordinator for our partner ministries throughout Takeo Province, which is the equivalent of a state in the U.S. This involves working with local churches to train individuals how to start new churches and lead Bible studies to disciple believers. Pastor Lak also handles the logistics of providing the Scriptures and Bible study materials needed for these ministries.
Pastor Lak’s decision to follow the Lord not only changed the direction of his life, but changed the lives of so many others as well! God is using him mightily to make a broad and lasting impact in Cambodia.