Thursday, March 24, 2016

Cambodia ~ Foot Washing

Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper.  He laid aside His outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around His waist.  Then He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe theme with the towel that was wrapped around Him."  
~ John 13:1-17

Jesus is our Servant King.  He models humility, serving and loving so beautifully. This week while in Cambodia, we had the privilege of washing the feet of people who live in a village/slum area in town.    

When we showed up, first the little children came to have their feet washed . . .

"Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.'" ~ Matthew 19:14   

I loved watching the young men on our Korean team wash feet.  A couple of the young men on our team seemed deeply touched.  They were so eager to wash feet and one in particularly was distinctively moved by the experience.  I could see Jesus, so beautifully in these young men as they would fill their basins with fresh water, dip the foot and then begin to wash and scrub away the dirt and grime from the filthy environment around them.  Many would pat the feet dry and then ask for lotion to massage into the dry, now nicely clean feet.  Go over to the garbage dump and throw away the dirty water and then start all over again with the next person sitting on their chair.  

Women would come and  not want to leave.  They would linger for prayer and some would take photos.  From what I understand XP teams have been going into this particular slum for awhile and currently have a "Light House" there.  People are warming and some even know Jesus as a result.  
One of our "Light Houses" in the Slums

After washing feet, we gathered in the dark, stagnant air, room of our XP Light House.  We opened the shutters and I suggested we sing a worship song.  We all began to lift our voices to "Bless the Lord Oh My Soul" 

As our voices filled that little room, on a 107 degree day with full humidity, I could have lingered longer and worshiped on . . .

        10,000 Reasons Video

I loved this experience.  Although I was well beyond my "comfort" range with the heat - I so enjoyed loving on the women and children in this practical demonstration of servant love.  Jesus is so beautiful and demonstrated His love so exquisitely through Destiny and the youth there, that day.