Missions -

Wampler: ‘God’s love rained down through determined Cambodian girl’ —

By Becca Haines

Students see God’s love in innumerable ways on Engage mission trips.

For Maggie Wampler, His love was demonstrated in the most determined way – with a little girl from Cambodia who repeatedly grabbed her hand and invited her into a series of special moments.

“This girl unexpectedly ran up to me right at the beginning of our visit and took me to play hopscotch,” Maggie said. “We played for most of the time and then when it was time to worship, she took my hand and we went to sit down right by Malia, who was one of our leaders on the trip. I noticed this little girl liked Malia a lot throughout the week and she made sure she was sitting by both of us during worship.”

 

Cuddled up on the porch, a light rain began to fall as the team worshiped in both English and Khmer, alongside other kids and staff from CIY ministry partner Rapha House. It was a moment filled with the Holy Spirit – one in which several team members said they’d never forget – and Maggie said her little friend never let go of her hand through it all.

 

“She would make me move one way or another to get closer so that several of us in a row could hold hands,” Maggie said. “It was sweet because she was so determined to make sure we were all connected in that moment. She held hands with Malia and I, and occasionally leaned her head on Malia's lap. My favorite part was when she would randomly break her stillness and sit up super straight, close her eyes, and yell the words to the song with everything in her. I wish I knew what the lyrics translated to because it was obvious that those few phrases really affected her. It was so sweet to experience because even though I didn't know what she was saying, I was still greatly impacted by her actions and could feel God so heavily in that moment. She was also so young, and it's rare to see young kids worship so passionately. But she had no hesitation in praising our God fully.”

 

Maggie returned home from Cambodia not realizing how much God had moved in her heart throughout the trip. She said she found herself more in the Word than on Netflix, and praying every day for the people of Cambodia.

 

“There's not a day that goes by where I don't think about everyone I met there,” she said. “This trip has changed me for the better and allowed me to take a deeper look into my faith and fix things in my life that were holding me back. While I don't entirely know where God is leading me, I know I want to be a part of changing other people's lives and helping them find the right path and that is not something I would have realized without going to Cambodia. It was such an amazing experience and I honestly can't wait to go back one day. A piece of my heart will forever be in Cambodia.”

 

Love this story? Read more experiences students had with Engage in Cambodia here.