It is one week into our Original mission trip and I have already learned so much from our short stay with In His Steps International in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I am humbled and grateful to be so openly welcomed into the lives of the people here with so much love and kindness.

In His Steps is an organization that specializes in rescuing and restoring broken people in the most tragic and desperate of living situations. Their vision: To the hungry, we offer life. To the forgotten, we provide purpose. To the outcast, we introduce dignity. To the desperate, we bring hope. All by connecting them to Jesus.

We have been working closely with the founders of In His Steps, Eric and Ginny Hanson, and learning about their story and their mission to the people of Cambodia. Before Ginny introduced us to their incredible team, which is more like their family, she explained that she would never fully divulge their pasts. In an area where trafficking and corruption is prevalent, many have escaped at-risk/desperate situations. She refuses to talk about where they came from because it is not who they are today, and it is not what their future has in store for them. It is simply the past. She is committed to their fight for freedom.

I wonder what our lives would look like if we gave ourselves the freedom to stop finding our identity in our past.

The people of Cambodia aren’t alone in the fight for freedom. Though it’s not the exact same, many of us wake up every day to fight for freedom from our own pasts. Maybe it is repercussions from a poor decision, an unhealthy relationship, sin or an addiction.

We need to choose to fight for our own freedom. But first, we have to decide that we are worth fighting for.

God is in the rescuing and restoring business. He has already declared you worth fighting for! It says in Jeremiah 29:11 that He has great plans for your life – to give you a future and a hope. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

I want to encourage you this week to embrace your freedom, to find your identity in the hope and the future that Jesus has for your life, and to believe you are worth fighting for. Because my dear, you ARE worth fighting for!

Keep us in your prayers this week… we are looking forward to all God still has in store.

– Darlene Fiedler, Cambodia Mission Team

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