CAMBODIA (BP) — Chamroeun Siet’s* road to full dependence on Jesus was a gradual one, and it wasn’t without painful bumps — electrocution, skin grafts and alcoholism recovery — but it’s a story of God’s physical and spiritual healing
Before committing his life to Christ and partnering with IMB workers in Southeast Asia, Siet was an alcoholic, spending all of his family’s money on alcohol. One night, after throwing plates across the room and breaking things around his house in a drunken rage, he saw his mother crying in the corner and realized he needed help.
He remembered the words a friend had shared about a man named Jesus. He’d lost contact with the friend and three years had passed.
Siet said he felt his life was worthless.
“I’m going to give it a try. I’ll start praying to Jesus,” he decided.
He reached out to his friend, who gave him a Bible and contact information for a man who lived relatively nearby.
The proximity was definitely relative — Siet biked for hours in search of a man in a town he’d never been to before. After finding him and being treated to a hearty meal, Siet was invited to church five days later. He made the 15-kilometer bike ride again to attend church. Shortly after, he committed his life to Christ.
The pastor began visiting Siet’s home to disciple him. The pastor taught him how to lead a house church meeting.
Siet ambitiously decided he wanted to start three churches.
This was his plan, but he says he wasn’t obeying God. He didn’t want to give himself fully to Christ. He listened to his wife’s worries about finances and how starting churches would affect them financially.
She convinced him to accept a manual labor job loading cassava, a Southeast Asian vegetable, into trucks. They have seven children, so the need to put food on the table was a daily worry.
Work became his idol.
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Source: Baptist Press