Does the simple act of prayer impact our lives?

By Nevin Nitschke

Srey Lin is a 17 year old student in year 11 from the Cambodian village of Phum Krus, a small village in which the Lutheran Church in Cambodian (LCC) has a base. Srey Lin has a high school scholarship with the church and when she has time off from regular school she always comes to […]

Srey Lin is a 17 year old student in year 11 from the Cambodian village of Phum Krus, a small village in which the Lutheran Church in Cambodian (LCC) has a base.

Srey Lin has a high school scholarship with the church and when she has time off from regular school she always comes to the church to help with village preschool classes, cleaning and Sunday school lessons. She joins every Sunday service and helps in preparing and singing the songs for the church services.

But it didn’t start that way. In the beginning Srey Lin just joined the computer classes, not joining the Sunday services regularly with her older sister – an intern at the church.

Together with her sister Srey Yeap, the church went to her house for home bible studies and soon Srey Lin, her younger sister and mother joined in Sunday services regularly. A year later and Srey Lin is a loyal scholarship students with a heart for serving her church and God.

Srey Lin came to church for English classes, began attending services and wanted to know more about God – so she prayed. What better place to start than prayer! She prayed for her parents as there was often violence in her home between her mother and father, and she saw a miracle. Her parents began to have a better relationship. Having come from a Buddhist family she had never prayed before. As she says “I didn’t have anything inside to know I was able to pray.”

God’s grace draws us closer and soon she was praying for her sick grandmother. Her grandmother regained health.

Recently, in the small Lutheran village church, Srey Lin’s mother was baptised together with Srey Lin.

“I realised I had a sinful nature and nothing I could do could help me to be saved. Before I was stubborn – not wanting to obey my parent’s advice and I would often fight with my parents. But now the words of God teach me how to obey my parents.”

Srey Lin is currently studying computing with Camera, the IT teacher at Phum Krus and she has plans to do further computing studies in Phenom Penh. She continues to pray! Often she prays for wisdom for herself and now she feels like it’s easier to learn.

How does prayer touch your life? Continue to pray and watch God’s grace and love unfold in your life and the lives of those around you.


Many of our partner churches are working in new territory for the kingdom of God; therefore, spiritual attack is their everyday reality. As a member of a congregation, school, or family, or a couple or individual, you are invited to commit to praying for our partners in mission. For regular prayer point updates, go to www.lca.org.au/international-mission/act-now/pray

Read more stories about our partner church in Cambodia at www.lcamission.org.au/category/stories/international-partners/cambodia/

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