Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | September 19, 2011

Among the Nations

Houston en route to Phnom Penh, Cambodia

When I arrived at Kingsland to serve as missions pastor a little more than six years ago, my top priority was to challenge and to provide opportunities for the people of Kingsland to go beyond — to do more than they had ever done to advance the purposes of God among the nations. The people of Kingsland heartily embraced the challenge to become a missional people or, as Pastor Alex often says, to be Jesus with skin on. Today, our missions ministry mobilizes thousands of volunteers and stewards hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in missions initiatives from Katy to the ends of the earth. Our work among the nations extends to so many time zones that we can safely say that the sun never sets on our various global initiatives. We are intentionally and strategically working toward the day when “the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:9).

This morning, my friend Jim Coleman and a team of Kingsland volunteers headed to El Salvador to drill another water well in partnership with Living Water International. Jim serves as our missions ministry’s point man for our water well drilling trips. We have three trips to El Salvador on the calendar for next year that are filling up fast. Our water well teams are providing much-needed water to residents of poor villages and spreading the message about the living water that only Jesus can give. On Tuesday, Jon Davis, our Missions Ministry Associate, will lead a team to Kolkata, India to serve in a slum village where we support the only school among thousands of poor Bengali Hindu people. Jon’s team will conduct a dental clinic and also a sports camp led by Paul Crandall, our Recreation Pastor. They will bless hundreds of people in need of dental care and have as many opportunities to share the love of Jesus.

I am currently en route to Cambodia with a team of eleven women to work with our ministry partner Steve Hyde of Asia for Jesus. Our first stop is Phnom Penh where we will engage with a prospective justice ministry partner, learn about the scope of human trafficking, and visit one of Pol Pot’s killing fields. Then we will head across the country to Poipet to visit the property purchased with Kingsland funds along the border with Thailand. Our friend Steve Hyde is constructing the New Hope campus on this property that will include a pregnancy help center and women’s clinic and a future feeding center for kids who live in the nearby slums. We will also conduct a Vacation Bible School at Steve’s Imparting Smiles orphanage for the kids under his care and also for kids from the slums. These slum kids are among the most vulnerable in Cambodia to being kidnaped and trafficked for sex and labor.

Steve Hyde has a God-sized vision for reaching Cambodia and the adjacent nations with the gospel of Christ. That vision includes working in Poipet — the devil’s front porch and one of the most strategic areas to champion the cause of the oppressed and those at risk of being trafficked by unscrupulous people. That is why we are committed to working there with Steve and why we are investing both human and significant financial resources. We are doing more than addressing symptoms in Cambodia. We are helping to address the systems that create those heart-breaking symptoms. Along with Steve, we envision how the gospel can bring about the kind of transformation that will one day cause this nation to be glad and sing for joy (Ps. 67:4).

Please pray for our three teams as they do their respective work among the nations over the next couple of weeks. Pray that those they will serve will hear and see the gospel in a compelling way that will make them thirst to know more. And, as Pastor Alex led us in our prayer time for the nations this past Sunday morning, please continue to make these words of the Psalmist your own as you pray: “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!” (Ps. 67:1-3).


  1. Omar, this quote made me think of you and all that you do.

    “The highest of missionary motives is neither obedience to the Great Commission (important as that is), nor love for sinners who are alienated and perishing (strong as that incentive is, especially when we contemplate the wrath of God…), but rather zeal–burning and passionate zeal–for the glory of Jesus Christ.” – John Stott

    Love you brother and friend! God speed!

    • Amen, Casey. Thanks for sharing this great quote. Love it!

  2. Very good team! Cambodia 2011

    • This is a great team, Mortuza. I am happy to be traveling with them.

  3. Am Interceding for Ya’ll O…

    • Thanks, Gene. We have a full schedule ahead of us. Prayers appreciated.

  4. Please pass on to my sweet niece, Kim Heston that her aunt Cindy is in prayer for her, and for all of you… I am SO proud of her and so appreciative of your ministry… Thank you all and thank you to our God who is SO faithful to us all. 🙂

    • Will do, Cindy. So glad to have Kim on our team.

  5. May our God bless your ministry and keep giving you strenghts to lead many people to serve around the world. Good for you my brother!!!

    • Thanks, Carlos. Because of good friends like you and your Living Water staff, El Salvador is one of my favorite countries to visit. I love the people and all the good things that God is doing there. I look forward to seeing you again next year.

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