In this episode, Marla Taviano shares her family’s desire to move to Cambodia after visiting on a missions trip. After deciding to go, their family is met with many hurdles including a life-threating heart attack. While they waited on God’s green light to go, they moved their family to a low-income apartment complex and created lasting relationships with local refugees, which helped prepare them for their eventual move to Cambodia.
Marla lives with her husband and three daughters in Siem Reap, Cambodia, where she stays busy learning the Khmer language, building libraries in villages, loving people in Jesus’ name, and sweating a lot. She is also passionate about advocating for refugees and pursuing racial reconciliation in the U.S. Life hasn’t been easy lately, but she can see God’s hand moving in the hard.
From my vantage point God had given us a call and a dream and He crushed it, more specifically my husband crushed it.We moved to Abbey Lane thinking this would be just a holding place where we will be until we get our act together.There are so many different philosophies on how to share your faith with someone who is Muslim and we don’t think we have it perfect or down pact. But what we knew was that our relationships with them were very important to us.We wanted them to know that our love and friendships was unconditional.I don’t see how anyone is going to expect any Muslim to convert to Christianity without first feeling loved and accepted by Christians.What I want is for people to look at my life and see Jesus and say ‘I can do that too’, she’s admitting it was hard for her, she was scared, she didn’t do it right, she screwed up.
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