Ariel Mahilum | Huwarang OFW 2017 Missionary Nominee

For Ariel, there was no logical reason to leave his home country – the Philippines.

Ariel and his family were enjoying a good and comfortable life, a stable job, a fruitful ministry, and a nice place to stay.

But then, God called him to go out of his comfort zone to reach out to people with a different culture for His glory.

Armed by God’s directive, Ariel obeyed and went to Cambodia.

However, His life in the field isn’t always happy and glorious.

Ariel can attest how hard and complicated it is to serve as a missionary in Cambodia.

The Cambodian government has strict rules that makes it challenging to share the gospel. Although he uses English classes as a platform to connect to the locals, the Cambodian culture and language remain as obstacles.

Moreover, Ariel also had to address the concerns of his family and the necessary support that he needs to continue his mission.

There were days when the heaviness of the “cross” he carries would make him feel hopeless and alone. He thought of giving up many times to come back to the Philippines but he knew in his heart that it was not the right thing to do.

Despite the trials, Ariel still chose to stay and stand strong. Not because he can, but because he knew that God will still do something through him, in him, and for him in Cambodia.

Ariel knew that God would empower him to do great and mighty things for the nation that was entrusted to him. This became his inspiration, hope, and security to press on the journey ahead.

Ariel shares the same zeal as Paul in fulfilling the purposes of God when he said these words in Acts 20:24 (NIV), “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”

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