Nathan Martin, a missionary for OMF International in Cambodia, spoke in chapel on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Martin is an 1997 alum of Northwestern. Martin evangelizes to Cambodians as a large piece of his job.
“I spend a lot of time talking and listening to the rural Cambodians, asking them what they believe, if they have heard of Jesus and if they would like to hear the story of Jesus,” Martin said.
While at NW, Martin spent time with several international students and went on a Summer of Service to Indonesia with his wife. They began to pray for God to lead them where He wanted them to serve.
It was in Boston that the idea of Cambodia first came to them. This idea was reinforced in Lynn, Mass., where they made friends with Cambodian refugees. After a few years in ministry, the couple decided to apply to become missionaries. After being accepted by OMF International, it took another year and a half for them to raise the funds before they could set off for Cambodia.
“Sometimes it took a burning focus to stay on track,” Martin said.
Martin considers his job a rewarding one. He most enjoys getting to spend time with kids, sharing in the ministry with his wife, doing what he is passionate about and meeting amazing people from around the world, but finds his relationship with Christ to be the best part of the job.
“The best part is the fact that it pushes me closer to Jesus, and getting to see Him work in the lives of the Cambodians and in my life,” Martin said.