Wood Family Update—12/16/2012
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
We have begun doing some evangelism in a new area called Kah Paen (you can see it on the map here). Some of you may remember a video we made from that island a number of months ago. You can view it here if you haven’t seen it. I haven’t the slightest clue how many people live on this island, but it is in the thousands, maybe close to 10,000 or so. Last week I went out and spent nearly two and a half hours talking with a group of men and women. That was only my first stop on the island. Please pray for open and receptive hearts for the seed of the Word of God on this island.
We are also preparing to reprint a tract that we have been using called “The Unknown God”. We are now getting feedback from other missionaries and Khmer Christians about ways to make it a more effective tract. However, I concur with the wisdom of a fellow missionary here, when he said, “Tracts are good tools, but it is the light of a transformed Cambodian life by the power of Christ that is most effective in reaching these people.” Nevertheless, please pray for God to give us wisdom in editing the tract.
Huv is a man I mentioned in our last correspondence whom I have been teaching about Christ. He is not yet a Christian, neither his wife. Yet, both of them have been involved in a church since their teenage years. Why they do not understand the simple Gospel, I’ll leave you to wonder, as do I. It is sadly a very common thing here. Their family has come to church the last two Sundays, for which we are grateful. They need the Lord badly. Please pray for them to truly understand how desperate their condition is before the Lord, and for them to be saved.
Some of you may remember a young lady named Mony. She is already a Christian but has not come to church in a while for a variety of reasons. I have mentioned her parents in the past, who are not believers. Her father is a rather staunch Buddhist. Recently, both her mother and father have had fairly serious illnesses. Her mother now has cancer and has been told to go home to die. Though she has improved some in the past couple of weeks, as I have been told, her illness is serious. Anna and I had the chance to visit them the other day. It was a great visit. Mony’s father asked some very good questions about the Lord Jesus and opened the door for me to explain a number of things to him about death, sickness and the resurrection. Everyone listened intently. Please pray that God would make deep the furrows of conviction of sin in the hearts of Mony’s family, especially before it’s too late for her mother.
We thank the Lord that Ming At continues to follow the Lord. We recently gave her a plan for Bible reading which she has been following. Today she told me in effect, “My! Those people in the Bible lived a loooong time!” (early part of Genesis). She is also keeping a prayer list. We are having a little bit of a hard time instilling in her how important it is to come back to the church meeting on Sunday evening. (Honestly, until I actually became the regular teacher of other Christians and saw the matter of church attendance from the shepherd’s perspective, I didn’t fully realize how little spiritual instruction people get just coming to one service a week. If you are not faithful face in the meeting of the Lord’s church, you are missing a large amount of important spiritual nourishment.) Nevertheless, we are thankful for the Lord’s evident work in Ming At’s life. Please continue to pray for her and her family.
We thank you for your continued prayers for us. We would love to hear from you. Fare ye well, brethren.
Adam Wood and Family
P.S. – Thank you all for the anniversary well-wishes. Today (the 16th) is actually our anniversary. We have had twelve seemingly brief years together!