Year’s End Update
This year has brought a number of major developments in our work and family here in Cambodia. At the beginning of January 2012 our family moved about two and a half hours away from the capital city of Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham. This was a major move for our family, but a move that has blessed our family in a number of ways. Since our move we have been working at starting the Grace Baptist Church (ក្រុមជំនុំបាទីស្ទព្រះគុណ/krom-joom-noom batis preah-kun) of Kampong Cham. We have covered about 90% or so of the city in door-to-door evangelism so far. This is just the first time around.
In all honesty, the receptivity of the people here has been somewhat disappointing. We are not discouraged, however. We joyfully and gratefully work with and teach those whom the Lord gives to us, and try to work hard at winning others to the Savior. The small group that now meets to learn the Bible is a mingled group of saved and lost. As I mention some of them below, some names of whom you probably have heard, please remember to pray for them to come to know the Savior.
Yesterday, we had the largest group of people in church to date. In the morning we had our normal crowd and a well-received message from First John 4:7-11 about the Father sending the Son. I urged some of the mixed multitude not to leave until they had made sure they had passed from death unto life. In recent weeks, Huv has been coming with his wife and twin girls on Sunday morning. None of them have been saved yet. I have also been teaching Huv at his home for several weeks now. We have completed the study of the Gospel. He just doesn’t yet understand how much he is in need of the Savior. There is only one person that can convince him of that—the Holy Spirit. Please pray for him and his wife to be saved. Also, yesterday morning Ming At brought both of her daughters and all of their children, a number of whom are not yet saved.
Last night we showed a film about the birth of Christ. We had at total of 21 Khmer people come, including 9 kids. It was a good time until about 2/3 of the way through the video, when the power went out! Sometimes the power goes out for just a moment. This was not one of those times. It would be out for about 45 minutes. So, we (obviously) ended the video and sat down to eat some snacks in the flash-light (pardon the pun). It was a good time for several reasons. First, Ming At brought her neighbor for the first time. Second, Rut, a young man I have asked you to pray for, came to see it. He told me he will be quitting his job soon and wants to return to church (praise the Lord!). Third, Narun and Srey Puv came with their two children. Only Srey Puv and the kids have come previously. This was Narun’s first time. We have been praying for and working with several of these people for a while now. None of them have received Christ yet. Please don’t forget to pray for Narun, Huv, Huv’s wife and Ming At’s daughter Thida. Though, I know these are funny-sounding, faceless names now. Yet, your prayers for them are effectual.
Last but not least, the Lord gave us a couple of great blessings within our family this year as well. First of all, Abigail, who is now 7, called on Christ to save her this year. Not only that, Joshua and Anna both received believer’s baptism. We can clearly see the progression of our childrens’ faith and knowledge of spiritual things. Training our children up the right way is not a sprint; it is a marathon. We are thankful for each one of them.
Thank you for a year of prayers and support! May God bless the new year to all of you! Fare ye well.
Adam Wood & Family
P.S. Two quick prayer requests:
- Pray for Ming At’s husband, who was involved in a car accident. Please pray for quick healing for him.
- Pray for Mony’s mom and dad, both of whom have health problems. Her mother has cancer and is not doing well. Neither of them is saved.