Wood Family Update — December 5, 2016

December 5, 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We take joy in knowing that so many of your make our names and requests heard before the throne of God’s grace. He knows that we need His strength and help in such a great measure!

The children’s ministry continues to enjoy God’s blessing, even with its ebbs and flows. The Lord has given us a number of opportunities to make Christ known to the families of the kids. Please pray for Thuen and Ream. They are the parents of two of the kids. We have shared Christ with them extensively, and they know that they need to be saved. Yet they have not yet decided to repent and trust in Christ. Please pray for them. We so desire this family to know God’s forgiveness! Srey Ran is another young lady of about 14 from the kids’ ministry that we’ve been teaching. Please pray for her to understand and believe the gospel. Then there is Seang Hoang, Konitha, Kakada, Thona, Kakada, Meng Ly, Meng You, Sok Leap, Srey Neat, Navy, Reaksa, Lysa, Meng Ly, and others. These are, of course, just names to you. But they represent souls of precious children whom Christ wants to save! Please pray for them!

We met Srah, a lady of about 30, and her children while out evangelizing. She has had some exposure to the gospel, but still doesn’t seem to quite understand it. God seems to have given us an open door in her family. Her children have also come to the kids’ service. Please pray for her and for us as we make God’s salvation known to her and her family in the midst of thick spiritual darkness.

A group of Thai Christians is planning to visit us in January to see the Khmer church and the need for the gospel here. In preparation for their visit we have taken on a video recording project to produce DVDs for distribution at garment factories during shift change. We recorded a number of Khmer Christians giving their testimonies of God’s saving grace. It was such a blessing! Please pray for this endeavor and the group’s visit. We hope to share more about their visit in the future.

Thank you so much for your prayers. Brethren pray for us.

Adam, Alison, Joshua, Anna, Abigail, Charity, Isaiah, and Mary-Lynn Wood

Author: Adam | December 5th, 2016

Wood Family Update — July 27, 2016

Our family has successfully transitioned back to life in Cambodia since our return on July 7. We’re glad for the chance to begin ministry with the Brown family to further reach Kampong Cham and Tbong Kmum with the gospel.

We met 17-year-old Net while out witnessing. He is learning to work on motorcycles. Net listened intently as we introduced him to the true God during our second visit with Him. As we return to his house in the next few days, please pray for his heart to be open to listen to the gospel. Please pray for there to be no distractions or hindrances as we visit him again.

Map is a young man we met who had been exposed to the gospel as a small child through the children’s ministry of a missionary in Phnom Penh years ago. He has not forgotten what he had learned about the Savior. We had the chance to water that long-sewn seed today. Please pray for Map as we meet him tomorrow for lunch to share God’s word with him further. Pray that God would open his heart to the gospel and remove any distractions.

Please pray for Kim. She is an older lady that we met who lives both here and in California. She has chosen to live in Cambodia part of the time because the weather here is better for some of her health issues. We had met her previously several years ago. Today, we had the chance to witness to her in English (with a small smattering of Khmer for completeness). She seemed open to the prospect of joining us for church on Sunday. Please pray for the Lord to keep the door open to witness to her, to open her heart and make her see her need for the Savior.

Please pray for Ket Loang, Sithaa, and Naren. These are other people that we have had to opportunity to witness to recently. They all need to be saved. They have various levels of interest in Christ and various hang-ups to trusting in Him.

In the coming weeks, we are planning to take survey trips to the “Red Dots” that we have mentioned in the past. We have some 12–14 places to visit. We ask you to pray that God would give us wisdom and boldness as we move forward with this work. More than anything, we ask you to pray that God would show his power in making the gospel known and lead us to the “son of peace” in each place whereby the gospel could be made fully known.

Thank you for your prayers.

Adam, Alison, Joshua, Anna, Abigail, Charity, Mary-Lynn, and Isaiah Wood

Philippians 1:6

Author: Adam | July 27th, 2016

Wood Family Update — Returning to the Field

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This year of our furlough has come to a close as quickly as it began. The bags are packed and we are ready to head back to Cambodia. On Tuesday July 5, we leave from Atlanta to return to our corner of God’s field. Our furlough, we feel, as been truly blessed by our Lord. We have had the opportunity to visit so many faithful supporting churches, some of which we had not seen in 9 years or more. Our Lord has provided abundant grace, wisdom, and strength for Alison’s health needs. During this year, the Lord Jesus has given us a renewed vision and zeal for the work in Cambodia. We have seen Him do a work in our own hearts and lives to make us more fit for His service. We desire now more than ever to see the hand of the Lord with us and the ministry. And that, for this letter, is my prayer request.

We would not be negligent to ask for your prayer for my wife’s health, safety in our travels back to Cambodia, and wisdom and strength as we transition back to life there. Yet a great desire weighs upon us—to see God’s hand of power upon our ministry in Cambodia. By the grace of our God, and only by His grace, we will preach His word to the lost in Cambodia. But we want—rather, must have—His power with us to accomplish His will. We long to see our God show Himself mighty in ways that only He can, just as we read in Acts 11:21. So we ask you to pray, just as Paul asked of the Thessalonians in 2 Thessalonians 3:1, that the word of the Lord would have free course and be glorified. Please pray that as we return to God’s field, that God would cause His word to mightily grow and prevail, both among Cambodian believers and unbelievers.

We thank you so much for your prayers. We cherish your love. We are humbled by your support.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

Adam, Alison, Joshua, Anna, Abigail, Charity, Mary-Lynn, and Isaiah Wood

Philippians 1:6

Author: Adam | July 4th, 2016

Update — May 12, 2016

May 12, 2016

Dear Brethren in Christ,

We know this letter finds you secure in God’s good grace! As our remaining time in the United States quickly winds down, our burden, vision, and desire to resume the ministry in Cambodia winds up. The Lord continues to provide opportunities to Brother Matt Brown to sow the seed of God’s word in Viel Sbov village. A number of kids in our church come from this village, and both we, and now Brother Matt, have had much opportunity to make Christ known there. We continue to ask you to pray for the Red Dots that we mentioned in our last correspondence.

Lord willing, we will be purchasing our return plane tickets very soon. We plan on leaving the United States on or around July 5. Our travels have taken us to Louisiana and Florida to be in several churches. While it is our goal and desire to be a blessing and an encouragement to the churches we visit, we have rather found ourselves the recipients of the Lord’s blessings through His people. We were able to meet and encourage a number of young men and families that want to devote their lives to serve our Lord in the area of missions! We hope some of them can make a visit to Cambodia in the future! One of the greatest blessings of our time in the United States has been visiting churches across America.

Alison’s health has shown some improvement lately. To date, she has seen at least five different kinds of doctors and has undergone numerous types of tests to determine the cause of her issues. Thank the Lord, the only problem found thus far has been a vitamin D deficiency. Once Alison began taking vitamin D supplements, she clearly began to improve. We are not sure that this is the complete cause of her problems, but we are SO grateful to our Lord Jesus for some kind of answer and measurable progress. Our big prayer request is that the Lord would help her to maintain this improvement as we transition back to life in Cambodia.

Thank you so much for your continual prayers for our work and family.

Your Servants in Christ,

Adam, Alison, Joshua, Anna, Abigail, Charity, Mary-Lynn, and Isaiah Wood

Philippians 1:6

Author: Adam | May 12th, 2016

Wood Family Update — January 5, 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The first half of our time in the United States has come to a close. Our time spent here has been profitable to us. We have been able to be a part of some missions meetings at various churches, which have been a great encouragement to us. Recently, a missions conference in Tennessee truly provoked us to good works in our personal lives as well as our ministry in Cambodia. We have so many ideas and are yet so far away! Oh how we need God’s grace to believe to put them into action! In the coming months we are planning to be in several more churches in the northeast, as well as other places, as we make our rounds to the churches that have supported us and visit new churches.

The time in the United States has also afforded us the chance to get reacquainted with our home church and our new pastor, Jeff Stewart. This time has encouraged my family and me much more than I thought it would. All our kids anticipate going to church, which is priceless to a parent.

Back in Cambodia, the Lord continues to feed His people through Brother Matt Brown. One of our members, Rith, sadly had to move away for a job opportunity. Yet I rejoice that he is still seeking the Lord and faithfully attending a good church in Phnom Penh where he now lives. It is a blessing to see God’s people continue to follow Him.

There are a number of people that I would like to ask you to pray for specifically. These are all family members of people in Grace Baptist Church and all of them need to be saved.

Ming At’s family

  • Her husband
  • Daughters Srey Roat and Thida
  • Sons Chhaya and Samol
  • Grandchildren David, Davin, and Danin

Rith’s family

  • His father
  • His step-mother
  • His sisters
  • Brother Monorum

Tevy’s family

  • Husband Huv
  • Twin daughters Srey Muey and Srey Pii

Navy’s family

  • Her mother Kunthia
  • Her step-father
  • Uncle Roatana

I know these are a lot of funny names of people you don’t know, but each name represents a family member of one of your brothers or sisters in Christ, a person for whom Christ died, and a person whom we are praying God will save. I also know that there are people that will see these names and will join us in praying earnestly for these souls.

As I mentioned in our last correspondence, Alison visited an ear, nose, and throat doctor about the problems with her ear. Thank the Lord, everything looked fine. Yesterday, she visited another doctor about some ongoing abdominal pains. She is scheduled to have several tests done on February 2, which will hopefully shed some light on her problems. Please pray that God would provide wisdom to the doctor and healing to my wife during this time.

Thank you so much for your unceasing prayers for our family and ministry in Cambodia.

The Wood Family
Philippians 1:6

Author: Adam | January 5th, 2016

Ministry Update — October 31, 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Since our last correspondence, through our Lord’s kind hand of protection, we have traveled about 5,000 miles safely, without even the slightest safety or mechanical issue. Our treks took us up to the cool and colorful states of New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Rhode Island. We had the chance to visit long-time friends and supporters and be encouraged by their expressions of appreciation and affection for us. We are—and forever hope to be—truly humbled. We have just a few more meetings in the coming months while we wind down to spend much-anticipated time with the family during the holidays. If you would like us to stop by your church in the coming months, please let us know.

Though we are here in the U.S., our hearts don’t travel far from our Cambodia. Grace Baptist Church continues by God’s grace and the work of Brother Matt Brown. God’s grace and leadership is evident in the Khmer Christians’ lives. The people are actively witnessing and trying to follow God’s leading. Soon, we hope Navy and Kanan will follow the Lord in baptism. Please pray for their family members to be saved as well (Kunthia and Roatna). Also, please pray for more open doors and receptive hearts for Brother Matt and the people at the church to witness to the lost.

As a result of an unpleasant visit with an ear, nose and throat doctor in Cambodia, Alison will be visiting another doctor here to try and correct some long-term ear damage she has been dealing with. This ordeal might require surgery. Please pray for her visit in late November, that God would provide wisdom and healing.

While we were in western Pennsylvania at a church, we met a lady from a group of people that are trying to start a church in that area. They already have a core group and meeting place where they meet on Wednesdays. They also have various ministries in progress. What they do not have—and need most—is a leader. They need a church planter to jump in with both feet to establish the church. If you know of anyone that might be interested in stepping up to help plant this church, please contact me.

family photo at missions conference

Thank you for your unceasing prayers for our family and work.

The Wood Family
Philippians 1:6

Author: Adam | November 1st, 2015

Ministry Update — August 19, 2015

In mid-June we arrived back in the US to begin our furlough. We have enjoyed getting reacquainted with family and friends, as well as our church. Our children especially have taken joy in meeting grandparents for the first time (as far as they remember).

The first few weeks here were spent preparing materials for coming meetings at churches, which now are in full swing. The Lord has already blessed in the churches we have visited. In the coming months we have plans to visit churches in South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, and Rhode Island. Please pray for our travels and meetings.

As part of our preparations for furlough Brother Matt Brown and I put together a video presenting the true-to-life Cambodian religion and the reason why Christians should consider taking the Gospel there. We are currently showing this video in churches that we visit. We would love for you to watch the video and prayerfully and seriously consider its message. You can view it below. Please pray with us that, if He is pleased, our Lord would use the video to call some of His people to preach the Gospel in Cambodia as missionaries.

Back in Cambodia, Grace Baptist Church is moving forward with the help of Brother Matt Brown. The Lord continues to take care of His church! A few weeks after we returned to America, Navy and Kanan, two kids whom we had been teaching, made professions of faith. Now Brother Brown is following up with them and their families, and seeing more opportunities to share the Gospel with them. Please keep Navy, Kanan, and their families in your prayers. There might be opportunity to start a kids ministry in Navy and Kanan’s village. Please pray for wisdom and fruit in this endeavor.

Kanan and Navy

If you remember, I reported that Ming At’s husband was in jail. He has since been released, for which we are thankful. Please pray for him to be saved. Another lady I have mentioned previously, Poch, is seriously ill. Please pray for her to be saved. One more soul who needs God’s salvation is Piev. He is Rith’s brother. He has been involved in witchcraft and has suffered under the devil’s control. He seemed to have opened up to Rith’s witness recently, so please don’t forget to pray for Piev.

Thank you for your unceasing prayers for our family and work.

Adam Wood

Author: Adam | August 20th, 2015

Prayer Letter — July 7, 2014

Greetings in the name of kind and faithful Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ! First of all, we want to express our gratitude to you all that have so closely followed my wife’s health issues. Thanks to God, she is doing much better! She still has longer term problems with headaches and her blood sugar. These things are manageable for her now. Thank you for faithfully praying for her.

Grace Baptist Church of Kampong Cham is about the same. Though we haven’t been growing numerically as I would like, I would be short-sighted to overlook the spiritual growth in our people. It has been a blessing to watch! This kind of sameness has offered me an opportunity to really try and teach our folks one-on-one to follow the Lord Jesus daily. They are witnessing to their family and friends and bringing them to church. We have been traveling through Acts in our services. It seems to be very helpful. “Ming Yesu” (Aunt Jesus), as one of our ladies is not-so-affectionately called by her neighbors, can identify with the experiences of the early Christians in Acts.

A couple months ago we held a special 4-day meeting with a guest preacher, Rodney Ruppel, a missionary veteran of 17 years here in Cambodia. He preached on the subject of the church to our people. Since that time, they have exhibited greater faithfulness not only to the services, but also more willingness to join in other ministries. My prayer over the last few months has begun to be, “Lord, give us your increase” (Col. 2:19). I want to ask all of you to join me in praying for this “increase of God” for our church in Kampong Cham, both spiritually and numerically. Another missionary put it like this: pray that God gives us disciples. That’ll work too.

There are a few names that I would also like you to keep before our Lord in prayer. Poch is a middle-aged lady who lives in Toul Srae village, where we have been teaching various people every Friday for a year or more. Poch was listened in a long time ago, but has recently shown renewed interest. She has a lot of confusion about Christianity in general, yet she wants us to teach her. So we are. Please pray that God would open her heart and mind to receive His truth—the truth. Another lady whom I have mentioned in previous correspondence is Srey. We taught her through the whole Gospel, which she then refused because of the potential persecution from her family. We still try and visit her from time to time and pray for her to be saved. Please help us pray for her.

Khmer Christian Radio, an Internet-based Christian radio station in Khmer that we have started, is now on air. Actually, it has been up and running for some time now, but we just recently went public with it. So, it is now available for any Khmer (or non-Khmer) that has an Internet connection. You can tune in at www.khmerchristianradio.com. In the coming months we will hopefully begin adding new music and getting the word out to Khmer churches.

If you receive a hard-copy of this letter and would rather only receive it via email or social media, please let me know. Thank you so much for your prayers and support for our family. Fare ye well, dear brethren.

Due to some crazies harassing us via this blog, I am not posting a copy of our printable prayer letter. If you would like one to print out, please send me an email and I will get one to you.

Author: Adam | July 7th, 2014

Wood Family Update — April 20, 2014

Greetings in the name of our risen Lord!

I have a number of people for whom I would like you to pray. So, I’ll just dive right in. First of all, please remember to pray for my wife, Alison. Her health issues have been up and down on a nearly continual basis for years now. We still have few answers as to the cause. Her problems might necessitate a trip to Thailand to visit an internal medicine doctor to run a battery of tests to see if anything in particular shows up. We would prefer to do these medical things in Thailand rather than the United States on our next furlough because the cost is so much less and the care is about the same. Either way, however, she is going to have to leave the country before October this year because of visa requirements. So, please pray for her to get well and for us to have wisdom to know the next steps the Lord would have us to take.

There is a lady in our church who is also dealing with some very difficult situations in her life: problems with her health, a hounding debt, a recent fall and family issues. Please remember to pray for Waat. It seems that she is one of a number of people in Grace Baptist Church that is struggling right now. Also, please pray for God to show us, as a church, how best to minister to and help her.

Srey, Wany, Lot (pronounced “low-t”) and Narun and his family. We have been witnessing to them recently and would like you to pray that they would believe on Christ and be added to the church. We have been teaching Srey for several months now. She is often busy, but we have gotten through most of the Gospel with her. Please pray for her to be saved. Wany is a 16 year old young man who lives in a semi-remote village but works in town. We were able to talk to him about the true God for a while yesterday. Please intercede for him. Lot is a middle-aged lady in Wany’s village. She expressed interest in knowing more about Christ in the future. Please ask God to open both a door of utterance and her heart to receive the truth of His Word. Lastly, we have mentioned Narun in the past. He is the husband of a lady who has come to church on a number of occasions, Srey Puv. He has wandered far from God in the last year or so. Now, however, he seems to want to seek God again. Please pray for him to be saved and for God wisdom to me to know how to help him and his family.

Lastly, our church had its second observance of the Lord’s Supper this afternoon. It was one of the most blessed Lord’s Supper I have been able to be a part of. We read in turn through Isaiah 53 as we ate the unleavened bread and juice. Our people seemed to enjoy it and grasp it well. I think everyone wants to do it more often! We’re going to plan that way.

There is more news, but I’ll wrap it up for now and save the other for a later time. Thank you all for your prayers. Fare ye well.

Adam, Alison, Joshua, Anna, Abigail, Charity, Mary-Lynn & Isaiah Wood (and Sofia [our dog])

Author: Adam | April 20th, 2014

Prayer Letter — March 12, 2014

We trust that our letter once again finds you growing in the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are all well here. Homeschool is in full swing and the kids are doing well. In December Adam’s father was able to make a first-time visit to Cambodia to see all the grandkids (yes, and the kids too). Regrettably, on the second day after his arrival he slipped off a curb broke and his ankle. By the time you’re reading this he is just about all better. It rained on his visit a little, but we still had a great time together, especially getting reacquainted with the grandkids.

I have a number of contacts for whom I would like you to pray. At church, our prayer list for lost people is growing rapidly, as folks are praying for and mentioning their loved ones that need Jesus. First, please pray for Wuech, whom I mentioned last time. She hasn’t been coming to church as much lately. Also, please pray for a young man named Wany. He is 16 years old. He is from the Tuol Srae village where Rut and I visit every week. We are still trying to track down a time to teach him further. Next, please pray for Srey. She lives on the way to Tuol Srae. She has listened well to us as we have taught her the truth. Please pray for God to continue to open her heart and that she would be saved. We are also teaching and/or trying to teach two other ladies in their 60s. They have had some exposure to the Gospel already, having some family members or friends that are Christians. Please pray for Theng and the other lady (whose name I don’t yet know).

The people in the church have had their ups and downs recently, some passing through difficult seasons in their lives. We thank God that, as He promised, He has sustained them and brought them through. I would ask for you to pray for Tevy, whom I have mentioned before. She believes in the Lord but has seemed to pull away from the church a bit. She is still reading the Bible and seeking God in prayer, but she needs the encouragement and fellowship of her church. It seems thorns are trying to choke her faith.

ladies-tea

Recently, some of the ladies in our church were able to attend a Ladies Tea at New Hope Baptist Church in Phnom Penh. They all seemed so excited. Though it might seem insignificant, an outing like this was a blessing to them. Some of these ladies don’t really have any Christian friends outside of our church. It can seem kind of lonely when you can count all the Christians you know outside of your own church on one hand. They rejoiced in the opportunity to get to know other Christians in other churches.

If you receive a hard-copy of this letter and would rather only receive it via email or social media, please let me know. Thank you so much for your prayers and support for our family. Fare ye well, dear brethren.

For Christ’s Name,

Adam, Alison, Joshua, Anna, Abigail, Charity, Mary-Lynn, and Isaiah Wood

Philippians 1:6

Author: Adam | March 13th, 2014