Greetings in the name of our blessed Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. What an honor it is to be bearers of His name to a dark land! We trust you all are enjoying the Lord’s abundant blessings. I would like to bring you up to date and request your prayers for several things.
A number of people have asked about the mother of a young lady in our church (Mony) who was sick unto death. She passed away just a few days after my previous update. My daughter and I attended the funeral. What a sad time it was! We are thankful to the Lord, though, that Mony honored the Lord by helping where she could in the funeral without defiling herself with the idolatrous practices so common here. Her father didn’t even give her a hard time about it. Praise the Lord.
Cultural Note: Usually, when a mother or father dies, all sorts of worship is performed by the family of the deceased. This is so prevalent that frequently one of the first questions I get when meeting new people is, “I have heard that when a Christian’s mom or dad dies they are not allowed to ‘honor’ them. Is this true?” As you can imagine, this question is loaded. By honor, they are referring to worship in the form of burning incense. Yet they say honor. So if you don’t worship them, you are accused of dishonoring your parents after their death. It is a sort of confusing custom that is often inconsistent. Add to that the fact that there are “Christian” groups that forbid their members from crying, keeping the ashes of the deceased, keeping a picture of them in the house, attending the funeral in any way, etc. So, the question is partly justified. I had the joy of telling an older lady just the other day that it was the Lord Jesus Himself who wept at the hearing of the death of a friend.
Going back to Mony, her father has since torn down his huge altar inside his house that was primarily to worship spirits to make his wife better. He told Mony that it was “worthless.” Now, however, he is visiting spirit mediums to attempt to contact his wife even though she as passed away. Please pray for him, named Sak, that the Lord would open his eyes and that our Lord would provide an opportunity for me (or someone) to show him the Way, the Truth and the Life.
I thank the Lord for a opportunity to teach another family about the Gospel on Sunday afternoons. I met them while out visiting and they seem interested. They are all related in some way or another with each other. I don’t have names right now, but please pray for them to receive God’s Word as taught and for the Holy Spirit to convict them. I’ll try to get the names to you if I can.
There is another family that I met while out visiting that might also be interested in learning more about our Lord. The father, Chaylieng, and his wife have 7 children, the oldest of which is a 20-something. The Lord blessed to allow me to talk to them for probably 45 minutes about the Lord with nearly the entire family and several neighbors listening. Please pray that the Lord would open the door to teach them further.
As for the people in our church, I ask you to pray for Rut. I have begun teaching him English because of some problems he had at his school. Outside of the obvious benefit to him, it has allowed us to get to know each other better and for me to lead him in the way of the Lord. I trust that the Holy Spirit is leading him in His way. He has yet to be baptized, so that is on the agenda to do soon.
I am also working with Davy and Huv, whom I mentioned in our last update. Davy called on the Lord to save her, but her work as a hairdresser keeps her busy. I am working on sitting her and her husband down to discuss her being baptized. Her husband is still a mystery, as to where he stands with the Lord. Please pray for them both, and for me to have wisdom to know how the Lord would have me to help them.
Lastly, a number of you have asked about and shown concern for our son Joshua and his neck problem. This matter stands about the same as before. The next step for us is a trip to Thailand to have a pediatric orthopedist check out his neck. I ask you to pray for us to have wisdom to know when to go and that the fix would be non-surgical. I’ll try to keep you posted on this issue as well.
Thank you so much for praying for us. Please, please keep in touch. We love to hear from you!
In the marathon that is the Christian life, there are many turns that must be taken to remain in what is popularly called the “will of God”. In actuality, the will of God is not a final state in which a servant of the Lord should find themselves when the dust of this life settles, but rather a fulfilling of God’s desire right now. The will of God simply refers to doing and being that which God desires. You might say it is doing “those things that are pleasing in his sight” (1 John 3:22).
In this effort to “do God’s will”, there are doubtless turns and changes that must be made; yea, changes that God Himself ordains. (more…)
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 (more…)
Today we had our first baptism here in Kampong Cham. Actually, there were a number of “firsts”. After our regular morning service, everyone went to a hotel in town to watch the baptisms in the pool there. Ming At was baptized along with both Joshua and Anna, the first of our children to be baptized. It was such a blessing to have the chance (more…)
Thank you for your prayers for the people I mentioned in our last update. Ming At is planning on being baptized this Sunday after our morning service. We were able to find a (hopefully) suitable location for the baptism. She is glad that it is not in the Mekong River! Also, our oldest two children are also wanting to be baptized (more…)