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
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
- His father
- His step-mother
- His sisters
- Brother Monorum
- Husband Huv
- Twin daughters Srey Muey and Srey Pii
- 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
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.
Thank you for your unceasing prayers for our family and work.
The Wood Family