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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The hand of the Lord has been evident here was we observe His persistent and great work in the lives of the people of Grace Baptist Church in Kampong Cham, Cambodia. In general we have seen a surge in personal growth of the people here. Not too long ago, several of our folks were having a hard time being faithful to church. When they didn’t show, others were discouraged, and so on. Those same people are now regulars and the Lord’s molding of their lives; in their attitudes, apparel and goals; is easily discernible. This has, in turn, encouraged others to become more faithful to church. Now, faithfulness to church, though important, is not an end in and of itself. We are constantly trying to ensure that they have a personal and private walk with the Lord as well. It is wonderful to see God’s work.
Chendamony has been inviting her friends to church regularly. One in particular, named Wuech, has been coming on Wednesdays and seems truly interested in the Lord. I ask you to pray for her to be saved. We are looking for a time to sit down with her and explain the Gospel to her. Monorith (Rith for short) had an opportunity to possibly attend one of the U.S. military academies for the 2014-2018 term. After much prayer, he decided that God wanted him to put it off for a year so that he would have a chance to serve the Lord, and that he has been doing indeed. Rith and I have been going weekly to a village called Tuol Srae to teach several folks there about Christ (This is Wutee’s village.). Rith has been especially teaching the children and a teenage young man who is very open to the Gospel. This fellow even reads the literature we gave him by candlelight at night because his village does not yet have electricity. During the week I am teaching Rith how to share the Gospel, and on Fridays he is going out there and putting it into practice. Please pray for our evangelism in Tuol Srae, that God would make Himself and His power known to the listeners. Myen is another lady whom I have been teaching about Christ. She is very poor, does not read or write Khmer and has HIV. She sometimes has a hard time following what I say. Nevertheless, I hear the Lord reminding me to continue to be patient in teaching her as long as she wants to hear. Please pray for her and another lady that have been listening to God’s Word.
As I mentioned before, our attendance in our services is improving as people have been inviting their friends and loved ones. Most exciting, though, is seeing our own folks making a point to seek Lord in the church, listen attentively and give offerings to God. We also have a single lady missionary, Grace Ortiz, and her friend Sina, that have been attending our church. They live here in Kampong Cham as well. Their regular attendance has been an encouragement to others to come faithfully as well. Since the rainy season is over, and the river level has dropped, in the near future, if God is willing, I am planning on leading our people to start some day-long outreach ministries to some other areas around our city. I could certainly use God’s wisdom, through your prayers, to know where, when and how to move forward.
I think I can safely say the work on the Khmer Bible concordance is moving forward. After a long hiatus because of some pretty difficult issues, we are moving forward with preparing a final version that will be sized suitable for print. For those interested, the Khmer concordance is at least twice the size of the English Strong’s Concordance, which creates a major printing problem. I hope we have resolved that. I know for a fact that some Khmer pastors will find a great deal of use in a tool like this, which does not yet exist for the Khmer Bible. Again, please pray for God’s wisdom in the steps forward.
Our family is well, despite some recent sicknesses. The Lord Jesus continues to sustain us and our family. We are all eagerly looking forward to a first-time visit by a family member (Adam’s dad) in December, Lord willing. Before we conclude, we want you to know that we would love to hear from you anytime. Fare ye well.
Greetings in the name of Jehovah-jireh!
Our God has provided so much for us, the most important of which was His salvation through Christ by His grace. Shame on us for so frequently forgetting all his benefits. I would like to tell you about one more. For the past 9 months our family has been asking God to provide a van for our family, both individually and in our corporate prayer. We have never had a reliable vehicle of our own in Cambodia these nearly 5 years we have been here. Since we live in the province, traveling to Phnom Penh for monthly grocery runs or doctor visits has been difficult and expensive. This reality has weighed very heavy on us, and on me (Adam) in particular. When we prayed, we didn’t tell anyone about our need, other than close personal friends and our Lord. I specifically asked God to provide in a way that my kids could see it plainly.
A church in California, whom we have never met, contacted a close missionary friend of ours here. They had sold a piece of property and decided to give a portion of the price to help missionaries in primarily Buddhist countries. They asked our friend if he had any needs and to ask around to see if any other missionaries had any needs. Our friend thought of us almost instantly, because he had been praying for us to get a vehicle. Long story short, the church in California generously gave us a substantial amount of money for our needs, which, with some of our money, was sufficient to buy a van for our family, which was by far our biggest and most pressing need. This church did not know us. We did not ask anyone for a penny or hint at it even once in a prayer letter. We asked Jehovah-jireh (“the LORD will provide”). He heard our voices and kindly answered our prayer. Praise His Name!! We bought a 1997 Hyundai Starex similar to the one here. It seats our entire family comfortably, has no mechanical issues and is in good shape. Thank God for His kindness and for the kindness of His people.
As for other news, both Rut and Tevy were baptized a couple of Sundays ago after a morning church service. They both seem to be growing in the Lord. Yet they still need your prayers. At the moment Rut is working on a program that might allow him to enter one of the U.S. military academies. However, he is having some difficulty in discerning what God would have him to do. Of course, on its face, it looks like a great idea. But we know that God’s will is most important. Rut knows this too. Please pray that the Lord would give him guidance and that he would follow it. Tevy is constantly telling us how her life has changed since she trusted in Christ. We are so thankful to God to see people’s lives changed by the finger of God. Please continue to pray for her and her family.
Wutee is another man that called on the Lord to save him a couple of months ago, whom I have mentioned previously. He has moved out to a village about a half hour (if the weather is good) from our home. He has been inviting some of the people in the village to come hear about Jesus when I come to visit him. The weather has not been cooperating lately, however. Please pray for this opportunity to preach the Gospel.
The growth of Grace Baptist Church here is slow. Yet we continue to press forward and witness to both small and great. We have had a few visitors come to church that our people invited. We are praying for more interested contacts and for grace to preach the Gospel to those with whom we have already contacted. Please continue to pray for this endeavor.
I saved the bad news for last. My wife appears to have come down with a kidney infection. She is already on medicine for it and we are trusting the Lord to heal her. As you can imagine, she wants to be up and about doing her duties. But, sometimes the Lord teaches us through sickness. So, please pray for her to get better quickly.
We appreciate those that pray for us. God bless you all.
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! I would like to update you all on the past week of ministry here in Cambodia. A team from Medical Missions Outreach was hosted by Missionary Stephen Benefield, a good friend of ours, for four days. Little did I know how tiring it would be. Nevertheless, we had a great time as the team treated the sicknesses of the people. There were people registering, taking blood pressure, treating ailments, preaching the Gospel and preparing/distributing medicines. We were able to take part in a number of those. A total of 818 patients were seen.
On the first day of the clinic, the Lord had a couple—a mom and son—ripe for the harvest. While they waited to be registered we shared the Gospel with them, and both of them called upon the Lord to save them. To have people ready to be saved after only one meeting is really rare here. The reality is that the Lord has been doing a long work on this couple. They told us how some of their family members had become Christians in the rural provinces. They had seen them and heard them reading the Bible to them. So, ours was a only a small part. In total, hundreds upon hundreds received literature about the Gospel and heard a witness from the mouth of a believer. It was great!
The clinic was not without some sad stories, however. One lady was told for the first time that her 1 year old son had Down Syndrome. Another lady had to be told that she had contracted Tuberculosis from her child. Nevertheless, there were silver linings. One family brought in their young child who had been sick for 2 weeks. When he saw the doctor, he was severely dehydrated, and was in the process of respiratory failure. We saw a group of Christians selflessly offer themselves and their belongings to get this child to a hospital. Long story short, the child, though just a couple hours from death, was saved by the work of the doctor/nurses and by the never-ending mercies of our great Lord! Praise the Lord.
Here are some pics of the clinic.
Come Sunday (today) when a sickness that I had apparently picked up from the clinic came to full fruition, it was time for church back home. Actually, though, it was a great service in which people seemed to be helped of the Lord. Thanks be to God. It is Sunday afternoon now, and we are looking forward to the evening service.
As for our upcoming trip to Thailand to have Joshua’s neck examined, it is still on schedule. We are due to leave on Monday, June 10, and return the following Saturday. Thank you all for your prayers, both for the trip and the (hopefully non-surgical) treatment. Please keep them coming.
This whole week, this verse has floated around my head many times: As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith (Galatians 6:10).
Adam, Alison & Family
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!
Let me tell you a story.
Last night, as I pulled up to my house, the neighbor from across the street came over to me and told me some troubling news, to say the least. She told me that someone had come around the neighborhood to inform everyone that starting today everyone’s running water would be turned off (It is odd that no one told me. I live here too, ya know!). (more…)
If Lot, the patriarch Abraham’s famed nephew, was living in our day we would be hard pressed to find a reason to believe that he was truly converted. Even looking at God’s record of Lot’s life, it would be difficult to conclude that Lot knew the true God, except that God explicitly states that Lot was a just, or righteous, man. See 2 Peter 2:7-8:
…And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (for that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
The fact that Lot is called “just” and “righteous” is significant. Lot was not righteous in a practical sense. He started out right but his end was woeful. (more…)
Greetings in the name of our Lord. This past Sunday we had our first guest preacher to preach to our people. Pastor Sakhaun is a Cambodian pastor who pastors a church in his home village and helps in another church, New Hope Baptist Church of Phnom Penh, with Rodney Ruppel and Sakhaun’s son-in-law Wang. (more…)