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
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!
Thank you all that have been praying and do continue to pray for Isaiah. Let me inform you all as to the complete story. Late Tuesday night Isaiah (17 mos.) began vomiting and having diarrhea. This happens a little more often here than in the U.S. so we weren’t too worried. However, when he started doing it more often we knew dehydration could be a problem. All day on Wednesday his problems continued and he became more dehydrated. He would drink liquids but very soon after throw them back up. It wasn’t until Wednesday night that he began to show common dehydration symptoms. We knew he had to see a doctor, but due to the fact that we didn’t know any doctors in Kampong Cham (where we live), and it was already late, we decided to take him to the emergency room at a hospital in Phnom Penh.
The doctor there almost immediately said that they would need to keep him overnight to give him IV fluids. He said he was 8% dehydrated, which is moderate (10% becomes ‘severe’). He also said that it appeared this was all caused by a rotavirus. Once we got into a room, he stopped vomiting. We stayed there two nights. His diarrhea has finally started to slack off now.
Thank you for praying for him and for all of us. Please continue. We thank the Lord that He has helped little Isaiah.
Adam, Alison, & Family