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
There are a number of people that we would like to ask you, our helpers in prayer, to remember in your prayers for us and our ministry here in Cambodia. The first is Wuech. I have mentioned her in past updates. She was brought to church initially by a young lady in the church. She has come mostly off and on, but has not yet trusted in the Lord. She has a home situation which is a bit complex, which at times hinders her from coming to church, and might cause her a bit of reluctance to trust in Christ. Please pray that she would keep coming and seeking the Lord, and that she would trust in the Savior.
Wany is a young man whom Rut and I met in a nearby village called Tuol Srae. He has shown interest in knowing more about the Lord, and has read almost everything we have given him. The difficulty is that it has been hard for us to find a time that he is available to study further. Please pray that God would open a window in his schedule for him to study further, and that God would continue to draw Him to the Savior.
Srey is a middle-aged lady that Rut and I met while passing out tracts in a village on the way to Tuol Srae. We have been teaching her through the Gospel for a couple of weeks now. She has told us how, though she does not who God is, she has prayed to Him for protection and success in her business. It is such a blessing to see God’s obvious hand in seeking the lost, even though they know almost nothing of Him. Please ask God to continue to keep Srey’s heart open and receptive to the truths of the Gospel as we continue to teach her. Please pray for her to be saved.
A new family has recently been visiting our church, Sophiep and her husband and children (I’m not sure of her husband’s name). According to her testimony, she has been saved a number of years now and has studied the Bible. You can tell she has quite a knowledge of the Bible. I belive the same is true of her husband. Please pray for them to continue to follow God’s will and become involved in Grace Baptist Church, as the Lord directs.
Some of you might have heard of protests and unrest Phnom Penh in recent days. While protests certainly have been held, almost all of them have been far from us. Nevertheless, please continue to pray for peace and stability here in Cambodia. Lastly, we ask you to pray that God would continue to provide new contacts to teach the Gospel further, and for our family to be faithful and diligent in the work that God has given to us. Without Him, we most surely can do nothing.
We would love to hear from you anytime. Thank you for your continued intercession for us. Fare ye well.
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
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…)
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…)
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
We have begun doing some evangelism in a new area called Kah Paen (you can see it on the map here). Some of you may remember a video we made from that island a number of months ago. You can view it here if you haven’t seen it. I haven’t the slightest clue how many people live on this (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…)
We are thankful to the Lord that we can report that we are all well, which is better than our last update. Since we first reported that we had started having meetings we have added the number to a total of three a week, two on Sunday and one on Wednesday. The folks who come regularly seem to have adjusted well. They are learning the songs (all of which are new to them) and getting used to the way we do things.
I want to give you a few names of folks with whom I have been teaching/working. I would like you to seriously pray for them. First, At is the lady that has trusted in the Lord already. I have told you about her before. She comes to church pretty regularly and wants to be baptized soon. Please pray the Lord would help her to grow and learn to follow Him.
At has two daughters, both in their twenties, named Thida and Srey Roat. Both of them come to church often and listen intently. I am working on sitting down with them and my wife and teaching them the Gospel clearly soon. Please pray for them both to be truly saved.
At also has two sons. One of them occasionally comes to church. His name is Somol. He is handicapped in his legs as a result of a childhood fever. Please pray for the Lord to work in his heart as well that he would come to the knowledge of the Savior.
Another missionary introduced me to Mony. She has recently moved from Phnom Penh back to Kampong Cham. She is about twenty-two. Although she has come to church some as well, she keeps a busy schedule in school, which at times is a hindrance. She also has a father that gives her an earful every time she returns home from church. Nevertheless, she seems like she loves God and wants to serve Him. Please pray that she would set time to feed herself in the assembly of the saints. We want to help her grow, God helping.
I have also been teaching a middle-aged lady named Maly for about 2 months now. She believes in the one true God, but is having a hard time accepting that her sin is a big problem to God. It is just a little bit, she says. She is indeed a nice lady, but nevertheless a guilty sinner to the true God. Please pray that God would convince her of sin and she would be saved. I have also had the chance to get to know her husband, son, and daughter. Recently her son has been sitting and listening while I teach her about Christ. So, there has been some progress with him also, I believe. He is about 21. His name is Sokia. Her daughter, oddly enough, showed up with Mony (above) the first time Mony came to church. I didn’t know who she was at the time. I am thankful to God for these connections (which are important in this culture). Please pray for this family and its members individually, that they would all come to know the one Savior of men, Christ Jesus.
Finally, we thank you so much for praying for our family and the work here. Rest assured that your involvement in praying for the work here is effectual. We certainly need that support in this battle. God bless you all.
In Christ’s Service,
Adam Wood and Family
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have officially begun having church services on Sundays. Actually, today was the third week we have held meetings. There is a funny story surrounding the way the meetings began. A few weeks ago I wrote to you about the lady, Kum At, that recently received Christ. Well, the very next Sunday morning I was in my office preparing for a service with just our family like we had done before. I got a phone call from this lady telling me that she was at our gate for the church service, with her two daughters. So, needless to say I quickly prepared to change gears to teach in Khmer instead of English. We have had a service every Sunday since. We hope to add some more meetings during the week soon.
Kum At seems to be growing. She has already read the book of John that gave her. She now has a Bible and has begun reading Genesis and Exodus. In the near future I hope to talk to her about baptism. Praise the Lord for His work in her life.
Please pray about our visiting work. It can be a slow process here to get people to put aside their many preconceived ideas about Christ and Christianity and open up to hear the truth. Recently I have had several solid opportunities to explain the Gospel clearly to some people. Praise the Lord for that. Pray that the Lord would open hearts and save souls as we go out and broadcast his Gospel.
A little over a week ago Abigail (6 years) was scalded pretty severely with some hot tea. There were no complications and her hand has been healing nicely. Other than that there is little else to report concerning our family. Everyone is healthy and well, for which we thank our God.
As always, and sincerely, thank you for your prayers for all of us.