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 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!
The past couple of weeks have seen the Lord’s blessing. So, allow me to just dive in.
Please pray for Ming At. She is the lady that was saved several months ago. Since returning from an extended stay out of town she has been faithful to come to the assembly of the saints, even in the face of difficulties. She has also been reading her Bible. Continue to pray for her growth in the Lord.
Please pray for Samol, Ming At’s son. He was sent to jail rightfully, but is now being held there still by the money of a wealthy person. Shameful situation. Pray for the Lord to solve this problem.
Please pray for Mony. Her time is exhausted by study of a number of different subjects, including the Korean language. Her time is so exhausted the often didn’t come to church. This Wednesday, for the first time I am aware of, she missed her class to come to church. This is a good step forward for her, and one for which we thank our Lord.
Please pray for Mony’s mother and father. We went to visit them for the first time today. Her father is a rather staunch Buddhist who also practices witchcraft from time to time as means of additional income. In fact, about a quarter of their house is a huge spirit altar. My wife and I didn’t know what to expect given the background info and his history of antagonism to the Gospel. Thanks be to the Lord, we had a great visit with Mony’s family, including her father. They asked us to come back allow them to meet our children. He even listened rather intently as we talked to Him about our Lord. I don’t have his name, but please pray for Mony’s mom and dad to trust in Christ.
Please pray for Kim. She is a lady (about 60 or so) Alison and I met today who has lived in the United States for a while. She speaks English pretty well. Though a Methodist church sponsored her to go to the United States, she knew little of the Gospel. Alison had the chance to witness to her in English. Please pray for her to be saved.
Please pray for a couple in the same apartments as Kim. The young couple told me that they were Christians. When they lived in Phnom Penh the fellow said that he went to a Baptist church (kind of rare). They seemed interested in coming to church. Please pray for them to continue to seek the Lord and that God would be glorified in them.
Please pray for Tieng and his family. A week ago my wife and I met him and his family. He is from another province but drives a van taxi to and from Kampong Cham. We caught him on a day that he was staying a night in Kampong Cham. He and his family graciously received us. I told him I would bring some books about the Lord back for them to read. When I went back they took the books and began reading them while I was there. It was a blessing. Tieng told me that I could come back and teach him about our Lord further. Please pray for him and his family to understand the Gospel and be saved.
Please pray for a lady and her two daughters that Alison and I met while out visiting. She told us that all three of them are Christians but her husband is not. I invited them to come to church, to which they responded well. I have not been able to catch them at home again since that day, but will continue trying. Pray that the Lord would allow us to get to know them and teach them about Him further, and witness to her husband.
Please pray for a visitor that came to church with Ming At. He is a friend to At’s son. He came on Sunday, both morning and evening, and seemed to intently listen. I don’t think he is saved, so pray for him to be saved and for an open door to explain the Gospel to him clearly.
Please pray for Rit and Ming Eng. Rit is about 22 or so. Eng is about 55 and Ming At’s older sister. Both of them want to come to church, but are hindered in various ways. Rit just returned from a job that had him away from Kampong Cham. Eng works every Sunday during church time. Where they stand with the Lord is a little cloudy, mostly because I haven’t had a chance to get them to explain it clearly to me. Please pray for both of them to make sure they are truly Christians, and that they would follow God’s will.
I think I covered most of the bases. I praise God for His grace in recent days in opening many doors to witness to people more fully, and meet people that might already be Christians. The work continues, and we joyfully join the fray! We would love for you to come see it first hand! Lord bless you all!
For Our Worthy Lord’s Sake,
Adam Wood & Family
P.S. – I came across some really worthy music…hymns written in recent years and put to good music. You would do your soul a favor to check out this website and read through and listen to their hymns. All the hymns are royalty free. It is: http://www.churchworksmedia.com/hymns/.
P.P.S. – The Khmer concordance in a digital format is out in circulation now. If you would like to try it out just for kicks you can download it here: http://concordance.preahkumpii.com/.