Our family has successfully transitioned back to life in Cambodia since our return on July 7. We’re glad for the chance to begin ministry with the Brown family to further reach Kampong Cham and Tbong Kmum with the gospel.
We met 17-year-old Net while out witnessing. He is learning to work on motorcycles. Net listened intently as we introduced him to the true God during our second visit with Him. As we return to his house in the next few days, please pray for his heart to be open to listen to the gospel. Please pray for there to be no distractions or hindrances as we visit him again.
Map is a young man we met who had been exposed to the gospel as a small child through the children’s ministry of a missionary in Phnom Penh years ago. He has not forgotten what he had learned about the Savior. We had the chance to water that long-sewn seed today. Please pray for Map as we meet him tomorrow for lunch to share God’s word with him further. Pray that God would open his heart to the gospel and remove any distractions.
Please pray for Kim. She is an older lady that we met who lives both here and in California. She has chosen to live in Cambodia part of the time because the weather here is better for some of her health issues. We had met her previously several years ago. Today, we had the chance to witness to her in English (with a small smattering of Khmer for completeness). She seemed open to the prospect of joining us for church on Sunday. Please pray for the Lord to keep the door open to witness to her, to open her heart and make her see her need for the Savior.
Please pray for Ket Loang, Sithaa, and Naren. These are other people that we have had to opportunity to witness to recently. They all need to be saved. They have various levels of interest in Christ and various hang-ups to trusting in Him.
In the coming weeks, we are planning to take survey trips to the “Red Dots” that we have mentioned in the past. We have some 12–14 places to visit. We ask you to pray that God would give us wisdom and boldness as we move forward with this work. More than anything, we ask you to pray that God would show his power in making the gospel known and lead us to the “son of peace” in each place whereby the gospel could be made fully known.
Thank you for your prayers.
Adam, Alison, Joshua, Anna, Abigail, Charity, Mary-Lynn, and Isaiah Wood
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
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 risen Lord!
I have a number of people for whom I would like you to pray. So, I’ll just dive right in. First of all, please remember to pray for my wife, Alison. Her health issues have been up and down on a nearly continual basis for years now. We still have few answers as to the cause. Her problems might necessitate a trip to Thailand to visit an internal medicine doctor to run a battery of tests to see if anything in particular shows up. We would prefer to do these medical things in Thailand rather than the United States on our next furlough because the cost is so much less and the care is about the same. Either way, however, she is going to have to leave the country before October this year because of visa requirements. So, please pray for her to get well and for us to have wisdom to know the next steps the Lord would have us to take.
There is a lady in our church who is also dealing with some very difficult situations in her life: problems with her health, a hounding debt, a recent fall and family issues. Please remember to pray for Waat. It seems that she is one of a number of people in Grace Baptist Church that is struggling right now. Also, please pray for God to show us, as a church, how best to minister to and help her.
Srey, Wany, Lot (pronounced “low-t”) and Narun and his family. We have been witnessing to them recently and would like you to pray that they would believe on Christ and be added to the church. We have been teaching Srey for several months now. She is often busy, but we have gotten through most of the Gospel with her. Please pray for her to be saved. Wany is a 16 year old young man who lives in a semi-remote village but works in town. We were able to talk to him about the true God for a while yesterday. Please intercede for him. Lot is a middle-aged lady in Wany’s village. She expressed interest in knowing more about Christ in the future. Please ask God to open both a door of utterance and her heart to receive the truth of His Word. Lastly, we have mentioned Narun in the past. He is the husband of a lady who has come to church on a number of occasions, Srey Puv. He has wandered far from God in the last year or so. Now, however, he seems to want to seek God again. Please pray for him to be saved and for God wisdom to me to know how to help him and his family.
Lastly, our church had its second observance of the Lord’s Supper this afternoon. It was one of the most blessed Lord’s Supper I have been able to be a part of. We read in turn through Isaiah 53 as we ate the unleavened bread and juice. Our people seemed to enjoy it and grasp it well. I think everyone wants to do it more often! We’re going to plan that way.
There is more news, but I’ll wrap it up for now and save the other for a later time. Thank you all for your prayers. Fare ye well.
Adam, Alison, Joshua, Anna, Abigail, Charity, Mary-Lynn & Isaiah Wood (and Sofia [our dog])
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
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.
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 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!
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…)