One of the recent blessings here in Phnom Penh was the arrival of Sara and Neaty Vong and their five children. Sara is a great young man who served alongside of me at Pacific Baptist Church in Long Beach. Both Sara and Neaty, who are Cambodian, were saved as children at the old Cambodian Baptist Church (now Pacific Baptist Church), graduated from our school, and from Golden State Baptist College. Sara served on staff at Pacific Baptist Church and Pacific Baptist School for nine years. They both speak the language and understand the culture, and Sara reads and writes the Khmer language. Sara and Neaty are both multi-talented and gifted folks who love the Lord. This family will be a tremendous asset to the ministry here in Phnom Penh.
Please pray for the Vong family as they get adjusted to their new life in Cambodia!
On Monday evenings (I refer to it as MNF), my wife and I have folks over our house. We will have a nice meal, a time of fellowship, and I will share something from the Word of God. The purpose of this evening is primarily two-fold: (1) To build relationships with unbelievers and see them come to Christ, (2) To disciple new believers. It has been exciting to have Mora over our place the last three weeks. She is a new believer and she has invited others to come. Last week Narin, who is not yet saved, came and seemed to have a great time. We are praying that she will continue to come and eventually be saved!
Please pray that God will use this night to see new believers strengthened and unbelievers saved!
Last Sunday evening, I had the honor to preach for missionary Leo Tago and the Life Gate Baptist Church. Brother Tago and his wife have been here in the country for nearly 14 years. Along with the church, they have an orphanage, and have helped to start a few new village ministries in various provinces around the country, including a new work that is reaching into Viet Nam. I was so impressed with the children and young teens at Life Gate, many of them spoke English and spoke it well. They were all very hospitable and it was a joy to be able to spend the evening with them.
Please pray that God will continue to use missionary Leo Tago and the members of Life Gate Baptist Church to reach many souls for Christ and plant more churches in the days to come!
Just a few days ago, Brother Dave Board and his family left for the states for a short furlough. Brother Board and his family have been greatly used of God here in Phnom Penh. His love for the Lord, his love for the Cambodian people, and his leadership have been greatly used of the Lord to help to see miraculous things take place, not only in Phnom Penh, but in other villages also. The days prior to the Board’s leaving were emotional for them, as well as for the members of Pacific Baptist Church of Phnom. On the night of their departure dozens of the church members showed up to see them off. What a precious sight it was to see the love these folks have for the Board family.
Please pray for the Boards to be greatly used by God while in the states!
This week I began a five-week series called, “If He is Greater (our theme for the year is “God is Greater”), He Deserves Our Greatest Love and Devotion.” The first service was fantastic. The folks were receptive and responsive to the message. It was a blessing to see many tears (I hope that was a good thing) during the message, and when the invitation came, an unbelievable response. I sincerely appreciate Man being my interpreter for the service.