April 5, 2016

On Resurrection Sunday we had a fabulous “Celebration Service.” We had over 250 in attendance and 16 followed the Lord in Believer’s baptism. Brother Dave Board preached a great message and introduced a memorial portrait of five individuals in our ministry here who have gone on to be with the Lord after trusting Christ. The picture now hangs in the auditorium as a reminder that our labor is not in vain.

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IMG_5844PLEASE PRAY FOR THE 16 MEN, WOMEN, AND TEENS THAT FOLLOWED THE LORD IN BAPTISM TO GO ON SERVING CHRIST!

Once a month I go visiting in our village ministries in Psa Thrict and Chom Kha, as well as preach for our church in Psa Thrict. It’s always a blessing! The first of the two really special blessings for me this past week was the opportunity to teach Grandpa Pun and his family in Chom Kha village. They have an amazing testimony that all started with Man picking up grandpa (who is blind) and bringing him to his village. Within a few weeks of their visiting and teaching him the way of salvation he trusted Christ. Now, many of his adult children and grandchildren have also trusted Christ. What a joy it was to teach him and some of the family for nearly an hour as they sat attentively soaking up every word we shared!

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 IMG_5959 2PLEASE PRAY FOR THE WORKS IN CHOM KA VILLAGE AND PSA THRICT VILLAGE!

The other blessing was quite unexpected and a bit emotional. I had the chance to talk to a young lady named Srey Neen. It’s a long story, in fact, a very long story, but five years ago God used her and her story to speak to my heart in a mighty way to inspire me to leave the comforts and conveniences of America to come to Southeast Asia. Five years ago, as a ten-year-old girl, she was receiving unbelievable persecution from her Muslim family. I believe the day that I met her five years ago was her last chance to attend a Christian service.

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 IMG_6002 (1)PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL BRING SREY NEEN BACK TO HIMSELF!

As we have mentioned in a few of our recent updates, every Friday Adrian and I go to Abraham’s house for a time of Bible study and discipleship with him, his wife, and his 22-year old brother-n-law Vay. Vay is a great guy who has a desire to grow. We had been trying to get him to come to our Friday evening Teen Boys/Young Adult Men’s Meeting. He finally came this Friday. He had a great time! 

IMG_5988 (1)PLEASE PRAY FOR VAY TO KNOW AND FOLLOW THE WILL OF GOD FOR HIS LIFE!

One of our most faithful young men is Veasna. He loves the Lord. He is faithful, not only to all the services, but is very active in the ministry here. He has been saved for a while. His father trusted Christ about a year ago. This past Saturday Man and I had the opportunity to visit his older brother Panha. He is 26 years old and had never trusted Christ. After sharing Christ with him for close to an hour, Panha bowed his head to trust Christ!

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IMG_5992 (1)PLEASE PRAY FOR PANHA TO GROW SPIRITUALLY IN SPITE OF HIS VERY BUSY WORK SCHEDULE!

A little over a year ago Man and I started working with a few university students who were being housed by a French NGO. We had them over our house a few times for food, fun, and fellowship. I took a few of them out to eat. Our hope was to see many of them come to Christ. It never really materialized. If you will remember, one young lady who trusted Christ was Nissa. She trusted Christ and started attending our services faithfully. She invited a friend of hers named Sochea. Sochea started attending services, we had her and Nissa over a couple of times and finally Sochea trusted Christ. About two weeks after trusting Christ Sochea found out she was expecting a child and her boyfriend dumped her and left her without a home and to be honest with you, at least in her eyes, without hope. With God’s help, I talked her out of committing suicide and talked her out of getting an abortion.  Our family got her a small apartment, we paid her rent, utilities, and groceries for about four months.  A few months later, her brother Chanta arrived in Phnom Penh, she invited him to church and after just a few services, he trusted Christ. Their mother Navy just arrived in Phnom Penh recently. Chanta showed her a film about Jesus (probably the Jesus Film) and led her to Christ. Praise the Lord!

Nissa, Sochea, Chanta, and Navy. That’s four generations of Christians in just over a year. And to think it all started with taking four young people out for an inexpensive meal!

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PLEASE PRAY FOR SOCHEA, CHANTA AND NAVY TO GROW SPIRITUALLY AND FOR NISSA, WHEREVER SHE, IS TO LIVE FOR CHRIST!

In our March 24 update we mentioned a lady named Theara who lives in Steung MeanChey. More about Steung MeanChey in a bit.  In that last update, we mentioned how, after two months of sharing the Gospel with Theara, she was very close to being saved. We asked you to pray and we are sure that many of you did so. Thank you! Theara trusted Jesus this past Sunday afternoon when Vannak and I had the chance to share the Gospel with her one more time. In fact, when Vannak went to her place there were about ten men partying next door and she asked can we go somewhere and talk. He brought her to where I was and within 40 minutes of Vannak and I sharing the Gospel with her Theara trusted Christ. Again, thank you for praying!

IMG_6008 (1)PLEASE PRAY FOR THEARA’S SPIRITUAL GROWTH AND FOR HER HUSBAND TO TRUST CHRIST!

ANOTHER BLESSING FROM STEUNG MEANCHEY! As we mention in just about every one of our updates it is such a tremendous blessing to be able to go soul-winning in Steung Meanchey every Tuesday and Sunday. Steung MeanChey is one of the poorest places in all of Cambodia. In fact, it is probably one of the poorest places in all of Southeast Asia. The poverty is unbearable and heart-wrenching to say the least. 

Over the past six months or so, we have  been sharing the Gospel regularly with a lady named Nouen who lives in Steung MeanChey and just today she trusted Christ as her Savior!

IMG_6028PLEASE PRAY FOR NOUEN’S SPIRITUAL GROWTH!

About three months ago Thinus arrived in Cambodia from South Africa. He has been attending our Sunday morning services (of course, he doesn’t understand a word), attending our Sunday evening English Only Small Group, and our English Chapel services since his arrival. Thinus has also been meeting with me for two hours every Monday these last two months. It looks like he will be leaving Cambodia in a few weeks. According to Thinus, he thought he came to Cambodia for a particular reason, but God brought him here to get him right with God and back on track. Thinus was away from the Lord and out of church for the past five years. He said his Bible had gathered quite a bit of dust on it. I am grateful for the opportunity to have had a small part in seeing Thinus turn things around for the Lord!

IMG_6013 (1)PLEASE PRAY THAT THINUS WILL CONTINUE TO GROW IN GRACE AND FIND GOD’S PURPOSE FOR HIS LIFE!

Next week we will be leaving for Laos. We will be in Laos and Thailand for a total of eleven days. I will be preaching for a Bible Conference in Thailand four times and preaching another four times for our team and the church there in the capital city. I will also be teaching for 27 hours in the Bible Institute.

WE DEFINITELY COVET YOUR PRAYERS CONCERNING THIS TRIP!

Denise, Joy, Sue, and I want to thank you for your continual prayers and financial support. Anything that is accomplished here through us is because of God’s amazing grace, your prayers, and your financial support.

Thank you!!! 

 

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