One of the striking things about Southeast Asia, whether it be Cambodia, Laos, or Thailand, is how many children and teenagers you will find. Here in Cambodia, whether it is the children begging on the streets of Phnom Penh, the poor children of Steung Meanchey, or the children and teens found in the over 8,000 villages of this country; one cannot help but be reminded of the simple song we sing back in the States: “Jesus loves the children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, all are precious in His sight.”
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE MANY DIFFERENT MINISTRIES THAT WE HAVE REACHING OUT TO HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN EVERY WEEK IN CAMBODIA!
Another tremendous blessing here is how open people are and their willingness to at least listen to the Gospel. In just the past two weeks alone, either Man and I, or Vannak and I have had the opportunity to share the Gospel with at least 15 different teens and adults. Often while sharing the Gospel with teens and adults, we will have a handful of children just stand or sit quietly and listen for 40 – 60 minutes as we present the glorious Gospel of the Lord Jesus.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SEEDS OF THE GOSPEL THAT ARE BEING SOWN ON A REGULAR BASIS TO BRING FORTH FRUIT UNTO ETERNAL LIFE!
For the past two years soul-winners from our church here in Phnom Penh have been going soul-winning in Steung Meanchey every Tuesday. And for the past few months we have been going soul-winning in Steung Meanchey on Sunday afternoons also. We have seen quite of few people make professions of faith, including Phat and Srey Mohm (pictured below), some have been baptized, and a handful of them have been attending our church services in Phnom Penh. In addition to the soul-winning on Sunday afternoons, we recently started conducting a Teen/Children’s Ministry with anywhere between 90-100 children and teens attending on a weekly basis.
This past Sunday Man and his workers not only conducted the regular Teen/Children’s Ministry, which once again had over 100 in attendance, but they also held their first Adult/Teen Bible study. God blessed and we are thankful to report that 30 teens and adults attended the first Bible study/service. One of the teens is a young lady named Pin. Actually, I think it’s Penh. 🙂 She is pictured below. Vannak and I had the opportunity to share the Gospel with her, her grandmother, another teen boy, and a few children this last Tuesday. Lord willing, this will one day be a church that the people of Steung Meanchey can call their own!
PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL CONTINUE TO BLESS THE CHILDREN’S MINISTRY AND THE NEW ADULT/TEEN BIBLE STUDY!
It was a real blessing for Vannak and I to be able to share the Gospel with a man named Shanghai (yes, like the city). While we shared the Gospel with him, Vannak’s wife Samantha shared the Gospel with his wife Heap. They were both very open and extremely receptive. Shanghai has some previous “church experience” and he is far more knowledgeable of biblical matters than 99.9% of the people you will meet here in this country, but he still is confused when it comes to salvation! While they have not yet trusted Christ we are praying that they will. Will you pray with us?
PLEASE PRAY FOR SHANGHAI AND HIS WIFE TO TRUST CHRIST!
As you well know one of the most time-consuming aspects of my time here in Cambodia is in various discipleship sessions. Up until a month ago, I was meeting weekly with eight adult men and one teen boy, and if you take into considerations my weekly Bible study with Abraham, Rohm, and Vay, that would be twelve people every week. In mid-June I stopped meeting with a few of the men from the Cham village, but doubled my meeting times with the others. I am presently spending about 12 hours a week in these various sessions. It has been both fulfilling and fruitful to say the least!
PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL USE THE TIME WE HAVE SPENT WITH THESE MEN TO THE FURTHERANCE OF THE GOSPEL IN THIS COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD!
There is little question that during my over year-and-a-half here the three men whom I have become closest to are the three brothers Kosal, Vannak, and Man. For the past 19 months I have spent anywhere from 1 1/2 – 3 hours every week with Kosal. And if you were to count my time soul-winning, as well as my time of discipleship with Vannak and Man I have spent about 6-8 hours with these two men on a weekly basis. These men love Christ and are consumed with the cause of Christ in this country. Last week we had all three of them and their wives over for a meal and a time of fellowship. It was a real treat!
PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL CONTINUE TO USE THESE MEN AND THEIR WIVES FOR HIS GLORY!
For the past two Sunday evenings my wife and I, along with Sue and Michelle, have had the privilege of filling in for Bounna Has and his wife Thy while they are in the States for a month. It had been a real blessing to have the Single’s Small Group at our house and to be able to share the Word of God with them. One of the blessings of hosting the Single’s has been to have a few of our deaf girls over also. We sure do love these girls and thank God that Grace and Sina have committed their lives to reaching them for Christ!
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THESE SINGLE YOUNG PEOPLE TO BE USED OF GOD!
One of the blessings we experience on a regular basis here is to see folks that we hand tracts to actually take the time to read them. This happens frequently. In fact, very frequently. We often hand a tract to a cashier, a waitress, a Tuk-tuk driver, or someone we meet on the street; walk away and turn our head and see that they are reading it. Two weeks ago I handed a tract to a lady and walked away. About ten, maybe fifteen minutes later, I walked back by her apartment and she was still reading it. A little reminder of how these folks are not only needy, but hungry for the truth also!
PRAY FOR THE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WHO RECEIVE GOSPEL TRACTS FROM US TO COME TO A SAVING KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!
ADDITIONAL PRAYER REQUESTS:
(1) Pray for my trip to Guangzhou, China (August 18-22)
(2) Pray for my trip to Vientiane, Laos (August 30- September 12)
(3) Pray for our trip to the States in September
(4) Pray for us to get a new laptop. My MacBook Pro, which was graciously given to us by Lewis Avenue Baptist Church is struggling after one of our teens here dropped it down the stairs. 🙂
(5) Pray for the book “Keep the Dream Alive” to be a blessing to many