September 5, 2016

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The picture above is a child named Supisit, which means Proverbs! He’s my little buddy here in  the “Creative Access” nation. I brought him these little cars from Cambodia and he loves them. There was a time, when my wife and I lived and served in this country, where he would literally cry and run from me when he saw me coming. Now, he’s my little buddy! His father was the first national independent Baptist pastor in this country. I have had the privilege to preach probably some fifty times for him, his church, and the camps he and others conduct either in this country or Thailand, as well as teach in his Bible Institute. I just finished speaking for him  Wednesday – Friday for both daytime and evening sessions!

The next two weeks here in Southeast Asia are going to be both busy and blessed as my wife and I are “wrapping things up” in Cambodia. As I mentioned above, I am presently here in a “Creative Access” nation. I will be here a total of 13 days with a few different churches, including the church our team from Pacific Baptist Church planted here about two years ago. Three days after I fly back into Cambodia my wife and I get on a plane and head back to the States for a few months. We will be doing a Missions’ Conference at our home church, teaching a Missions’ intensive, and reporting to a handful of our churches, as well as presenting our burden for this part of world to some new churches. And then, Lord willing, we believe the next step in our adventure will be China!

PLEASE PRAY FOR THIS TIME OF TRANSITION FOR MY WIFE AND ME!

Our last week or so in Cambodia, prior to flying to the “Creative Access” nation, was blessed. As we mentioned in our last update, we spent an entire day with our village ministry in Psa Thrict. Add to that our regular soul-winning in Phnom Penh and Steung MeanChey, discipleship, teaching in our Worker’s Meeting, and preaching for our church family in Phnom Penh. On my last day of soul-winning in SMC we had a good crowd go out with us and I just watched with amazement as our folks, most of them nationals, were sharing the Good News of Jesus with the poor people of Steung MeanChey. It doesn’t get much better than that.

One blessing I would like to share is while Man and his wife Kanha were taking me to the airport, Kanha shared with me how three teen girls had just trusted Christ in their home the day before. Praise the Lord! You may remember from a previous update Man and Kanha along with Kosal and Phalley recently moved into Steung MeanChey to start the new work. My last week or so in Cambodia wasn’t only a busy and blessed time, but emotionally draining. It’s hard to give your heart and soul to a people for 21 months and  then have to say goodbye!

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imagePLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR ALL OF THE MINISTRIES AND THE PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY OF CAMBODIA!

I have just completed my first phase of my trip to the “Creative Access” nation where my wife and I served for 17 months. My first few days here were spent with 4 national pastors, one church family, the small Bible Institute that one of the pastors oversees, and which I had the privilege of teaching in while I was here and have taught in on my five or six trips since leaving the country two years ago. It’s always a blessing to spend time with this pastor and his family (Supisit’s family), as well as the other three pastors, the church family, and the students!

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imagePLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL CONTINUE TO BLESS THESE PASTORS, THEIR MINISTRIES, THE LADIES WHO WORK IN THE FACTORY, AND THIS NEEDY COUNTRY!

Over the next week, I will be with two different churches, another small Bible Institute, and a new village work. I will spend the vast majority of my time with the work our team, sent out of Pacific Baptist Church, started 5 years ago. God is doing some really great things in this very needy place. We are grateful for Komaly and Darath Thongdy’s faithfulness in a difficult place. And we are grateful for the faithfulness of their folks!

PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL BLESS OUR EFFORTS HERE IN THIS NEEDY COUNTRY!

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