Tag Archives: PRAYER LETTER ARCHIVE – 2014

December 21, 2014

December 21, 2014

Dear friends,

12.21.14-Believers-BaptismIt was a blessing to have ten folks follow the Lord in Believer’s Baptism during the morning service. The young man on the left is named PunLeak. He is in his third year of medical school. His schedule is very tight and he normally only has the opportunity to attend church on Wednesday evenings and occasionally Sunday evenings. It was a blessing to see him publicly identify himself with the Lord Jesus Christ. The young man on the right is named Ra. Ra has been attending the church for just over three years but just recently came to the conviction that he had never been saved. It was a blessing to see him obey the Lord as well. Pray for PunLeak and Ra to continue to be faithful to the Lord. As Ra walks with the Lord and grows in his faith I believe the Lord will use him. He is the grandson of a very well-known Buddhist scholar who has written several popular books on Buddhism that are still used as standard text books in the universities here in Cambodia. God has blessed Ra with a special ability to communicate. We need to pray that he stays close to the Lord and I know that God will use him in a mighty way to reach his people.

12.21.14-Grandma-Long1Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God. It is always encouraging to see new believers obey the Lord no matter what age they are but it was a special blessing for us all to see Grandma Long get baptized. Brother Sinath has been witnessing to her for some time and has patiently kept going back and teaching her how to know God.

12.21.14-lawsBefore she got saved she was a Buddhist nun who was trying her very best to keep the Buddhist law with the goal of having a good life after she was reincarnated. Because of the fact that our soul winners are thorough with their soul-winning she came to understand that she could not merely “add Jesus” to her belief system. (Syncretism is a significant problem among the Buddhist people of Cambodia and Thailand.)  Two weeks before she got baptized she told Brother Sinath that she no longer needed to depend upon keeping the Buddhist precepts and she wanted to get rid of her book of laws that she has been so diligently trying to follow for many years and trust Jesus Christ alone for salvation. She gave us the book of laws and we gave her a copy of the Word of God in large print (size 16 font) that we produced a few months ago for the benefit of some of the older believers who cannot read the small print in the regular Bible. Please help pray for Grandma Long to grow in her new faith and allow her testimony to be a light that shines in the spiritual darkness that is all around her.

One of our faithful teens, Buth, wanted us to record a short video greeting and send it to you. He wants you all to know that he is grateful for your prayers and support of the work here in Cambodia. He often hears teaching and preaching on gratitude and he wants you to know that he is grateful to have missionaries here in Cambodia who have reached him with the gospel and who continue to train him to become a follower of Christ. You can click on the picture just above this paragraph to watch the video. After a short greeting from Debbie and I, as well as his greeting, you will see just a few scenes from after the morning service.

12.21.14-Baby-Dedication-SarahIt was a blessing to be able to dedicate baby Sarah and her parents to the Lord during the morning service. The lady standing on the left is the baby’s maternal grandmother, Ya. She stood with San and Yom as a testimony that it is her desire that they rear Sarah for the glory of the Lord and as a promise that she would in no way try to stand in their way but would rather do her part in helping Sarah serve the Lord with her life. Please continue to pray for San and Yom as they seek God’s perfect will for their future.

12.21.14-Phililppians-4This past week we completed our four month memory verse competition with the teens in Phnom Penh. They had to answer a total of around 400 questions. We are so encouraged to see around twenty of them remain in the competition all the way up to the end.

12.21.14-Memory-Winners-2014We recognized eleven of the teens who received an average score of 90% or higher for the entire four months. Two of the young people earned a score of 99.75%! We plan to go somewhere special with the top 6 winners on the evening of Christmas Day as a reward for their diligence. Eight of the eleven top winners were young people who were reached with the gospel through the Children’s Ministry.

12.21.14-Chil-MinIt was a blessing to see so many children attend the Phnom Penh Children’s Ministry today. It is even more exciting to know that our workers are making an investment that will pay dividends for years to come as many of these young people are reached at a young age.

12.21.14-Street-ChIn recent months it seems that there has been an increase in vagrant and homeless children in our neighborhood. We saw this young man in our neighborhood this past week as we took the teens out for Sunday afternoon soul-winning. It is sad to know that there are many young children in Phnom Penh who are addicted to drugs and whose life consists of begging and stealing. In many cases these young people have been totally abandoned by their families and are on their own. Continue to pray that our Children’s Ministry will help not only get children saved but help them find the abundant life that Christ desires them to have.

12.21.14-Veasna-new-classToday was the second week of our new class for children ages 7-11. There were 38 in class today. We are very happy with this class especially because of the fact that it is entirely run by our nationals, all of whom were reached through the Children’s Ministry over the past four years. Veasna (in the blue shirt standing up front) is doing a great job leading his team of workers!

Borey and Linda are sharing the teaching responsibilities in this new class and they are doing a wonderful job. This is their first time to teach a series using picture flashcards. Today I stood in the back of the classroom for a few minutes and listened to Borey teaching. Those of your who speak Khmer might find it interesting to watch the short video clip of her teaching. Just click on the picture above this paragraph.

12.21.14-Christmas-Teens-2014Last Saturday evening we enjoyed a time of fellowship in our home with some of the faithful teens. Continue to pray for these young people as the majority of their parents are not believers and they are standing alone for the Lord in their families.

12.21.14-MoraContinue to pray for Mora and her walk with the Lord. Debbie continues to meet with her one-on-one on Wednesdays. Additionally, we try to go to her coffee shop every week in order to meet her co-workers. We have a number of folks at that coffee shop with whom we are building relationships.

12.21.14-RadaRada works at the coffee shop with Mora and claims to be a Christian. As far as we know he does not attend church anywhere and more than likely does not know the Lord. Please pray for us to be able to get closer to Rada and have the opportunity to reach him.

12.21.14-Si-SaSitha and Sambath are two more individuals with whom we are trying to build relationships. They are both in their 40’s. I am hoping that I will be able to meet up with them this week and take them to Burger King. They both said they would love to eat there. Pray that God will open the door for us to win Sitha and Sambath to the Lord.

Whether one is seeking to win folks on the foreign field or in the States, souls are normally won one at a time. I was reminded of this truth recently as I came upon this construction site. If you click on the video above you will see how the majority of buildings are built here in Cambodia. This particular building is made of brick and is two stories tall. The bricks and cement to build the walls are all hoisted up ONE BUCKET AT A TIME. I can only imagine how long it takes and how much work it is just to build one level.

12.21.14-ColabourersIt was a blessing this past week to be able to meet with some fellow missionaries sent out from Pacific Baptist Church of Long Beach. We met for two days of training and strategy. The folks in this picture are serving in three different countries here in Southeast Asia and are some of the best friends we have. We have had the opportunity of knowing all but one of these families for the past 25-30 years. We all learned so much from each other and were greatly encouraged through the teaching sessions as well as the fellowship.

Because of God’s grace,

Dave, Debbie, Joshua, Jeremy, and Jason

We always like to provide you with as much opportunity as possible to see what like and ministry is like here in Cambodia. It helps you to better understand how to pray for the believers here. It also helps you feel like you are a part of what God is doing here in this country through your prayers and support. Several weeks ago the city put in a new street adjacent to the property we are renting. For several days the street was blocked with sand and rocks. The folks had fun climbing over the sand in order to get into the building. Below you can see a short video of them climbing. Unfortunately by the time I thought of taking a video much of the sand was flattened down by our folks already so the mountain was not quite as high as at the beginning.


November 30, 2014

November 30, 2014

Dear friends,

Greetings from Phnom Penh! We’ve been extremely busy and things continue to get busier so this update will likely be shorter than usual. It has been a blessing to hear from some of you. Thank you for praying for the ministry. There are some very exciting things happening in the lives of folks here as they grow in their obedience to the Lord. With every door that God opens to reach people, there are also adversaries who attempt to frustrate the vision. Please continue to pray for the people of Cambodia, and specifically the folks who have been reached in our ministries, to truly walk with the Lord and seek to please Him.

11.23.14 Patch Kids I Want FaithfulWe were all blessed recently to have some of the children sing the Patch the Pirate song, “I Want to be Faithful.” They did a great job singing it in the Cambodian language! It was evident that their leaders invested a lot of time to teach them the memory verse and song.

11.30.14-RaRa has been attending the church for over three years. He’s actively served in the Children’s Ministry and in several of our village ministries. In recent months he has been struggling with the assurance of his salvation and he came to the conviction that he had never truly placed his faith in Jesus Christ to save him. Last Sunday during the invitation he raised his hand indicating that he wanted to be saved. It was a blessing to see him have the courage to admit to the church that he had been fooling everyone but that now he truly understood that salvation is a free gift and he was ready to receive it! Please pray for Ra and his spiritual growth. Ra is 24 years old.

11.30.14-VeasnaVeasna shared a testimony this morning during the service. He challenged us to all be careful about our example in the community and within our own families. He specifically challenged the congregation of Cambodians not to allow foreign missionaries to love and care about Cambodian souls more than they love and care for their own people. He reminded them that it is their responsibility to win their own people to the Lord and not just leave it to foreigners. As a 17 year old young man he is taking a firm stand for the Lord. Please pray that Veasna will have wisdom to lead a new class that we are starting the first week of December.

11.23.14 Workers MeetingIt is a blessing to see the Phnom Penh Children’s Ministry being totally operated by the nationals. Very rarely do we do anything other than show up and observe. All of the games, song leading, Scripture memory time, teaching, preaching, and transportation is all being effectively carried out by the folks in the church. Many of the workers are those who were initially reached through the Children’s Ministry themselves. Each week I meet with Brother Vannak and discuss the specifics of various aspects of the ministry. He then teaches the workers those concepts. Here we see Vannak challenging the workers early Sunday morning just prior to our Sunday morning service. Within the next 6 months we are hoping to be able to make some changes that will allow us to accommodate 40-50 more teens and Jr. High young people in the Children’s Ministry without causing havoc in our neighborhood. (You will recall that we had to scale way back last year due to our location and problems with the logistics of having several hundred children on the property all at the same time.) Please pray that the Children’s Ministry will continue to reap fruit that remains.

11.30.14-Children-MinistryEach week we try to have a fun game during the Children’s Ministry service that involves several children. This past week each team of 10 children had to carry an egg in the spoon all the way around the auditorium without it falling. They had a great time!

11.23.14 NeyNeyNeyNey, 14 years old, was reached through the Children’s Ministry nearly three years ago. This Sunday was her first time to help lead singing up in front of all the children. She did a great job and her happy smile and energy helped bring joy to the children. We are so happy to see that she has a heart to reach out to those who are younger than her. She is the only Christian in her family but she is faithful to every service that we have throughout the week. Pray that NeyNey will be able to win her own loved ones to the Lord.

11.30.14-Noi We asked Noi, 17 years old, to share his testimony today during the Children’s Ministry. He was reached through the Children’s Ministry when he was only 14 years old. In recent months he has really taken some steps of growth. His parents do not know the Lord as their Saviour but have not tried to prevent him from coming to church. Pray that Noi will be a good testimony in his home and that his parents will be saved.

11.23.14 LindaLinda, 15 years old, was also reached through the Children’s Ministry as a Jr. High girl. Here she is writing out the Bible verse that will be taught during the message. This coming week she will start teaching in a new class that we are starting for children 7-11 years old. It is a blessing to have young people like Linda available and happy to help with whatever needs done! She is a good example to the younger children.

11.23.14-Nak-LeakSrey Nak, 14 years old, and Srey Leak, 15 years old, are both examples of young people who are living their lives for the Lord. Each Sunday after our morning service they ride in this Tuk Tuk two hours one way to go teach children in another village. Brother Sinath, Kam, and Srey Nich go with them as well. They normally return to Phnom Penh and join the Sunday evening service about 30 minutes after we begin. Please pray for this group’s safety as they travel four hours each Sunday, and for fruit that remains in Prey Bang village.

11.30.14-SarahSan and Yom are two very faithful young Christians. They were both saved out of Islam and have endured a lot of ridicule, threats, and persecution because of their faith in Jesus Christ. A little over two years ago Yom gave birth to a baby who lived for only ten minutes before dying. (The infant mortality rate in Cambodia is presently 44.31 deaths per 1,000 births versus a rate of 6 deaths per 1,000 births in the United States.) After the baby died the village leaders spread the rumor that the baby died because they had abandoned the religion of their people and that they would never be able to have another baby. Life has been rather difficult for them at times, even during their recent pregnancy as they were regularly told by the Muslims in their village that the baby they were expecting was going to die as well unless they returned to Islam. Thankfully Yom gave birth with no serious complications and they now have a baby girl! I meet with San and Yom for a few hours each Friday morning for discipleship. About a month before the baby was born I asked them what they planned to name their daughter. They said they had no idea. I suggested that they name her Sarah – they took the advice…hope she likes her name! This couple is very involved in helping to lead our church in Anlong Tnout village which is located two hours from Phnom Penh. San also helps lead in the ministry in TraBang Tma village. Additionally, he leads a discipleship group of several adults and teens each Saturday evening in the village. Please help pray for San and Yom to continue to be faithful and to have the strength, patience, and vision necessary to reach their own people with the gospel.

11.30.14-sreyLeakWe continue to meet with SreyLeak every Tuesday morning for discipleship. She is doing very well spiritually and it is a blessing just to be around her. After she was saved it was no longer safe for her to remain living in her village as a single mother and she relocated to Phnom Penh to be near the church and other believers. A couple of months ago God opened the door for her and another one of our ladies, Kahna, to be able to start a small vegetable-selling business down the street from our church. God has blessed their business so much that the neighbors have become jealous and constantly try to make trouble for them. It is my understanding that both SreyLeak and Kahna are publicly berated multiple times on a daily basis by those who buy their vegetables because of their commitment to stand for the Lord. Their stable testimony and joyful spirits are definitely a shining light down on the corner. Pray that SreyLeak and Kahna may continue to have their financial needs met through this business and that their testimony will cause others to come to the Lord.

11.30.14-Standing-for-ChristLen, Linna, and Lin (three ladies on the right hand side) are all deaf. They came to Christ here at the church a couple of months ago. Miss Grace and Sina (left hand side) were used by God to win them. They recently asked me how they could get their own Bible. I gave them a Bible study booklet that they have to read and answer the questions. Once that is done they can each receive a Bible. They leave for work early in the morning and do not return home until it is dark. Because rent in Phnom Penh is so expensive, they must share an apartment with several other folks, none of whom are Christians. Today they told me that their roommates hate them because they are Christians and they do not allow them to use the lights in the apartment after dark so that they can fill out their lessons. They have been trying to read and answer the questions each night when they return home from work (there are around 140 questions or so) by using the light that emits from their cellphone. It is often disturbing to see the lives that so many of our folks live on a daily basis and the price that they are forced to pay because of their faith in Jesus Christ. However, we do know that it is persecution and trials that build strong faith and result in God’s favor. Freedom and prosperity tend to result in a lukewarm, complacent, and anemic church. This is a Biblical concept that may be foreign to many Christians who live in the West. Please remember to pray for the deaf people who have been reached in our church to remain strong in their faith and to grow in their understanding and obedience of the Word of God.

11.30.14-Christmas-decorationWe have a family tradition of decorating the Christmas tree on Thanksgiving evening. This year we invited Borey and Tina to help us with the decorations. They had a great time and so did we!

11.23.14 VictoryA couple of weeks ago the missionary kids challenged the missionary men to a basketball game. Many different missionary families had the chance to gather together and rent a gym as we enjoyed watching the kids beat the men! We are thankful for good Christian friends and co-laborers in the Lord.

11.30.14 S StheaWe recently had Sarom and Sokunthea over to our home for dinner and games. We also invited Sinath and Sopheap to join us. Please continue to pray that Sarom and Sokunthea will be saved. They seem to really enjoy being with us but have not yet taken the step to trust Christ as their personal Saviour.

11.23.14-Working-HardThe street adjacent to our property was being repaved a couple of weeks ago. I looked outside to see how much progress they were making only to find all the workers dead asleep at 9:00 a.m. in broad daylight. This picture helps explain why it took them two weeks to do a job that should have been done in no more than 3 days at the most!

We are working with a number of new prospects right now. Please pray for the salvation of these folks: Sambath (28 years old), Dr. Yim Sothy, Borey (22 years old), Pich (mid 20’s), Naren (28 years old), Sok Leng (28 years old), Meng Seng (15 years old), Sambath (40 years old).

Because of God’s grace,

Dave, Debbie, Joshua, Jeremy, and Jason

October 26, 2014

October 26, 2014

Dear friends,

10.26.14-New-Levels-New-DevilsWe had a wonderful day here in Phnom Penh today. The auditorium and overflow room was totally full and the spirit in the services was uplifting. It is always a blessing to be able to meet with fellow believers at the church. This morning I dealt with Matthew 12:43-45 and the truth that Jesus is more powerful than the obstacles that we face in our lives. The challenge was for us to each continue growing in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and to resist becoming complacent in our spiritual life. It is only as we move on in our spiritual growth and obedience to the Word of God that we can glorify God with our lives and can be used to bring others to Him. I introduced the concept of “New Levels = New Devils.” This basically means that as we grow in our own personal lives and as a ministry we can expect to encounter new and more difficult trials, but with each new level comes not only more opposition, but more opportunity to receive God’s blessing upon our lives as well as exercise more influence in the lives of those around us for the cause of Christ. We were all challenged to know where we are at spiritually then to strive to grow to the next level. Lord willing, next week I will deal with ways that believers open themselves up to demonic oppression (not possession). Ephesians 4:27 warns us not to “give place” to the devil. We will consider five specific sins which, when committed by the believer, automatically give place to the enemy and result in spiritual defeat. Please be in prayer for the preaching as the devil is not pleased when his devices are exposed and God’s truth is proclaimed.

10.26.14-Mango-contestThe workers are doing a great job in the Phnom Penh Children’s Ministry. It is always a challenge to get the Sunday morning service dismissed and the building cleared out in time to be able to get the children picked up for the Children’s Ministry. Due to our constraints of space as well as the logistics of actually getting the children to church, we are not able to have the children attend the regular services with our teens and adults. It would be an unbelievable blessing if, one day, we could have facilities that would hold the hundreds of folks who attend services here at Pacific Baptist Church each week. However, the outrageous prices of property here in the city along with the extreme poverty of most of our people make that prospect rather unlikely. Each week the children here in Phnom Penh as well as in several other villages have a great time meeting with the workers and singing, playing games, learning verses, and being challenged from God’s Word. It is a blessing to see that the various Children’s Ministries that God has allowed our church to start are now being led almost exclusively by the nationals. Please continue to pray for the Children’s Ministry and the workers as the seed of the Gospel is being planted into hundreds of young lives each week.

10.26Today we had two of our laymen preach the Sunday evening service. Hem, pictured above, preached a good message from 2 Timothy 3:16 and challenged us to make sure that we are placing proper value upon the Word of God in our daily lives. It is amazing to see the spiritual growth that has taken place in Hem and his family since he has been saved. One of our other men, Man, preached a good message from Hebrews 12 and challenged us to each run and complete the race that God has given to us. We are blessed by both of these men and their desire to honor the Lord with their lives. Please continue to pray for the many men and teen boys who have been saved and are being discipled here at Pacific Baptist Church.

10.26.14-SunshineThis evening we enjoyed a special impromptu number from some of the folks who are between the ages of 19-30. It was a blessing to have two folks singing in this group who have been saved in the past month. This was their first time to be up front but they did it willingly and with joy. We are planning to do some things this next year to help strengthen this age group in the Phnom Penh church as well as the Anlong Tnout church. Please pray that we will have wisdom as we seek to effectively equip these folks and other young adults for the work of the ministry.

10.26.14-Mo-savedOn October 8th, 2014 we asked you to pray that our friend, Mora, would be saved. (https://goodnewsfromafar.com/2014/10/08/october-8-2014/) She has been attending church each Sunday morning now for four weeks. This past Wednesday afternoon she came and met with Debbie and I in order to ask some more questions about the Bible and her need of salvation. Her number one “hang-up” was that, as a university student, she found it difficult to accept that God created everything and that evolution is a lie from the devil. She said, “How can I just forget everything that I have been taught in high school and university and just trust the Bible when it says that God is the Creator?” We were able to spend quite a bit of time talking with her about this topic and, by God’s grace, she came to accept that she has been taught a lie her entire life. There really is a God Who created everything and to Whom we are all accountable. Once she came to accept that God is her Creator, she immediately asked us what she must do to be saved. We are so happy to report to you that she bowed her head in prayer and admitted to God that she is a sinner who is totally incapable of saving herself and she is trusting Jesus Christ for salvation! Please pray for Mora as she now grows in her new found faith. Her school and work schedule basically consumes her entire life. She studies in the university each morning until she goes to work in the afternoon. Then she returns home from work around 11:00 p.m. and does homework until early morning. Please pray that she will be able to find a time during the week to be able to meet with us. I have never known a “Sunday morning only” Christian to live a victorious and vibrant life for the Lord. She seems to have a real hunger to grow and we expect to be able to begin meeting with her very soon. Though you are not here in Cambodia to witness to her, if you prayed for Mora’s salvation then you had a part in seeing her saved!

10.26.14-SereyVuthOn October 19th, 2014 we asked you to pray for 20 year old SereyVuth to be saved. (https://goodnewsfromafar.com/2014/10/19/october-19-2014/) We are happy to report to you that he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour today. After receiving Christ this morning he immediately said that he wanted to help serve in the Children’s Ministry. It was a blessing to see him sitting with the young children today. He returned again for the evening service and this picture was taken out in front of the church. Please pray for SereyVuth’s spiritual growth as some of our men focus on helping to disciple him.

10.26.14-Lyma-1James 5:7 says, “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.” There is often a waiting process between when the seed of the gospel is planted and the time that there is a harvest. We are to do all that we can to spread the gospel to everyone possible but we also must remember that it often takes time for people to respond to the truth. It is not that the message of salvation is difficult to understand but rather that man’s heart is wicked and lives in opposition to the truth. Such is the case with 15 year old Lyma. He attended the Children’s Ministry when we first started the church but he never responded to the gospel. He came faithfully for some time then totally dropped off and had no more interest in coming to church or hearing of his need to be saved. Suddenly last week he sought out Brother Man (in the red shirt) and told him that he and some of his friends had been talking at school about their need to be saved. It was a blessing that he knew that people from Pacific Baptist Church could show him how to be saved. Lyma trusted Christ as his personal Saviour yesterday. Immediately following the morning service today he asked me what he would need to do in order to get a Bible. I gave him a copy of the Gospel of Mark along with a set of questions that he had to answer. He assured me that he really wants bis own Bible and he will work on filling it out immediately. Please pray for Lyma’s spiritual growth and faithfulness to church.

10.26.14-SovannFifteen year old Sovann trusted Christ this weekend as well. He seems to be a very sharp young man and serious about his new faith. After the service this evening he told one of our men that he enjoys listening to preaching and that he thinks it would be fun to one day be able to preach as well. Perhaps he will one day become a church-planter here in Cambodia or somewhere else here in Southeast Asia! Pray for Sovann and his spiritual growth.

10.26.14-DySeventeen year old Dy received Christ as his personal Saviour last month during the Jr. High boys soccer tournament. He has been pretty faithful to church for the past several weeks. Please help pray for SreyNeang and Dy’s mother to become interested in eternal things.

10.26.14-soccer-2jpg10.26.14-Soccer-1soccerLast week Miss Grace and a couple of other ladies organized a soccer game for about 20 of our teen and young adult ladies. They had a great time together. This is the first time that we have ever had a soccer game for the ladies and it worked out great. Several of the deaf girls participated in the game and seemed to have a lot of fun. After the game they all went out for pizza. It was a great opportunity for some of our solid teen girls to have a godly influence upon the lives of some of the young adult ladies who are new Christians. It was also a great opportunity for our young ladies to reach out to two unsaved young adult women who participated in the game.

10.26.14-S-and-SPlease continue to pray for the salvation of Sarom and SokunThea. We are planning to have them to our home for dinner and fellowship on the evening of November 6th. We have also invited Brother Sinath and his wife, Sopheap, to join us as well. We have been working with this family for a couple of months now. I know that they are seriously thinking about their need to be saved but they are also counting the cost of what it will mean if they turn to God from idols. (1 Thessalonians 1:9) One purpose in having them to our home along with Sinath and Sopheap is to demonstrate to them that becoming a Christian does not mean they need to be totally isolated from friends. Once they are born into the family of God they will discover that the family is large, happy, and sticks together!

Because of God’s grace,

Dave, Debbie, Joshua, Jeremy, and Jason

October 19, 2014

October 19, 2014

Dear friends,

10.19.14-Sun-AMWe had a great time at church here in Phnom Penh this morning! We always look forward to fellowshipping with folks and are grateful for the opportunity to be able to encourage each other. During this morning’s service we were challenged by testimonies of folks whose lives have been changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is encouraging to look out over the congregation and see folks who are at different stages of spiritual growth. Please continue to pray for the many new believers who have been saved in recent months.

10.19.14-Go-and-TellWe enjoyed several special songs this morning but one of my favorites was by some of our men as they sang the hymn “Go and Tell.” Their song dealt with the importance of sharing the Gospel with those around us. All of these men were saved because of your prayers and support, and all but one are faithfully involved in studying in the Bible Institute and are bold witnesses to those around them. Brother San (blue shirt second from the right) led two Cham folks to Christ last week and is presently teaching another Cham lady in his village about the gospel. She actually approached San and his wife and has asked him to teach her how she can be saved. Please pray for this lady, Pheap, to be saved. It is my privilege to disciple San and his wife, Yom, for two hours every Friday morning. It is one of the high-lights of my week to teach this young couple and to see them eagerly ask questions about the Word of God and the Christian life.

10.19.14-SomphorsIt was a blessing to have ten folks follow the Lord in Believer’s Baptism this morning. Four of the young adult ladies who were baptized are from the outreach to the deaf community. Somphors is one of the deaf ladies who has come to know the Lord in recent months. Miss Grace has invested many hours into her life and it is exciting to see the spiritual growth that is taking place in her life. If you click on the video below you can see a short video from three of the deaf ladies who have been saved and are thankful for their salvation. If you have been praying for the ministry here in Cambodia then you have had a part in the changes that God has made in these ladies’ lives. Please continue to pray for the souls of deaf folks here in Cambodia. We have cast to them the vision of, as they grow in the Lord, starting a ministry specifically reaching out to deaf children. They were excited to understand that God wants to use them to reach their own people. (You can click the picture below to view the video from the deaf ladies. I have added English subtitles. If you prefer to use the direct link, you can click here to view the video: https://vimeo.com/108754048 )

10.19.14-SereyVWe have several young adults who we feel are very close to accepting Christ as their personal Saviour. Twenty year old SereyVuth is one of the young men who is searching for the truth. He attended church for the very first time last Sunday and returned again this morning. He has an unusually soft heart for the Lord and it is evident that the Holy Spirit is working in his life to draw him to the Father. (John 6:44) This morning he raised his hand during the closing invitation indicating that he knows he is lost and he wants to know how to be saved. One of our men, Brother Man, is following up on him and plans to meet with him this evening at 5:00 to further explain salvation. We expect that he will be saved soon!

10.19.14-FellowshipWe are so blessed to see the example of so many of the folks who work so hard to make our public services a blessing to others. These folks and others worked Saturday night until about 10:00 to prepare food for a time of fellowship that followed this morning’s service. The amazing thing is that they did it willingly and with a smile! I thanked one of the ladies this morning after the service for her faithful example of serving others and with tears in her eyes she said that it was her joy to serve the Lord. I reminded her of 1 Corinthians 15:58 which says, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

Saturday evening several of our men worked hard to set up the auditorium. Last night it rained hard and flooded the auditorium which meant that they had to mop most of the auditorium and set it up again. I didn’t see one frown or hear any complaining. We thank God for these men and their faithfulness to the work of the Lord!

10.19.14-Cleaning-UpWe are also thankful for those who stayed afterwards and helped cleanup! These two teen girls took the initiative to sweep the street in front of the church and they did it joyfully! Thank you, girls, for your godly example!

You can click on the picture below to see an update video that we shot this morning after the service. This video update gives you several prayer requests. Included in this video are short excerpts from this morning’s service. If you love God and love missions I believe you will be blessed to see the faces and hear the singing of those who have been saved as a direct result of your prayers and support and because of the grace of God. (You can click the picture below to view this video update. If you prefer to use the direct link, you can click here to view the video: https://vimeo.com/109421311 )

10.19.14-Boys-Soccer-TeamBrother Vannak and some of our other men led a four team soccer tournament for the Jr. High boys that lasted for about 6 weeks. It was a blessing to have 17 year old Dy accept Christ as his personal Saviour as a result of this tournament. Please pray for Dy to be faithful in his walk with the Lord. The winning team was happy to win the trophy. We hope to double the scope of the tournament this next year and see it used to reach many more young people with the Gospel. Our stated purpose for the sports ministries of the church is to 1) Use it as a platform to win folks to Christ, 2) Use it as an opportunity to teach the young men the character traits of perseverance, humility, diligence, and team-work.

10.19.14-SreyNeang-BdayThis evening our family was blessed to be able to spend time with SreyNeang and her siblings to celebrate her 15th birthday. SreyNeang was reached through the Phnom Penh Children’s Ministry and is a faithful young lady who is trying to live for the Lord. He brother, Dy, is the one who was saved during the soccer tournament. It is a blessing to be able to spend time with young people like SreyNeang who have a heart of the Lord. Please pray that her mother will come to see her need of salvation.

10.19.14-TractsWe were able to print 30,000 tracts this week. Tract number number 1 is entitled: You are Short, Your hands are Small, Don’t Attempt to Embrace a Mountain. This doesn’t make much sense in English but in Khmer it makes perfect sense. The basic gist of this tract is to remind us that we are all sinners who are incapable of earning salvation through our own good works. Tract number 2 is entitled: The Truth from Ancient Times. This tract teaches us that the oldest known truth is that God is our Creator, He loves us, we are sinners who are living separated from Him and who deserve punishment, God’s Son, Jesus Christ, has paid the price for our sin, and He is the one way to Heaven. Tract number 3 is entitled: Do You Know God? Tracts 1 and 2 are new. Tract 3 is a reprint and has been used in the past to bring many folks to Christ. We are grateful for those who have helped to make the printing of these tracts possible. We are working on three more tracts that we hope to have produced and printed by the beginning of January. One of the tracts will be in English, one will be specifically dealing with the true meaning of Christmas, and one tract will be dealing with the Book of Life as mentioned in the book of Revelation.

10.19.14-Large-Print-BibleIt is difficult for many of our older folks to read their Bible because the print is too small. I was reminded of this fact this past week as I followed up on an older lady in Prak Pnou village whom I led to Christ this past year. She told me that she tries to read her Bible but is not able to read much at a time because of the strain that it puts on her eyes. This week I prepared the books of Genesis, John, and Romans in a large font size and printed it in booklet form in order that our older believers can begin to read the Word of God. Those three books alone amounted to 178 pages of print! We will obviously not be able to produce the whole Bible but we do plan to add several more books over the next couple of months.

Because of God’s grace,

Dave, Debbie, Joshua, Jeremy, and Jason