Greetings brethren! It is my honor to share some wonderful news about the work of Christ in Cambodia for the past month. We are having a great start to the new year and are praying that you all are too. God has blessed the work here in so many ways and I would like to share those blessings with you so that you can rejoice with us.
First and foremost, I would like to thank brother Joe Hickey and the congregation at Portal Way for their continual demonstration of love for the work here. Joe is such a wonderful Christian example to the churches here in Cambodia. I thank God for great leaders like him in the Lord's church. He is definitely a great example of an elder and inspires many of us to want to be qualified to be elders in the future. It's fitting that he taught 1 and 2 Tim/Titus as a short course, because he is a living example on what it takes to be an elder in the Lord's church. We will miss him as he will depart tomorrow night.
We are able to purchase land for the church in Takam village due to its growth. We hope to build a Christian school in the future over there and teach God's word along with basic education that the villagers lack. We pray that God will provide the resources needed for such a goal.
The picture left is a sewing machine that Joe Hickey and family purchased for the home. We will train Sopen how to sew and she will in turn train the others. They will be able to make clothes for the children themselves!
This month we had a total of 4 new souls added to the church! Glory to God for such a bountiful increase! Hannah's hope also took in and saved another infant. We thank God for that great work and its influence. This is Sopen (Hout's wife) and Chanrith (our newest edition to HH). He is 7 weeks old and was severly malnourished when we took him in. He is doing a lot better now and we look forward to raising him up in the admonition of the Lord!
Saran and Ussa got married on the 20th! Darat and Saray are next in line, their wedding date is set for April 1st. It's encouraging to see Christians marrying Christians in a Buddhist country. We are starting a wonderful foundation with these students. The future looks bright for Cambodia if we can continue to use God's word to guide us in all of our choices, not just choosing our spouse. I am so blessed to be a part of this wonderful work. I know that Saran, Ussa, Darat, Saray and anyone else will have a wonderful marriage if they stick to God's Word for guidance! I wholeheartedly believe that because its happening before my eyes in my marriage! God is so good.
The church in Siem Reap will host its second annual lectureship in the month of March with the theme, "Giving diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" from Eph 4:1-6. This program will give our staff the opportunity to learn, gain experience, and grow at the same time teaching others to do the same. I will give more details concerning this activity as it approaches.
This is our new brother in Christ with Sokchea at Leang Dai village. It's very rare to have a man at Leang Dai so this was truly a blessing from God. Sokchea can now teach and train him to help in leading worship services!
This is Yao, our newest sister in Christ. She came to Christ by way of Hannah's Hope's influence. She is a neighboring child who came in to study with our orphans for a few months before she decided to follow Christ.
The work continues to grow and be exciting. We really look forward to this new year and pray that God will continue to bless this work. Please continue to pray for us as we continue to keep you in our prayers.
Me, my beautiful daughter Katesana (8 months), and virtuous wife Chakriya in front of the Hannah's Hope's new playground set!