Greetings from Cambodia! I hope you all had a wonderful month of March for the Lord. As for the church here in Cambodia, we have been blessed as always. We had baptisms in Takam Village, a successful lectureship, and an upcoming wedding for one of our staff at IBISR. Things are going wonderful here.
First lets talk about our new brothers and sisters in Christ that were added to the church in Takam Village. As you all may know, Choeuy, (one of our staff at IBISR), is also the local preacher for Takam. He's been laboring there part time due to his teaching responsibilities at the school and yet he is able to provide such an impact at Takam. Choeuy embodies 1 Cor 15:58! He is an encouragement to me and my work and I hope it encourages you as well.
The village doesn’t have a baptistry so they baptize with the use of well water and some plastic!
Because the plastic wasn’t doing too well, they decided to use the muddy waters from rain that they used to water the rice crops. And when that didn’t work too well, they went old school and the sinner! So you see, even when there's no baptistry, if baptism is essential to salvation, and it is, then you will find a way to be baptized!
Besides the wonderful news of souls being saved, the church in Siem Reap conducted its second annual lectureship with the theme coming from Ephesians 4:1-6. Here is the program for our lectureship:
SIEM REAP CHURCH OF CHRIST
2nd Annual Lectureship
“Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” Eph 4:1-6
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Phanat Ouch
“Walking worthy of the vocation wherein ye were called”
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Kimchann Lork
“There is one body”
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Dennis Welch
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. LUNCH BREAK Provided by the church
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Darat Run
“One hope of your calling”
3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Savai Bun
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. DINNER BREAK Provided by the church
6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Congregational Singing
7:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Rich Dolan
Sunday March 27th, 2011
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Choeuy Choeun
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Tim Brumfield
“One God and Father of all”
We had about 80 plus in attendance. We had leaders from Takam, Leang Dia, and Svay Rieng come attend so that they can take what they learned back to their respective areas. Our brethren from Phnom Penh also came and participated. We invited the students from CBI to attend so that they can see what we are doing in Siem Reap. I believe it is important for the locals to work together in order to save more souls for Christ. We need to have more works like these in order to change the percentile of Christians in Cambodia!
Darat, one of the staff at IBISR, did a wonderful job with the one hope we have as Christians. He and Saray will get married in exactly 2 days! We are excited for this great couple!
Sophal, our leader from Svay Rieng helped out with the cooking. After our spiritual food, we had our physical food and it's always in that order! Matt 4:4
All in all, the lectureship was a success. I've seen such tremendous growth from our staff and their confidence has shown at this event. They've worked really hard and I could tell that they put in a lot of time in coming up with their lessons. They were a good example to our new students. Its works like these that give them the experience and confidence that they need in order to be an effective minister of the Lord. I asked that you continue to pray for us. We need more sound and faithful Christians serving our Lord. Please continue to support this work financially as well. Without your support, all these things will not be happening so I want to thank you for your monetary sacrifice. I pray that God will continue to bless each and everyone of you so that you can continue to bless others. Please visit us again next month to see about Christ in Cambodia!