I am humbled by the experiences that I've encountered thus far in my work for Christ. I appreciate the help and encouragement from my brethren, but most importantly, I am thankful for the support from the Word of God! As I think of IBISR and what we are currently doing, I cannot help but be proud of it! Not because we are a top notch professional Bible school in the brotherhood, but quite the opposite. It is in our weaknesses that God's strength is shown (2 Cor 12:9-10)!
I'm thankful that we have faithful men, who may or may not be well educated, teaching at the school. I am also aware of my shortcomings as the director of IBISR and, yet, when I look at how far we've come, it's so obvious that God's fingerprints are all over it! I pray that God continues to direct and guide the school through His word and not my pride and wisdom (Pro. 3:5-7). May we learn from the Israelites’ mistake in wanting a king just to be a "professional nation" like the other nations around them and "kicking" God out as their ruler. (1 Sam. 8:5-9).
To keep us from such foolish and prideful thinking, our school's theme for next year's students will stem from John 3:30, "He must increase, but I must decrease." We will be emphasizing and teaching for this life-changing principle, exalting God instead of ourselves. Please continue to keep the work here in Cambodia in your prayers.
Vanlam, our new sister in Christ, will begin as a first year student at IBISR in September! Please keep her in your prayers.
Makara, our new brother in Christ, also will be joining us at IBISR as a first year student, furthering his knowledge of God's word! Please keep him in your prayers as well.
Pros, one of our students who is in charge of the Safe Water Raft in Kompong Kleang will distribute safe water that we cleansed and purified on the raft to the nearby schools, providing safe drinkable water to hundreds of students in the surrounding area, at the same time introducing Jesus and the Bible to them via the Bible verse (in Khmer) that we selected to put on the label.
"Jesus answered and said to her, Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14 NASB
To see Phanat’s post with pictures of the baptisms, please click here.