Dear Friends in Christ,
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” (Romans 5:1-5).
Our lesson to be learned this past quarter appears to have been “patience.” Isn’t it interesting that the Holy Spirit uses the words “peace” and “tribulation” in the same passage. He then explains that it comes from “hope” because of our faith in Christ. What an amazing truth that needs to be nurtured in our lives, but that, dear friends, is one of the reasons we are still here in our corruptible bodies. So, the more peace, hope, and faith that we want, the more tribulations we need to be prepared to go through. And then we have the nerve to complain when these trials come. How ungrateful can we be? Looking back at these trials, we tend to laugh at ourselves or maybe even kick ourselves, but when we are going through the trials, we have a totally different attitude. Praise the Lord for His patience with us!
One of the ministries that seems to be struggling the most is the church here in Takhmau. We are still in urgent prayer for a national pastor to shepherd the flock the way it should be done. At times, it seems as we are gaining stability in attendance and progressing in discipleship, but then at other times it seems as if we are taking one step forward and two steps back. We have mentioned in our weekly updates about a new format we are using for Sunday morning services. We start the services as normal, but then break into two groups, guys and girls, much like Sunday school. It is allowing us to get to know the teens better and to be able to adapt the lessons to them specifically, so they can apply the truths more readily. It also helps them to get more involved in the lessons, taking an active part, which helps them pay attention. Please continue to pray for a national pastor and for the faithfulness of those who come.
It is hard to believe that the first year in the Bible college is now behind us. That is usually the hardest year as the students try to figure out the teachers and their method of administering tests, while the teachers try to figure out the students and adapt their teaching procedures to help the students better. As we have mentioned before, this is only our second group, so it has taken us by surprise to see the difference between the two sets of students. Currently, there are at least two students who seem to be really struggling spiritually. Because of their apathy towards spiritual things at present, it has been a temptation and would be very easy to expel them. However, we are not confident that this is the Lord’s will, as of yet. They all did amazingly well on their finals in both Bible and English, and we know the Lord is working in their lives. Please pray that the Lord would get a hold of their hearts and that they would desire to please Him with their lives.
Please also be praying for the Cola Combat youth evangelistic outreach preparation and for the actual event which will be taking place on May 22 through the 27. The Cambodian Bible College students will have a major role and will just be starting their second year when the event occurs. Currently, besides the evangelist and his wife, there are four students who have already purchased their tickets, and another four students who have expressed a desire to come. Please pray for the Lord to provide, so each one might have this opportunity to travel to the mission field and experience first-hand how they can impact others around the world for Christ.
Leah has been a liaison in helping organize and plan the Cola Combat outreach, and she will also travel with the group to help with the ministry. As you can imagine, we are very excited to have her join us again, if even for only two weeks. We would love for all our children to minister alongside us all year round, like Rebekah is. However, we realize that God has unique opportunities and plans for each of them. God placed them in our family to grow and prepare to serve Him, not for us to keep to ourselves. Jonathon has had a good year teaching music in the Milwaukee area and will be completing his year in June. He has renewed his contract for another year with many added responsibilities, which he looks forward to. We are also anticipating a visit from him for a couple of weeks after the Cola Combat team leaves. It will be a good chance to follow up on the contacts that we get during the meetings. Rebekah remains very busy and is a vital part of the ministry here. She sacrificially devotes her time, energy and resources to the Bible college students, to the children and teens at church and to her 25-plus piano students. Thank you for remembering each of our kids in your prayers.
We had a special blessing this past week as our field administrator, Dr. Pat Delaney, made a visit to Cambodia. He spent several weeks in India, followed by his trip to Cambodia, where he spent time with the Johnsons, Carpenters, Rebekah and us. It is always a privilege and joy to have visitors come visit, and Dr. Delaney is no exception as he is such a blessing through his encouragement and the way he helps strengthen those he visits. We assume that we are up to code as we haven’t heard anything as far as being called back from the field, well, at least not of yet, but it may take a couple of weeks for the process to be completed 😊.
In our last quarterly, and most of our monthly, bi-weekly, and weekly prayer letters, we have been asking prayer for the road construction in front of our house. The process is already underway, but as of yet, we really haven’t been affected by it. We had been praying that we would be able to finish classes at the Bible college before there were any major interruptions, and praise be to God for allowing that to happen. It is truly a miracle. The work is progressing much faster than we ever expected, and they may actually finish in three more weeks as they promised, which will be such a blessing. One especially awesome miracle that we want to share is about the main electrical cables. Almost all the houses that were in line with the new utility poles had to have about five feet demolished off the front of the house. That helped move them back far enough to leave room for the electrical cables. The exception was a small group of six townhouses, which is where we live and hold classes. Throughout this small stretch of road, the electrical cables were run underground. The new four-lane highway will only be a couple of feet from our front door, but at least the house remains intact. We are overwhelmed at the Lord’s mercies in this situation.
We don’t know how to express our gratitude for your faithfulness in praying for the ministries here. These are just a few examples of the way that God is specifically and directly answering your prayers. Our God is a wonderful God and so gracious to listen to and answer our prayers. Please continue in your prayers for the labors here in Cambodia. Take care and God bless.
Serving the Savior,
Ron and Tina Fruin
* Completion of road construction
* Road construction
* Completion of first year of Bible college
* Dr. Delaney’s visit
* God’s provisions & protection