“Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 2But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 5For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us” (2 Corinthians 4:1-7).
We know that this passage may be long, but it adequately expresses the struggles we have faced over the past three months. The ministry here has gone through many ups and downs (more downs recently), and it often seems like very little eternally is being accomplished, as we see people passing through the church without any apparent change in their lives. However, we must realize that it is the Lord’s ministry, and whether we can see it or not, the Lord is working. Our main job is to be in a right relationship with Him so He might fill us to overflowing, impacting the lives of those around us. We praise the Lord that as of October 4, we will have been in Cambodia for 12 years. Please pray that the Lord would keep us faithful and patient as we minister here.
Much has happened in the church since our last quarterly prayer letter, and we earnestly covet your prayers for that ministry. We have had to church discipline Tera and Mi for some dishonesty issues and gossip. It was a very hard decision, but came after much prayer and searching of the heart. This took place shortly after our last prayer letter and sadly, they have yet to repent and return. Please pray that the Lord would continue to work in their hearts and lives and in the hearts of their children, Naan and Mary, as well.
After many years of praying, the Lord led the church to move to a new location, which is a much nicer building and in a more visible area. Unfortunately, there is still no land with the building, but the vehicles for transportation are able to park right in front of the church building instead of on a side street. This is quite a bit safer for those riding the “buses,” as they can get right off and walk into church without having to go out onto the street. Because of this new location, we have had many new visitors, a number of whom have been faithfully coming from the start.
In our last quarterly letter, we mentioned the start of the Bible college for a new group of students. We have just finished the first semester of classes and are on a month break until the second semester begins on October 24. Please continue to pray for the college and the students. They all did very well in their first semester, and we believe that the Lord will continue to work in their lives, molding and shaping them into what He wants them to be.
We appreciate your prayers for our family as well. Many of you already know that Rebekah had gallbladder surgery about a month ago here in Cambodia. She had been having problems with it for several months before, and was making plans to travel to Singapore for medical help. This was due to the fact that her last run-in with Cambodian doctors when she broke her finger wasn’t very pleasant. However, the Lord had other plans and provided a very competent doctor. Although the situation was still not very pleasant, the surgery was successful, and Rebekah has recovered quite well. Please pray for her as she continues to serve in the ministry and as she teaches piano at the music school. This is the time of year when Cambodia observes many national holidays, which means that many students will not show up for lessons. Please pray that God will provide the exact number of students needed, as she relies on that for her personal income.
We are also grateful for your prayers for Leah and Jonathon as they minister in the States. Leah continues to serve as a secretary at our sending church. She is looking forward to taking a college course this semester to enhance her computer skills. She is very busy and often challenged, but thankful for the opportunities the Lord gives. Jonathon recently started teaching at a “Choice School” in Milwaukee. This was a great answer to prayer, since his previous job as a security guard had become very difficult. The irregular schedule and the lack of sleep were becoming dangerous for him when he would spend 8-14 hours driving. In his new job, he is doing what he loves, working with youth and teaching music. He is also continuing his music publishing education and serving in church.
Thank you once again for praying for us, for our family, and for the ministry in Cambodia. Your faithful prayers have a direct impact on the things that happen here and will reap eternal rewards. Take care and God bless.
Serving the Saviour,
* Tera and his family * Students at Bible College * Rebekah's recovery * Takhmau Church