Dear Friends in Christ,
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:10-13).
For those who have been keeping up with us through our weekly, bi-weekly and monthly updates, most of this is “old news.” As we look back over the past three months though, we hope that you will be able to see the hand of the Lord working throughout this time; instead of seeing individual paint strokes, you will be able to see more and more of the picture as God continues to work in the hearts and lives of individuals (including ourselves) here in Cambodia.
Shortly after our last quarterly prayer letter, we said our goodbyes, packed up our things and on April 22 arrived back in Cambodia. As we have often said and experienced many times, the trips back and forth are both heartbreaking as we leave our loved ones behind and yet a blessing as we are reunited with loved ones that we have been away from. We never really get used to this, but we know that it is necessary and helps us to keep our hearts focused on the Lord and what is important to Him. We still haven’t quite caught our breath after returning, and it seems like it takes us longer to get adjusted each time. As we mentioned in our previous prayer letter, we had a shipment sent out before leaving the States. Thank you again for your prayers as we were able to receive the shipment on the 28th of May and everything came through without any problems. We praise the Lord for His blessings and faithfulness.
Less than three weeks after returning on May 9, we began a new term in the Bible college. We were looking at 13 perspective students, but through different circumstances, the Lord whittled it down to seven. This second group of students doesn’t seem to be on the same level spiritually as the previous group, so we felt burdened to hold a revival retreat. The conference started off with a bang as most of you have already read about Tina getting her hand burned, a tuk-tuk accident involving the five young men from the college, and then an evil spirit harassing one of the girls all night long because her mom was praying to the evil spirits. We had a great conference though, realizing that we should be not only filled with the Holy Spirit, but overflowing with the Holy Spirit into the lives of others. We learned that the key to this and to personal revival is being a broken vessel, so Christ might shine through us. Please pray that the Lord would continue to work in our lives that we might see a great revival here in Cambodia.
Please also continue to pray for the Takhmau Church. We have experienced many trials over the past couple of years, as we have seen the attendance and professions of faith slowly decline. The national pastor, Tera, has been struggling spiritually for about three or four years, while his wife was studying in the Bible college. Ron had many concerns about this and tried to talk to Tera a number of times, but Tera always replied that there wasn’t anything wrong. Ron thought that it might get better after his wife graduated and was able to be at home to take care of the family more so that Tera could spend more time studying and ministering. Unfortunately, when we returned from furlough it was only worse. Because of that and some other things that we recently found out, Tera was removed from being pastor of the church. Tera repented in front of the church and to several specific individuals. At present, he and his family continue to live in the church building and come to church. However, things still don’t seem the way that they should be spiritually in his life, so please continue to pray for him and his family.
We greatly appreciate not only your prayers for the ministry here in Cambodia, but for our family as well. Leah and Jonathon are both doing well, living a little over a mile away from our sending church. Jonathon works very odd and random hours as a security guard, while continuing his education in music and publishing. Leah is still faithfully ministering at our sending church as a secretary and involved in other ministries, as well. Rebekah continues to serve with us here in Cambodia and is keeping very busy with the Bible college and the church, as well as teaching music at a private music school and teaching piano to some former Bible college students. We appreciate your prayers for all three of them.
If you think about it, we have such a great privilege to go before the Throne of Grace to make our petitions known, as well as a wonderful opportunity to see God’s hand at work as He answers our prayers. We greatly appreciate your prayers for us and the ministry here. May the Lord not only bless you, but do exceeding abundantly above all that you ask or think. Take care and God bless.
* Tera and his family
* Student's at Bible College
* Safety in returning to Cambodia and shipment
* Start of Bible College
* Revival conference
* God's provisions and protection