His in Cambodia
Ron and Tina Fruin - Missionaries through BWM

Prayer Letters » 4th Quarter 2018

January 2019

Dear Friends in Christ,

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: time to … plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted… time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn… time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; …a time to keep silence, and a time to speak… What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-11).

We want to start off by wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. One of the blessings of entering a new year is being able to evaluate life and ministry by reflecting on the past year, examining the lessons learned and looking to the future with renewed hope and anticipation of what the Lord will do. Amazingly, it is also a reminder that once repented of, the past is the past, and although there may be consequences that remain, we can continue unhindered in the sanctification process with our Saviour. It is like a fresh new start! 

As we have been evaluating the past year of ministry here in Cambodia, we realize things haven’t turned out as we had hoped, but we praise the Lord for His sovereignty and for allowing us to take part in all He has done in the hearts and lives of those here. Regrettably, one of our greatest disappointments has been the church, although it has never been a fully functioning church in that it never had deacons or a constitution, but rather it has been a church-plant in progress. At present, due to the lack of a national pastor, my ongoing health issues and our struggles with the language, we see how ineffective we are at helping it continue and grow.  Therefore, after much prayer and seeking the Lord’s will, we want to let you know the last service will be held on December 30, 2018. There are several reasons for this decision, but the main being that, if a national is burdened to step in and continue to work with these young folks, we would be here to help in an expedient way. We believe the Lord can use a submissive soul to help the church continue, however, this MUST be done through the Lord’s leading in a life personally and not because of a plea from the missionary. Unfortunately, we have seen how reliant Cambodians are on the foreigner, on the financial aid and even in their worship, thus causing a church to fail to achieve its indigenousness and autonomy. We believe for a church to be successful here in Takhmau, it MUST be started solely by nationals without foreign financial aid. We have not given up hope for Takhmau. The seed has been abundantly planted in the area and God promises that His Word will not return void. Nationals have been trained as pastors and know how to plant churches. They must simply obey the Lord’s leading in their lives if it’s His will for a Baptist church to be here, which we believe it is. Please pray with us for this very present need. Also, please be assured we will stay in close contact with the kids and teens from the church and will pursue every option to help them spiritually.

Some of you have asked about Mapha. The Lord brought him at a very crucial time and we are forever grateful for his help, encouragement and translating abilities. Although he was burdened and willing to serve during the interim, he hasn’t expressed the same calling to take full responsibility for a church. We see great potential in Mapha, who is teachable with a very tender spirit, however he is still young. As of now, Mapha is a blessing to his church as he serves alongside his father, who is the pastor, and he is gaining wonderful experience. Over the past year, he has begun a weekly youth meeting with the teens in his church, and it has been exciting to see him take the lessons he learns in the college and pass it on to them. Mapha has built a relationship with the kids from the Takhmau church, and maybe the Lord will burden him to step up as we step down.  Once again, reflecting back, we praise the Lord for countless opportunities He gave in using the church to help train and equip Mapha and the other college students. What an exciting thing to see that fruit continue.

It is hard to believe there are less than three months remaining in the Bible college until the students graduate. Graduation is scheduled for the 26th of March 2019, so this will be the last quarterly letter until then. There appears to be a great spiritual struggle inside a couple of the students, which has continued almost from the beginning. At times, along the way, they seemed to be headed on a new course, but then once again returned to carnal priorities and strongholds in their lives. Please pray that the Lord would use these last couple of months to accomplish all He wants in the lives of the students to prepare them to serve Him rather than themselves. Please also pray the Lord would get a hold of each of us that we would have a surrendered heart and be in the center of His will, knowing His direction for our lives. Finally, please pray for us as teachers to have wisdom, so we might be used by Him in the students’ lives. Once again, here are their names to help you better pray: Maa-paa, Pē-sut, Srī lē-ap, Sō-pak, Tē-vē, and Rāt. 

The Lord has given great grace in allowing our furlough schedule to fill in well, though we still have a few openings. However, many things remain to be done here in preparation for that time, such as help the Bible college students complete their studies, finalize the ministry here, sell most of our possessions and ship back anything that might be super important, design prayer cards and then complete a furlough presentation and sermons for the meetings. Unfortunately, both the presentation and prayer card are on hold as we wait on the Lord to reveal His direction, but fortunately, He knows the plans He has for us, and it is a great comfort and peace as we rest in Him. Please pray for the Lord’s guidance during these next few months, and if He so pleases, that He would give us some indication of where He would have us go. Please also pray for Rebekah as she continues to seek the Lord’s will and direction for her life as well. 

Due to ministry changes and transitioning, we will no longer send out the Pomegranate Prayer Requests letter. Praise the Lord for the 344 Pomegranate Prayer Requests (not counting quarterly and special prayer letters) that have been sent over the past eight years. Thank you very much for your faithfulness in praying. It has truly been amazing to see the Lord use your prayers to answer so many needs, to work in hearts, to further His kingdom and to bring honor and glory to His name. 

Take care, God bless and have a wonderful 2019. May you truly see the abundance of God’s grace and love in your lives and ministry throughout the new year. We hope to see many of you during our upcoming furlough.

 

Serving the Savior, 
Ron and Tina Fruin

 

 

Prayers

* College students and graduation 
* Takhmau church (God’s working)
* A great 2019
* Sophoa & others at the church - direction
* Furlough preparations



 

Praises

* God’s grace and mercies
* The work done in 2018
* The privilege of ministering in Cambodia
* God’s protection and provisions