Dear Friends in Christ,
“Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:8-10).
It is very easy to become discouraged and distracted and feel like you are alone, trying to do what is right despite the surrounding pressures to compromise and do wrong. You sow, you weed, and you water, often seeming as if it is all in vain. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord, He is always working in circumstances we cannot see, in hearts we do not know, and in ways we don’t understand. Our responsibility is to be faithful no matter what happens around us.
It is hard to believe the Bible college just completed its fifth semester and even harder to believe there is only one more to go before the March 26, 2019 graduation. The students recently began a month-long, somewhat-of-a-break, although they will continue to attend Bible and English classes on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. This break happens to coincide with one of their major holidays, so they will be able to enjoy that week without any classes. Please pray as they return for their final semester on October 22 ready to give their all.
It has been a joy to have the new Bible institute students with us over the past quarter. They have been very faithful in attendance and seem to be enjoying the classes. I believe they are also an encouragement to the Bible college students, half of which attend the same church. It is great when a lot of people from a church are all doing an intense study on different biblical truths together. It helps the church family better edify and encourage each other in the Word.
A few weeks ago, there was a sudden influx of new young people at church. They came from a village not so far away and most have attended the church in Svi Roloom. Since their church only has afternoon services, Maapaa and Moy Sim brought them to the morning service in Takhmau. It is our desire this will be like a Sunday school for them, while they still attend the church in Svi Roloom later in the day. Please pray with us for these children and teens to understand God’s love and His salvation, so they would personally trust Jesus Christ as their Saviour. Besides this new group, the church attendance has remained about the same, with an occasional return visit from some teens, who haven’t come for a while.
We wanted to include an update on Sophoa and ask that you might continue to keep her in your prayers. She seems to be doing well spiritually, but she is staying very busy working two different jobs. She teaches full-time at an English school in the day and works part-time as a waitress in the evenings. We rejoice in her commitment to be at church Sunday morning and at prayer meeting Wednesday evening, as she asked permission from her employer to have that time off. Also, in an attempt to be more independent, closer to work, and escape persecution from her family, she is renting her own place. Please pray for her safety and for godly friends who will sharpen her spiritually.