His in Cambodia
Ron and Tina Fruin - Missionaries through BWM

Prayer Letters » 2nd Quarter 2018

July 2018

Dear Friends in Christ,

“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:3-4).

Another quarter has come and gone. As usual, it was filled with trials and blessings, which we realize are all part of the process of being broken, so we might grow spiritually. It is a constant cycle we must all endure as Christians in the sanctification process; a process, which at times seems as if we are failing, but one in which overall, we should see steady growth. We praise the Lord for the ups and downs and for the countless answers to prayer. 

During this past quarter, we started the final year of the three-year program for the Bible college. Please continue to pray for each of the students: Tee-vee, Sry lee-ap, Soe-paak, Maa-paa, Rate, and Pee-sut. Pray they would be diligent in their studies, learn the lessons taught, and dedicate themselves to fulfill the Lord’s Will for their lives. Their graduation is set for the 26th of March 2019.

We haven’t written about the Bible institute for quite some time. It differs from the Bible college in that it is free, there are no prerequisites, and only Bible classes are taught. Several years ago, the Bible institute classes began to be held in conjunction with the Bible college, since only a few students attended. One of those, a pastor of a church in a nearby village, has encouraged a group of his members to come on Thursdays to study the Bible. We started a new class, “The Life of Christ,” just for that day. Presently, there are ten new students with about half of them being teens. So, on Thursdays, we go from a class of six to a class of eighteen. It does get crowded and hot, but they don’t complain. Please pray that the new students will not only learn many, new biblical truths from this study, but that they will develop an unquenchable thirst to learn more about our God, our Saviour, and His Word.

We mentioned in the last quarterly prayer letter that I was working on a witnessing course for the Bible college, which was completed and taught at the Bible college/institute about a month ago. We have resumed the soul-winning/visitation outreach again around the church and in the areas nearby. The students seem somewhat more confident, but work is still needed to focus on using the Word of God more as they witness. They like to use charts and tracts, which are good, but can’t fully take the place of God’s Word. Please pray the students would apply the things they have learned and depend completely on the Holy Spirit and His Word as they share the gospel. The Lord has answered prayer in giving boldness and leading to new contacts.

The church continues to remain steady in its attendance. We gain a few new ones, lose a couple of old ones, and then every so often, some return whom we haven’t seen for a while. Mary, the daughter of Tera and Mi, came back one week and said she would start coming again, but that was four weeks ago, and we haven’t seen her since. We also had a few new teen-aged girls start coming, who sometimes bring a friend or two with them. One of the girls made a profession of faith over a month ago, and then a friend made a profession of faith the following week. It was exciting for Maa-paa and Sophors, since they were the ones witnessing to them. Although we make sure that everyone has a chance to hear the gospel and the opportunity to respond to it, we try to be careful about leading them to make a false profession based on pressure or wrong motives. It can be a tricky situation at times as the Cambodians typically want to please the foreigners and/or have other hidden motives. Please pray the Lord will guide and direct in each service and work mightily in hearts and in lives.

Please also pray for the upcoming national election here on the 29th of July. There has been a lot in the news, both locally and internationally. Pray the Lord’s will would be done, and that the Christians would be faithful in their responsibilities as citizen of this country. We are very thankful our visas were renewed last month for the coming year, especially now as things are getting a little more stringent on many fronts.

As some of you may know, I graduated from Bob Jones University with an Associates of Arts in Missions. Recently, I have been burdened about continuing my education to help me become more effective in the ministry. I have been accepted by Maranatha Baptist University and will be taking courses online to finish a Bachelors in Bible, with a minor in business management. We feel this will help with the Bible college and institute as I teach and oversee the management of it. Please pray as I take these classes, so I might learn the things I need to. I am hoping to finish my degree before we complete furlough at the end of 2019.

Please also continue to pray for both Rebekah and Jonathon as they continue in their studies online. Rebekah is pursuing her Masters in Education, while Jonathon is in the last year of his Bachelors in Music. Both are hoping to finish in 2019 as well. Jonathon just completed a different course of studies, through an EMT program. He still needs to take the national test in order to receive his certification, which is scheduled for July 6. While Jonathon is on summer break from teaching, he is working on maintenance staff at our sending church. Leah also continues to faithfully serve at our sending church and is very busy preparing for VBS, which is one of the big ministry outreaches held each year. As for Rebekah, she constantly keeps busy here in Cambodia, teaching piano, both at her job and privately, serving at the church, as well as teaching English and other classes in the Bible college. Thank you for your prayers for them.

We know we always say this, but it is always true: we are so thankful for your faithfulness in praying for the ministries here. We are just one of the many vessels God uses for His work here, and YOU are another. We get the benefits of seeing His working first hand, while you only get to hear the results in letters like these and in furlough videos. Thank you for your prayers, for your patience, and for your provisions financially. Take care and God bless.



Serving the Saviour,
The Fruins

 

Prayers

* College students 
* New Bible institute students 
* Ron’s online college courses
* Cambodia’s political situation 
* Furlough preparations

 

Praises

* New Bible institute students
* Start of final year of college
* Recent salvations at church
* God’s guidance, provisions, and opportunities