This morning we ministered to 32 Khmer speaking Sunday School children, five of whom were gloriously saved! Our joy is in seeing seven newly trained instructors conducting the children’s teaching entirely in Khmer language. That is, except for singing “GOD MADE ME” in English.…
Our days are extremely long, hot and tiring. Our sleep, like our funding, is short yet quite sufficient for basic needs. As a rule, we’re content.
Some days ago, I conversed with a waitress and a cashier at a small restaurant where we ordered pizza. For 8 hours work, they’re paid just over $3. In a 56-hour work week, they earn $22. It takes 2–1/2 days’ labor for them to purchase the $8 pizza we just ordered!
Although our ministry is costly, the cost to those who are perishing is infinitesimally higher! We can use your help purchasing Bible lesson visuals, paper, markers, etc. for our Cambodian teachers.
With great joy in the Lord’s service,
Just a word this morning without a photo (having trouble with downloading).
Sunday School Superintendent Pastor Vibol and La are among seven Cambodians who will participate in 5-Day Club Training beginning Monday, August 1st. Last night, Pastor Vibol presented the Gospel message to four separate groups of children and one 86-year old great grandmother, who although “tired of living and nearly at the end of her life,” smiled when told of Christ’s great love and wanted to believe unto salvation! Below, Pastor Vibol practices his Wordless Book Gospel presentation. The seven students will stay with Grace, the children and I for five nights while attending sessions at Child Evangelism Fellowship’s Phnom Penh training center. If you feel led to partner with us in such a worthy cause, please know that we have significant financial needs. Between the Johnson Family of six and the Hatch Family of five, we have about $75 on hand for the next three weeks. This morning, Dr. Tom confided (just before handing me $10 to pay for gasoline which I refused) that they’ll be completely out of cash by mid-week. “Us, too!” I remarked. Designated funds can be routed immediately through Real Life Impact at the address listed on the Bridges of Light “Donate” page. Every dollar will help. We’re able to withdraw funds from the account in U.S. currency at local ATM machines. We continue steadfast in prayer with thanksgiving knowing that God will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
A Thursday afternoon meeting with Russian Cultural Center Director, Mr Sediket (below left), did little to alter the notice received by Dr. Tom Johnson of impending eviction. By Russian mandate, directors such as Mr. Sediket must utilize Russian properties for weekend presentations of news and propaganda. International Baptist Church has leased the spacious facility for weekly Sunday services since 2004. Barring a drastic change of position from high level Russian officials, the church will have to find a suitable alternative meeting place for English speaking ex-patriots and international travelers as well as more than 300 Khmer speaking Cambodians by September 1st. Please pray for the Lord’s Will to be accomplished, for changes in Russian officials’ hearts and for a new location close to the Independence Monument.
Child Evangelism Fellowship of Cambodia is to conduct 5-Day Club Training 1–5 August using “The Wordless Book Visualized” for its Bible Lesson scripts. Dr. Tom Johnson has agreed to send five team leaders to the five-day event.
Teacher training this morning consisted of a Bible lesson from 2 Kings 5 entitled, “The Little Maid Who Witnessed.” “You are my witnesses, declares the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me, and understand that I Am He: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD, and beside me there is no savior” Isaiah 43:10–11.
Today is Scripture Memory Verse Day! In small groups, students will be evaluated as they teach Romans 3:23 in English and John 3:16 and 1 Corinthians 15:3–4 in Khmer Script. Wordless Book training will follow practicums. Much time will be given to prayer. Please pray for these teachers and for the Cambodians the Lord will bring to hear His Word (fields are white unto harvest), that indeed they might believe in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Pray, too, for additional resources as Dr. Tom is forced to consider lay-offs due to decreased funding and we are unable to provide for some pastors’ basic expenses. If you are able to assist with this need, please designate “funds for pastors” and send checks for deposit into my account (address listed on the Donate page). Thanks.
On a 2 1/2 mile drive from home to Western University today where I agreed to terms for an English teaching position that will supplement our family’s income, I took some interesting photos. From the little boy collecting rain water in a coffee mug (out of focused), to the ox drawn cart and various road scenes, the trip was anything but boring…
As many of you may recall from our first year in Cambodia, Lay Sothea (pictured below) has been a long time Christian friend. Through his position as Deputy Executive Director at Western University, “James” as I know him — he calls me “Dad” — hired me to teach English Literature and Preparation for TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) for the first semester, beginning two weeks from next Monday. The additional income will bolster our dwindling ministry support. Please pray for my energy and preparedness as I will be teaching fourteen primary and junior PE classes and coaching high school boy’s basketball at HOPE International School, teaching fifteen hours at Western University, as well as weekend Children’s Ministry Training classes with Dr. Tom Johnson and tutoring the Prime Minister’s Under Secretary of State twice weekly.
Besides serving administratively at Western University, James Sothea coaches the school’s championship soccer team. Here he displays their First Place trophy. James’ father died tragically several years ago, falling from the top of a taxi when one of the vehicle’s tires blew out. He was leading a Christian tour at the time of the incident. James is married and has one child, a beautiful daughter. Pray for the influence that James and I will have for the Kingdom of Light during our next few months with Cambodian university students and faculty. Pray for our growth as Christians. Pray for our wives and children. Thanks.