Last night, Christi took a break from her studies to teach the fundamentals of playing the violin to a very bright young man who comes regularly with his father for lessons. On most Sunday afternoons, Christi practices with the Phnom Penh Strings Orchestra directed by Anton (right). Many thanks to Mrs. R., Mr. Martin, and Dr. Gloria who have contributed immensely to Christi’s growth.
Dr. Tom and Tim, slaves of Christ, to all who have partnered with us in the work of Christ Jesus among the people of Cambodia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. We thank God upon every remembrance of you, always making our requests with joy for your fellowship in the gospel. You are partakers with us of grace! And this we pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgement; that you may approve things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ; being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1: 1–5, 9–11
Having received your gifts for the furtherance of the gospel, we continue on rejoicing in hope and giving thanks!
Please pray for Tom’s son, Jonathan, who appears to have strep throat and for Grace, who has a sinus infection. Pray for one malnourished little boy who is struggling for his life.
“God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” 2 Corinthians 4:6. This morning’s teacher training included two hours of prayer. A group photo was taken for the benefit of all of our partners. Please join us in praying for the light of God’s Word to shine into the hearts of many Cambodians and for these slaves of Christ to effectively pray, teach and reach their nation for Christ Jesus the Lord.
The song sheets read, “God loves me. God loves me. I’m so glad that God loves me. God sent the Savior to die for my sin; I open my heart’s door to let Him come in. I study my Bible so I will know the good way that God wants me to go. God loves me, God loves me. I’m so glad that God loves me.” Please pray for our ability to learn simple songs, scripture verses and Bible lessons. Training sessions are on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, outreach on Saturday afternoons. Sunday School classes will commence in September.
The banner on the right reads, “Prayer is the key! ‘LORD teach us to pray…’” Luke 1:11 (in Khmer script). We are not sufficient of ourselves for the duty, but need divine aid. Please join us at the Master’s throne as often as you are able. Thanks.
Men and women on fire with love, consecrated all over, intensely devoted, UNDER OATH to spend and be spent for the NAME OF JESUS until the whole earth is filled with HIS GLORY and Heaven rings with HIS PRAISE!
Dr. Tom (left, 4th of July) and Anna Johnson, with their children Nancy Lynn, Jonathan, Victoria and Joseph, have been on mission with God to the people of Cambodia for more than a decade. During our five years of knowing and working with the Johnson’s, there have been times that honestly, as with most families given entirely to the Lord’s service, it didn’t appear they were going to make it. Just two days ago, Tom was struggling so much with allergies, that he barely could catch his breath. Funding for their ministry is at an all time low, too, so much so that Tom confided he is unable to feed the Khmer pastors who faithfully and eagerly depend upon him for Bible training. This seems almost unbelievable. Sinners dying and being damned, missionaries without adequate support, indigenous pastors lacking sufficient resources for gas and food, the cause of Christ suffering for lack? Impossible!
We’ll continue in prayer and watch in the same with thanksgiving that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ. We’ll walk in wisdom toward those who are without, redeeming the time. This is our oath. We encourage your prayers accordingly…
Christi and Daniel played patriotic fiddle songs at the U.S. Embassy for free hamburgers and root beer and enjoyed hitting badminton shuttles and kicking a soccer ball with neighbors. Later, several missionary families met in Takhmau for a delicious cook out. We’re far from home, still thankful for our liberty!
Tom (back right) and a Khmer Pastor (far right) were on mission this weekend in the province of Kampot assisting a Christian family with ridding their home of two interior “ah-san-ak” (altar to demons) and an exterior idol house typically used to ward off spirits. The pastor and family, fearing retribution from such an act, called for help. This was a visible display of obedience from the heart to the Gospel of Christ and a complete transfer of trust from powers of darkness to the power of Light. “Now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life” ROMANS 6:22.
Praise the LORD with us!
Pictured below are one of the “ah-san-ak” before destruction and the family who reckoned themselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Pray for them. Pray for revival to come to Cambodia. Pray for all like Tom who are under oath to spend and be spent for the Name of Jesus till the whole earth is filled with His Glory and Heaven rings with His praise!
Twenty-six middle school students competed on HOPE International School’s 2010-11 basketball team, finishing the season with 8 wins and 3 losses. A tournament highlight was winning three consecutive games on Saturday morning after one of our better players suffered a shattered left forearm while attempting a go ahead lay-up in the opening minutes of the game. “For the LORD and for YeSung! was the chant that re-stored focus and determination to the devastated team.
Daniel, Josiah and Christi displayed excellent skill and enthusiasm, winning several blue ribbons during Sports Week competitions. Each participated in service projects, the boys attending to the health needs of countryside children and Christi accompanying a medical missions team for a week in upper Mekong River villages bordering Laos. The challenges of rigid academic programs were relieved by team sports, serving others and moments of elation.
The VISION for Hope International School
Global-minded servant-leaders with a biblical understanding and application of knowledge, impacting the world for Christ.
“People of Hope — Godly Leaders Worldwide”
The MISSION of Hope International School
To support world missions by providing quality, Christ-centered educational services for families of international Christian workers in Cambodia and surrounding countries.
One of the students above stopped me on a morning at Camp Baray in Kompung Thom Province to confide, “Mr. Hatch, I think I heard from GOD today. I wrote it in my Bible. I think He wants me to serve Him among the people of Vietnam and Cambodia.”
“What do you plan to do?” I asked. “I think I’ll obey,”
This student’s solemn response was matched by his mother’s tender confirmation, “I’ve been praying for several years that Isaac would hear from GOD.”
What a privilege Grace and I share to be training such servants for Christ at HOPE International School.
On the way to church tonight, my trusty Toyota Camry coughed, sputtered and died. Pulling curbside along a bustling street in front of a pagoda, I phoned HKS Garage (10 minutes before closing time). What a great response! Within the hour, these guys had the vehicle parked safely in the garage. I’ll sleep well tonight and discover the damages tomorrow. “Ah-khun Preah Jeah M’Chah!” declared the mechanic at left. That’s to say “Thank you LORD GOD.” I replied, “Yes. but thank you, too, younger brother. You towed the car!”
Next morning’s verdict? Bad rings… new engine needed, along with front end cv joints. Just when it looked like we had a cushion, there went $600 — the extra cash. Actually, the LORD knew exactly what we needed before hand. Thanks to all of you who, like the kind-hearted mechanic, have provided assistance along the way. We couldn’t serve successfully here without you! In the past two weeks we’ve paid dental bills ($250), computer repair bills ($140), and now a bill for a new engine. God’s provision and timing are perfect.
The biggest future need (known to us now) is funding and delivery of home schooling curricula for the children and airfare sufficient for returning to the States at Christmas time. Trust the LORD will sell a few of His “cattle on the hills.”