Disciples Making Disciples

On Sunday during assembly we observed that we had some folks among us who were not yet Christians and we didn’t really know about their faith.  Therefore, we decided to share the Good News story with the church so that we all might grow in our ability to tell the Story about the Savior.  Afterwards, we asked who believed in Jesus and everyone raised their hands.  To say one believes is one thing (even the demons believe…and shudder).  To seek salvation from sin, death and hell by trusting in God’s grace through the blood of Jesus to cleanse requires greater faith.

Celebrating Theary's (23) and Sreypov's (18, not pictured) birthdays with part of the church after assembly. New guard, Rus is on the far left.

Celebrating Theary’s (23) and Sreypov’s (18, not pictured) birthdays with part of the church after assembly. New guard, Rus is on the far left.

Among the group was our new day guard, Rus who is the cousin of our night guard.  He has been among us just two weeks and even though he is illiterate he is a good listener and fast learner.  It seems an older woman had been teaching him a bit about Jesus while he lived in his village, Oukakhob in Kampong Chhnang Province.

Dennis, Kimhout, Rus, and Vanna studied about disciples making disciples.

Dennis, Kimhout, Rus, and Vanna studied about disciples making disciples. Here, Vanna is telling Rus more about Jesus.

Today, our SNACK Program evangelists, Vanna and Kimhout stayed in the city to study with Dennis.  We invited Rus to join us as we practiced telling the Good News and sharing Bible stories that display the qualities of Jesus which cause us to believe, trust, love, revere, obey and worship Him as Lord and King.  Then we turned our attention to Rus.  Upon sharing the Story again and more he told us that he wanted to be cleansed of his sins.  So when the SNACK Program staff returned from the countryside serving the children we all gathered around our fish pond and joyfully watched a new child of God being born.

Rus, our new guard has decided to be clothed with Christ

Rus, our new guard has decided to be clothed with Christ

Rus is buried into the death of Jesus to be cleansed of his sins.

Rus is buried into the death of Jesus to be cleansed of his sins.

We praise the True Teacher, Jesus Christ, the Word of God for bearing fruit among us and allowing us to be a small part of His Kingdom work.  We beg you to pray for young Rus to grow and grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ, the Savior.  Living among us and the staff will certainly provide him opportunity.  We also ask you to pray for our SNACK Program evangelists as they go house-to-house telling the families of the SNACK children the Good News about Jesus who loves their children, loves them and desires to save them too.

Happy, happy, happy family in Christ Jesus. We all praise Lord Jesus for saving our new brother, Rus

Happy, happy, happy family in Christ Jesus. We all praise Lord Jesus for saving our new brother, Rus! (pictured left-to-right are Kunthea, Sokchea, Dennis, Rus, Vanna, Sharon, Tola, Kimhout, Theary, and Khay)

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PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL

We are honored and blessed to partner with the Highland Lakes Church of Christ in Kingsland, TX.  They are constantly blessing us with encouragement, prayer and support for the work we are doing in Cambodia in striving for the Kingdom of Heaven.  We constantly praise God for these precious, faith-filled servants of King Jesus.

Below is a post they put on their weblog in response to our recent email to them.

Thanks for blessing us, Highland Lakes!

PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL

Theary sharing her love for Jesus to the SNACK Program children

Theary shares her love for Jesus to the SNACK Program children

“Throughout the book of Philippians, Paul speaks to that church as being partners with him in the Gospel. When Dennis and Sharon Welch visited us a few weeks ago from Cambodia, I think we were all reminded of our partnership in that wonderful work. The elders, on behalf of the congregation, approved sending $2,000 to help that work above our monthly commitment. That contribution will help a second evangelism team work with the SNACK program. What follows is an e-mail we received from Dennis this week.

‘Greetings from Phnom Penh, Cambodia!

Last evening we had our weekly call with the elder and his wife (Nick & Carol Smith) in Stockton, CA (Central church of Christ) who are our liaisons with the church. This church oversees SNACK. Anyway, like all of us he is excited about the evangelism taking place in the SNACK villages. While in the States we received some new contributions, but it appears there were not enough to cover starting up the third truck again. Please continue praying about that. Nick thought that since we did get some new funding we should direct it toward the evangelism component of SNACK and hire more evangelists from the Bible school (or elsewhere) and operate two teams of evangelists instead of just one. It seems that God had already provided for a second motorbike through Highland Lakes and we didn’t even know it yet.

Therefore, we propose to transition our current team of evangelists to no longer travel with the SNACK trucks, but instead travel by motorbike to a single SNACK village each day, thereby affording them much more time in the homes of the SNACK families to share the good news. After that we will hire a second team to do the same. We are patient on God to bring us the right brothers for this work so we can’t say clearly about the timing. We can say that we are very excited about how the Lord is using SNACK as an access into the hearts and homes of the villagers. Praise His glorious Name!

We hope that you and the brethren at Highland Lakes will pray about this opportunity for bearing fruit for God’s Kingdom in Cambodia. Please see the praise/petition requests below.

Love and blessings, Dennis & Sharon”

PRAYER REQUESTS:

Praise God for the open hearts of the villagers being served by the SNACK program.

Petition God for the resources to begin using the third SNACK truck/route again.

Petition God for zealous, dedicated evangelists for the SNACK program.

Praise God for the ministries we all do as partners in the Gospel in God’s name.’

Let us here at Highland Lakes church of Christ, remember that we are partners in the Gospel with the Welchs in Cambodia (as well as partners with the other missionaries we help support) and as partners we need to be devoted to remembering them and their prayer needs in our daily and collective prayers.

– Ken Darnell, on behalf of the elders”

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Welch’s January 2015 Newsletter

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The Welch’s Grapevine

for the glory of God!

GreetingsThanks clipart from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Grace, peace, faith and love from the Lord Jesus Christ to each one of you. We constantly thank our Father for your love, prayers, encouragements and support for the ministries the Lord has put before us in Cambodia. We also say “thank you” to each of you.

Warm hearts clipartWe recently returned to Cambodia from our first holiday trip to the US since moving to Cambodia more than six years ago. We were very blessed to spend Christmas and New Years with family, friends and saints. Even though the weather was a bit too chilly for us, we were constantly surrounded by warm, loving hearts. We returned refreshed, renewed and rededicated to the work before us in Cambodia.

Kunthea

New teacher, Kunthea

New driver, Kimhout

New driver, Kimhout

SNACK NEWS:  Upon our arrival we set our hearts on our ministries anew. Sharon hired a new employee for the SNACK Program as another employee was leaving. We began training one of teachers to also drive a truck and continued with evangelism in the homes of the parents of the SNACK children. Read more below. Please pray for Sharon to have strength and boldness in her ministry to the children, their families and the staff.

Visitors from Singapore and Australia joined for a day with SNACK

Visitors from Singapore and Australia joined for a day with SNACK

VISITORS:  The leaders of a children’s training ministry joined SNACK for a day to see the product of their work as our staff had learned new teaching techniques from them. We also enjoyed a visit by Kurstin, an American English teacher in China, on holiday for two weeks in Cambodia. Kurstin joined us for Sunday worship at our house church too. Our prayer is that every visitor who joins a day in the villages with SNACK will be blessed to serve more boldly than ever before.

Kurstin with singing with our neighborhood children

Kurstin joins a Bible study with our neighborhood children

 

Nehemiah1BIBLE SCHOOL NEWS: Dennis has returned to teaching at the Cambodia Bible Institute (CBI). His latest course was the conclusion of Old Testament History, Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther. He really enjoys working with the students to help them understand how big and powerful, yet full of love and mercy is our God. Each of these books teaches us about Kingdom living and the wondrous characteristics of Yahweh. We ask you to pray for the students to grow in their faith and knowledge so that they can serve as ministry leaders in the body of Christ.

NEW SAINTS: Toni has been attending church for a long time including the church that meets at our house. Both of her sisters and her brother are Christians. LomAng cooks for CBI and has sat in on some of Dennis’ classes. Her husband is a strong brother and frequent teacher.  We have been praying for both of these young ladies for quite some time. Recently, both Toni and LomAng decided to give their lives to Jesus and were baptized after assembly of the University church. Please join our praise to the Lord for saving them and our petition to Him for their faith and obedience to grow by grace and knowledge of He who saved them.

Toni and LomAng about to baptized into Christ

Toni and LomAng about to baptized into Christ

PRAYER PARTNERS:  Many of you know we’re in a new phase of ministry in response to a need we observed. Now we’d like to ask you to consider committing to praying with us over this new work of our ministry through the SNACK Program. Just to give you an overview, the program was started in some villages about an hour outside of Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, about ten years ago. This program’s purpose and vision is to minister in holistic ways to the community by providing health education and nutritious food supplements to poor, malnourished children while also modeling the life of a Christ-follower and sharing His teachings with them and their families.  All the staff are Cambodian Christians, while the vast majority of the children and their families come from a background of a kind of Buddhism that is focused primarily on ancestor worship.

Our new efforts are focused on the families of the children. By using the SNACK Program as an access ministry into the lives and hearts of the community our evangelists are able to share the good news with one of every two households they visit—not only tell the story, but also get invited back to tell more.  We are confident that God’s Spirit is preparing their hearts to receive His grace through the blessing of education and nutrition we are providing their children. We ask you to join our prayers of praise to the Lord of the harvest for many more disciples and churches in Cambodia.

The ministry of the SNACK Program is also to the staff, many of whom are young believers. There are ongoing efforts by us and others to disciple the staff members who are young in their faith, and help lead them toward a closer walk with Jesus. This discipling happens in daily interaction, through activities together and in time studying God’s Word together, worshiping, singing and praying.

Praying Children

Our constant prayer is that the children of the SNACK Program will grow up to be godly leaders in this country; people who know how to live and love like Jesus and how to live out His Kingdom on earth. We also pray that the ministry to their families and others in their community will always be offered in a respectful and loving way, following the example Jesus set for us.

Us at HLcoC What are our roles with this program? Sharon directs the day-to-day operation by leading the staff in bringing a lesson and nutrition supplement to the children. Dennis leads the ministry of sharing the good news with the families of the children. Together, we are using our unique gifts to holistically minister to these Cambodians. We are striving to be Jesus to them, but here’s our conclusion: We’re not anything special apart from God, yet this program is being blessed and used by God, and we need partners in this work. We strive to help the poor both spiritually and physically. While we may not have much training and experience in the field of nutrition, we’ve decided to follow God’s lead in this and pray that we can ‘be strong and courageous’ in the face of any obstacles the evil one puts before us.

We must depend on God, and He wants to hear us call to Him. We’re looking for people who will partner with us in prayer. We know that God gives us all the privilege of prayer and He works in this world, and strengthens our faith and calling by His answers to those prayers. We know that we don’t always hear/see His answers, but we still believe, and we ask. You may or may not already be committed to praying for the work we’re involved in here. Please let us know if you’re willing to be part of this ministry in committing to pray with us by clicking this link and providing your name and email address so we can stay in touch with you to share prayer needs and praises in the work here. This work is much bigger than we are, but we thank God that He is the one caring for and saving the people of Cambodia and the rest of us in this world and that He lets us all be a part of it. May God bless you in the ministry that is your life!

Eternal love and blessings,
Dennis and Sharon Welch

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SOGGY SHOES ON SUNDAY

This is an encouraging post from the brethren in Kingsland, TX.  It will surely bless you.

SOGGY SHOES ON SUNDAY

The article says,

“I was reading through one of the many reports from the mission field that cross my desk. There was good news from Burma. The new government there has expanded religious freedom which has allowed the establishment of several new Churches of Christ.

One quote from a Burmese brother caught my eye: “We did not expect many people to come last Sunday for worship as most of them are working in the fields in heavy rain every day; but, to our surprise, 57 people gathered for worship.” The report included the picture of 3 sisters-in- Christ who walked 3 miles to attend the services. CORRECTION: They waded 3 miles through about 6 inches of water that was standing over the roads during this rainy season. In truth, everybody had to wade to church and of the 57 who did, 3 ladies waded 3 miles to get there!

This story forced me to ask myself some questions. Would I walk 3 miles to go to church? Yes, I think I would. Would I be willing to wade 3 miles through ankle deep water to be there? I hope I would! Why would I ever feel it was a chore to step out of my climate-controlled home into my air-conditioned/heated car and drive a few minutes to the church building? I don’t know.

One thing is sure…there were many SOGGY feet at that worship service in Burma…but all that was forgotten as they gathered to worship with their Lord!”

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Old Video Bearing Fruit

Kids Praying @ TPP

Even though this video is about a year and half old, it really highlights how our work has grown from so much more than only teaching Bible at a school.

Mission Cambodia Video from 2013

Learn more at our new SNACK Program, Cambodia website: www.snackprogramcambodia.org

Give our new website a peek at the link above

Give our new website a peek at the link above

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THE RESPONSIBIITY OF PRIVILEGE

Mission Cambodia:

Great teaching from King Jesus about life in His Kingdom, under His reign and authority. Will I follow the King?

Originally posted on Highland Lakes church of Christ:

Jesus shares a parable in Luke 13:6-9 that beautifully shows the relationship between privilege and responsibility. The story concerns a certain fig tree that was privileged enough to be planted in a vineyard. Being in the vineyard, the tree enjoyed special care and protection that was not usually given to fig trees. However, in spite of the special care and nourishment the tree received, it gave no fruit! Not only was the tree useless (for fruit), but it actually was a hindrance to the rest of the vineyard. It took up space that a good and fruitful tree could be using and took nutrients from the ground without giving anything back in return! Imagine how you would feel if you were the owner of such a fruitless tree. How would you feel about a lamp in your house that used $50.00 worth of electricity each month but gave no light?…

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December News (print version)

Download the PRINT and MAIL version of our December 2014 Welchs’ Grapevine.

December 2014 Welch’s Grapevine Newsletter

Dennis and Sharon

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