August 2012 Welch Newsletter
For The Glory of GOD!
Greetings from Phnom Penh, Cambodia Vol 7, Num 5, August 2012
Dearest family & friends,
Wow, can you believe we just celebrated our fourth year anniversary of living in Cambodia!!! We are so grateful to all who have been such a big part of the Lord’s work here in Cambodia. Thank you for your partnership in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Cambodia, and for your continued love and support.
Over the past four years we have seen many changes, and these changes continue even today. We have been richly blessed with a greater understanding of the Khmer people, their culture, religion, history and lives, as well as the ability to communicate with them in their local Cambodian language and build greater relationship of love and understanding! It is a great blessing for us to share with you how the Lord has been using us for His glory.
Cambodia Bible Institute (CBI) update:
The primary mission of CBI continues to be in training men and women to make disciples, start new churches, build faith in existing churches through encouragements, preaching, and teaching the complete Word of God. We are thrilled to see the abundant fruit of this mission and the efforts of the students and graduates.
Rich Dolan, Dean of CBI is such a blessing to the Kingdom work here in Cambodia. He and Dennis continue to be the primary instructors at the Bible school. God has blessed them with a love and gift to preach and teach. Now that they are teaching in the Khmer language, the students are able to complete their Bible training in approximately 2¼ years. The need for additional instructors continues. Therefore, please prayerfully consider how you might help serve in the efforts of the Cambodia Bible Institute, teaching more leaders the Word of God!
The student body continues to grow and change! There have now been nineteen students graduate and leave the school, serving in various ministries. Before Christmas four more will graduate and early next year an additional four will complete their studies. As the Bible school adds and accepts new students we are starting to see a new era in Christian growth. In the past, many of the students that came to CBI were not Christians. Once they started studying God’s Word, learning the cost of discipleship, their hearts were pricked and they wanted to be baptized into Christ. However, we are thrilled to see this dynamic changing. The new students studying at CBI have come to us already Christians. Each of them, including the older students have a strong desire to know God more deeply and “to go” reaching out, helping and serving others by preaching, teaching and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ! We are seeing this lived-out on a regular basis. Recently, twenty-eight people were baptized in villages where two of our graduates are serving. All praises and glory to our Lord and Savior! We are thrilled to see the fruit of CBI and confident that God is being glorified, the Kingdom is growing, knowledge of God’s will is being revealed, faith is being built, and the staff, graduates and students of CBI continue to grow and mature as a result of the many-faceted works of the Cambodia Bible Institute.
SNACK Program update:
Two years ago, with much excitement, we shared our commitment to join the Nutritional Feeding Program, now known as the “SNACK Program”. Since the transition almost 1 ½ years ago we have seen many changes in this program. As the SNACK Program continue to reach out to many children and villages, feeding nutritional snacks, teaching good health and hygiene and teaching the children Bible stories we look for ways to improve the program. The last few months Sharon has spent a lot of time in the countryside working with the SNACK staff, the children and evaluating new villages! We are delighted to share with you we have recently added two new villages consisting of approximately 450 children, bringing the number of children served to about 1200. These two new villages consist of some of the poorest, most malnourished children we have seen since coming to Cambodia! Please continue to help us care for these precious children and minister to their families.
So, every weekday, our three trucks with a two-person crew each travel to 12 villages on a rotation that allows all the children to be fed about four times a week. We continue to improve the curriculum for the program, while capitalizing on the Bible training and knowledge of the students at the Cambodia Bible Institute and the staff of our nutritional feeding program.
God has blessed us so richly and we love being here in Cambodia. The Lord’s Kingdom continues to grow. Moreover, opportunities for new relationships and deepening of existing relationships are bearing fruit also. All are dear and precious to us, however, one, especially so! Three years ago we were blessed with meeting a very precious young lady! We believe God sent her to help us and He continues to use her to help us and many others to this very day. We are so grateful for Theary and the bright light she is to us and all those she meets. She has a strong faith and loves sharing the love of Jesus and the Good News Message. We couldn’t be happier about the good choices she consistently makes. Thank you Lord for the gift of this special daughter!
May our great and glorious God continue to pour-out His rich and abundant blessings on each of you! We covet your prayers, specifically praying for our work as we seek to honor and glorify God.
Eternal love & blessings,
Dennis & Sharon
Phnom Penh, Cambodia