For The Glory of GOD!
Greetings from Phnom Penh, Cambodia! Volume 8, Number 5, May, 2013
Dearest family & friends,
“We love to tell the story of Jesus and His love.” And we had many opportunities to do that in May. It was so sweet to join with many of you during our blessed trip back to the USA for reporting on how the Lord is using His servants in Cambodia. While among you, you showered us with love and blessing. You encouraged us to remain steadfast in our works. You reconfirmed your support of our ministries. You prayed for and with us. Blessing upon blessing!
While we were away from Cambodia, the work continued onward. Below are some of the highlights of our reporting trip and the happenings in Cambodia during May. This newsletter includes:
- Cambodia News
- Pepperdine Bible Lectures
- Stockton, CA
- Oak Harbor, WA
- Mt. Ida, AR
- Family & Friends
While we were on our reporting trip in the States, the Cambodia Bible Institute was blessed to have Dale Lundy and Tim Brumfield come from the USA to teach again. These brothers volunteered their lives to help the school and the church grow in faith, leadership and evangelism. Dale taught the students Wisdom Literature and Tim taught an Evangelism course. While they were in Cambodia one of our students completed the last of his courses and so they had a graduation ceremony for him. Following this, Rich and Ronda Dolan departed for Tulsa for their daughter’s wedding.
The SNACK Program was running smoothly while we were away thanks to the grace of God, working through His servant and our Operations Manager, Piseth. Before leaving we put in service the first of the replacement trucks so May began with a full complement of staff and trucks. One of the remaining trucks needing to be replaced had some breakdowns, but the SNACK program was still able to bless 1400 children 3 times each week with valuable lessons on health, hygiene, nutrition and Bible in addition to nutritional food supplements.
The 70th Annual Pepperdine Bible Lectures adopted the title, “Can I Get a Witness?” It was their first-ever lectureship study of the Revelation of Jesus to John and it was rich. We heard many powerful lessons that encouraged us strongly. We believe it was the finest of this style of study dynamic that we have ever experienced. If you were there you know what we mean and if you missed it…well, you really missed out. We also attended many class sessions on different missions around the world, trying our best to encourage others. This resulted in us meeting many new brethren. It is not a stretch to say that the singing at the lectureship was wonderful and powerful. God was praised mightily! Another highlight for us was receiving an invitation by Sunset International Bible Institute to speak about our work at their reception event. SIBI has been a strong advocate for the church planting model of combining the ministry activities of the Bible school and the nutrition program in Cambodia. Thank you SIBI! Please join our prayer that our efforts to share the story will encourage others to act on faith in ways that only God can bring the victory.
From Malibu, CA we flew to Stockton, CA (actually, Sacramento) to join with our beloved brethren of the Central Church of Christ. We stayed in the lovely and comfortable home of Paul & Bobbie Covey again. They treat us far better than we deserve. Thank you Coveys! Along with some R&R time, we shared about our work at both the Central church and the Ham Lane Church of Christ in Lodi. Both congregations have continued to generously support the nutrition program and serve us by their encouragements and love. Thank you Central and Ham Lane! Please pray that the Lord continues to use these brethren to glorify His name through their commitment to the mission of sharing the love of Jesus and His gospel.
The next stop on our reporting trip was Oak Harbor, WA. We had known and loved the Marchand family from their time at Keller so staying with them was a sweet reunion. Again, the church gave us the opportunity to present the ministries in Cambodia and blessed us with their warmth, love and generosity. One sweet sister gave us a very generous donation to purchase a SNACK truck. Thank you sister, Oak Harbor Church of Christ and Marchand family! Please pray that all of us will glorify God by our eagerness to share the love of Jesus like our brethren in Oak Harbor.
After flying to Texas and spending a few days in the always open and comfortable home of the Laniers in Keller, we drove to Lubbock, staying with our dear friends and frequent short-term missionaries to Cambodia, Bob & Sandy Jackson. The timing of our visit allowed us to attend SIBI graduation and associated activities, reuniting with many from the staff and from the Sunset Church of Christ. We were quick regular customers of a local coffee/yogurt shop as our place of choice to love-on many old friends. Y’all encouraged us so much to continue the work the Lord has put before us. Thanks for your endless love and prayers. Please join our prayer that Sunset will receive everything needed to continue to bear good fruit for the Kingdom of Heaven.
From Lubbock we journeyed across Oklahoma about an hour ahead of the tornado that ravished Moore. We arrived at Mt. Ida, AR, home of Sharon’s sister, Charlene and husband David to beautiful weather. However, overnight the weather system traveled from Oklahoma to Arkansas, blowing a dead limb down from high in a tree, crashing down on our borrowed car, doing significant damage. All of us felt so sad about it. Beyond that issue, our stay in the backwoods of AR was a time of rest and fun with family. Sweet memories! Please pray for us that we will take special time like this to rest and recharge our physical batteries.
On Saturday, we traveled back to the DFW area to Melissa, staying with our long-time dear friends, Sandy and Cindy Detherage. We worshiped with them and the High Pointe Church of Christ on Sunday morning before making our report to Keller church on Sunday evening. There are so many new brethren at Keller so we really enjoyed getting to meet a few of them at the “meet and greet” gathering after the presentation. Christ is our foundation, but Keller is from where we began our walk with the Lord. We will forever be indebted to those who have raised us up and now continue to hold us up before the Lord. God has blessed us so much through them. Thank you beloved church family! Please lift up Keller in praise to our Father and pray that High Pointe will join our support team for the Lord’s work in Cambodia.
Another stop for us on our reporting trip was the home of the Millers and the Highland Lakes Church of Christ in Kingsland, TX. These delightful brethren have been helping us from the beginning and bless us to feel at home when among them. Like most of the other churches, these brethren afforded Dennis the time to make a report on the work and then preach the Sunday morning worship assembly sermon. They followed this with a potluck before sending us on our way. Thanks for your encouraging support and prayers. We love you very much! Please join our prayer that the local mission focus of this congregation will bear much fruit for the Kingdom.
Our final stop was Crowley, TX where Dennis’ brother, Doug has always provided a place of rest for us. We sure do love hanging out with him and his kids. From there, we had the opportunity to see our son, Michael along with Jamie, Tony and Gage; our grandson, Ethan along with his mom; and our granddaughter, Autumn and her mom. We also had several meetings with current and potential supporters of our ministries in Cambodia. That brought us into June and concluded our stateside reporting trip for 2013. We solicit your prayers for the struggle in our hearts for being so far from our family and friends in the US, many who don’t yet love their true Father and His Son.
This trip reminded us how much you care about others. Through us and other servants of the Lord you are helping many people in a multitude of ways to find grace, truth and love. We also observed how much God has blessed America and then Americans’ response to those blessings. During our five-week stay among you, we shared many wonderful meals and special moments together. We wanted to spend time with more of you. Finally, we were torn to leave your presence because of our love for you. No matter how long we are apart, we have the great hope of a resurrection reunion. Please continue to pray and support our efforts give others that same blessed hope for the glory of God.
Eternal love & blessings,
Dennis & SharonPhnom Penh, Cambodia JesusServant4U@yahoo.com missioncambodia.wordpress.com