For The Glory of GOD!
Greetings from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Volume 8, Number 6, June, 2013
Dearest family & friends,
In early June we returned from a reporting trip to the United States to our ministries in Cambodia. We got off of the plane a bit exhausted from the travel, but full in the Spirit. You had showered us with love and blessing. You had encouraged us to remain steadfast in our works. You had reconfirmed your support of our ministries. You had prayed for and with us. We were ready to begin anew the work before us.
While we are blessed to join in other activities or ministries from time-to-time, our primary efforts remain sharing the Word of God at the Cambodia Bible Institute, the congregations in the city and countryside and with any seeking to know their Creator and Savior. The titles placed upon us by man, teacher and director could be better described as servants of the Word and of people. We humbly ask that you join our prayer for boldness, courage and mercy as we serve Jesus for the glory of Him and the benefit of precious souls.
Through the grace and blessings of God, Dennis opens His Word and shares what He has revealed about Himself and His will to the young brothers and sisters at the Cambodia Bible Institute. There are others too who are doing the same. When we returned from America, Brother Tim Brumfield was finishing a course on Evangelism. We sure do love this brother and his heart-burden to share the Good News and to help others learn to do the same. When he left Cambodia, Tim’s committed ministry to the Portuguese-speaking world took him to Mozambique where he encountered many trials. Please pray for Tim to receive all that he needs…and more to fulfill his ministry.
CBI is really blessed to be under the direction of Rich Dolan. He is shepherding these young Christians to be ministers of the Word through his leadership and example. Veasna Tol has joined the staff to help with leading course studies, translation for non-Khmer speaking brothers, evangelism campaigns, and student recruitment. His gentle spirit, commitment to the Word and love of God is reflected in his ministry to these Christians and to all the church in Cambodia. Please lift these brothers up in prayer for their dedication to the Lord, the saved and the lost.
After spending many days preparing, near the end of June Dennis began a five-week study of Acts at CBI. This study was strongly encouraging, refreshing and motivational as the ways and will of God are revealed in His Word. We recommend that all of us regularly study this book to see what God has revealed about Himself, the church and faith-led works of the disciples. Please pray that all of us will be so committed to the Lord that we can stand firm when persecuted.
CBI currently has 11 young Christians studying God’s Word. By the end of the year six of them should graduate. This is the lowest count since we have been in Cambodia. We beg you to pray that the Lord will direct us to additional brethren, especially men seeking to know God’s Word and committed to sharing it as they minister to others.
The GRACE for Cambodia1 SNACK Program2, by the grace and blessings of God continues to remain Sharon’s primary ministry in Cambodia. The dedicated staff of Christians she serves blesses many children with instruction in health, hygiene, nutrition and Bible when they travel from village to village serving the children their nutritional SNACK.
The SNACK staff grew by one when Sharon hired the most recent graduate of CBI, Virak. He is a quiet, gentle, yet bold minister of the Word who loves children. As the oldest brother among the staff, his influence on his peers will be helpful to them in all areas of their lives. Please pray that the staff draws closer to the Lord through His Word, their ministries and by the example of Sharon, Operations Manager Piseth and brothers like Virak so that they will grow in faith and steadfastness.
Piseth, the SNACK Program Operations Manager did a fantastic job of managing the program while Sharon was away. He encountered a few trials along the way, but grew from the experiences. After our return he was very helpful in getting a replacement truck ready for service. Another challenge he faced was dealing with all the steps involved from a crash of one of the trucks, after which the police held it captive for many days. Join our prayer of praise that the Lord has brought us Piseth to help in this ministry to the poor, malnourished children of rural Cambodia.
Perhaps the most significant news from June was the arrival of two Abilene Christian University mission interns to assist Sharon. Shanleigh Clinton and Mallory Wilkins had come to serve in Cambodia for seven weeks. These two girls passionately love the Lord and desire to serve Him in any and every way possible. They certainly did that as they showered the people of Cambodia with their love! What a tremendous blessing they were to the children, the SNACK staff and especially to Sharon in the direction and administration of the SNACK Program. Please pray that many lives will be impacted for Christ by these two Spirit-filled young ladies.
Learning a culture quickly is impossible. Still, cultural immersion is a big step toward success. Sharon, Theary, Mallory and Shanleigh traveled to Rabbit Island to experience rural, minimalist living for a couple of days. This retreat was a positive experience for all of them to bond together as a team in serving our Lord. Please pray that the cultural lessons we are all learning will open our eyes to see how we can better serve King Jesus as we serve Cambodians and each other.
Both of these interns have been quite adept at learning the challenging Khmer language. They love to practice what they are learning with the children in the countryside. Through the donations of Samaritan’s Purse, the SNACK Program staff and interns had the wonderful opportunity to live the words of Jesus, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
They shared gifts of toys and clothing with 500 children in 4 villages in the name of Jesus. The good-will being created by our work in these villages is creating an audience eager to hear more about Jesus. Please pray that these works of love, generosity and mercy will cause Cambodians to seek their Creator and Savior.
For June, the SNACK Program expenses were double the regular contributions received. We expect the July data to be nearly the same. Brethren, we need your help to continue these productive efforts to present Christ to Cambodia. Please consider how you can best help us carryout our mission to the lost in this country so desperately needing Good News. We beg you to pray earnestly concerning this and our other prayer request in this newsletter.
Each month we share with you some of the blessings we observe as we minister to Cambodia. We report on news of efforts to serve our Lord by His power and grace and by your efforts to support us through funding, encouragement and prayer. Among our greatest blessings are you. We always thank and praise God for your efforts to love and serve Him and His church with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. To Him be the glory and the power in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever. Amen!
Eternal love & blessings,
Dennis & SharonPhnom Penh, Cambodia JesusServant4U@yahoo.com missioncambodia.wordpress.com
1 GRACE for Cambodia stands for Giving Relief and Care Everyday for Cambodia
2 SNACK stands for Supplemental Nutrition Aiding Cambodian Kids
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