In November we changed houses from the south part of the city to the northern part for a couple of good reasons. Sharon has had a really long commute to work each morning. Also, there was no church in that part of town. So, we chose a house with enough parking spaces for the SNACK trucks and would be conducive to church assemblies.
The University Church of Christ which meets in the south and with whom we had served from the beginning strongly encouraged us in our mission to plant a new church in the north. They sent us out with blessing and prayer December 7th.
Right away, we began inviting the SNACK staff to invite their neighbors for lunch and worship. We have normally had about 15-20 people, mostly Christians but a few others with faith who had not yet committed themselves to following Jesus only. We were really encouraged that on the two occasions when we were out of town, the church met, ate together and worshiped just like any other Sunday. Normally, we are the only foreigners/missionaries in attendance.
Sunday, 26 January we noted that there were some non-Christians who had not yet given themselves over to Christ so we helped a newer young Christian tell the gospel story. Two of the young disciples decided to have Jesus clean them from their sins, receive His Holy Spirit and become a new creation in Christ.
With a little encouragement and mentoring we asked one of the other young men (who had only ever witnessed baptism when he was baptized at one of the SNACK villages) to perform the baptisms.
We welcomed Vutha and Phoun into the family of God as He added them to His church. Please join our prayers that these two new babes in Christ will grow and flourish in the grace and peace of God, that they will tell many others what the Lord has done for them, and the others who are not yet Christians will decide to give their lives entirely to Christ Jesus, our Savior. We praise God with you and with all the hosts of heaven that our new church is making new disciples and new Christians.