Welchs February 2015 Newsletter

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The Welch’s Grapevine

for the glory of God!

Clipart Howdy Dear family and friends,
We send you greetings from Cambodia. Grace, peace, love and hope to you through our Lord Jesus Christ. We never stop thanking Him for what you are doing for us in our ministries in Cambodia and among you. We send our sincere gratitude that because of your love for the Lord you have loved us, supported us, prayed for us and encouraged uClipart Offer Thankss time and time again. We hope that these news items that we share with you will encourage you toward greater love and good deeds done in the name of the Lord.

Jacksons Arrive

Bob & Sandy Jackson arrive at Phnom Penh International Airport

 BIBLE SCHOOL NEWS: On Valentines Day Bob & Sandy Jackson from Lubbock, TX arrived for Bob to teach Second Corinthians at the Cambodia Bible Institute. We are delighted that even though we are quite a distance from the school they decided to stay with us for the two weeks they were in Phnom Penh. Bob serves in the AdvancementClipart Sunset Logo Department of the Sunset International Bible Institute and is a frequent guest teacher at CBI. Sandy spent a day in the countryside with Sharon and they joined us for worship the two Sundays they were with us. We are really grateful for their support and encouragement to us. We hope you will join our prayer for the fruit of Bob’s teaching at CBI.

Bob Jackson teaching 2nd Corinthians at the Cambodia Bible Institute

Bob Jackson teaching 2nd Corinthians at the Cambodia Bible Institute

Bob Jackson shares a great lesson about "The Roaring Lion on the Prowl" with the church

Bob Jackson shares a great lesson about “The Roaring Lion on the Prowl” with the church

Church All Churches 1

 CHURCH: The brethren of Cambodian Christian Ministries organized and facilitated the second annual Phnom Penh Churches of Christ joint worship at the conclusion of their Medical Mission. All the local churches gathered at the BEST Center where the University church normally meets for a special time of fellowship and worship. We always pray for stronger unity among us and that we will all maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Church All Churches 2

Dennis, SNACK staff, Vanna & Kimhout and new guard, Rus study God's Word

Dennis, SNACK staff, Vanna & Kimhout and new guard, Rus study God’s Word

 CHURCH PLANT: While studying the Bible with our SNACK evangelists (more below) our new guard, Rus joined the study. Rus came from a very difficult backgroundRus Baptism 2—orphaned, abandoned and abused from early childhood. He attended school through the 3rd grade but was then forced out to serve as child labor in the fields. He had already heard the gospel story as the church practiced telling it to one another the week before. Anyway, during our study he was very engaged and it was clear that his faith was growing through each point we discussed. So, Vanna, our lead evangelist spent some time studying with him, answering his questions and building his faith to the point that he requested to be baptized. When the SNACK staff returned from the countryside we welcomed a new brother into the family of God. Please join our prayer for Rus’ faith to grow and for all of us to serve him with love and encouragement in his new life in Christ Jesus.
Rus Baptism 3

The SNACK staff celebrates with their brother in Christ, Rus, a new child of God

The SNACK staff celebrates with their brother in Christ, Rus, a new child of God

Sreykhuech teaches and sings with the neighborhood children

Sreykhuech teaches and sings with the neighborhood children

Church Dennis Rus Monich The young church that meets at our home continues to bless the neighborhood kids, fellowship together and worship our Lord each Sunday. Please keep praying for our growing church.

Some of the members preparing food for the children and adults of the church

Some of the members preparing food for the children and adults of the church

Worshiping is Spirit and in Truth

Worshiping is Spirit and in Truth

 We also joined with the Singaporean team from Pasir Panjang Church of Christ who are striving to start a new school in Phnom Penh. We enjoyed a “let’s get acquainted” meeting and meal together while they gleaned relevant information from our experiences. We pray the Lord blesses their efforts.

Brethren from Singapore share their lives and and a meal with some of us in Cambodia

Brethren from Singapore share their lives and and a meal with some of us in Cambodia

Visitors Helen, Phyllis & Sheila share with the children

Visitors Helen, Phyllis & Sheila share with the children

 SNACK PROGRAM NEWS: We love to host visitors who come to bless the children. Helen, Phyllis and Sheila had taught for several weeks at the BEST Center and so on their day off they traveled with Sharon to the countryside. We always pray that what our visitors experience will help them in their quest to be transformed into the image of Christ.

 

SNACK Helen Phyllis SheilaSNACK Khay Long  Meet our new SNACK teacher, Khay. Her husband is a local preacher and she has been a blessing to the SNACK children. Join our prayer that Khay will be a good teammate to the staff and a huge blessing to the children.
SNACK Khay Teaching Children

We are constantly looking for ways to help our staff grow in their ability to teach about health, hygiene and nutrition. One Hope taught them new skills using animation, songs and gestures to capture the attention and excitement of the kids. Our prayer is that our staff will be effective teachers and mentors for these precious young souls.

Dennis, Rus, Vanna, Kunthea and Khay study bearing fruit for the Kingdom of Heaven

Dennis, Rus, Vanna, Kunthea and Khay study bearing fruit for the Kingdom of Heaven

 Furthermore, we strive to improve the staff’s ability to share the good news about Jesus in a culturally relevant way. Here are some photos from our studies with new staffers Kunthea and Khay, prospective evangelist, Sokha and new evangelist, Daen. We beg you to fervently pray that much fruit will be produced from our efforts to share the life-changing Story of the Christ with SNACK families.

Dennis and others study making disciples

Dennis and others study making disciples

Family Bible study with SNACK staff and new evangelist, Daen

Family Bible study with SNACK staff and new evangelist, Daen

Sandy Jackson shares bread and fortified peanut butter to school children of the SNACK Program

Sandy Jackson shares bread and fortified peanut butter to school children of the SNACK Program

Sandy Jackson explaining about the blessings she brings from Lubbock, Texas

Sandy Jackson explaining about the blessings she brings from Lubbock, Texas

Sandy distributes toothpaste and brushes to the SNACK Program children

Sandy distributes toothpaste and brushes to the SNACK Program children

A young boy displays the gifts he has received from the servants of Jesus

A young boy displays the gifts he has received from the servants of Jesus

 While Bob & Sandy Jackson were staying with us, Sandy spent a day with Sharon blessing the SNACK children with toothbrushes and toothpaste, gifts from brethren at the Sunset Church of Christ, Lubbock, Texas. A loud shout of thanks to those folks for blessing these kids with important health items. Please join our prayer that acts of kindness and generosity like these will turn hearts toward our loving Father in heaven.

Happy SNACK kids with Sandy and the staff

Happy SNACK kids with Sandy and the staff

 

Birthdays, Valentines Day and a personal retreat were a part of our February too. We pray our lives are always a living sacrifice to the Lord and an encouragement to your faith in Jesus.

Daughters Theary and Pov celebrate their 23rd and 18th birthdays

Daughters Theary and Pov celebrate their 23rd and 18th birthdays

The whole family poses for a group birthday celebration photo at a local restaurant.

The whole family poses for a group birthday celebration photo at a local restaurant. From the left is Pov, Vanna, Dennis, Theary, Sharon and Khuech.

The view of Phnom Penh from the roof of our hotel during our little getaway weekend.

The view of Phnom Penh from the roof of our hotel during our little getaway weekend.

 Eternal love and blessings,
Dennis and Sharon Welch

snackprogramcambodia.org

Two ordinary folks living out their retirement having the most fun of their lives!

Two ordinary folks living out their retirement, celebrating marriage under the reign of the Lord of all lords!

Our beautiful girls, Sovanna 27, Sreykhuech 24, Sokuntheary 23, and Sreypov 18

Our beautiful girls, Sovanna 27, Sreykhuech 24, Sokuntheary 23, and Sreypov 18

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About Mission Cambodia

Dennis and Sharon minister in Phnom Penh to share the “Good News” of Jesus to the Cambodian people. Dennis trains in sowing, watering, disciple-making, church-planting, discipleship and leadership. Sharon directs the SNACK Program, an holistic outreach to poor, malnourished children and their families in the Cambodian countryside.
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2 Responses to Welchs February 2015 Newsletter

  1. Joanna Ashlock says:

     Dennis and Sharon, It is wonderful to hear from you all and from the looks of your newsletter, you all are very busy! It’s encouraging to see the PP church looking to expand there. The work you all are doing there continues to be fruitful both as you meet physical needs and spiritual needs. May God continue to bless all you do! In HIm,Joanna Ashlock

     

  2. Mary says:

    Hi Dennis and Sharon

    I really enjoyed reading your newsletter. I just love the work you guys are doing. I often think about you and all of the children whose lives you are touching, You won’t see some of those results for years but I know God is faithfully working along the way.

    I saw a couple of Sharon on Facebook so I guess she is in Siem Reap right now. Good on her. We have a couple of people from New Zealand there too.

    We are enjoying a visit by Sandy Detherage. I’m even starting to warm up to his corny jokes.

    God bless you Mary

    Mary Nelson http://www.missionbiblclass.org mary@missionbiblclass.org

    *”These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7*

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