Monday, July 11, 2016

Amazing story of a Khmer Rouge survivor, Dareth Ly

This is an amazing story that gives us a first hand view of what it was like to live through this terrible time in history.

Soon we will be returning to Battambang and continuing our ministry there. Please remember to pray for us and the nation of Cambodia. We thank you for your prayers and support.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Setting the Captives Free

Our Bible School leader and students ministered to this man and prayed a prayer of deliverance as he received Christ.

Traditional religious ties were broken and this man was set free.

Monday, March 21, 2016

God still heals and delivers

Pastor Meas Samoul, one of our instructors recently shared at our leadership meetings how God is working in and through his church members in miraculous ways.  A church member went with his wife into the forest to find roots. He later layed down on the ground to take a knapp.  A poisonous snake came and bit him on the head while he was knapping.  His wife ran to Pastor Meas Samoul to have him pray. Pastor prayed that the venom would not have any power to hurt the man and the man was totally healed.

Another member had gone up to the mountains with his son and father.
He said demons were attacking the grandfather causing him to shake very badly and he was filled with tremendous fear.  Early in the morning the son and grandson prayed in the name of Jesus for the grandfather to be freed. He immediately stopped shaking and the fear was gone.
The grandfather was not a believer, but his wife who was a Budhist priest saw the miracle and became a believer in the power of the Christian God. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New School - in the Village of Romdul

This school in the countryside is almost to the Vietnam border. Students here never dreamed they would have the opportunity to study the Word of God. Our graduate students are now there teaching their countryman and women God's Word.  We are so excited to see what God will do with this small but dedicated group.

New School in Chhuk

Pastor Saran another one of our leaders from the village of Chhuk, in the Province of Kampot, began instructing at his Bible School in January as well.  The reports were exciting. This is by far the biggest Bible School we have had.  Most of our schools run between 9 and 23 students.  The school in Chhuk started with a class of 47 registered students.  Some students are Pastors and/or church workers. They actually meet in a church building and not outside like many of the other schools.

Pastor Bunreth teacing

"May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord." 2 Peter 1:2

New THC Bible School in Kravainh

A new THC Bible School started this January in the Village of Kravainh, in the Province of Pursat.  We are so proud of our graduating students who have risen up to become instructors for this new school.

There is a difficult road getting to this village but these instructors are committed and enthusiastic about bringing the Word of God to their people. Many of the students have been attending church for sometime, others are actually Pastors who never had the opportunity to attend Bible School.  To them this is a miracle of God, allowing them to learn and grow in the Word so they can become strong in the spirit and preach the Word more accurately.

We arrived just as they were setting up for the class. Old worn plastic chairs were brought in from we don't know where, and arranged by the desks that sat on dirt floors. The desks were made of wood with rough edges but workable.  All along the perimeter of this "Bottom House" school, were chicken's and ducks.  Occasionally they would fly up on an empty table.

As the students began coming in, there was the traditional bow with clasped hands greeting us along with a big smile. These people were so appreciative and happy that we were there. Most of them arrived by mottos.

Gradually the chairs and desks started filling in.  There was an atmosphere of joy and excitement as each found their places after greeting one another.  They came with Bibles, notebooks, pens and some with markers.  A few sat in the back, maybe feeling a little shy because they were the illiterate ones.  They lived on the farm all their lives, and never had opportunity to attend school; only to work.  Once they knew that they were accepted to attend and listen to the classes, their smiles became contagious.

Don and I welcomed the students. Don taught the first and second class of the morning while the rooster crowed and Bunreth interpreted.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Sunbeam Sisters December 2015

 Sunbeam Sisters praying for the health of our friend and violin player who went with us to minister at the Handa Hospital.  So proud of how willing these girls are to go to the throne room of God on behalf of others.


 Just random pictures of all these beauties

New Bible School in Kravanh

A few weeks ago we visited one of our new Bible Schools in the village of Kravanh.
The roads were very narrow with lots of potholes.  Several times we thought we would end up in a ditch because of the narrow roads, but praise God we got there.
The new students were anxiously waiting
for us and soon the chairs arrived and they
began setting up for school.

The students were eager to start and joined in quickly during prayer and worship.
It seemed to me that no one was shy in this village. We know that some were illiterate and expressed their gratefulness that they were allowed to attend.  The class was furnished with worn wood table and chairs.
The dirt floors hosted chickens perching on the table's foot rests.

As I looked around, I saw several opened Bibles, pencils, and colored marking pens ready to be used for class.  We were humbled to see their eagerness and hunger for the Word of God.  Even those who were illiterate not able to read sat with expectation on their faces. Oh...the hunger!

We opened the class with roosters crowing
in the background but the Spirit of the Lord was there in the midst of these thirsty souls.

"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor..." John 15.16

Sunbeam Sisters

The girls have been working on learning the books of the Bible in English both New and Old Testiments.  So proud to say they completed the assignment and have earned the Bible's I brought back from the states for them.

They all helped each other out and practiced together as well.  Here on the left Montha is helping Leap.

I want to say a special Thank You to Sandra Marquez from The House Modesto for the crocheted book markers.  The girls love them.  Especially all the different colors.

They succeeded in memorizing all the books of the Bible.
Good job Sunbeam Sisters

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Christmas at New Hope School

In Battambang there are many Christmas celebrations and we try to attend all that we are invited to as it is honoring to our hosts.  However, one that we especially enjoy is going to New Hope School.  This is an after school type program where students attend after their morning or afternoon classes in the government schools.  New Hope teaches them English and Bible as this is the call God placed on Mr Sarith heart, along with his dedicated staff.

Mr. Sarith and Don

Christmas festivities plus a meal!

Full house with neighborhood children
So honored to be able to pass out gifts to the children
Look what I got!

Don, animated and ready to share the Christmas Story
Such fun passing out gifts

Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas with Sunbeam Sisters!

Christmas started with the girls (Sunbeam Sisters) coming over from the Sunbeam Orphanage to celebrate Christmas with us.  It was a little early but that's alright since we had about 3 or 4 other celebrations that were coming up as well. I read the Christmas story from my Bible and Sreymooch read from her Khmer Bible.

We sang songs and then everyone opened their Christmas cards from under the tree.

In every card was a certain amount of money for them to spend on a shopping spree!   Something that all us women young and old enjoy! 

There were lots of sticky hugs in this hot humid climate...didn't feel like Christmas, but there was lots of love and joy in the air.

All 14 of us piled into the car on our way to spend, spend, spend. This was one excited bunch of young ladies.

We ended with a trip to town for Ice Cream   It was a great day!
Thank you to our wonderful neighbors Darcy and Jordy for all your help with the girls!