There's always new and unexpected adventures as we walk through life's journey. As many of you know from FaceBook, 2 days after arriving I woke up in extreme pain and Don took me into the hospital emergency room. I was diagnosed with appendicitis and was taken in for an hour and 45 minute surgery. Looking back, God was merciful in so many ways, showing his faithfulness and care. This could have happened before we left the US which would have caused us to change our flights... very costly, or it could have happened in the air during our 25 hour trip. But instead we were home and the hospital which is only 15 minutes away was an accredited hospital. (Not many of those around here.) Praise God all went well and I have recovered nicely. I'm running up and down the stairs, doing laundry on the roof, unpacking and cleaning. My only instructions from the doctor were not to lift anything heavy. I can handle that... I've got my Don!
It's always a special time when we get to go back to the states and visit with our family and friends. These are the times we remember and treasure when we're away. We're hoping to one year be able to go at Christmas so we can spend time with our loved ones during the holidays. It's been 6 years since we've had Christmas together.
Most missionaries would agree with us that coming back is not a vacation. Our calendars are full with traveling near and far working to raise funds for ministry, taking care of Doctor, Dentist, taxes and any other business appointments needed.
Catching up with family and friends is our reward for coming.
For all those we were able to see and visit with, and those we weren't able to fit in this trip, please know that we love you and appreciate each one of you. See you next time.
Next month is the end of the school year for the Bible Schools. It's a time
when we look forward to hearing the testimonies from our students; sharing what they've learned, and how their lives have changed through the teaching of the Word. They are amazing students - eager to learn more about God, and willing to apply His principles to their lives. People are giving their hearts to the Lord, getting filled with the Spirit, healed & set free from sickness, disease & demonic oppression. I wish you could see the growth & changes in their lives.
This month, we were told about a man and his wife who brought their son to the Bible School to be prayed for. They said he was demon possessed and had been this way for several years but now he was attacking people, hitting them with sticks, rocks or whatever he could find.
The parents had to use a chain on his foot to keep him from hurting anyone. Our Bible School instructor and the students began to pray over him. At first, he resisted, striking the instructor in the face, but the instructor took authority in Jesus name, casted the demon out and the man settled down. He was freed from the oppressive spirit that was tormenting him.
The next day he returned to the Bible school, in his right mind and unchained. He joined the students singing, praising and worshipping God. You don't often hear these types of stories in the states, although they do exist. We're grateful that in this spiritually active place the name of JESUS trumps all!
I can see...
Thank you to our donors for providing reading glasses for the students. Being able to see the Word clearly makes a big difference when you're in school. :)
It also helps to see things closer, not needing to stretch your arms out...
Lots of rain...but pressing forward!
Lots of rain and flooding around us. Did you happen to see the video of the flooded streets we drove through a few days ago. We posted the video on FB. There were 3 different areas we drove through, on our way home, that were flooded. Each area was about 1,000 feet long and about 12 to 18 inches deep. Water waves from other cars coming toward us would wash over the hood of the car in many places. We were praying not to stall in the middle of these lakes of water. Praise God He brought us home safely.
Next week we will be traveling to Esther's Rescue House. Miss those beautiful girls and we're anxious to spend some time with them. Don is getting my flannel board ready with the
new backdrops we purchased while in the states. The girls love the Bible stories and I love telling them about their perfect and loving Heavenly Father. Brought back a couple of games to play with them as well.
We're thankful to God for the work He has called us to do here and thankful for each one of you who make our work possible. Without your prayers & financial what you see here in these pages would not be possible. Your seed planted here in Cambodia will bring big dividends. We all have a part in the Harvest Field. Thank you for your part in partnering with us.
Don & Maria Whitney
Whitney Outreach Ministries
P.S. If you haven't partnered with us yet, we hope you will consider joining us in this work through your prayers and monthly support.
Ministries is now officially Whitney Outreach Ministries, a non-profit, 501c3 organization.
We've been working hard on getting this
status for about a year, and now it's official. Donations made to our ministry using the name, Whitney Outreach Ministries, will now receive your donation giving statement at the end of the year from Whitney Outreach Ministries. If you've previously addressed your checks to The House Modesto with our name on the memo line, you will receive your giving statement from The House.
We are grateful to The House Modesto, our home church
and covering, who has graciously helped us by getting out your giving records that were sent through them these past years. While they continue to be an encouragement and support to our ministry, it is no longer necessary to send checks made out
to The House Modesto. You can now send your support to
"Whitney Outreach Ministries" at the same address as before.
We thank you for your continued prayers, support and trust, that keeps us pressing on and doing the work God has called us to do.
While here in the states we've been sharing about God's
work in Cambodia, arranging a place for us to stay, visiting family and friends & making doctor and dentist appointments.
Often we're asked how we like coming back and resting
from our work in Cambodia. Honestly, folks, our schedule is
busier here than it is back "home" in Cambodia. However,
it is wonderful to be able to spend time with the family and catch up with some dear friends in between the itinerating
and meetings and appointments. Below are a few photos of Don doing his favorite thing...sharing God's Word:
While we're here in the states the Bible Schools are continuing on with their monthly classes. We receive attendance, financial reports and pictures from all the schools each month, often with special testimonies.
Pastor Bunreth Teaching
Praying for the sick
Learning the Word
In January, the first month of Bible Schools, we visited a new school that was starting their first year in Siem Reap. Everyone was excited to begin their classes. They all came in chattering and laughing then politely came over with their hands clasped together for the tradition bow and greeting. While everyone was excitedly talking, there was one lady who came by herself and asked for prayer. She seemed very tired and down. I was asked to pray for her through an interpreter. She believed she was cursed since her husband and several other family members had died. I remember asking her what her name was. I was told it was Ean, meaning Shame. The Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and said "change her name" so I did. I named her Esther...for such a time as this and prayed over her. When we were done praying she smiled and sat down. This was in January and today she still answers to her new name, Esther.
Esther had heard about the Bible School and had decided she was going to attend even though the school was 19 miles away. She walked! Just got up early and began walking. I heard her shoe had broken so she had to walk barefoot most of the way, but she made it to school. She has been faithful to her classes every month walking those 19 miles each way.
This month her classmates, after taking a collection, surprised Esther by presenting her with a brand new bicycle.
Esther has learned and experienced the Father love in ways she never imagined. Her life is no longer cursed but blessed. She loves the Lord and sharing His goodness. Every month when she goes home from school, she shares with a group of people in her village all that she has learned at Bible School. Esther is not just a hearer of the Word, but a doer of the Word. Esther is illiterate!
So proud of Pastor Bunreth, our Bible School Director. He was asked to speak and share about the Schools on a local radio station in Phnom Penh. He also did a question and answer segment on "Family" which is one the courses offered at the schools.
This man is a vital part of our ministry with a passion to see Cambodia for Christ.
This month, the students at the Kep Bible School invited this man to visit one of their classes. After he heard the Word being taught, he became a believer and gave his heart to the Jesus our Lord.
Here he is with Pastor Bunreth after leading him to accept the Savior.
Thank you so much for allowing us to send you these update newsletters from Cambodia.
There is always so much to share and so little time and space to do it in. We leave to return to Cambodia on September 3rd. Should you like to have us speak at your church, Bible Study or home cell group, we welcome the invitation.
The following is our remaining itinerary before we leave. Hope we can see some of you before we go back!