Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Wind of the Holy Spirit Is Blowing in Cambodia....

It's exciting to see and feel the wind of the Holy Spirit blowing across the lives of those who trust and believe in Jesus Christ.  

At the new Bible Schools in ChumKiri, 18 people asked, and received the gift of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.  At first they were afraid, not understanding about the Holy Spirit.  Most Buddhist here fear the spirits and continually do things to appease them.  But they understood it was the Spirit of the God, that loves them and already dwells in their hearts when they first believed, they simply asked God for all that He had for them and received.  We thank God for the gift of the Holy Spirit that empowers our lives giving us boldness to do work of the ministry. 

We believe God is doing a new thing in Cambodia.  Preparing all of us who are serving, to get ready for a new harvest!

"And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying." Acts 19:6

"And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues;" Mark 16:17

New School "plus" New Believers

Pastor Paul who is from our new school in Tra Preah Prosat shared an amazing testimony with us about his new school.

Five of the new students who signed up for school gave their hearts to the Lord on the first day of School.  PTL

The church members had been praying for a Bible School for years.  This school is located on the far north of Cambodia almost to the Thailand border.  There are no Bible Schools in or near their area and so the people are hungry to learn about God's Word.

Pastor Paul said, "Praise God that He touch Bunreth's heart to bring school to Tra Preah Prosat this January...  27 people where at the first meeting and so glad to join. God did amazing thing to answer our prayers.  We are so thankful for these lessons that are touching our hearts.  Before we only had seminars a couple of days, but Bible School is better because it is month to month.  Fourteen ladies joined that had never joined for the seminars.  My expectation is more students coming next month. Thank you for sponsoring Bible School in our area. Thank you Pastor Don and Maria to come live their life here in Cambodia."

Friday, February 16, 2018

Trip to India????

After our guest, Rachael Hall from Florida left, we had two weeks to take care of Bible School responsibilities and catch up from our travel time with Rachael before our next guests arrived.
Rachael Hall visiting with us at New Hope School

Fran and Ron Anderson are from Oakland, CA and love missions.  On their way home from a trip to India, they came and stayed with us two weeks, learning about the THC Bible Schools and other work we are doing here with children. They have invited us to visit their friend's in India to network with the Bible School ministry there.  Wow, that sounds exciting so we're praying about that for next year. 

It is always fun to have people come visit, and be able to share our life and ministry here. Maybe some day YOU will come and get the missionary bug bite :)  We love working for the Lord and wondering in awe of what each day will hold ...what great God adventures we are privileged to see and experience, while being used for His Glory!

Fran and Ron Anderson

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Bible School Update

The House Cambodia Bible Schools  have now started into their 7th year this January, with 2 new schools, 1 in Oddar Meanchey and 1 in Chumkiri - Praise the Lord. We are continue to take new territory for God's Glory!  This year we started with 121 students in January.  Several who registered could not attend the first month because of harvest, so we expect more coming in February. 

One of our goals this coming year is to introduce a new discipleship program that can be used with the new believers that are coming to Christ. Please stand in faith with us to cover the costs of translating and printing, “This New Life” booklet from Victory Christian Center. This is a book written by Billy Joe Daugherty that we’ve been given approval to translate into the Khmer language.  Costs will run approximately $1000 for 500 books. This will be a tool for discipling the new converts. 

We have other tools we would like to get translated for them but we’re doing one at a time as the Lord provides. There just aren't a lot of tools available here for them. More growth is expected in the future as God continues this open door in Cambodia. God’s Kingdom is growing bringing more and more people to the knowledge of Christ, His Truth, Love and Saving power from the forces of darkness.

New Bible School
Thank you all for your faithful donations and prayers. Your partnership with us makes all these efforts possible. Together, much is being accomplished for God's Kingdom.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Jesus' Birthday Party.

Jesus' Birthday Party

Party at our house was a blast.  We invited three Khmer families and one Pakistani family.  We got to share some of our traditions from our culture in the states and gave Jesus all honor on His birthday.  Songs were song, the Christmas story read, singing Happy Birthday to Jesus with birthday cake and of course lots of laughter and games.

During the last week of December and first week of January we had a guest from Florida. Rachael Hall.  She is a Children's Pastor and 4th grade teacher. We enjoyed having her visit with us and learning more about the country God has called her to.  She was shared wonderful ideas for games and came ready to give treats to the children. We look forward to her return to Cambodia, and seeing what God's will and plan for her here will be.

Games with Rachael our guest from Florida

Rachael was a big hit with not only the children, but
adults as well.

This was a Christmas Pizza Party.  Yummm

Here we are with Pastor Bunreth and wife.

Christmas tree decorating!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

We love this time of year when we reflect on the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. While we're surrounded by Buddhist chanting their prayers, and seeing little spirit houses in front of our neighbors homes, we still rejoice in the presence of our Lord who is with us in this foreign land and sharing with them the Joy of Christmas. Trusting your Christmas will be full of Joy, friends and family celebrating Christ's Birthday. It is our hope that God will allow us to one day celebrate this time with our family in the states. It's been 7 years since we've had the funds to be able to do this.

So what is Christmas like in Cambodia? Well, I'm glad you asked...the shopping mall's in the big city (Phnom Penh where we now live) have Christmas Carols playing in the background and Christmas decorations, trees, lights, wreaths etc. There are little street shops with Christmas lights and some with trees, Santas and other decorations that remind us this special holiday. Sadly, no signs of Jesus. Most people don't know anything about the reason for this season. It is not a legal holiday here, so for majority it's just another work day and sometimes, another party day.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Esther's House Christmas shopping!

Thanks to one of our donors, we were able to take the girls at Esther's House shopping for Christmas.  What a great time we had with them. Here are a few pictures I can post but please excuse the blotted out faces for the protection of the girls.

The mall we went to was very crowded with small little isles full of vendors of every kind, but these girls all stuck together with their house moms in their appointed groups. Each one carefully pick up items and looked them over. They checked with the moms and looked into their envelope to see how much they still had to spend. Some found it easy to spend everything in one day. Others were cautious, checking and rechecking their envelopes trying to decide how much they should spend. At the end of the day, everyone had a bag of full of shirts, pants, underwear, or dresses they picked out for themselves. I know you can't see them but they all had happy faces. It was totally a girly shopping day! Thank you Jesus for letting us spend this day with these special treasures so dear to your heart.

Tired and waiting for ride home!
Faces blotted out for the girls safety

Friday, November 10, 2017

October blessings

October...Full of Blessings

WOW - wish you could have been here this last month or a least for 10 days or so.  October is the month that all The House/IVBI Bible Schools are celebrating year end graduations.  We made it to all of them and were able to share in their excitement & joy.  We traveled to the different locations and stayed 2 or 3 days in each village fellowshipping and having awesome times in the presence of the Lord.  This was their completion of 10 months of classes.   The first year students are already looking forward for January and starting the new school year.  These students are transforming the areas surrounding their individual village with great joy & power in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ.

Team Prey and Krovanh

Early this monthTeam Prey and Krovanh Bible Schools joined together on this farm to prepare for their end of year celebration and graduation.  

We do love the people from the countryside. They always show excitement when they see us coming, and appreciate so much the opportunity provided them to attend school and learn about the Word of God. To them it is like manna from heaven. Something they never dreamed they would be able achieve... but God!

Most of the students from the second school in Krovanh arrived by a motto cart driven by their instructor. They traveled for 4 + hours through bumpy muddy potholes to get to ceremonies.  After traveling such a long distance was still easy to spot the joy in their hearts and faces, even when it was time to travel back.

Our hearts are so full and blessed to be a part of this.  For all of you who partner with us...thank you, thank you, thank you, from us and our students.

Random pictures

 Government District Leader Visits Ceremonies
Whenever there is an event, celebration, etc. in a village, town, or province, the people will invite their local official to attend. The man sitting at the table is a government official for the District in the town of Chhuk.  He came to give congratulations to the students and greet the guests.  

During the service he heard what the Bible Schools were about and the many testimonies of the students saying how their lives had been changed by the Bible Schools.  
Don address the students with a message of encouragement to continue seeking God and growing in the Lord.  The special guest also address the students, families and others, congratulating them on their achievements.  As he finished speaking, Pastor Bunreth asked him if he was a believer in Jesus Christ.  When he answered no, Pastor Bunreth gave him a short explanation of the gospel, and asked if he would like to receive Jesus Christ as his Savior. His response was, YES! Right then and there in front of a full audience of students, neighbors and guests, he prayed to receive Jesus Christ as his Savior.  We wish you could have been there to hear the applauds and praises that roared up to our God.  Glory be to Jesus our Lord and our King of Kings!

Bunreth prays for Govt Official.
Bible School District Leader presents Govt. Official with a Bible.

To God be the Glory!

3 School Celebration in Kampot
We are so proud of all of our students and leaders. We see so much growth in their lives, whether pastors in teaching the Word or as a student hearing and applying it.  Coming back from these ceremonies our hearts are grateful for God's faithfulness and love for the Cambodian people. 

Chhuk I Second Year Graduates

Chhuk II 1st Year Students

Kep First Year Students 

More Random Pictures
I can't remember what was so funny!

Leadership Review & Training
Our time with the Leaders at the end of October was a precious time in the Saviors presence as we worshipped and praise him.  We're thankful  for all He has accomplished this year and for the growth of the students.  These are all anointed men who love the Lord and want to see their nation turn from predominantly Buddhist to Christian.  There is a Cambodian song that is song in churches that says "Cambodia is for Christ".  We believe that and are seeing it come together.

Happy Praise time... thankful for all God has done...

A Word From Don

January 2018 will start the 6th year of Bible Schools, plus we'll be expanding to a couple of new areas.  The instructors are in place, the locations are in place and it seems good to us that God is wanting us to move forward and keep pushing darkness back in the Name of Jesus.

Great appreciation goes to you for your prayers & financial support - we could not have even begun to do the work that has been accomplished here in Cambodia without your prayer, words of encouragement and faithful donations.

Let me say this again, in America the cost of just one studentgoing to College or a University can be approximately $20,000+ each year.  Here in Cambodia $7,200.00 will fully fund 25 students for 2 years.  We feel this is a good ground for your seed investment.  As funding increases there are more people that can be reached and changed for eternity.  Will you consider supporting more students or schools by investing in these Bible Schools?  
100% of all school funding goes directly into the Bible Schools - none is spent on other ministry expenses, none is spent on any administration expenses or any personal expenses. We would love to have you join us in partnership to bless the people of Cambodia.