|Posted by siemreapchurchofchrist on January 31, 2016 at 10:10 AM||comments (2)|
Greetings brothers and sisters in Christ, hope you are doing well on your end of the world. As for the work of Jesus Christ in this part of the world, things are progressing accroding to our plan. The International Bible Institute of Siem Reap continues to train and develop men and women of God for service in His kingdom and the local church is maturing quickly as a result of it. Just to let you know how we are maturing, the local church in Siem Reap is supporting our local preacher $50 per month. They are also supplying $125 per month for the rice for the students at IBISR. They also support a graduate $40 per month for his evangelistic efforts. They also chip in $20 per month for fellowship meal once a month. That's $235 per month that the local church uses for the kingdom's sake on a consistent basis where the average income is $125.50. We have about 65 that meets and 43 of them are Hannah's Hope children! That leaves about 22 adults, half are students and about 6 families that meet in Siem Reap. These numbers may not seem all that impressive to you guys in the states but any missionary knows that this type of consistent giving and signs of autonomy is a huge deal! It took 8 years of studying and living out God's word for them to be where they are now. They remind me of the church in Macedonia where they first gave themselves to God and that's why they are able to give more than what they are able to (2 Cor 8:1-5). Not only do they give of their money, but they give of their time as well. It's not uncommon to see the students and staff of IBISR at Hannah's Hope mentoring and caring for the children there on their own free will. On the weekends they go out to the villages and either help the local preacher there or the local villagers there with their farming. All of this is made possible by the systematic teachings/curriculum of IBISR and the examples demonstrated by the local leaders. As a missionary, it's so good to be able to leave the country for quite some time and come back and everything is as if I'd never left! Now that we've developed leaders who can stand on their own and know what it means to be a faithful steward of God, I can focus on my personal evangelism and start the process all over again, except this time, I wont be doing it alone. The leaders willl join me in this process to mulitiply and expand God's kingdom (2 Tim 2:2). What an awesome feeling it is to grow in God's word and kingdom together. We pray that you are growing where you are and spreading the life changing message of Christ in your part of the world! We ask that you keep us in your prayers for this new year and that you continue to support this good work! God bless.
|Posted by siemreapchurchofchrist on November 1, 2015 at 2:25 AM||comments (0)|
Greetings brothers and sisters in Christ. What a great opportunity it is for me to share about the work of Christ and my involvement in it with you all. I count it a joy to be able to be called your coworker. This past month has truly been a blessing from God. God has taken me to places that I never thought I would ever go in my life. Not only that but He has led me to meet other faithful servants of His in different parts of the world. As some of you may know, I was able to visit the Andrew Connelly School of Preaching in Arusha, Tanzania Africa this past month! What a tremendous experience it was. I thank God for blessing me with the opportunity. I want to thank all the brethren that made it all possible for me to go and learn from the brothers and sisters there. I was able to learn valuable information pertaining to the school that we will implement here in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I want to thank Cy Stafford for taking the time to share of his experience and for the great advice he's given me. I also want to thank Charles and Ahimidiwe, the two co directors of ACSOP, in inviting me to speak on the Leadership Conference to over 140 leaders of East Africa. I'm so honored to be able to share my experience and grow together with them. I really want to thank Wes Autrey, Mike Hite, and Sean Hocdorf for just being themselves and spending quailty time with me. I appreciate their leadership and their example. Im really glad I got to know them on a more deeper level.
This is me speaking on the Law of Buy-In at the Leadership Conference in Tanzania
Mike Hite, Phanat Ouch, Wes Autrey near Sean Hocdorf's old house where he used to stay when he was living here in Tanzania.
Not only was I blessed to be able to receive and impart spiritual blessings to others, but I was blessed with the opportunity of a lifetime in going on a Safari with other missionaries and servants of God to see all of the wonderful creation of God in this part of the world. I am truly living the abundant life that Christ promised!
After I got back from Africa, coming off a great momentum of the Leadership Conference, Vannak Yeng and I are conducting our first bible study with our new Christian brother, Sophin, and his wife, Pisey, who is not yet a Christian. We will be coming every Saturday morning to study with this couple as they are in charge of the safe water raft, now that Virak is attending IBISR. Please keep these two in your prayers.
I am also teaching at IBISR now that I am back in Cambodia. In my Christian Evidence class, we are studying how we got the Bible and we are on the topic of ancient writing materials so I broke them into two groups, one will write their favorite bible verse on clay (play dough) and the other chisel on stone (this group had a hard time reciting today's memory verse so they got to chisel it on stone). We discussed all of the advantages and disadvantages each of these methods were and how God used them to preserved his writings to us today.
It's been a very busy year for me. I've already been out of the country 5 times this year and next month on the 24th, I will have to go to Vietnam to take one of our orphans, Sophean (8 years old who was born with a birth defect) at Hannah's Hope to get his first of five surgeries done at no cost to us thanks to God. We just have to take care of our own food and lodging but the hospital and surgery cost will be waived. His recovery time will be at least 4 weeks and because of our new curriculum at IBISR, I am able to free up my schedule to be with him the whole time he's there. Please keep me and my family in your prayers as I will be gone from them the whole time Im with Sophean. Thank you for your support and thank you for keeping us in your thoughts. See you next month!
|Posted by siemreapchurchofchrist on September 29, 2015 at 11:00 PM||comments (1)|
"New Beginnings" 1 Cor 15:58
A new class has begun with a new school program this month and we are excited about the result that it will yield. There are so many significant changes and upgrades to IBISR that we cant help but be excited for. From the rotation of teachers to the adding of English and Computer courses in the program not only benefits the students but the teachers as well. We are truly blessed in Siem Reap!
Class of 2018
I was invited to teach a short course in Yangon, Myanmar on the Kings and Prophets of the Old Testament to a group of 40 plus people, 5 hours a day for 7 days! It was an enriching experience for me. Spending time with the brethren there brought me back to my early days in Cambodia. I can see the similarities and potential for the Lord's kingdom to expand in Myanmar. There is potential for a proper Bible school there to keep the Christians growing in their faith. Please keep them in your prayers.
The church in Yangon, Myanmar. Can you find me?
God also added Phearom to His church this month. Phearom is a first year student. Please keep him in your prayers as he walks a new life with Christ!
Next month, I will join Wes Autrey and Mike Hite from Bear Valley, in Tanzania to speak on a Leadership Conference put out by the brethren there. I am really excited for the opportunity to meet the brethren in Africa! It will be my first time ever and I cant wait to learn from them. I will update you next month about our trip to Africa! Please keep us in your prayers as we serve God in that part of the world.
|Posted by siemreapchurchofchrist on August 29, 2015 at 6:50 AM||comments (1)|
"Preparations for a new batch!"
As we approach our new school year there is much preparation that's needed. From renovating the school compound to rearraging the curriculum to best meet the needs of the local Christians here. We owe a debt of gratitude to Bob Turner for helping out with our new 3 year curriculum that we are exteremely excited about. We can't wait to see the result of the success of this program. Please click on the school button to the left to see what our new program looks like! We have also revamped our school grounds with a new bridge, complete with color! The students will also each have their own desks as opposed to sharing. This year we have 9 total students confirmed, seven men and two ladies. We ask that you keep them in your prayers as we journey through God's word for the next three years together! Thank you for your support and encouragement!
This is the buiding that will be responsible for housing and training 9 new souls to serve God!
|Posted by siemreapchurchofchrist on July 31, 2015 at 8:10 PM||comments (0)|
"You have stayed long enough at this mountain" -Deut 1:6-8
When it was time for the Israelites to leave the comfort of Mount Horeb, God told them to leave and possess the land that was promised to them. Before they left, Moses reminded them of what they needed to do once God gave the land to them. They were to be faithful to God, influence their neighbors, and not get possessed by them. Last week on July 24th, IBISR had our 2015 graduation. A total of 11 students finished a rigorous 3 year program! I am excited for these young leaders and the work that they've set out to do for Him. They have stayed at the Bible school long enough. It is time for them to put what they've learn to practice and serve God faithfully! To be the example in their word and especially in their action. To be the light and influence to their friends and families. To possess souls for Christ and not get possessed by the world and it's allure. These are the men and women that will play a major part in transforming Cambodia from the inside out. Our ladies, Khemrey, Phally, Makara, Socheat, Duong, and Ratana will all serve the children of Hannah's Hope, teaching them godly principles with godly love and nourishment. Our men, Vannak will stay in Siem Reap helping the church and be on staff with the bible school. Tuk will serve God in his home village of Sambu planting and growing a church there. He already has 4 members there while he was studying in school. He will be the local church's (Siem Reap) first ever sponsored graduate. We are excited about that! Sovanara and Sopheak will serve God together on the Ship of Life, ministering to the poor villagers along the Mekong River proving healthcare to them at the same time sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with them. Pros will continue to serve God at Kompong Kleang providing safe water and most importantly Living water to the people there. We thank you for your prayers and support and ask that you continue to remember us as we serve him faithfully here in our part of the world.
2015 International Bible Institute of Siem Reap Graduates
Sopheak, Tuk, Duong, Socheat, Makara, Khemery, Phally, Ratana, Sovanara, Pros, and Vannak
|Posted by siemreapchurchofchrist on June 30, 2015 at 11:55 AM||comments (0)|
"Adversity brings forth Opportunity and reveals Maturityl"
The wisdom that we attain through trials and suffering in our lives is such a wonderful blessing from God (Jas 1:2-3)! As we mature in our walk with God, we learn to see and adjust to adversity for the better. We trust that God is involved and that he is trying to grow us to be mature children of His. Whether it be losing your current job or the government unexpectantly demolishing your property unjustly just to spite you, you learn to take it in stride and look for the postive. Maybe losing our job opens up new opportunities to serve God in a different way. Joseph lost his job as a servant of Potiphar only to be second in command to Pharoah and ultimately bringing the children of Israel to Egypt. Do we have the same patience and forbearance as Joseph and trust that God knows what He's doing? When people in authority misuse their power against us unjustly, do we remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:11-12 and of Paul in Romans 13:1-7? How we react to these circumstances demonstrates our maturity as God's children. I am please to say that the church in Siem Reap has met such adversity and responded with such maturity. We came together, encouraged one another, and showed our growth as children of God. We realize that sometimes we dont see eye to eye with each other, but we can always look forward together in Christ. We are so thankful for the local work that's producing mature and capable leaders through the bible school and orphanage. We are thankful for our brethren overseas who are supporting us both financially and spiritually. Please continue to support and pray for the work of Christ here in Cambodia.
Hout's mother finally putting on Christ in baptism. We are so happy for Hout!
The church in Siem Reap sharing our blessings with the villagers in Sambu. Thanks to our brothers and sisters in Bear Valley, we were able to provide some food for over 100 people at a village where two of our future graduates will work at!
|Posted by siemreapchurchofchrist on March 30, 2015 at 11:55 PM||comments (1)|
I am humbled by the experiences that I've encountered thus far in my work for Christ. I appreciate the help and encouragement from my brethren, but most importantly, I am thankful for the support from the Word of God! As I think of IBISR and what we are currently doing, I cant help but be proud of it! Not because we are a top notch professional Bible school in the brotherhood, but quite the opposite. It is in our weaknesses that God's strength is shown (2 Cor 12:9-10)! I'm thankful that we have faithful men, who may or may not be well educated, teaching at the school. I am also aware of my shortcomings as the director of IBISR and yet when I look at how far we've come, It's so obvious that God's fingerprints are all over it! I pray that God continues to direct and guide the school through His word and not my pride and wisdom (Pro 3:5-7). May we learn from the Israelites mistake in wanting a king just to be a "professional nation" like the other nations around them and "kicking" God out as their ruler. (1 Sam 8:5-9). To keep us from such foolish and prideful thinking, our school's theme for next year's students will stem from John 3:30, "He must increase, but I must decrease." We will be emphazing and teaching for this life changing principle, exalting God instead of ourselves. Please continue to keep the work here in Cambodia in your prayers.
Vanlam, our new sister in Christ who will begin as a first year student at IBISR in September! Please keep her in your prayers.
Makara, our new brother in Christ, also will be joining us at IBISR as a first year student, furthing his knowledge of God's word! Please keep him in your prayers as well.
Pros, one of our students who are in charge of the Safe Water Raft in Kompong Kleang. He will distribute safe water that we cleansed and purified on the raft, to the nearby schools, providing safe drinkable water to hundreds of students in the surrounding area, at the same time introducing Jesus and the Bible to them via the bible verse (in khmer) that we selected to put on the label.
"Jesus answered and said to her, Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” -John 4:13-14 NASB
|Posted by siemreapchurchofchrist on March 3, 2015 at 2:50 AM||comments (0)|
Good day fellow workers of Christ! Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog about the work of Jesus Christ in Siem Reap, Cambodia. For the month of February, I wanted to highlight two things: 1) God's adding of another soul into his kingdom and 2) an example of a mature Christian bearing fruit in Sokchea Lork.
This is a picture of a son baptizing his mother into Christ! What a beautiful picture! Tuk is one of our 3rd year student who was able to finally immersed his mother for the remission of her sins after 3 years of studying and being an example to her. I pray that one day, I too, will have this incredible moment. Please continue to keep Tuk, his wife Duong, and his mother in your prayers as she walks a new life in Christ.
IBISR students making/planting Pleurotus Ostreatus (Oyster Mushrooms) with Sokchea Lork (one of our graduates who is serving as the local preacher in Leang Dai village). I'm so proud of Sokchea and what he is doing in his community and his willingness to share his craft with our students along with the villagers to teach them how to provide for themselves! This is a three day seminar on how to grow and care for the oyster mushrooms.
These two things that I am highlighting for the month of February is a glimpse of what we are doing here in Cambodia in becoming autonomous. We still emphazise the importants of seeking the lost and saving souls at the same time helping them to take care of themselves physically. There has to be a healthy balance with the main emphasis focusing on the spiritual life. Thank you for your support and prayers in getting us this far. I pray that God will continue to bless you guys so that you can continue to bless us here and we all can see the blessings of God together! Amen.
|Posted by siemreapchurchofchrist on January 28, 2015 at 11:15 PM||comments (1)|
Happy New Year to all my brothers and sisters in Christ! We are another year closer to seeing our Heavenly Father! What an incredible thought for all of us as progress and use each year to serve Christ. I pray that you begin your new year with fervent love for His kingdom and subjects. I know that you guys are doing your part where you are as I am striving to do my part in serving Him in Cambodia. This month's highlight that I want to share with you is very special to me. As we are in our 3rd and final school year (we switched from a two year program to a three year program) the spiritual growth of this class impresses me so much. This student body started to put their faith in practice all on their own. They got together, without any instruction from the staff, and with what little money they have saved up from various part-time jobs, decided to go to one of the student's hometown village and bought rice, noodles, blankets, salt, sugar, soy and fish sauce to deliver to the needy people of that village! They finally got the chance to understand what Paul meant in Acts 20:35 for themselves! This is the kind of growth that we are teaching for at IBISR. This is how a Christian should develop and mature into. This is what opens up the doors for the gospel to be preached and enlarge His kingdom on earth. Tuk and Doung's (husband and wife and also students of IBISR) reputation in that village have increased due to their fellow students acts of kindness. They have been going back to their village to teach and preach there consistently on the weekends and after graduation plan on planting and growing a church there. It's encouraging to see babes in Christ growing and maturing to responsible leaders of His church. Please continue to keep the work here in your prayers as we continue to grow and mature in our faith in Him.
IBISR's 2012-2015 Student Body at Sambu Village
|Posted by siemreapchurchofchrist on November 28, 2014 at 11:15 PM||comments (0)|
Happy Thanksgiving to my brothers and sisters around the world! Hope you enjoy your time with your family and reflect upon the source of all good things, God, (James 1:17) and give Him the thanks that He deserve on a daily basis! The church here in Siem Reap has a lot to be thankful for in this month. First and foremost, we want to thank God for adding Sopheak and Virak to His kingdom, giving them new life and saving them from their sins. We also want to thank the University church of Christ in Phnom Penh for organizing such a powerful camp in dealing with how to have a successful family and marriage. The church in Siem Reap benefited much and relationships have strengthened because of the camp. We want to thank our supporters who financially gave to us to make the camp possible and also to help renovate our school grounds and do other various benevolent and evangelistic work that helps us to grow spiritually. We are thankful for the International Bible Institute of Siem Reap in continuing to produce capable, sound, men of God's word to preach and teach the lost in this part of the world. We are thankful for the children of Hannah's Hope who provide us the opportunity to show God's love to them and to grow them in the nourishment of His word. Last but certainly not least, we are thankful for all our 'behind the scenes' giver. Those who take Matthew 6:1-4 literally. We appreciate you and thank you so much for your selfless acts time and time again for the betterment of His kingdom. We love you and ask God to continue to shower greater blessings upon people like you. You are truly the unsung heroes and are laying up treasures in heaven (Matt 6:19-21).
Sopheak dying to self and raised a new creature in Christ!
Sopheak and his sister (both flesh and spiritual) Minea rejoicing!
Virak being buried in the dirty water of Tonle Sap for the remission of his sins.
Darat and Pros rejoicing with Virak on the Safe Water Raft.
The church of Siem Reap at Srae Ambel Camp: Qualities of a strong family. We brought the most people and traveled the furthest to participate in this event!
Students of IBISR serving the children of Hannah's Hope on Thanksgiving! We had chicken legs, ribs, clams, shish kebobs, sweet potatoes, red snappers, tangerines, apples, and leechee fruit! It was a bountiful meal and everybody was full that night!