Friday, November 2, 2018

November Update 2018

Dear Praying Friends and Family,

Autumn greetings! We trust that the Lord has been good to you. So much has happened since our last update. Here are some of the recent events that took place…

First Baptismal Service…
Because many family members normally come home for a religious holiday (Bon Pjum Ben), the church families persistently request that a joined baptismal service be held at Srae Kandal on October 11. And since there was no pond or any body of water nearby, some church members dug up a trench, the night before by the main road.  Next, they put up sheets of large plastic taupe into the hole and then filled up the man-made “pond” with well water where the baptism took place. Many Khmer Evangelical church (Alliance) families from nine different villages came to join the joyful celebration! Because the “pond” was too small, Soeuth volunteered to be the one baptizing new believers while Pastor Dy and other church leaders prayed for them. During the entire service, many curious villagers came to watch. Because the “pond” was dug by one of the village main roads, every time a motorbike load off or a trailer full of passengers passes by, people would slow down or stop by long enough just to watch. Some villagers even stayed long enough to watch the entire service! This was the first baptismal service done since we began church ministries in Anlong Veng. Among new believers who attended, 33 people got baptized! The festive event was celebrated with delicious traditional rice noodles served with green curry lovingly and generously prepared by godly women from Srae Kandal village.

Soeuth sharing a message to new believers before baptism

33 new believers baptized at Srae Kandal recently
Soeuth baptized a new believer in a trench.
Worship time at a baptismal service at Srae Kandal village
People waiting for their turn to get baptized

Church families celebrated baptism with traditional Khmer meal.
VBS and a Surprise Visit…
Thanks to the encouraging ministries from Leeward Community church from Hawaii, vacation Bible school (VBS) was held at Sra Em, at Toul Krasang, and at Srae Nouy villages where a total of about 120 kids attended. The children enjoyed learning about the Armors of God…

About 80 kids attended VBS at Srae Em village.

Children enjoyed learning about the armors of God in a VBS class at Srae Nouy village
A little girl tried on big shoes at Srae Kandal village
VBS at Toul Krasang village
October 18: As we were about to finish the day with VBS ministry and a leadership seminar at Srae Nouy, some children accidentally discovered a cobra hidden behind an opened door of the church!  The snake had been quietly hidden inside the church throughout the entire time while we were worshipping inside the church for more than three hours! But God kept all of us from harm.

A live cobra was quietly hidden behind this blue door during the entire church service!

This man killed a cobra inside the Srae Nouy church.
Mart Klaa Floating Village…
On Sunday October 21, while visiting the church families at Mart Klaa floating village, we learned some discouraging news about the church families from the area. Due to jealousy and some internal conflicts from within church members, some families not only left the fellowship but spread bad rumors about church leaders. This resulted in hurts and distrust among remaining church families.  Please pray for Mr. Kean (and his wife) who are key leaders for this small remote congregation. 

A prayer service for Mr. Kean, a leader for Mart Kala floating house church.

Due to miscommunication, only a small amount of people attended the recent youth leaders’ workshop at Svey Sisophon. For those who attended, they were blessed by encouraging messages from a visiting team from Pine Knoll Alliance (PKA), from upstate New York. As young leaders, they can relate well to the messages on “Our identity in Christ” and how to follow those of good biblical examples and to avoid following those of bad examples.

The PKA also led other workshops on Bridge out of Poverty and Conflict Resolution at Srae Kandal and Srae Nouy villages.

Leadership seminar at Srae Nouy village
In the midst of hosting and translating for visitors, we enjoyed having Jonathan home for a week of fall break. By the grace of God, Jonathan, aged 16, is thriving well in grade 10th at Dalat International School. While at home, Jon enjoyed some of his favorite dishes of cooked meals. For those of you who take great interests in our children’s need, we appreciate and are grateful for your prayers for Jonathan, Justin, and our beautiful daughter-in-law Katie and for our expecting first grandchild (early March 2019).

Thank you always for your prayers and support. Your generous financial support to the Great Commission Fund (GCF) enables us to keep service God in this part of the world bringing the message of Christ’s love and hope to lost people in Cambodia. We are very grateful for your on-going partnership in the Cambodian ministries. Please share with us what God is doing in your life.

Soeuth & Syna Lao

In the midst of poverty there is beauty in the sky.

Monday, October 8, 2018

October Update 2018

Dear Friends and Family,

Bon Pjum Ben…
As many of you (in North America) enjoy and celebrate fall holiday season, Khmer people celebrate a religious holiday called Bon Pjum Ben. Although the actual three-day holiday is October 8th, 9th, and 10th, the long meticulous and ritual preparations began since October 1st! This is a time where Khmer families make special food offerings to presents to Buddhist monks and Buddhist priests at local pagodas.
Variety of traditional food especially made for Bon Pjum Ben holiday
Rice cakes specifically made for Bon Pjum Ben
Because it is a family obligation to celebrate this holiday, Bon Pjum Bin is one of the testing times for new and young believers in Christ. The believer's dilemma is either moving forward fully with Christ by taking the risk of being labeled by family as a “traitor” to the long-time family custom/tradition OR turning around to their old ways of life to avoid family pressure. Despite persecutions, however, it is “No turning back” for many of our friends! Please pray for courage as well as for protection for many who are committed followers of the Way!

Youth Rally…
September 24th was a blast for the northwest regional quarterly youth rally at Living Water Alliance church in Poipet! We collected a total of 41 young people from seven different villages from around Anlong Veng areas, riding in three vehicles (two vans and a pick-up truck), and driving over 3 hours each way to join the fun and most anticipated youth event. All of the young people who went with us were first timers in Poipet, and many of them were first timers participating in a large youth event!

Srae Nouy kids joined youth rally for the first time

Srae Kandal youth attend youth rally
Toul Prich youth: first timers at youth event!
We had rains and thunderstorms along the ways, to and from, but everyone was kept safe and dry…

Syna and her "grandchildren" watching game activities at youth rally
The first part of the rally day was filled with special songs performed by various youth groups, two powerful testimonies, hilarious short video clips from previous youth events, relay games, competitive activities, a challenging message, and a great fellowship with meals. In the late afternoon, we broke out into smaller groups for volleyball games (four teams), soccer friendly competitions (four teams), try-out for first timers-Bible quizzing (three teams), and a variety of different relay games.

Three teams competed in Bible quiz at youth rally in Poipet
Young people from five different provinces within the northwest region attended the rally. Altogether, 196 youth participated in this rally…

196 people attended youth rally in Poipet
On that appointed day, we left Anlong Veng at 4am to pick up youth along the ways and then dropped them off after the rally. By the time we got home it was after 10 pm! It was a very long day, but seeing all the joy and excitement written all over their faces is worth every effort. We would gladly do it again. Next regional youth rally is December 10th, at the Thmar Koul Eden center, in Battambang province.

23 soccer kids attended youth rally for the first time
Long trip to youth rally
Uncle Toun…
Last week, during a visit at Srae Krasang village, it was very encouraging to learn about young believers' commitment and devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Villagers eagerly greeted us during a recent visit to Srae Krasang
Soeuth shared an encouraging message to new believers at Srae Krasang village
Srae Krasang village: Uncle Toun and wife, former witch doctors are now children of God!
We stopped by Uncle Toun’s house, a new believer who used to be the most sought after “medicine man” (a witch doctor) for his community. Upon arrival, we noticed that his many other family members (from the capital city) also visited him and his wife. One of the visitors was his oldest daughter. Assuming her parents were still devoted Buddhists Toun’s daughter had spent over six months of her precious time delicately making a beautiful cross-stitch picture of a Buddha. Having traveled in a cramped shared taxi for nine hours, the daughter carefully hand-carried the golden framed picture of Buddha and then presented it to her elderly parents as a gift appropriately for Pjum Ben holiday. But her parents politely turned down the gift. “I am sorry, child, for disappointing you," Uncle Toun gently apologized to his daughter. “We appreciate your loving gesture" he continued. “But your mother and I no longer worship Buddha. We are now children of the new God, Jesus
Uncle Toun turned down a daughter's gift
Martha’s Lost and Found…
In September after a weekly class at Andong Chan village, Syna noticed that something was not right with Martha, one of the Abundant Life students. From our weekly interactions, we learned Martha suffers chronic high blood pressure in addition to some problems with her heart. Due to lack of finance, however, Martha had unwisely stopped taking her all prescription medications. After praying for her, Syna gave Martha some traveling money and encouraged her to visit the Siem Reap provincial hospital. She did. As they were riding on a motor dupe (motorbike taxi) on the busiest streets of Siem Reap city, Martha’s infant daughter began to fuss uncontrollably. In the process of trying to calm the baby, Martha must had accidentally dropped her money. They had already crossed at least 4 major intersections before Martha realized that the entire money was gone! Panic, Martha pleaded the motorbike driver to turn around, but he argued, “Look lady, this is a big and crowded city! By now, your money is long gone.” But Martha insisted, “No! I need that money! Jesus gave it to me. And He will keep it safe for me. Just go back to the same place, please.” The driver reluctantly turned around. Sure enough, just as Martha had believed, she found all her money!

Discipleship Classes…

Kids entertained themselves while their moms study in Syna's discipleship class
1. The 16 school aged children at Srae Noy village had successfully completed the five-week course of Living Water class! The class will move to the next level, a 19-week course of Abundant Life class.

2. Considering that most students could hardly read and write, all 17 students at Andong Chan village did very well on their recently mid-term exam of Abundant Life class! The beauty and highlight of this class is seeing students eagerly applying every lesson they learned to their daily lives!

3. We had a lively class discussion recently in a Firm Foundation Wednesday morning class at Srae Kandal village. God has truly been using the tragedy of Baby Keziah’s death (see August update) and turning it to something beautiful and very good! Mr. Reth, Keziah’s grandfather, is a changed man!  He has not missed one class since the funeral and was always eager to participate in every class discussion! Last week, he was moved to the point of tears when we discussed about the redemption plans that God has for human race.

Firm Foundation class at Srae Kandal Village
4. Slowly but surely, God, in His mercy for the lost, is calling some sincere seekers from within Toul Prich village. Syna has been teaching and discipling three ladies in Firm Foundation class. After learning that there is a baptismal service that will be at Srae Kandal (Oct. 11), two ladies were interested in getting baptized as well.

5. At their request and with everyone's agreement, a new Firm Foundation class will begin after Bon Pjum Ben to new believers at Srae Krasang village. This class will take place on Wednesday afternoons, after Srae Kandal weekly classes. Please pray all would go as plan.

Please share with us what God is doing in your midst. And thank you, as always, for your faithful prayers and support. Your on-going partnership in the Cambodian ministries is much appreciated.

Soeuth & Syna

Sunday, September 23, 2018

September Update 2018

Dear praying friends and family,

Greetings from Anlong Veng, Cambodia! We trust and pray that all is well with you.
God continues to move and stir hearts among new believers in a mighty way! As the result, more people are coming to Christ every week! Here are some more exciting ministry stories…

A New Church Started!

A new believer reading God's words
Earlier this week, we received numerous phone calls from people that we never met before! They persistently pleaded that we must visit their village at Srae Krasang, because “There are 28 of us. And we invited into our hearts! He is our New Lord Jesus and Savior! Please come and teach us God’s words!” Since this village is on the roads to our regular village class at Srae Kandal, we stopped by, on Wednesday afternoon, at one of the families living along the main road. Upon arriving there, we learned the full story behind their conversion. Earlier in May, some distant relatives of Soeuth went to visit family members in Srae Krasang village. They went there again in late August.

Soeuth praying for 28 new believers at Srae Krasang village
Soeuth preaching evangelism message to 28 new believers
While visiting their family the second time, Soeuth’s relatives began to share the Good News of Jesus Christ to other family members and friends. As a result, 28 new lives were added to the Book of Life! Before these relatives left and returned to their home in the capital city, they (the relatives) gave specific instructions including our phone numbers saying, “You must go contact Soeuth and Syna immediately and ask them to help."Among the 28 new believers were an elderly couple, a husband and wife, both of whom were former witch doctors! As he was pondering about the wonderful message of the One True God, “Something strange just stirred inside my heart!” said the husband and then added, “I must know more about this new God!” After asking Soeuth’s relatives many more questions and after they were satisfied with the answers, this elderly man and his wife invited the Lord Jesus as their Savior! And in front of many onlookers, this couple cut off all their spirit strings, and they even had all their shrines and worship items removed and destroyed and burned!

This husband-wife couple, former witch doctors, are among the 28 new -born children of the One True God!!!!

When we visited them recently, we asked if they need anything.  Experience taught us to ask people questions, up front and in advance, as to reasons why they would choose to follow Jesus. Because of poverty and various needs, some people may view Christianity as an opportunity to gain material things. So, when we asked the elderly couple if they need anything, the man simply responded, “If you could just give me a Bible and a pair of reading glasses that would be enough for me. I want to read and learn more about my new God!” Since we already had both items in the car, we willingly and gladly granted him his most desired request. This past Sunday afternoon (Sept. 16), because of their persistent pleas, we had to cancel one church service at Toul Prich in order to help new believers start a church service at Srae Krasang. 

For your awareness: since there are just two of us, we typically go to three-village church services, one village after another, every Sunday. We normally leave the house around 7:30am on a Sunday and return home around 8:30 pm. Needless to say that we NEED help! Please continue to pray that God would send us extra helping hands.

Andoung Chan’s Share & Prayer Time…

Syna teaching Abundant Life class at Andong Chan village
This week at Andoung Chan weekly discipleship classes, people could hardly wait to take turns sharing what God was doing in their midst. Here are a few examples… 

- Mr. Kong shared: Last week, Mr. Kong and his wife were visiting their oldest daughter’s future in-laws at Kampong Cham province; and when opportunities came Kong shared the Good News with everyone.  As the result, seven family members gave their lives to Jesus! After the family had prayed to receive Christ, the mother of that family said that she had a lump, a tumor, in her lower abdomen, for almost ten years. The tumor was the size of a large grapefruit! She asked if Kong and his wife would pray for her. They did. Afterward, he introduced the family to a local church and encouraged them to attend church regularly. The next day, while Kong and his wife were traveling home, the family, who are now new believers, called and excitedly reported that, “The lump is about 95% smaller! It is Amazing! Can you come back again and pray more for me?” Kong assured her that it was the Lord Jesus who healed her, and he encouraged her to keep believing in God.

- Not wanting to miss his chance, Pastor Dy shouted, “God is at it again this week! A voodoo witch doctor gave his life to Preah yea-sue (Jesus) yesterday at church!”

- Mr. Raa came to class with two elderly men, each sitting beside him. Grinning from ear to ear, Raa, after greeting the class, began to apologize to Syna saying, “Sorry, teacher, for missing your class last week. I was busy sharing the Good News to these gentlemen that I forgot to look at the time. These men are now children of God! They invited Jesus into their hearts last week!”

- Moun thanked the class for praying for his mother’s chronic leg pains. “She is much better and is able to walk again, on her own!” (See Moun’s story in our May update).

We give praises to God for revealing Himself, continuously and in a mighty way, especially to new and young believers. It is very encouraging to see young believers taking God’s words seriously and applying everything they learned to their daily lives.

Isaiah’s Passion…

We met Isaiah a few months ago through our weekly traveling to Andoung Chan village ministries. Aged 26, Isaiah, a newly Bible college graduate, returned home to live with his older sister and her family at Toul Krasang village, not sure of what to do in life. Since Soeuth was already teaching a leadership class, Pentateuch Book I, we invited Isaiah to come and join in the class as well.

Through weekly interactions, we learned that Isaiah is passionate about working with and teaching children and has a deep desire to give little children every opportunity that life can offer. The youngest of ten children, Isaiah was orphan since he was 6 months old! He and his nine older siblings had lived in an orphanage for a few years. After leaving the orphanage, his older siblings raised him and provided basic care to Isaiah to the best of their abilities, but they did not understand that Isaiah’s greatest need was the actual love and affection from which only a caring and loving mother or father could provide. As a result, Isaiah grew up always longing and hungry for parental love and affection, a constant void that was never fulfilled, until meeting Jesus!

Isaiah reading Scripture at a recent funeral service at Kampong Klang floating village
With constant and on-going encouragement and support, last month, Isaiah started children ministry at his own village! He is teaching an after- school literacy program and English to school aged kids every Tuesday to Friday, children Sunday school class, and adult church service on Sundays. Also, on Mondays he travels with us to weekly class at Andoung Chan village. It is a joy to be able to take Isaiah under our wings training, equipping, and mentoring him to be spiritual leader in his community. Please pray for Isaiah.

Children ministry at Toul Krasang village
Isaiah leading children ministry at Toul Krasang village
Timon & Sokhary’s Soccer Ministry... 

Timon and soccer ministry Living Water Alliance church in Poipet
Due to internal conflicts and lack of interest from among some leaders, Poipet soccer ministry was put on hold for a while. But, every day the community kids were still wandering about the church ground looking for something to do and for an opportunity to play. Through our bimonthly visits to the Poipet, we also noticed that change and brought the topic to the class discussions. Recently, feeling convicted by what they’d learned, Timon, with Sokhary fully supported. The young couple has recently resumed the Poipet soccer ministry, where they have about 20-30 kids come to play soccer at every afternoon!

Timon and Sokhary serving as soccer coaches at Living Water Alliance church in Poipet

Pheap & Laalynn’s Journey…

Pheap (husband) and Lalynn had always been very passionate serving God through children and general church ministries. Sadly in June 2014, their first born child was killed in a car accident (see their full story in our June 2014’s blog). Since then, though they still love God dearly, their passion began to cool down. A few years down the road, God blessed them with two more beautiful babies, while they continue dutifully serving Him. About a year ago, another accident happened that nearly claimed the life of their second child! This incident was a wake-up call for them.

Soeuth and church leaders at Poipet
 Now, they are back on the right track! We can clearly see that true joy and passion have fully returned! Pheap and Lalynn come to our bimonthly leadership class in Poipet.

Bimonthly leadership class in Poipet
Pheap is a KEC pastor to Andoung Thmar Meas Alliance church in Poipet, and Lalynn serves as the northwest region director for children ministry. It is a joy for Syna to be able to work closely with Lalynn, again, in children ministry. In addition to serving in Andoung Thmar Meas, the young couple also reaches out to helping distant KEC churches in Malay District and to Markhoern village. Please pray for protection as this young family travel weekly on a motorbike for village ministries.

Sunday school teacher training seminar at Svey
Dates and events needing prayers…

- Sept 22: Next Poipet bimonthly class.
- Quarterly regional KEC youth rally at Living Water Alliance church, Poipet.
- Sept. 29: National youth committee quarterly meeting in Phnom Penh.
- Oct 6: Northwest regional youth committee meeting in Svey, and Sunday school teacher training       seminar in Siem Reap Province.
- Oct. 15: Youth rally at Srae Em village, in Preah Vihear Province.

Please share with us what God is doing in your life. As always, we are very grateful to God for your on-going prayers and support. Your generous giving to the Great Commission Fund (GCF) enables us to keep serving in this part of the world, pushing the darkness, bring the Light and Hope of Jesus to lost and hopeless souls. Thank you for your partnership with us in the Cambodian growing ministries.


Soeuth & Syna

Friday, August 31, 2018

August Update 2018

Dear Praying Friends and Family,

Greetings! It is monsoon season here. That means it rains hard every day. Praise God that we do not have floods like we had last year. Still, heavy rains make traveling to village ministries very challenging.

In July, we shared about many exciting stories how God was working among new believers. Here are a few more stories…

Raa & His Request
On July 23rd, during a weekly class in Andoung Chan village, Raa shared a prayer request for provision. His old beat-up 1992 Pajero truck was in need of two new tires. Raa and his family have some cows (see Raa’s story in May update) as a family investment, but did not want to sell the cows to buy the new tires. So, he presented his need to the class as a prayer request. Two days later while watching his cows along National Highway 6 (one of the main highways between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap), Raa and his young son discovered two brand new tires (still with plastic wraps and price tags on them) safely hidden among tall grass alongside the highway! They suspected that the tires must have fell off from a fast traveling taxi without anyone noticing. Raa looked around to see if anyone came to claim the missing items, but he saw no one! Toward evening time, Raa and his son took their cows home, but paid special attention to the specific landmark and location where the tires were hidden. For the next two days, Raa and his young son came back to the same spot, AND the tires were still there! At this, they concluded that it must be an answer to Raa’s prayer. Tires were a perfect fit for his truck! A week later during class, Raa excitedly shared his good news. When asked how he will use his truck after this miraculous provision, Raa quickly responded that he will drive his truck to pick up people to church. Keeping his words, every Sunday morning, Raa left his house early and drove slowly along the roads in his village inviting everybody and anybody he met to come to church. Every week, in addition to his family of 7 members, Raa was bringing two or three other people along. Last Sunday, Raa brought a truck load of people (13 people cramped tightly into one truck) to join the Srae Nouy Alliance church! Raa is very grateful for God’s provision. As a result, he is being a good steward to God with his earthly procession.

Baby Kesiah 
A few weeks ago after a church service at Srae Kandal village, Soeuth was asked to dedicate a baby girl to the Lord. When asked for the baby’s name, the young mother was embarrassed and confessed that she had always wanted to give her baby a biblical name, but could not think of one. She pleaded us to give her little girl a Bible name.

Soeuth prayed to dedicate baby Kesiah
After a few moments, we named the little girl Kesiah and told the family that her name can be found in the Book of Job chapter 42. We challenged the entire family to read and learn more about Job’s life… Even while holding her, however, we sensed that something was not right with Kesiah. She appeared pale and lethargic. We encouraged the family to take Kesiah to the Siem Reap Children Hospital and provided for them some traveling and food expenses. Because we were needed elsewhere in addition to some personal reasons where we had to leave the country, all our weekly village ministries/classes were postponed for the next two weeks. This past Sunday (August 19) upon returning to Srae Kandal, we were sad to learn that Baby Kesiah went Home to be with Jesus! When asked about what happened, family and church members took turns to relate to us Kesiah’s story…

It seemed that everyone was very pleased with Kesiah’s given name! So inspired by this beautiful name that the baby’s grandfather and father actually took the challenge personally and began reading the whole book of Job! But the news from the children hospital devastated the entire family. Baby Kesiah had suffered severe heart defects that eventually claimed her life on August 10th. Since every member of the Srae Kandal Alliance church was a very new and young believer, and since they could not reach us by phone, they phoned Pastor Dy from Srae Nouy village and asked for help. Pastor Dy then gathered a number of other Alliance church families from other villages, and altogether about 50 people came to attend the first Christian funeral in Srae Kandal village! During the funeral service, Pastor Dy challenged those who attended the service that death does not discriminate ages, social statuses, or genders. Because of sin, death is unavoidable, but Jesus promises hope and eternal life after physical death. Pastor Dy also challenged the family that if they want to see Kesiah again, they must believe in Jesus Christ. At this, Kesiah’s grandfather, Mr. Reth (who before the funeral was attending church off and on), recommitted his life to Jesus! And Kesiah’s father and three other family members also prayed to receive Christ as their Lord and Savior! As a result, this past Sunday, a total 25 adult and about 15 children attended the church service! That was more than double the average weekly attendants! During a recent Wednesday Firm Foundation class, the attendees were triple the amount!

Church attendants at Srae Kandal were double this past Sunday!

Triple the amount of people attended the Srae Kandal discipleship class!
Normally, our students and those who came to weekly church services were mostly women, but since Kesiah’s funeral, there were more men than women! We even noticed a spark of transformation beginning to take root in Kesiah’s grandfather’s life…  Kesiah had lived on earth for only 30 days, but God had used her short life very powerfully and effectively for His kingdom. Her death brings truth to the words found in John 12:24, “… unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds."

Srae Nouy’s Fame
God is doing something AMAZING at Srae Nouy (KEC) Alliance church! Every Monday during a prayer & sharing time at Andoung Chan village (where Pastor Dy studies Pentateude class with Soeuth), we kept hearing stories of miraculous healings and how people were prayed for and the demons casted out. Through our frequent visits to the Srae Nouy church during weekday times, we had opportunities to hear testimonies and talk to those who were healed or freed from evil spirits!  So much word about these miracles and wonders are being spread among the community of unbelievers that curious people began to “drop by & see."  As a result, Pastor Dy shared that “More than 70 people attended the church service last Sunday!” The attendance was double!

Among those who attended the church were six adult females (ages 21-78 years old, all related) who are new friends and neighbors of Mr. Raa (as mentioned earlier).

At the home of Mr. Raa's six new friends

Raa (in blue shirt) took us to visit the home of his neighbors, the six ladies who went to church with him
For generations, all the females of this family had been suffering severe curses and bondages by evil spirits. The grandmother used to practice black magic and had made a living as a fortune teller. Although she no longer does those things, she and the entire family still suffered from chronic headaches, slurred speech, and many unexplained pains in body parts. Among the four younger ladies, one is mute while another constantly laughs and talks nonsense. All six ladies had some kinds of various visible and non-visible symptoms… During the recent Sunday church service when it was time to pray for healing, the two older ladies (mother-daughter) went forward to ask for prayer. The church leaders came forward to lay hands on and pray for them. The entire service witnessed the healing touch of God! The grandmother suffered chronic pains (over 30 years) in her left arm to a point where she had to keep it bent to avoid pains. But after prayer, she was able to straighten her arm! Her daughter (aged 59, also a mother of four adult daughters) had chronic headache for “All my entire life!” saying “No medicine can help me!” But after prayer, her headache was no more! Pastor Dy thought that during prayer time, “At least two evil spirits came out of her!” because as the church continued praying, “She passed out twice! And then she woke up smiling and completely freed!”

The field is ripe…  Please don’t get bored from reading as we keep repeating phrases like “God is doing something amazing…” and “God is at work!” We cannot say it enough that it is a JOY to serve God in Anlong Veng! We are experiencing the abundant season of harvesting souls! As stories of healings and miracles continue to spread, curious (not-yet-believing) friends and neighbors are flooded into village churches every week in every village just to “check it out." As a result, the numbers of those who attended Sunday churches or classes were double or triple! Not just the women (as we normally had), but some men started to come to church and classes as well! Some of these curious people dropped by and then left, but many came and stayed for the entire service! As we progressed with weekly discipleship classes, our students are coming to classes with expectation and anticipation to hear God’s words! They come prepared with homework completed and assigned Bible verses memorized. Many come ready and with lists of questions related to their spiritual journeys.  Everyone seemed to look forward for opportunity to share or “show & tell” with the class what God was doing in their lives. The bumpy roads to each village ministries are long and treacherous, but joy and excitement always awaits us upon every arrival. If we have the extra time and extra helping hands, we could easily start two or three new classes in each village! People are asking for new classes, but we could only do so much with just the two of us. Because of distant location and other needed ministries, we could only commit to one-all-day classes per village. Therefore, please continue to bring to the throne and ask the LORD of harvest to send us workers…

Heng & Moum

Heng and Moum and children visiting Anlong Veng ministries
This past week, August 18-22, we had the joy of hosting our dear friends, Heng and Moum and their two little girls at our house. We had known Moum and Heng for many years while serving in Poipet.  Because of economic reasons Moum, as a teenage girl, came to look for jobs in Poipet. Seeing the condition of her life and where she was “working," we invited Moum to live with us where she became like a daughter to us for nine years. Heng also came to Poipet in 2006 for similar reasons.  Both Heng and Moum had studied with us in discipleship and leadership classes. Both became a gifted preacher (Heng) and Sunday school teacher (Moum). When the young couple met and decided to get marry, Soeuth officiated their wedding and then dedicated their two babies a few years afterward. Currently, Heng enrolls full time in a four-year program Bible school in Phnom Penh, and Moum works part-time as a staff at Alliance Antioch Bible Training Center. The young couple is praying for and seeking directions what plans God has for them for the next two years, after Heng completes his studies. While visiting us these past few days, we showed them some of the ministry sites around Anlong Veng areas. Please keep Heng and Moum in your prayers.

New Classes
August 5th, at their request, we started a new discipleship class called Living Water at Srae Nouy KEC church where 16 school age children and some youth enrolled in this class. Soeuth is co-teaching this class with Phearum and Srey, youth and children workers of that church.

Soeuth co-teaches a new discipleship class at Srae Nouy village

Phearum & Srey Poev learning how to teach Living Water Discipleship and Literacy classes at Srae Nouy village
It is our goal that in the near future, Phearum and Srey Poev will be the main teachers for these classes once feeling comfortable with their teaching ability. Also, Syna is working with Srey Poev on how to teach literacy class. Sadly, last month, after years of trying, this couple lost their baby through ectopic pregnancy! Not able to have children of their own, this precious young couple are devoting themselves to work with children and youth ministries.

Family News
August 6-10, we went to Bangkok for annual routine medical and dental check-ups. All is well, praise God! Jonathan is back at Dalat International School for his 10th grade year. We appreciate your prayers for Jonathan as he transitions back into school routines while adjusting to a new set of dorm parents and some new dorm siblings…  Justin and Katie are doing well working as registered nurses (still in orientation stage) in Minneapolis, MN. And by early March 2019, we will welcome, Lord willing, our FIRST grandchild!

Please PRAY for… all the village classes as believers learn God’s word,. Pray for spiritual protection against the scheme of the enemy and for safe traveling when we visit and do village ministries…

Thank you so much for all your prayer and financial support to the Alliance GCF which enables us to continue serving our great King in this part of the world.  Thank you for your partnership in the Cambodian mission field.  Please share with us what God is doing in your life…

Soeuth & Syna