Monday, May 14, 2018

May Update 2018

Dear praying friends and family,

Greetings! We trust you are doing well.

It’s proven to be a busier schedule for us these next few weeks, so we want to update you on what took place recently before things get piled up…

We had a wonderful time visiting Japan! Our hosts, Soeuth’s niece and her Japanese husband, went extra miles and beyond in their efforts to host us. Having them as our own personal tour guides and interpreters, we were able to visit some exotic places within a few hour drive to each place from Tokyo. We had opportunities to taste some yummy, yet interesting food and to experience some of the local and cultural stuff…

Enjoying Japanese food with our hosts

Visiting tea farm
Beautiful flowers displayed in the park 
Enjoying shopping in Japan
Shortly after returning to Cambodia, we joined the Poipet CAMA staff retreat in Sihanoukville at the beach. It was a very long road trip (14 hour drive each way), but it was worth every effort after seeing all the excitements written on their faces. Some of the staff members had never seen the ocean before!

CAMA Staff Retreat
2 Timothy says, “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” These past few weeks as we returned and resumed our village classes, we learned a number of heartaches that some church families had encountered, and some of these other hard issues/ challenges are still taking place…

1. On April 30 at Andoung Chan village, Mr. Kong’s daughter suffered a few deep cuts and bruises on her body as a result of a severe domestic violence from the hands of her unbelieving husband!  She was immediately taken to a local clinic and was treated there. Sadly, her two young children (aged 4 and 2) witnessed the entire event. The husband left the house and got away without any charge…

2. A few days later during an evening family worship time while Mr. Kong was leading a devotion, an angry drunken man, Kong’s unbelieving’s brother-in-law, came by carrying a big machete pointing to and threatening Kong saying, “I will cut off your head, if you continue to poison my family with this foreign God of yours."  Seeing the severity of the situation, the man’s wife (Kong’s younger sister) and her two small children reluctantly left the worship place at her husband’s demands.

3. On May 1, also at Andoung Chan village, Mr. Raa’s two cows were hit and killed by a truck with a military license plate! By Cambodian law, if the cows cross the roads resulting traffic accident at a certain time of the day, the cows’ owner, if identified at the time of an accident, is responsible to pay for the cost of the vehicle damage. If the owner is not identified, however, the driver has the right to take the dead animals… Understanding the situation and realizing that he has no means to pay for the damage, Mr. Raa quietly hid behind a tree waiting while the driver searched for the cows’ owner.  After some time of questioning local people and not finding the cows’ owner, the angry driver left with one dead cow. Sometime later, Mr. Raa came out from hiding to collect the other dead animal...
Cambodian farmers, not trusting modern banks, invest their saving into buying and raising live stocks such us cows, buffalos, and or pigs. So, Mr. Raa and his family had lost a total of $900.00 worth of saving…

4. Two days after the cows’ incident, during a late evening walk home, Mr. Raa’s 13-year old adopted son, Sokhey, was bitten by a poisonous snake, a viper!  Raa was attending a worship service at Srae Nouy when this happened.  Hearing the news from his wife, Raa and a few other men left the service and rushed home to take Sokhey to the clinics. Since it was late in the night, all local clinics closed!  Panicked, friends and family lifted Sokhey up in prayers throughout the night. Next morning, Sokhey awoke healthy and alive! When asked what took place, Sokhey shared experience that immediately after he felt a sharp pain on his left foot, Sokhey looked down and saw a snake crawling. Next, he took his walking stick and killed the snake.  Then, he knelt down and prayed to God on the same spot asking the Lord Jesus to help. Finally, he walked home carrying a dead snake by one hand and a walking stick in another hand with his foot bleeding from the snake bite. When he reached home, he shared the sad news with his mom… After hearing Sokhey’s story and seeing a dead snake as proof, everyone was amazed. One neighbor surprisingly said, “No one had survived from such a deadly snake before," a few other nodded in agreement. On May 4th when we resumed our weekly class, Mr. Raa came to class with Sokhey sitting next to him, alive and healthy. Everyone praises to Jesus!

Mr. Raa (middle) and his son (right)
This past week, as persistently requested by the church families, Syna taught two baking classes at Srae Kandal and at Andoung Chan villages having nine female participants. The ladies give praises to Jesus for opportunities to learn to bake and to earn small incomes from selling their baked goods.

Baking class at Amdoung Chan village
Events and dates to pray for: 

1. This week May 6-12, Syna is in Phnom Penh attending Field Leadership Team (FLT) meeting and Intergenerational Leadership conference. The conference leads by the visiting team from Citylight church in Omaha, Nebraska. Syna will participate in the English-Khmer translation. Pray for safe traveling for all the participants and visiting team.

2. May 13-16, the northwest regional KEC youth will participate in an annual motorbike mission trips visiting four village Alliance churches in Anlong Veng areas. Pray for safe traveling and opportunities to witness Christ to those who are seeking.

3. This is the final and exam week for our son and his wife, Justin and Katie, at Crown College. Both will graduate from the same nursing program on May 12. Sadly, we will not be there in person, but will try to view this special event through a streamline. The young couple had worked hard and endured four long hard years of studies, and this week is their last! Pray that they will finish well…

4. Please pray for leadership seminars in Tek Choe village (May 18), at Poipet (May 19) and at Srae Nouy village (May 24-25).

5. May 26:  We are so excited that Justin and Katie are coming to Cambodia!  They both will be with us for a day then will fly out to visit Penang, Malaysia. On June 1, all three children (Justin & Katie and Jonathan) will come home!  We are looking forward to this reunion.

6. Due to conflicts in schedule, the National KEC youth committees had moved their quarterly meeting date to June 2 in Phnom Penh instead.

Please share with us what God is doing in your lives. Thank you for partnering with us in the Cambodian ministries through your faithful prayers and generous financial support to the Great Commission Fund. We are very grateful.

Blessings,
Soeuth & Syna



Tuesday, April 17, 2018

April Update 2018

Dear Praying Friends and Family,

Jum- reap su-a!  Happy Khmer New Year! We trust the Lord has been good to you.

The remaining days of April proved to be busy ones for us. Here are some brief updates of what took place since our last newsletter.

Early morning on March 19 as we were about to start a discipleship class at Ondoung Chan village, one young couple arrived at class late. Both of them were still yawning. When asked why they appeared tired they both answered, “We were up late until 4 o’clock this morning listening to the stories from our radio!” Then the husband added, “They were such good Bible stories that we kept listening to one story after another."  Shortly after this couple shared their story, another young wife started to complain. “Lok Kru” (teacher) she said motioning to Soeuth, “Could you please tell my husband (who is known as Mr. Raa) to stop reading his Bible at 3 o’clock in the morning?  I need to sleep, but he kept me awake by turning on the light just to read his bible out loud!” After a moment of laughter Soeuth responded, “You should be glad that he is reading his Bible at home and not visiting karaoke shops somewhere late at night."  It is a joy to see waves of excitement from among the new believers as they could not seem to get enough of God’s words through their daily bible reading or through listening to the audio bible stories played from their MP3 radio. Almost every week through phone calls, we keep hearing about one story after another how lives have been affected and changed as hearts are turning to God’s word.

Thank you for praying for the regional adult conference in Siem Reap which took place on March 28-30. Soeuth was one of the speakers for the conference with a theme that was based on Revelations 3:14-18 as “…Lukewarm…” Many who attended expressed appreciation and gratitude for God’s word in their lives. The messages they all heard were reminders that they should not take their faith and salvation for granted.

On Thursday April 5th, we left Anlong Veng early to pick up a total of 15 youth from various villages on roadsides and headed toward Kampong Cham province for the youth conference. We only traveled about an hour on the roads when some young ladies began to experience motion sickness and started to throw up in the car onto bags of clothes! We stopped a few times afterwards just to clean up the vomit. It was a great relief when we finally reached our destination. Once settled in their assigned sleeping quarters, every helping hand was needed to clean up the camp site and to get things ready for the conference to start in the afternoon of April 6th.

Cleaning crew before conference starts


These 15 youngsters attended the conference for the first time. When we left Anlong Veng, only 13 of them were professed Christians, while two young ladies came along just for an adventure, but God had other plans for them. After listening to the message at the first evening service, they decided to give their lives totally to Jesus! Now back at home, the girls are still radiant with joy as they continue reading their Bibles and praying every day.
Like every other youth conferences in the previous years, obstacles and challenges seemed to follow us everywhere:

Challenge #1:  Just ten days before the conference began, one of the morning speakers backed out on his speaking agreement. Because of this, we had to find someone quickly to replace him. Praise God, the committees found such a replacement just in time.

Challenge #2: At the start of the conference, we learned that there were issues with the city water.  How can we run a camp with over 500 youth and leaders with inadequate water supply? We improvised. Soeuth and a few guys began to dig holes in the ground to erect pillars to support plastic tarps as they attempted to make “water tanks." Then we called and ordered a few truckloads of pond water to fill up our new man-made water tanks.

Challenge #3: Of course, it would not be a tradition if we did not have a rain storm at every youth camp even as we are at the peak of a hot season! Yes, we had heavy rain showers three times on early morning hours of the second day, soaking the beautiful decorated stage and some banners and even part the of the sound system. The decorations were all washed out and damaged! Some of the sleeping areas were soaked from the rain. There were mud puddles everywhere. During the morning worship hour, we managed to secure only one working microphone for the speaker, but this was the only time in the entire conference where we needed at least two microphones; one for the English-speaker, another for the translator! Again, we improvised.  Since the majority of the youth did not understand English, we gave the only working mic to the translator.

There were other challenges along the way, but God was also there moving and stirring hearts towards Him. Since this was the most anticipating event of the year for young people, many groups had prepared their special songs or skits to perform at a given time.

Anlong Veng youth with their special song at youth camp
There were moments of funny laughter and skillful skits performed by various talented youth groups. There were also moments of tears as people were reflecting on and applying God’s words into their lives. The conference theme was “Finishing Well” based on 2 Timothy 4:1-8, and various speakers had challenged the youth to be faithful in keeping the faith in Christ and to finish the race well in their spiritual walk. One speaker even challenged older/mature leaders to "pass the baton" and help young people finish the race well by being willing to train, disciple, mentor, and invest their teaching and knowledge to the next generation. One of the steps to finishing well was presented by another speaker, Soeuth, who challenged the young people to start sharing their faith with people around them. At the last night service Soeuth challenged the youth to see if they were willing to step forward and publicly make a commitment that they would share their faith with others. If so they would come forward to receive an evangelism bracelet. That night we gave away more than 380 bracelets! Over all, the conference went well as it would be expected. In total, we had 498 people registered and paid for the conference, but more than 530 people attended. Of those who attended the conference, about 40% of them were first timers.

One youth comm selling T-shirts to help fund for extra cost at the conference

Morning service at youth camp
Tribal youth resting between seminar sessions
Evening service at youth camp



Dates and events needing your prayers:

April 15-22: We are taking a much needed vacation to Japan.April 14-16: Khmer New Year.
April 23-25: A young family with two small kids from Poipet will visit us in Anlong Veng for a few    days as they are seeking God’s will and direction for future ministry.
April 26-28: Poipet CAMA staff prayer retreat at the beach in Sihanoukville/ Kampong Sorm province.
May 3-5: The nine members- national youth committee (and some of their families) will come to our house for a committee meeting (May 4th) and for some fun time.
May 6-9: Syna is traveling by taxi to Phnom Penh for Field Leadership Team (FLT) meeting.
May 10-13: Intergenerational leadership Seminar in Phnom Penh is being led by a visiting team called City Light Team from Omaha.
May 13-15: Annual regional youth motorbike mission trip to visit various Alliance churches in Anlong Veng areas.  We are expecting about 40 people will participate in this trip.

As always, we are very grateful for your generous giving to support the Great Commission Fund (GCF) which enables us to continue spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ to lost people in Cambodia and around the world. Your continued partnership in the Cambodian ministries through prayers and financial support are much appreciated. Thank you.

Blessings,

Soeuth & Syna Lao

Monday, March 19, 2018

March Update 2018


Dear Praying Friends and Family

Jum reap sure! Greetings! We trust this newsletter finds you well.
Thank you so much for praying and supporting the Cambodian ministries. Here are some updates as a result of your faithful prayers…

February 27-28: Our team of International Workers had an amazing prayer retreat in the capital city, Phnom Penh. Our guest speaker, Rev. Joel Arndt from Community Alliance, MN, did an excellent job leading us into the presence of God through his messages in the Lord’ Prayer.  Many of the new like-minded seconding- International Workers who recently joined the Alliance team also attend this retreat, so it was a great opportunity getting to know some of our other additional team mates.
The day after the retreat, we returned home with our regional director and his wife who came to visit the various ministries in Anlong Veng areas. As planned for March 3, we had a leadership seminar in Srae Nouy where 30 KEC members from around the areas attended. Rev. Joseph Kong, an Alliance IW, led the group in Disciples- Making seminar.

KEC Church members playing Khmer traditional musical instruments at Srae Nouy
Discipleship seminar at Srae Nouy
IW prayer retreat
Discipleship making seminar at Srae Nouy


Kong and Tim Steinert at Srae Nouy
Shortly after the seminar/workshop, there were opportunities for personal testimonies where Mr. Kong, Mr. Raa and a few others shared powerful stories about the hand of God working in their lives.

Rev. Kong then challenged the eager group that “It is not to lead people to accepting Jesus’ salvation plan for their lives, but we must make an effort to disciple these newly converts to know his word for their spiritual growth”.

Sarom (right) with Pastor Dy at the Discipleship seminar in Srae Nouy
Syna praying for a little girl to receive Christ at Srae Nouy
On the way to Srae Nouy, as requested by Mr. Raa, we stopped by the roadside at a local market to pick up a lady to attend the workshop. We had no idea what she looked like. Raa gave us only her name and descriptions of her shop. As Syna walked out of the car to ask other sellers about the lady, she passed by many stalls/shops selling beef, fish, fruits, vegetables, and fried snacks/cakes. Syna noticed that while all those other shops had higher places for incense sticks and various worship idols the last shop sat a 62-year old named Mrs. Neang with an opened Khmer hymnal book on her lap. She was humming along with the Christian songs playing from a small red radio device!

Syna searching for Mrs. Neang's shop

Mrs. Neang with her radio on while making fried cake snacks to sell
After she got into the car with us, we learned that Neang was the lady that Raa had witnessed to (see Raa’s story in our February blog), and she was only a few weeks old believer! But what bold and courageous testimony she had demonstrated by singing songs and talking about Jesus in public!

Mr. Raa in black and Mrs. Neang holding her radio
March 8: A quarterly regional youth rally at Svey Sisophon went very well. 168 young people from three provinces at various ages attended. The youngest of the youth was only eight years olds! Before and after the message, there were opportunities for special songs with choreographies courageously  performed by various youth groups.

Youth rally at Svey
Bethlehem youth traveling to the rally at Svey
Regional youth rally at Svey

Youth group performed a special song at the youth rally
In his message, Soeuth challenged the young people to develop a consistent lifestyle based on Philippians 1:21 that say, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain”.

After four weeks of attempts, we finally had the first lesson of Living Water class begin on March 9 at Ondong Chan village (where Mr. Kong lives)! The Living Water class  is a five-week discipleship course for new believers.

Living Water class at Andong Chan village
Kids playing while their parents attended the Living Water class
In the first class, we had 17 people sign up and attend the class. Among them were 7 members from Kong’s entire family! Each student is given a book with home works to be completed before each class begins. Please pray that students would find time and courage to study. Many of them struggle with their inability to read and write well.

As words continue to spread, more and more villagers are requesting to have a small radio set for their own with some Christian materials to read. However, because the villagers are located at distant locations and because of poverty, many could never have proper medical, dental or eye cares checked. As a result, many older folks suffer terribly with poor health, especially with eyesight. So, every time we visit a village, Syna makes it a habit of bringing a long, extra pair of reading glasses at various prescription ranges for those in needs.
Reading glasses and small gifts being given to new believers/villagers
We find that by simply giving away small items such as radios, reading glasses, bookmarks, color pencils or highlighters, and even small Bible bags—these items not only bring tremendous joy to the villagers, they also motivate the new believers to read and study God’s word at their pace.

Illiteracy continues to be one of the major problems in most remote villages hindering new believers from growing in God’s word. The same problem is found at every village. The situation can be hopeless and discouraging. Passionate and committed literacy teachers are a rare treasure to find, but God in His great mercy and love for the needy often surprises us with such a treasure as we recently discovered in Mr. Sarom…  A few weeks ago at Andong Chan village, Sarom was among the 16 attendees who sat through and participated in an all-day adult literacy teacher-training workshop. Immediately afterward, Sarom took the literacy book and practiced teaching on his three small children and young wife. The students responded positively and Sarom was greatly encouraged. Seeing good results from teaching his family, Sarom felt inspired to invite neighboring children to join in his nightly classes. As the result, Sarom now has a total of 14 literacy students to teach at home!

Kids anxious to learn in the literacy class with Sarom at Ksaach Ampel village
In his excitement, Sarom went a step further by bringing the same book to a neighboring village called Ksaach Ampel where he then talked face-to-face with a village chief and some parents. After showing the book and its teaching methods to the people there, Sarom then asked if they would be interested in having him come to teach their children. The parents and village chief not only accepted Sarom’s offers, they began to put a collection of money from each family in hope to buy enough supplies to build adequate sitting areas for the kids. As a result, the parents signed up 70 children to be taught in Sarom’s literacy class! At this point, Sarom could only go and teach at Ksaach Ampel three times per week while he is searching for other potential teachers from within the village. We help with Sarom’s traveling expenses and small stipends.

Sarom teaching literacy class at Ksaach Ampel village
Kids walking home after literacy class

(FYI: Some background story behind this village. Ksaach Ampel is a newly established remote village located in an outskirt of Odar Meanchey province where many poor families moved there within the last 5-7 years in hope to find labor works in the rubber plantations. This village of 300 plus families is about 30 kilometers away from the nearest clinics and has poor/ inadequate water supplies. The nearest public elementary school is about 7 kilometer away. For families with means of transportation, they could easily afford ways to bring their children to and from school every day. Some older children often walk and bike to school on their own, but the majority of the younger children whose families are without any means of transportation, stay/wander around aimlessly at home while their parents are busy working in the plantations).

Dates and events needing your prayers:
March 19: Our next Living Water class at Andong Chan village.
March 23-24: Syna to Phnom Penh to accompany Jonathan home for spring break (March 24-31).
March 23-24: Soeuth to Poipet for bimonthly classes.
March 28-30: Northwest regional KEC church conference in Siem Reap province.
April 1-2: Syna accompanies two MKs back to Dalat International School, in Penang, Malaysia.
April 5-9: Traveling with some KEC youth to Kampong Cham for annual youth camp.
As always, we are very grateful for your ongoing and faithful prayers and supports.  Thank you, for being a committed a ministry partner with us for the Cambodian ministries.   Please share with us what God is doing in your life.  We want to be a blessing to your through prayers.
Blessings,
Soeuth & Syna



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

February Update 2018


Dear Praying Friends and Family,

Jum Reap Sure! Greetings from Anlong Veng, Cambodia! We trust the Lord has been gracious to you watching your every coming and going.
A little boy sending greetings in jum reap sure
You have been following in our monthly updates concerning Mr. Kong, who is very passionate about sharing Christ with everyone he meets. Recently, Kong and his wife have been visiting more friends and relatives and leading many of them to the Lord! Earlier this month, Kong was closer to our areas again so Soeuth joined one of Kong’s evangelistic outreaches in Tra-pang Kra-sang villag where they led two families to the Lord!

Soeuth sharing an evangelistic message at a village
As the result, on February 9th, one family invited us to help knock down shrines and remove their other worshipped items.

Idol removed and soon destroyed
Incense ticked removed and ready to burn
In addition to the two of us, those church leaders who attended this event were Pastor Dy and Mr. Aaron from Srae Nouy, Mr. Kong and Mr. Raa from Andong Chan village, and few other local leaders. After a time of sharing and singing praise and hymnal songs followed by Scriptural reading, we prayed for protection for every member of the host family including their house, laying hands inch by inch on every part of the entire house.

Because many of these new believers are poor, illiterate families who live far away from already existing church sites it is a challenge to find ways to help these new believers grow spiritually. In addition to this challenge, it is not possible for us to teach them on a regular basis. To answer this need, we have been giving away or sold to church families small radios (one of the Alliance literature productions) that included memory chips of audio scriptural reading in Khmer. It also included traditional hymnals, many topics of preaching messages, and Bible lessons for women, men, youth and children ministries.
Small radio with memory chip containing Bible stories and songs
Radios given out to church leaders
It is a very small and inexpensive device, but it is being used powerfully by God to reach lost people for His Kingdom. Here is one example…

This past Friday at Tra-pang Kra-sang village, we gave one radio to Mr. Raa, who is a passionate evangelist just like his friend, Kong. The next day, excited about his new gift, Raa took his radio along to a local market on his way to sell papayas. While parking his wagon in front of a market waiting for potential buyers, Raa blasted out his radio to a passage where scriptural reading was being played. Soon, curious customers began to move closer and closer to Raa’s wagon, not to buy the fruits, but to hear what was being said from the small device! Grabbing the opportunity, Raa began to boldly share the Good News with everyone. As a result, one elderly grandmother (aged 78) burst out with tears of gladness at the sound of this Good News of Jesus Christ that Raa was sharing. At Raa’s persistent invitation, the dearly elderly grandma went to Srae Nouy Alliance church that Sunday with Raa. At the end of the day, she completely gave her life to Jesus! “She kept on crying and crying the whole time!" exclaimed Raa. “And we cut off a lot of spirit strings from her body," added Pastor Dy.

Sadly, we had to constantly remind Kong and his friends to “slow down” in their attempts to win new converts into the Kingdom! Kong and his evangelical “buddies” are on fire for God and we can hardly keep up with them!

Kong (far left) with his evangelical buddies
Kong (far right) sharing to a young man (middle) with Kong's partner, Mr. Aaron (far left)
Kong sharing
Truly, God’s spirit is upon Kong as seen in his giftedness and his passion in sharing the Good News with everyone he meets! Almost every week, we receive phone calls from Kong to report that so and so had recently received Christ!

Kong and his wife eating dinner at our house after one of his evangelistic outreaches
Adult literacy teacher trainer seminar
Monday February 12th at Andong Chan village, we had an all-day teacher-trainer workshop for a Bible-based adult literacy program. It is our prayer that out of 16 attendees at least 12 or 13 will begin teaching literacy classes in their homes and community soon…

Syna teaching a literacy workshop
New believers prayed to received Christ at Toul Prich village.

We were so glad to have Cori Heck, a young lady from central California to live with us and help out with teaching English to kids and youth at Toul Prich. On February 13, due to health related issue, Cori returned home. In just a few short weeks that she has been here, the kids and youth really connected well with her and were sad to see her go.

Cori teaching English to teenage girls in Toul Prich
Cori playing games with Toul Prich kids
Now, that we got them interested, pray that God would send us another person with similar passion as Cori to continue on with this ministry outreach through teaching English and sport ministry...

We continue on with bimonthly leadership classes in Poipet. As tiring as the long road trips may be, we often feel refreshed by the eagerness of the students coming to class all excited to learn! We often have at least 20 or more students every time we go there and they always arrive early waiting for us.

Leadership class in Poipet
In our meeting, Mr. Moul (age 60+) a one-leg amputee from Ang Salaa village, rode his old ragged bicycle over 17 kilometers so he could attend class! Three teenage girls (ages 15-16) from Andong Thma meas village, all dressed in school uniform, took time off from their tutoring classes so they could study God's word with other adult leaders! The class discussions are often very lively and could go on and on if we're not carefully monitored. Having gone there on a regular basis, we were able to hear more of church struggles and issues within the church bodies. While Chean and Heng and other godly leaders of the areas are doing a great job caring for their flocks, but when it comes to resolving conflicts, they find it challenging beyond their abilities. This is partly because of their age and lack of experiences (most of the Poipet church Leaders are in their mid to late 30's). So far, during these five months that we've going there, we were able to help deal with resolving three marriage conflicts, all of which are on the road of recovery! We told the Poipet church leaders that we will commit to going there another six months to a year, then we will let them go on their own... Pray that the leaders and church families will continue looking to Jesus for answers.

God is doing something awesome in Srae Kandal village! Earlier in December, due to some conflicts within the church that caused division, Mr. Kong (from Andong Chan village) and Pastor Dy (from Srae Nouy) went to spend a few nights there reasoning with the church families and with a few key leaders.

Kong (far left), Dy (middle), and Mr. Chen (far right) all practicing how to teach literacy class
Worship service at Srae Kandal village
Kong was a disciple of Dy during his earlier days as a new believer, then, it was Kong who planted a church in Srae Kandal. So, when conflicts arose among the new believers, Kong and Dy stepped in to help. As a result, two other families now joined the church service! In addition to the Sunday church services, families will come together on Wednesdays, for all new believer discipleship classes as well as adult literacy classes for the illiterate.

Weekly visitation to new believers at their home
Syna has been teaching baking classes to village ladies using local products. The ladies are grateful and giving praises to God for opportunities to earn a small extra income ($5.00 to $8.00 per day) from selling their baked goods. She always looks for other opportunities, creative ideas, and or any small projects to share with the village ladies/families. Syna’s latest “project” is raising home-grown straw mushrooms! As word began to spread, the church ladies from Andong Chan, Srae Nouy, and from Srae Kandal villages are also requesting for the same opportunity.
Home grown mushroom project

Please pray:

February 25-28: We will head out to Phnom Penh for Field Leadership Team (FLT) followed with a field team prayer retreat. Pray for safe trips for all who will be traveling from provinces. Pray for a good outcome of the FLT meetings as well from retreat.
March 3: Leadership seminar at Srae Nouy village.
March 8: Northwest regional quarterly youth rally at Svey Sisophon.
April 6-8: National annual KEC youth camp/conference at Kampong Cham province.

We cannot thank you enough for your prayers! Thank you for being ministry partners with us through your prayers. Your generous giving to the Great Commission Fund enables us to keep on serving God in this part of the world bringing the message of Hope to lost people. And your financial support to our Work Special allows us to purchase radios and baking supplies and other needed items for doing church ministries. Please share with us what God is doing in your part of the world.

With a grateful heart,
Soeuth & Syna

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