Christmas greetings! May you and your loved ones experience the true meaning of the holiday season, and may Christ fill your hearts with faith, hope, and love...
December in Cambodia is full of Christmas activities! The Khmer Evangelical Churches (Alliance) in the northwest region (and the entire country) had scheduled various dates throughout the entire month so that believers have options to participate at various churches' holiday celebrations. So far, we attended six village-church Christmas celebrations! Although we still have a few more events to go, we still want to share with you some stories now, before they all get piled up…
|Manger scene at the rally.|
December 3: First Christmas Celebration at Sanchey Village…
|Of the 32 adults that attended the Christmas celebration, 28 of them were first timers|
When the lady learned about Lena’s crisis, this complete stranger offered the young couple a field full of ripe rice saying, “Go ahead and harvest all the grains in my field and keep them for your family!” Rejoiced, they did and collected 12 sacks (1200 kilograms) full of grains! With a grateful heart Lena continued her story, “In all my years of farming, we had never collected this much rice before! But this year when our crops failed, God cared for all our needs as He has promised, giving us much more grains than we could ever ask for or imagine!”
|Lena sharing her song of gratitude for the Lord's provision|
December 7-8: First Christmas at Mak-hoeun Village…
|Families and members of Mak-hoeun Alliance church.|
We had to spend a night in Poipet before we could join another first Christmas event in Mak-hoeun village! Although this small group of believers had been meeting as a church for a number of years, due to lack of supplies and inadequate funding, they kept finding reasons/excuses to postpone any major events or celebration until recently. BUT very early morning on the appointed date, unexpected heavy rains with thunder storms poured out continuously for nearly three hours! Since the church site is located about 3 kilometer off the main road, we were worried about how to get everyone to the village. While all the believing villagers were troubled and concerned, one brave young man, Chantha, volunteered to transport all passengers on his “mechanical cow” (a huge trailer pulled by a big engine). After we packed our vehicles on the main road, everyone climbed up to find seats or a place to stand in the trailer while each were whispering prayers for protection and hoping that Chantha would drive us safely to the church. He did! Chantha made four round trips, back and forth, safely delivering all passengers on his mechanical cow! Around 80 of us, all members and representatives from seven different Alliance churches of the Poipet areas, came to participate in this adventurous and exciting Christmas event. At the end of the service, one church leader stood up to pray and to give thanks to the guests for coming, but overwhelmed by the tremendous love and support from other Christians, (because even with difficult and muddy roads many people came to visit her remote village!), she could barely finished her speech. It was a beautiful service! To some visitors, it was their first time to ride in a mechanical cow!
|80 plus church families visiting the Christmas celebration at Mak-hoeun village.|
|Ang Salaa church families came to join Christmas celebration at Mak-hoeun Alliance.|
December 10: Regional Quarterly Youth Rally at Thmar Koul…
|29 youth from the Anlong Veng area joined the rally|
|215 people attended the youth rally.|
|Youth participating in games at the rally.|
Noun and Kane’s Excitement…
And God, in His great mercy for saving the lost, chooses to reveal Himself by allowing signs and wonders to happen so that new and young believers may see and experience His miracles.
|Syna teaching weekly Firm Foundation class at Toul Prich.|
|Kane helping Noun sounding out words as they read the Bible|
|Noun's mother praying to Jesus for healing.|
Merry Christmas! And a Happy New Year to all!
Soeuth & Syna