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|
|Soeuth sharing an evangelistic message at a village|
|Idol removed and soon destroyed|
|Incense ticked removed and ready to burn|
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|
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 and his wife eating dinner at our house after one of his evangelistic outreaches|
|Adult literacy teacher trainer seminar|
|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|
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|
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|
|Weekly visitation to new believers at their home|
|Home grown mushroom project|
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
|Mango season is here|