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Holiday

At the end of this week, we hit two more holidays here in Cambodia – Independence Day which is immediately followed by Water Festival.  That means some days off for the students.  Usually when we have a couple of days off in a row, we plan some sort of outing with the students, but this year we are just staying at the school.  So we are planning for some special food, games and activities right at the school.  One of the students requested a bonfire where we can bake sweet potatoes and worship and share together.  Pray for good fellowship, […]

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Location Chosen . . .

Faithful prayer warriors – keep praying! After several weeks of praying and visiting various sites, the Vietnamese ministry group has decided on a location for their new outreach.  One of Antioch’s graduates will move into a small rented room in that community at the end of the week, to begin building deeper relationships with the residents.  She told me this community is similar to the railroad track community we ministered to in the years she was a student.  Continue to lift up this new venture to the Lord.  Pray for good relationship building in the community and for the team […]

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Church planting and Teachers

Thank you for your prayers!  The Antioch students had a great time with the students at their sister school, Elim, a few weeks ago.  In fact, the Elim students didn’t want the Antioch students to leave!  But thankfully, everyone returned after the break and are again back into the routine of classes, chores and ministry groups. The students in the Vietnamese ministry group have joined a team of other workers (including International Workers and one of our students who graduated in July) to investigate possibilities for a new church plant.  Pray for this team as they visit and research various […]

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We are finally in!

God is good.  Despite all the challenges and obstacles, the students and two teacher families finally moved into the 3rd floor of our residence building this week.  Everyone is so happy with their new rooms. Check out this short video our field director, David Manfred, made about the move into the building.  He refers to Antioch Bible Institute as “UMTC” which is the old term for the school. This week is Pchum Bun, a Cambodian holiday that centers around ancestors and family.  The students and some of the teachers will be headed to our sister school (Elim Bible School) in […]

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We Grieve But Not Without Hope

One of our first year students, Srey Ruah, received news last Wednesday that her mother was in the emergency room with what appeared to be a heart attack.  She, of course, returned home to Poipet that night.  Her mother passed away the next day. When the other students heard the news, they asked if they could also go and support Srey Ruah and help at the funeral.  One of the benefits  of having a small number of students is that we can easily cancel class and transport everyone to Poipet in a short period of time.   The students (and teachers) […]

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The First Week

Praise God our first week of classes went well!  Thank your for your prayers as we figured out how to arrange our classroom spaces and get the new kitchen up and running.  We did have a few obstacles, like losing electricity in the kitchen and the boys’ room for a day.  Thankfully, Teacher Moum was able to put our perishable foods in other refrigerators and on ice until the problem was fixed.  But over all, our first week went quite well and the students are now busy with lots of homework! Ministry groups will start this week at four locations.  […]

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The First Day is Here!

Despite a rainy start to the day, the move to the new Antioch school location went well and more quickly than we anticipated.  The temporary living spaces for the teachers and students are adequate, but not ideal.  This, of course, causes some stress and tension, so please be praying for good relationships between the teachers and between the students in the coming weeks.  Pray that we will all have hearts of gratitude for all that God has done and given us.  (And that we will be patient as the third floor of our own building is completed in the next […]

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A New School Year – A New Adventure

What amazing prayer warriors you are!  God has answered your prayers and we have three new students enrolled in the full-time program at the Antioch Bible Institute.  We are excited to welcome to the school – Meng, Sopeak and Srey Ruah. Pray for them as they make their preparations to come to Phnom Penh (they are all from other cities in Cambodia) for the start of classes on September 3rd.  Pray for our four 2nd year students as well. The construction of our residence building has picked up its pace in the last weeks, but we found out today that […]

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Graduation and beyond . . .

The Antioch Graduation on July 25th was a joyful occasion for the students, teachers, family and friends who attended.  What fun it was to see the first year students receive their certificates and the second year students their diplomas.  A teacher couldn’t be more proud.  Hanna, one of the graduating students, invited two of the children from the railroad track community to graduation, so I got to play ‘mom’ to the 10 and 12 year old girls, while Hanna participated in the program.  The girls had a blast and the 10 year old told me she wanted to go to […]

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The End and the Beginning . . .

God has graciously answered many of your prayers in the last weeks, so thank you for praying! The students seem to be doing a bit better these last two weeks.  One of the students who has been battling various spiritual issues this trimester has been so joyful this last week.  I think it’s proof of the effectiveness of your prayers and the power of God that she has found joy and freedom!  Her happiness certainly comes from nearing the end of the trimester (as all students and teachers are happy when summer vacation nears), but it also comes from the […]

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