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Back to Cambodia

On Saturday (July 1st), I’ll be headed back to Cambodia – this time to the capitol city of Phnom Penh.  A country girl living in the big city is bound to have lots of adventures and challenges, so I would appreciate your prayers as I make this transition. Although I am a bit apprehensive about life in the city, I am excited about the new ministry I will be joining – The Urban Ministry Training Center (UMTC).  The goal of the UMTC is to produce Christian leaders who know Jesus well and can bring Him to the urban areas of […]

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Happy Spring!

Happy Spring! It is always a joy to be home and to see the passage of four seasons rather than just the two seasons (dry & wet) in Cambodia. But as we move toward summer, it means I am moving toward my return to Cambodia on July 1st. It’s been a good home assignment – enjoying lots of family time, getting to know more of my First Alliance church family and, of course, my visits to Eastern PA churches. Each church has been welcoming and eager to hear what God is doing in Cambodia. Thank you Eastern PA district for […]

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Happy Fall!

I’ve been back in PA for three months now and I guess I’ve been enjoying being home too much – because I’ve forgotten to let you know that I arrived! Being back home for summer was great. Yippee – for strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and sweet corn! But of course, the highlight for me has been spending time with my nieces and nephews! For those of you who were praying for Vuet, the man who was in the hospital for complications from medication, thank you! Soon after I left Cambodia, his blood thinner levels were stablized and he returned home. Pray […]

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Almost home . . .

Thank you for your prayers over the last weeks as I (and my teammates) prepared to leave Poipet. It was busy and stressful, but the work of packing was mixed in with some great times of fellowship with friends and ministry partners. God is good. The truck that I found to transport my household goods and furniture to Phnom Penh is owned by a man who has worked for the mission from time to time in the past. He’s a dependable and trustworthy guy – so that was one less worry. 🙂 I was concerned about rain, as rainy season […]

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Moto Trip Testimonies

Lots and lots of testimonies followed the moto/truck trip to encourage the youth and churches in Preah Viheah province a few weeks ago. Many had to do with God’s protection during a really strong rain and wind storm on the way home. The storm was so violent that more than five trees were knocked down onto the road where we were traveling – some barely missing the motos! But other than being blown around by the wind and drenched by the rain, everyone came through the storm unharmed. Thank you for praying for our protection!! Other testimonies had to do […]

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Ups and downs

There are a lot of ups and downs with youth ministry and if I’m honest, I’d say there have been a lot more downs than ups in the past three years. But that doesn’t mean that the youth who make bad decisions, as they wrestle with God and His will for their lives, can’t return to Him. And that doesn’t mean that God isn’t working. I, personally, am grateful for this wonderfully grace-filled, forgiving God who doesn’t stop working in our lives! Recently, I heard a young man say, “I’d rather stay here and study ‘Christian Family’ (a Bible study […]

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Happy Khmer New Year!

Happy New Year! The new Cambodian year arrived as usual with lots of water and powder, gifts to the ‘angel’ of the New Year (offerings to the spirits) and many loud parties. I didn’t participate too much in the New Year festivities this year, and instead helped my teammate, Ruth, move into her new house and said goodbye to Emma (another teammate) who finished her year in Poipet yesterday. Two transitions that are the beginning of the end . . . that sounds ominous doesn’t it? Two more months and I’ll be leaving Poipet, along with all of my teammates, […]

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He is risen!

Happy Resurrection Sunday! Area CMA churches came together this morning for a celebration of the hope and victory that is ours because of Jesus’ resurrection. Things didn’t go as planned – as the sound system decided to quit working shortly after we started, but those on the stage simply moved right into the midst of the crowd and used their outside voices! 🙂 At least one person prayed to receive Christ after an encouraging and evangelistic message. We finished our time of worship with some moving testimonies of God’s power and faithfulness. He is risen and at work in and […]

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Phnom Penh

Greetings from the big city of Phnom Penh! I arrived here on Friday in the midst of the evening rush hour. The trip from where I dropped off my travel companions to the guesthouse where I am staying should take 20-30 minutes. Unfortunately because of Friday evening traffic, it turned into three hours! Boy, was I glad to finally collapse into my bed that night – after more than twelve hours of travel. Thank God for the strength, energy and grace to make the trip. Pray for this week of meetings . . . Tuesday & Wednesday will be the […]

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Clean, Bright Smiles

Sixteen children, ages 4 to 13, piled in my truck at Living Water Church for the trip to the Andong Tmaa Mia (ATM) Church. Thankfully, Kate Manske, climbed into the back of the truck as well – just to make sure none of the little ones jumped out! When we arrived at the ATM church, we found 50 children from the village already there and waiting for this new exciting children’s outreach to begin! The next two hours included songs, games, snacks and two skits. The first skit showed us who our neighbor is and how we are to treat […]

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