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The End of the 1st Year Already!

The Antioch Bible Institute is nearing the end of its first year of operation.  Classes finish up on July 24th.  Although we had fewer students than we expected, we rejoice at how well this year has gone.  Thank you for the vital role you play in the success of the school and the preparation of the students for ministry!  Pray that the students and staff will finish the trimester well. The next school year will begin on September 1st and we need your continued prayers. Pray that God will bring students who desire to serve Jesus in the city.  (We’ll […]

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July is here already!

For those who are wondering . . . yes, I’m still here in Phnom Penh, Cambodia!  Sorry for the late update, things have been busy, busy, busy this past month. It’s also been rainy, rainy, rainy and in the city, rain means flooded streets as the drainage system isn’t very good. This past week we had to wade through the water to get to the railroad track community where the Bible School students and I share Jesus twice a week.  The folks who live there were surprised to see us, as they thought the deep, dirty water would keep us […]

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Sometimes tragedies open doors . . .

On my return from the single ladies retreat, one of my students told me, “Grandmother Own wants to believe in Jesus, but she’s afraid of people making fun of her.  When we visited her on Saturday (May 12th), every one of us had a story to tell her of an older person who chose to follow Jesus.  She is very interested.” While I was at my retreat, several tragedies occurred in the life of one of the families who live in railroad track community – a family our ministry group meets with twice a week to share stories from the […]

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May Update

Some of you were wondering if I fell off the face of the earth . . . well, I didn’t, but I did take a nice long trip back to Pennsylvania in April to visit my Dad and see what I could do to help out.  It was good to be there and see my Dad make some progress.  He still has a way to go, so we’d appreciate your continued prayers for his mobility and health. Back in Cambodia, the 3rd and final trimester of the year is underway at the Antioch Bible Institute.  My days once again are […]

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Mid-Trimester Update

We are half way through the 2nd Trimester of the school year at the Antioch Bible Institute and the full-time students continue to do well.  Not only are they studying, they’ve also had the chance to do some helpful and fun things in the past seven weeks, too.  Things like donate blood, join in the wedding of a friend and take a day trip to the beach! The ministry group at the railroad track community continues to share Bible stories at two houses – (we are up to the stories about Abraham) and have found the children in that neighborhood […]

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Opportunities Abound

The new school trimester is off and running! The students and teachers have had a good first week of classes and all are gearing up to start the ministry groups this coming week.  Each time the teachers meet to discuss the ministry groups, someone else brings to our attention another opportunity to share Jesus in the communities around us. Just yesterday my teammate told me how she had been stopped near the market by a lady who runs a secular after-school program for children.  She said to my teammate, “I think you speak Khmai and I think you know about […]

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Happy New Year!

As I write this, the New Year has started for me in Cambodia, but many of you in the U.S.A. still have a few hours to wait.  (There is a twelve hour time difference from Eastern Standard Time.)  But let me wish you a Blessed New Year already! The New Year brings a new trimester at the Antioch Bible Institute of Phnom Penh.  The students will be arriving today and classes start tomorrow.  Having been through one trimester already, I know how much work is ahead for the next three months – both for us teachers and for the students.  Please […]

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Merry Christmas!

December 18, 2017 Merry Christmas!  It’s the season for rejoicing in the gift of Jesus . . . and for Christmas parties.  What a privilege it was this weekend to celebrate with the International Worker team on Saturday (there is nothing like singing Christmas carols in English!) and then join the Christ’s Love Mission Church in their Christmas celebration yesterday (where we had a thunderous rendition of “Joy to the World” in Khmai). We have much to thank God for here at the end of 2017.  One of those Praise Points is the successful completion of the first trimester at […]

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True Disciples of Jesus

October 22, 2017 “Sit down and visit with us,” was the invitation given to Chantu, Shan and I, as we leisurely walked along the railroad tracks yesterday.  We happily joined the two ladies and talked about their families and their work, as well as, my skin color and age (always a point of curiosity).  This was the first time we had visited with these particular ladies, but were happy to do so.  Who knows what doors God might open up in our conversations with them? When our ministry group first went out to the railroad track community, it was a […]

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Along the Railroad Tracks

September 17, 2017 We are into the third week of classes and everyone is adjusting to the new schedule and pace of life.  I still find myself tired by the end of the day, but loving the school, the students and what I am doing there.  God is good! One important part of school life is involvement in a ministry group.  This is a place for students to begin to use what they are learning – building relationships, being a witness for Jesus and teaching others about Him.  Three of the students and two teachers (myself included) have begun to […]

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