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God at Work

God’’s Spirit is at work at the Antioch Bible Institute.  It started with one brave student confessing hidden sins, asking for forgiveness and for help.  In the following days, the Holy Spirit used that confession to touch the hearts of others who also confessed sins and shared burdens which they had previously kept hidden.  The outpouring of God’s Spirit of conviction also flowed over into one of the ministry groups and yesterday (Sunday) a young couple also gave a public confession at their church and asked for forgiveness.  So many tears were being shed this week that one student commented […]

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Back to School

Thank you so much for your prayers for my father.  He is doing better.  He’s eating more and his mood seems better, too.  It has been a gift to be home for the last few weeks and I particularly enjoyed having Thanksgiving dinner with the whole family.  We all ate like we hadn’t eaten in days –  even Dad, which made our time together even more joyful. Now I’m headed back to Cambodia and the Antioch Bible Institute.  The school is nearing the end of the first trimester on December 12th, so please be praying for the students as they […]

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November update

As some of you may have heard, I have returned to Pennsylvania because of my Dad’s health.  He has not been eating for some time and has lost a considerable amount of weight.  This combined with not wanting to take his pills and major depression, had caused his health to decline.  He seems to be eating a tiny bit more the last two days, and I’m hopeful that we can get him to increase his intake.  Please pray for my dad’s appetite, physical and emotional health.  Ask God to give us, his family, wisdom in how to best help him. […]

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October Already!

Antioch Bible Institute is a month and a half into their first trimester of the year already!  It’s been such a busy time that I blinked and here we are in October!  So many things have happened, I don’t even know what to write! The six full-time students are getting along well and although the work load is heavy, they seem to be keeping up.  The lessons they learn outside of class as we live life together are often the most important, but the most challenging.  At first the students, were individuals coming to study at Bible School, but now […]

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School’s starting!

August flew by so quickly and we are getting ready to start school again at the Antioch Bible Institute on Saturday, Sept. 1st.  We are excited that we will have six full-time students and about six part-time students this year.  Please be praying for the students, especially the four new ones (Nhieu, Rebecca, Daniel & Daro) as they make preparations to arrive on Friday.  Once again, the new students get me as their first teacher on Saturday morning – for three hours!  Poor kids. 😊  (And yes, we have classes every morning – Monday through Saturday.) We praise God for the new house that we are renting […]

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Three weeks and counting . . .

In July I sold my truck to Kent Copeland in Poipet and was on the look out for another one – which God gave me on my birthday last week!  What a great birthday present. 🙂  It’s a used Toyota Rav4 and in good condition.  And it came straight from the USA since it still has California plates!  Praise God for His provision! In three weeks, the Antioch Bible Institute (ABI) will be starting its second year of classes and there is much to be done.  Wednesday (Aug. 15th) we will be moving into the new house that we are […]

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Summer Break

A big thank you to all who were praying for the Cambodian national elections.  Things were quiet – even the streets of Phnom Penh were without the usual traffic jams!  Continue to ask God to bless Cambodia with peace and a knowledge of His Son. The Antioch Institute school year finished up well and we celebrated the accomplishments of the students with a boat ride up and down the river.  On the boat, the students received their certificate of completion for the first level of TEE (Theological Education by Extension) and for completing Evangelism Explosion training.  We, teachers, are very […]

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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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