Posted by Kandi on December 17th, 2017 | 6 comments
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 the Antioch Bible Institute of Phnom Penh. All of the students passed their classes, after more than three months of really hard work. We are very proud of them.
The last month of classes was particularly challenging as motivation waned and chicken pox made it rounds among the children. Three days before the end of the trimester, Ton (the only guy in this first class of students) also came down with the chicken pox and as he is an adult, he got it more severely than the children. Pray for Ton, his wife Theary, and their three-year old daughter, Susan (who has yet to get chicken pox). The trimester has been stretching for them and there are some barriers they will have to overcome to return for the second trimester. Pray that they will see God’s faithfulness to them and that they are able to return knowing without a doubt that this is where God wants them. And pray that all the students and teachers have a restful and restorative Christmas break. We were all tired at the end!! Class start again on January 2nd.
Please also be in prayer for the entire International Worker team in Cambodia. This past month has been filled with many accidents that have resulted in hospitalizations of several workers. Thankfully, there was no loss of life. Our national church partners have also had their challenges in the past month as well. The Hope Churches lost several members (including a teacher at their school) due to an accident and other issues have popped up as well. As our Field Director couple have noted, we seem to be under spiritual attack, but God has also protected us. Whatever comes our way, we will be faithful to continue to do what He has called us here to do.
I can’t thank you enough for being partners in the work of building God’s Kingdom in Cambodia.
P.S. This year’s “End of Year Offering” (promoting the Great Commission Fund which keeps us in Cambodia doing what we are doing) features Heather Williams, a teacher at the Antioch Bible School. The video shows the railroad track area where I take students to use what they are learning in class. God is at work there and has allowed us to join Him in it! Thank you for praying and giving!