Posted by Kandi on January 7th, 2018 | 5 comments
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 Jesus. I want to know about Jesus, too!” Opportunities abound here in the city, but the number of students and staff is limited and it breaks our heart that we don’t have enough workers to reach out to all those who are open to hearing.
This is the goal of the Antioch Bible Institute of Phnom Penh – to train more workers for the harvest fields in the cities of Cambodia. Pray that God will send more workers to the school to be trained. Pray that God will give us church partners who will join us in reaching out.
Thank you for your prayers for Ton & Theary. Sadly, we were never able to contact them via phone. We believe they are embarrassed that they decided not to return to the school and didn’t want to talk with us personally. Although we are sad they aren’t returning to the Antioch Bible School this trimester, it’s even more disheartening that they are trying to cut all ties with us because of their shame.
Shame is a big motivator in Asian cultures and so life is often built around avoiding shame and seeking honor. The teachers at the school see nothing shameful about their withdraw from the school, but that apparently is not how they see it. Unfortunately, they are far from Phnom Penh so it’s not currently possible to visit them in person and allay their concerns. But please pray that in the future we will have opportunities to interact with them and let them know that we still love and value them.