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Spiritual Battles

Posted by Kandi on January 21st, 2019 | 3 comments

We are into the fourth week of this trimester at the Antioch Bible Institute.  There is so much to tell you, but I’ll try to keep it short, since I’m sure you are just as busy as I am.

First of all, thank you for your prayers for the school water issues.  We did have water when the students arrived.  Water continues to be an issue off and on – not just for us but for many in the city.  The city is growing quickly and the water system hasn’t caught up yet, but Cambodians are quite creative and adaptable when they need to be.

Classes seem to be going well, but relationships among some of the students aren’t as good as last trimester.  Please pray with us.  As one of the teachers pointed out in staff meeting this week – we are in a spiritual battle.  Last trimester God did so many amazing things in the lives of the students and now the enemy is trying to destroy and sabotage the work of God wherever he can.  Pray that the students would look at their hearts and relationships honestly and respond in humility and love toward one another.  Pray for wisdom for the teachers, too.

Today when I and a student went to the railroad track community to teach, we heard some disturbing news.  Two of the children who are a part of the children’s ministry each week have been living at home with their uncle and grandmother, since there mother has gone to another city.  The uncle routinely locks the children in the house when he goes out and sometimes beats up the younger of the two – Johan, who I’d guess is 5 or 6 years old.  Earlier today he beat Johan really badly.  His sister (12 years old) waited for her uncle to leave, then crawled out the window to get help.  Johan’s ribs were broken and his face a mess because the uncle stomped on him with his feet.  The police came and took Johan and his sister to the hospital, but did not catch his uncle.  Please pray for little Johan.  His injuries were quite severe.  Please also pray that a good organization steps in to help these two children in the hospital.  No one knew where he was taken, so we were unable to follow up.  The police are not releasing the information as they are trying to keep the uncle from finding the kids.  All we can do is pray.  

On a more positive note, here’s a video from our field director giving a quick one minute tour of the residence building project.  

3 Responses to Spiritual Battles

  1. Kandi,
    Praying for you and the two dear children you spoke of! So sad and heart breaking of how little children are being abused in many ways in every country!
    Jesus told to let the little children come to him for such is the kingdom of heaven. Satan is working hard to keep that from happening! Pray God’s power to be their saving source and God receive the praise and glory!

  2. Rhonda Mechtly says:

    Dear Kandi,

    Heart-rending reality: child abuse. Will pray for your young children, and that somehow God’s love and light will reach this uncle before he hurts anyone else. Thanks for sharing the video of the school’s building progress. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

  3. Doris Jensen says:

    Praying. May God comfort and heal these little ones and provide and protect. And may humility and love be found among the students.

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