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Update from Cambodia

Posted by Kandi on April 4th, 2020 | 13 comments

Greetings from a very hot Cambodia.  It’s been around 90-100 degrees for a couple of weeks now.  I try not to complain, as some believe the heat actually slows down the spread of CoVid-19.  Still, the number of confirmed cases in Cambodia has increased to 114.  Unlike many of you, we do not yet have a “stay at home” order, but most people are limiting outings anyway, as well as wearing masks in public.

Thank you for your prayers for the Antioch student whose brother was ill.  He has now recovered, and her family seems to be doing well.  Unfortunately, another student’s mother suddenly passed away this week.  The cause was not entirely clear, although it sounds like she may have had a stroke.  Please pray for him.

Thank you so much for your prayers for finishing up the Personal Spiritual Development class on Messenger.  It went well, although one of the students had to turn off his video since his internet access was so poor.  It made me wonder what he was doing, so I called on him a lot to answer questions. 😊 The last lesson was on the spiritual discipline of celebration – and we decided that when school was opened again, we would be sure to celebrate with joy and thanksgiving!

Although I doubt we will be able to start our next trimester as scheduled on April 21st, the teachers are making preparation to do so – including prepping our classes.  I’ll be teaching two new classes – The Life of Paul, 3rd Missionary Journey and the Book of Psalms.  Even though I have a lot more time on my hands, I’m lacking the motivation to get started on these classes.  Can anyone relate?  Pray for discipline in preparing these classes. 

Pray also for Christ’s Love Mission Church (CLMC) which is worshiping on “Zoom” and also trying to continue their small group.  Pray for them as they try to figure out how to connect not only with church members but also those around who are struggling.  With tourism and the textile industry (two main industries in Cambodia) hard hit because of the pandemic, the economic hardships could be very great here.  Pray for the Cambodian church to respond well to the needs around them.

The ministry in Cambodia and the work of The Alliance around the world is impacted by the economic realities that come with the Covid-19 crisis. Like many of you and your churches we are significantly reducing spending, including having all workers like me live on 10% less for the months ahead. I’m grateful to remain where God has called me, and for new opportunities to serve in this unique moment. Thank you for partnering with me, especially to those of you continuing to give online. Let me know how I can pray for you, too, in the challenges of your experience in these days.

To support me and the work in Cambodia, please visit https://cmalliance.org/give/. Under Gift Type, choose “give to The Alliance” or “to a worker you love.” Under the latter, find “[worker name]”, and then select the fund(s) of your choice.  Then enter the amount you want to give and scroll down to continue with your information.

For those who know Caitlin Kerr, Eastern Pa International Worker in Cambodia, you can check out this link to an article and video about how God is using her and the media team she created just months before the pandemic.  https://www.cmalliance.org/news/2020/04/01/caring-in-cambodia/

13 Responses to Update from Cambodia

  1. Cindy Fox says:

    Praise God for you, Candi, and the team and students. Thank you for sharing. I have prayed through the requests as I read this letter. May God meet you all and use you all in many ways during this different time. May you all be kept whole spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically, and mentally. May Holy Spirit give you the motivation you need to work on those lessons plans. May the God of Hope fill you will all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in Hope by the power of Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13) May you know greatly His provision in every area of need. In the mighty Name of Jesus, Amen! Thanks for the smile and laugh with the pictures of mom and puppies. Are they yours? Love, hugs and prayers, Because of Jesus, Cindy

    • Kandi says:

      Thank you so much for your prayers, Cindy. Praying that you are also finding hope and joy in Jesus.
      Yes, those puppies are mine. . . at least for the moment. In another week, the puppies will get their last immunization and they can go to new homes. In the meantime, they are loads of fun, free entertainment. One blessing I am grateful in these trying days.

  2. Cindy Fox says:

    P.S. I love the pics of the students, too. 🙂

  3. Dawn Enck says:

    Hi Kandi,

    Praying for you and for these requests. Those puppies want to come back to the US with you! Our Thai place is for sale now. We will have to find our “Country Roads” somewhere else. So enjoy reading your updates. Miss you tons. With much prayer,

    Dawn (:

    • Kandi says:

      Thanks, Dawn. Hope you and Doug are well. Yes, all the puppies and Luna would love to come back with me, but I’m not sure how . . .
      So sad about the Thai restaurant. Maybe a Cambodian one will take it’s place. 🙂

  4. MaryAnn Forry says:

    Think a lot of mom’s would like a chair these days where the kids can’t reach her for a time out!😊
    Pray for you as God brings you to mind. Trust you stay well and can get back into the swing of preparing for your classes. I understand that……taught a Bible study class at my church until the coronavirus hit and I can’t get into preparations for when we might get back together.
    Thanks for the link to Caitlin.


    • Kandi says:

      Thank you for your prayers, MaryAnn. I’ve finally gotten a start on the Apostle Paul class. Praying that you are experiencing God’s grace and strength in these challenging times. And that you would find joy in prepping for that Bible class!

  5. Su Roller says:

    Hi, Kandi! I can totally relate to your enthusiasm (or lack thereof!) for starting lesson plans! Ugh!Oh, well, we do need to know what we’re doing and where we’re going!
    Are teachers still needed for next year?
    i like your idea of a celebration when this is all over. I’ve told some of my neighbors here that we ought to have a block party then!
    Looking forward to seeing you later this year!
    God bless you as you finish this term and start another! Remain faithful. He is Worthy!

    • Kandi says:

      Because of all your prayers, I’ve actually gotten a start on the Apostle Paul class. I’m still waiting to receive the curriculum for Psalms class.
      We will still need another teacher couple for next school year. Although, who knows how all this COVID-19 stuff will effect my home assignment. It’s possible I may stay in Cambodia a little longer than planned. No sense running back to USA only to be in quarantine and then zoom/skype to churches anyway. We’ll see what happens in the next couple of months.

  6. Jean smith says:

    Hi Kandi, I am also lacking some motivation, so understand completely. I am thankful for warmer weather here. Have a small garden next to my back porch so it will be easier to maintain. Planted a few things that frost won’t hurt.
    Praying The Holy Spirit will give you energy to allow you to do Gods work . May His word go out to many who does not know him. Praise God for you!

    • Kandi says:

      Thank you, Jean. Nice that you can have a garden. I’m amazed at you guys who have a green thumb!

  7. Linda Jane Michael says:

    Kandi good to hear from you thank you for your letter we read them in church and pray for you we would like to get Caitlin Kerr if she would like us to read her letters in our church thank you for all you do to spread the Good NEWS. STAY SAVE>

    • Kandi says:

      Thank you for your prayers, Linda. I’ll pass on your church’s interest in her prayer letters to Caitlin.
      Blessings to you in these challenging days.

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