Blogging From Cambodia Jan 2013 Part 1

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A dozen people are currently in Cambodia for our January 14-24 trip. One of the ladies is daily sending thoughts about what they are doing, and we wanted to share them.Friday, January 18, 2013

blogging_jan3Yesterday took us to the Killing Fields and the S21 Torture Prison. It is hard to comprehend that much evil. We cannot ever really explain how terrible this is. If you have been to a Nazi concentration camp you understand, but this may have been a little worse.........So-How evil can evil get? If it can get that evil on this side of the grave then we need to be doing everything we can so others won't spend eternity in Hell.

It certainly was not a feel good kind of a day, but it helps us understand what Pol Pot did to this country and why it is in the shape that it is in. Three young Cambodian men from Water of Life church went with us. They pointed out to us the only man that ever publicly repented for the genocide. He had become a Christian. It was interesting to see how they were able to find one good thing from all this. And he was a Christian. That one phrase will stick will us.

The rest of our team is all here. What great people. You would like them.

We all went again to the nightly Bible Study/Worship at Water of Life. It is so spirited!!! They have so much fun in worship. It is really a thing of beauty.

Today we are going to Holly's house for Bible Study and lunch with her rescued young women. One of Holly's girls had been demon possessed. She could heal and randomly speak Mandarin Chinese. Of course if you've read the Book of Acts, you already know that others were exploiting her for money and did not want that demon to be gone. She is now a Christian, cannot heal and can no longer speak Mandarin.

We are also going to a Bible College and Leon will lead us in worship there. Our schedule is still a little fluid so we are unsure how the rest of the week will play out.

Please continue to pray for us as God leads us in relationships here. Pray that our presence makes a difference. [divider] Wednesday, January 16, 2013

blogging_jan1Our first day here was more than we expected.  God has blessed our socks off.  If you're on Facebook, you know we got to meet our sponsor children.  What a thrill.  The oldest was instantly affectionate.  The younger took a little longer to warm up to us. The iPhone and Angry Birds worked wonders.  (They loved the videos of Reina!  Go figure). The orphanage has 31 children. There is no government help for these kids.  Harmony Outreach and a couple of US churches provide the support.  The landlord of the present building is pretty much unsupportive so they have to move.  Much safer if they go somewhere else.  The lady that runs the orphanage is named Katherine.  She told us they will be moving in two weeks.  God has not yet told Katherine where they are moving to.  The whole story is reminding me of George Mueller.  We are asking you all to pray God provides a new place for these kids in two weeks.  We hope He answers our prayers while we are still here so we can join in the praise.

We went to a worship service last night at Water of Life Church.  They have worship nightly and it is very high energy.   They go through the Bible verse by verse each year.  The young people here are very hungry for the Word we take for granted.  Water of Life has the boys’ orphanage. They live in the same building where they have church.  The facility is used to its fullest—school, English classes, music classes, computer classes, Bible studies, outreach, and worship.  We know there is more, just can't remember it all.  The stories of these young people are amazing.  They have this zeal for Jesus that is beautiful and carries them out—way out—to tell about the sacrifice He made.  Cambodia is a Buddhist country, so that is who they are witnessing to.  The Cambodians see Jesus as one more god—the god of the white people.  The young people at Water of Life want them to know God is the One true God.

Tomorrow morning all the staff of Water of Life are having a prayer meeting.  We have been invited to join so we're sure there will be more prayer requests.

The rest of our team arrives late tonight.  We will be busy for the next several days.  Stay tuned. [divider] Thursday, January 17, 2013

Yesterday was a relaxed day for us.  We are over the jet lag and feeling better.  We awoke to some emails from you that completely touched our hearts.

We spent part of the morning in prayer with the staff from Water of Life Church.  The needs are many—from learning language to new houses.  Along with Katherine from the orphanage needing a new house, Holly also is trying to rent an additional house.  Holly has a house for at risk young women.  She recently had a woman rescued out of prostitution that was pregnant.  There is now a baby living in Holly's house.  The mother came to them and was very dark.  She still has problems, but the light of Jesus is breaking into her darkness.  These women have Bible study daily and attend the daily worship services at Water of Life.  Holly will need to change her ministry some now that a baby is living there, so there is a need for a new house for families.  The house across the street is for rent and perfect, but the landlord's heart needs to be changed.  Please pray that God will change his heart and incline it favorably toward Holly.

We went back to the orphanage and spent some time with the kids.  They have a big play room which is their version of outside.   There is no yard and no grass here.  Closest grass is at the riverside, but children are abducted there often.  I learned that the skill of jumping rope seems to erode with age.  

We went again to the nightly Water of Life service.  The energy is unbelievable.  The joy these people feel is expressed physically.  It's also contagious.  During the service, we both understood why someone would leave their home to live in a place like this. When the service is over we walk back to the hotel.  They make sure some boys walk us back.  Last night five boys walked us home.  We felt important having that many body guards.  We called them our entourage.  

The rest of our team arrived last night.  They will be exhausted today as we go to the Killing Fields and see the S21 torture prison. We both elected to skip Dachau while in Germany, but will see what Pol Pot did.

Please keep our team in your prayers, that we will glorify God in all that we do. [divider] Wednesday, January 16, 2013

blogging_jan1Our first day here was more than we expected.  God has blessed our socks off.  If you're on Facebook, you know we got to meet our sponsor children.  What a thrill.  The oldest was instantly affectionate.  The younger took a little longer to warm up to us. The iPhone and Angry Birds worked wonders.  (They loved the videos of Reina!  Go figure). The orphanage has 31 children. There is no government help for these kids.  Harmony Outreach and a couple of US churches provide the support.  The landlord of the present building is pretty much unsupportive so they have to move.  Much safer if they go somewhere else.  The lady that runs the orphanage is named Katherine.  She told us they will be moving in two weeks.  God has not yet told Katherine where they are moving to.  The whole story is reminding me of George Mueller.  We are asking you all to pray God provides a new place for these kids in two weeks.  We hope He answers our prayers while we are still here so we can join in the praise.

We went to a worship service last night at Water of Life Church.  They have worship nightly and it is very high energy.   They go through the Bible verse by verse each year.  The young people here are very hungry for the Word we take for granted.  Water of Life has the boys’ orphanage. They live in the same building where they have church.  The facility is used to its fullest—school, English classes, music classes, computer classes, Bible studies, outreach, and worship.  We know there is more, just can't remember it all.  The stories of these young people are amazing.  They have this zeal for Jesus that is beautiful and carries them out—way out—to tell about the sacrifice He made.  Cambodia is a Buddhist country, so that is who they are witnessing to.  The Cambodians see Jesus as one more god—the god of the white people.  The young people at Water of Life want them to know God is the One true God.

Tomorrow morning all the staff of Water of Life are having a prayer meeting.  We have been invited to join so we're sure there will be more prayer requests.

The rest of our team arrives late tonight.  We will be busy for the next several days.  Stay tuned.