Hello world!

I’d like to start off by sharing something I read out of the book Steps To Christ by Ellen G. White.

“And He said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head.” ~ Mark 4:26-27 ~

“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.” ~ 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 ~

“God gives life, and then He makes things grow. He makes the flowers bloom and the fruit grow from the flowers. By His power seeds form in the fruit…

The plants grow only by receiving what God gives them. They do not take care of themselves or worry or work. A child cannot make himself taller by his own power or by worrying. Neither can we grow in our spiritual life by worrying or working in our own strength.

The plant and the child grow by receiving what they need – air, sunshine, and food. As these gifts of nature meet the needs of plants and animals, so Christ also meets the needs of those who trust in Him…

The flower turns to the sun to receive its bright rays. The light helps the flower become beautiful and perfect. So we should turn to Christ, the Sun of Righteousness. Heaven’s light will then shine upon us, and our characters will grow into His likeness.” ~ STC 66,67 Growing Up Into Christ ~

As we look at nature we see that by simply receiving what God gives it grows and flourishes. Equally we see that if a plant or animal is deprived of any of the basic needs that is withers and dies.

When we allow God to feed our spiritual man – by focusing on Him, our Creator and Life-giver – We will grow as simply as do the plants and animals in nature. How do we do this? We can’t work to make ourselves grow spiritually. We can’t do anything except choose… Choose God. Choose Jesus. Choose to be His every day. Choose to read the Bible. Choose to pray, to talk to Him, to get to KNOW Him. By placing ourselves under His care we allow Christ to provide us with the Holy Spirit and everything that we need to grow spiritually. By beholding we will become changed.

I want this. I want to be changed. I want to grow like a beautiful, fruitful tree for Christ. I pray that we will all allow Christ to work in us to grow us up into Christ.

In this blog I hope to share the things that God is doing here in Cambodia in my life, at Wat Preah Yesu Orphanage (WPY), Cambodia Adventist School – Kantrok (CAS-K) and Cambodia in general.

At the moment we are in our third week of the new school year. The school year runs from September to July. Our school has close on 400 students and classes from kindergarten to grade 12. This year we are implementing a new curriculum based on the True Education model. We teach the core curriculum subjects – English, Math, Sciences, Geography, and History – As well as run a work-study program with many extra-curriculum subjects such as music, agriculture, mechanics, textiles and sewing, hospitality, and teachers training. The grade 11 and 12s are the ones who are participating most in the work-study program. They also study the LIGHT (Lay Institute for Global Health Training) course which gives them many practical health knowledge and treatment skills. This enables them to be medical missionaries to their own people – which I have discovered is about the most effective way to share Jesus with the Cambodian people. Here is the address for the LIGHT Website http://lightingtheworld.org/

We encourage all students to get as much education and further education such as university but we recognize that not all will have that opportunity. Therefore we aim to give them an education that will enable them to be useful citizens as soon as they finish school.

We have many wonderful teachers in the school. There are in total over 30 Khmer and Foreign teachers. The Khmer teachers primarily teach the lower school, while the volunteer teachers teach primarily the upper school. I teach Bible 10, Geography 8, Geography 7, and English 7 as well as act as co-dean for the girls dormitory.

Our current volunteer teachers this year includes teachers from the Philippines, Germany, England, America and Australia. I myself am currently learning to speak American…

Laura Caulkins from Washington State, America is my co-dean and wonderful friend. I will introduce you to all the volunteers in subsequent posts. This picture is of Laura and I with our dorm girls from last year. We have a few new girls in the dorm this year. Hopefully I’ll get an updated photo soon.

Laura and I with our dorm girls

Laura and I with our dorm girls – school year 2012-13

We hope by God’s grace to share Jesus with all the Cambodian people and especially with our students that they too may ‘grow up’ into Christ Jesus.

There’s much more to share and I hope you’ll all join me on this journey that God has called me to.

God bless and may your name remain in the Lamb’s book of Life.

~ 2 Peter 3:18 ~

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