“This is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” ~ 2 Timothy 2:11-13 ~
I’ve had a rather tiring week. Everyone has had the flu and some of my dorm girls have had dengue fever. Sophearmarah has dengue fever at the moment. She has spent today sleeping and being cared for by her older sisters. Laura has had a lingering cough and most my girls have sore throats. We usually sing at morning and evening dorm worships, but lately the singing has been squeaky and minimal. I have discovered – thanks to Teacher Tim – that sucking on a piece of garlic helps to take away the pain of the sore throat, better than paracetamol. But convincing the girls is another matter. All they say when I offer garlic is “Knyom ot jeh nyum tde” which literally means, “I don’t know how to eat”
God is still working and blessing. I praise Him for His faithfulness and continuing watch care over me and all His children.
“Faithful is He that calls you, who also will do it” ~ 1 Thess 5:24 ~
I am really encouraged by watching the transformation in the grade 11 and 12s as they study the LIGHT course. I am enjoying watching them grow in confidence and step up and take leadership roles in the many different areas that they are studying. Some of them are really getting into the medical missionary side of things. Some are regularly attending the weekly prayer meetings or leading out in planning the programs for Sabbath.
Some time next year they grade 11 and 12s will run an evangelistic and health seminar at a village somewhere in Cambodia. I’m looking forward to seeing the fruit from that. Unfortunately it will be held in school time and I will be here teaching and filling in for the other teachers so I will not be able to personally attend, but it’s alright, we all have our work to do.
The grade 11 and 12s have a number of patients, some in the surrounding villages and some who come from farther away to stay here and receive treatment. We had a man who had a liver problem (Hepatitis) stay for a while. He learnt about healthy lifestyle and eating habits, and I believe now he has returned home much healthier and with knowledge of how to maintain his medical problem. There was a man in the village who for 10 years had deep infected sores on his upper thigh and groin area. He became a patient of the students and now the sores are completely healed up using only natural remedies and prayer. Many in our community are coming to know about Jesus through the dedicated care and service of our medical trainee students.
“But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you and guard you from the evil.” ~ 2 Thess 3:3 ~
We had a baptism a couple of weeks ago. Around 40 persons, including 5 from the girl’s dorm and a number from the boys dorm, who have been having Bible studies over the past year made the commitment and were baptized in the pond out the front of the church on a beautiful Sabbath afternoon that reminded me of late summer days back in Australia. Some of those who were baptized are students who live outside who come from Buddhist families.
One was a young man in grade 9 named Khin. I have known Khin since he was in grade 7 and it has been a privilege to watch him grow mentally, spiritually and even physically (he had a growth spurt and is now taller than me – doesn’t sound like much but there aren’t too many Khmer men who are taller than me, and I’m only around 5’4″) His family are Buddhists but Khin has been implementing the things he has been learning and coming to believe in. Things about health, diet, and keeping the Sabbath. Things which his family don’t understand. But despite their opposition he has remained true to his convictions.
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering (for He is faithful who promised).” ~ Hebrews 10:23 ~
I am so glad that my God is faithful, that it is part of His character. That He provides for us all, keeps His promises to us, and blesses us, not because of our faithfulness, but because of His faithfulness. I do not deserve any of the blessings He has given me. I could never earn salvation, but He offers it to you and me, a free gift; because He is faithful to Himself! As Hebrews 10:23 says, let’s hold fast to what we know is truth. For the one who has promised us all things is faithful and will do what He says.
“In hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before the world began.” ~ Titus 1:2 ~