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“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” ~ 2 Corinthians 3:18 ~

Today is the first day of our mid-term exams, which will continue through to Friday. Many of the students have been studying hard for the past week… some not quite so diligent. Here’s to hoping they will be motivated to study more in the new semester.
Late last week, Olga came to visit. It was absolutely wonderful to see her again. Not only that, but she took many photos, some of which I’d like to share with you, along with some from others here. These are photographs of the students, staff, and grounds of Wat Preah Yesu. Enjoy 🙂

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

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Prayer and Praise

 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” ~ Matthew 6:21 ~

Exams begin on Wednesday this week, and go through till Friday, then on Monday, the new school term begins. Half-way through this year already! It seems to have gone so quick, although the weeks often seem to drag.

Yan, Khen and Laihun - Gr 12 - photo from fb

Yan, Khen and Laihun – Gr 12 – photo from fb

Many things have been happening, such as birthdays (Francis’ and Emily’s), wasp-stings, exam revision, and wedding plannings. Gemma and Hym’s wedding is next Sunday, and Jive and Pisei will tie the knot two weeks after that. We are all eagerly helping them prepare for their big days. Pray for them as they begin a new chapter in their lives.

Francis' Birthday

Francis’ Birthday

On Sabbath afternoons, a group of us volunteers, along with Teacher Wendy, and some of the students, go to the nearby village to visit with a couple of the patients that Wendy and the evangelism class have been treating. Wendy and some of the others do the treatment, while the rest of us help as needed and also sing. One of them is a man who has had a terrible, large abscess on his upper thigh for the past ten years. Wendy began treating him a while ago, and Donna and Francis joined in, bringing with them some more ideas on how to promote it’s healing. The wound is showing much improvement. It still has a way to go, and the current hot humid weather is not helping it much. We hope and pray that not only will his leg heal, but that he and his family will come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Currently, when he feels able, the man comes along to church. He has been having a few Bible studies and also watching the Bridges to Life series that was recently completed by our studio. He wants his family to come along to church too, but his two children attend a government school, which includes Saturday studies, and his wife is the sole bread-winner of the family and has no wish to lose her new job. Please join us in praying for the physical and spiritual healing of this family, and that it may be a witness to their extended family and neighbours.

Village Evangelism - Bible study - Photo from FB

Village Evangelism – Bible study – Photo from FB

One of our former students, Tob, currently lives in Germany with her husband. She has been studying the German language for a time and it is nearly time for her exam. Unfortunately her exam is on Sabbath, and as she did not want to break the Sabbath, she opted to take a different exam which was not held on Sabbath. The only catch is that this exam is for a higher language class than hers. If she fails, she will have to pay to repeat the class and continue the language studies (which I believe is part of what she needs to do to become a German citizen). It would be very expensive for them. She was rather distressed by this, but believes that honouring God is the right thing to do and that He will honour her, and see her through this dilemma. Please keep Tob and Nico in your prayers. Pray that God will give her wisdom and diligence in her studies, and that He will help her pass her exam, that He may be glorified in her life to those around her.

Tob

Tob

Some of the girls that Laura and I care for come from very poor families. They often do not have some of the most basic necessities for school, such as pens, books, or uniform. So when Laura and I have funds, we try to provide these for them. A blessing I received today at the market was this. I was buying some school skirts for some of my girls who need them. I have my favourite seller that I like to buy from, so as I was buying from her, once again, she starts talking to me about why I am buying these for the students. Her mother was also there, they run the stall together. She began to thank me for helping the children, and then she pulled out three school shirts that hadn’t sold due to tiny little colour spots on them, and gave them, free of charge, to me for the students. I was very surprised that she would do that. I then went to another stall to buy toothbrushes for my girls, and the young ladies who run that stall unexpectedly promised to give to my students, their old school uniforms from when they studied. I am very blessed. My students are blessed. God always provides and sometimes from very unexpected sources.

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in Mine house, and prove Me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” ~ Malachi 3:10 ~

For the Glory of God

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?” ~ John 11:25,26 ~

I heard a true story that I’d like to share with you all. Dustin, a co-volunteer, shared it with us the other day. He also shared it with one of his classes and you can read about that experience here.

Sunrise - photo credit SannalA Cambodian church planter  went to a village to share Jesus with the people there, but struggled to have any success. One day, something happened to his young daughter, while she was out playing with the other kids. She collapsed. Previously trained as a health professional, the church planter raced to her and checked for signs of life. She was dead.          

Next to his dead daughter, the man began to pray, “God, I have come to this village to try to reach them for You and I have had a very difficult time. Now that my daughter has died, all the Buddhists will see it as bad karma and never listen to another word I say. Please bring my daughter back to life. For your sake and for their sake God, bring her back to life. The villagers looked on as the man continued to pour out his heart to God in prayer. After 10 minutes, nothing happened. After 20 minutes, still nothing. After 30 minutes of praying next to his dead daughter, the father felt a faint pulse. Within 15 minutes she was up running around and playing with the village kids. God had worked resurrection! The villagers came to the church planter and said, “We want to know more about your God.” If there was a God powerful enough to bring a little girl back to life maybe He could work in their lives also.

           I am reminded by this story, how everything and every part of our lives is to be for the glory of God. I believe if we truly live our lives for His glory, for His name, alone, then He will work wonderful things in and through us that will lead many to know about and believe in Him.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  ~ Romans 12:2 ~

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“Constantly we fall into the error of imputing to the human agent that which should be ascribed to God. This is one great reason why the Lord cannot glorify His name as He longs to do. If He did, the human agent would become self-sufficient, self-exalted. Men would ascribe to themselves and to their human energies the honor that should be given to God alone. We need to walk humbly with God, As teachers, we should be very careful to make straight paths for our feet, lest the lame be turned out of the way. In union with divine agencies, we shall have hope and assurance of success, but not a jot of the glory is to be ascribed to man. Having through faith, living, unwearied, persevering faith, secured the co-operation of an all-powerful agency, men must not make the mistake–now the reason of the great feebleness seen in the churches–that it is their goodness and their merits that have done this great work. When this feeling is cherished, self-exaltation comes in and dishonors God. Self appropriates to itself the glory that God should have. As God’s human agents we are to work with unremitting diligence, straining every spiritual sinew and muscle to lay hold of a power out of and above ourselves. Only thus can we accomplish our work. The Lord Jesus is beside us, ready to grasp the hand that is outstretched to Him who is omnipotent. When our hopes are fulfilled, self is hid with Christ in God, and all glory is given to the Captain of our salvation, who has anointed us with the oil of gladness by His divine efficiency. Then we go forth, working like inspired laborers together with God.”  {1888 1701.2}

The Love of God

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” ~ Romans 8:38-39 ~

A good friend pointed out to me today, in reference to my previous post, that God’s pain might in fact, never end. Oh the pain that I cause Him may end, but He will always feel the pain of those of His creation who have been eternally lost. Even when the earth is made new, and all sin has been eradicated, our omniscient God will still remember.

God is so good, perfect and just. He does not deserve this pain. I don’t deserve to live in a peaceful, happy, pain free, eternal future while He continues to bear pain. This makes me feel very sad, and yet awed and humbled.

God, knowing that one day His creation could choose not to love and obey Him, still chose to create us: knowing that we could cause Him eternal pain and loss. I can’t even begin to grasp that kind of love!

“That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” ~ Ephesians 3:16-19 ~

Thank You, dear Father, for you matchless, self-sacrificing, unselfish, unending love for all of your creation.

Pray About Everything!

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23 ~

We’ve had a big change in the grade 11 and 12 timetables this week. Basically it’s all been turned up-side-down: they now have their vocational studies in the morning and their normal classes in the afternoon. It seems to be working well.

Grade 11 Studio Class

Grade 11 Studio Class

A new volunteer from LIGHT came. His name is Wawie and he is in charge of the agriculture program. He’s only been here a few weeks, but he has already done a lot of work in the gardens – nearly every space is fully planted in the dorm gardens, and new areas are being prepared for planting elsewhere on the property.

Teav, Savorn, and Chhorvy returned safe and sound from the Philippines where they had been attending the LIGHT program for the past seven or so months. It was very good to see them again. A whole truckload of us went to the airport to welcome them home. They have now departed to go and visit their families for a month before they settle down to work. Ely, from Australia arrived the day after Teav, Savorn, and Chhorvy. She arrived here about 9AM and was promptly sent into her class to teach! She’s been a trooper through it all and we are very blessed to have her here.

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Teav, Savorn, Chhorvy, Khone – photo from fb

Khone, one of our previous graduates, headed off to Philippines to study first at LIGHT, and then at PAFCOE. We know that she will learn a lot and be equipped to be an effective witness here in Cambodia.  In sadder news, Sarah will be leaving us to go to Thailand to help out the Sharon family at their school up near the Burmese border where they work with the Karen tribes. This was a hard decision made after much prayer and counsel. We will miss her very much, but know that she will be a blessing there and pray that one day she can return to continue her work in Cambodia if that is God’s will.

I’ve been reading up on and studying the topics of justification and sanctification and all that entails, and I was pointed to some wonderful articles written by Dennis Priebe. They are Bible based, very well written, and easy to understand. They’ve helped me to understand these topics and the very foundation and reason for my faith. I recommend them for anyone wishing to have a deeper walk with Christ – click here to go to the website.

In staff worship the other morning we discussed how often we talk about wanting to take the Gospel to the whole world so that Jesus can return and all our suffering and toil will be over; but that there is another reason. That reason is so that God’s suffering will also be over. When we hurt, cry, or sin –  God suffers too, and not just for us, but for every single person. This I knew, but it was good to be reminded of it. Imagine your suffering times 7 billion! I’m glad God is big enough to take it, but I am so sorry that I cause Him pain.

Please keep all of us, especially the volunteers, in your prayers. Satan is trying every way he can to make of no effect the witness for Christ we are trying to give to the students here.

I’ll sign off with an important thought from Les from prayer meeting last night as we discussed Philippians chapter 4:

“Don’t worry about anything! Pray about everything!