Two Weddings

It has been an incredibly busy few weeks that began with exams, followed by Gemma and Hym’s wedding, followed by Jive and Pisei’s wedding two weeks later, and then the engagement of two of our grade 12 students, Nimol and Srey Yan a couple of weeks after that.

The two weddings were lovely. So many people volunteered to help with each one. I especially appreciated Wendy and the Grade 11s who handled all the cooking and food preparation for each wedding, and the volunteer teachers who decorated the locations, and organized the music. The weddings were both done in more of a western style so it was interesting watching the Khmer guests as they participated.
In a normal Khmer wedding, the family is there for the ceremony, then more guests turn up for the reception. They sit and eat and then leave. Usually the bridal party must serve and wait for hours as guests come and go. After all the guests have eaten and left, then the bridal party can eat. At these weddings, the bridal party and guests ate at the same time, and there was normal western reception programs – like the reading of messages from friends and family who could not attend. We had to time it just right so that the Khmer guests would still be there when this was all done. But both weddings went really well, and I wish all happiness to the new couples.

We also had the Youth Week of Prayer. Ty, a grade 12 student actually ran the program helped by some of his classmates and former graduates. It was wonderful to see the Khmer young people taking on these spiritual responsibilities and leading out. They are putting into practice the preaching skills that Dustin has been teaching them in preparation for their evangelism program in Preah Vihear Province in May.
God is working in the lives of these precious young people. I can see it. I can also see that it is making the Devil mad and he is trying so many different ways to disrupt and halt God’s work. We praise God for His protection, providence and I have noticed that all the stresses and hardships are causing us to come together and pray more with and for each other. I am awed at what God can do in people when we truly seek His will.

Khen’s mum has been able to come here for treatment. Our Hydrotherapy classroom was finished yesterday and she has been moved in as the first official patient for the building. She has been here already for a few days. It hasn’t been easy for her. She still faces opposition from her family. A lot of effort has been made, especially by Donna, to help them all to understand the problem that Khen’s mum has and how each different treatment given her works to heal her body. There are a lot of ideas and superstitions Khmer people have about medicines that can sometimes make it confrontational because a lot of the natural remedies conflict with their superstitions. For example, they believe that most medicines or treatments should not be painful and should cause immediate pain relief.



We had an unwelcome surprise early Monday morning, when Laura and I came back from Dorm worship to find that we had been visited by a thief. We had only been gone for 10 or so minutes and the sun had only just risen (by gone, I mean just a couple of meters down the front verandah to the girls’ room!). We believe the thief came in through the back door, and was interrupted by my dog and left. He made off with a phone, an ipod and some money, but we thank God that many other things were left behind including my passport and the laptops. We know that God works all things for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose, and pray that we will learn the lessons from this that we should, and He is glorified through it all.

Soon it will be the Khmer New Year holidays. We are all looking forward to a bit of a rest. I will actually be taking a short visit to Australia to visit my family. Laura is going with me which I’m extremely happy about – and not just because now I won’t have to travel alone. Then we’ll all be back to school for the last 3 months of this school year. It seems to have gone by too fast.
Tim was telling us this morning about new plans that God has given him for further educational facilities to be able to educate adults as well as graduates to be better equipped to spread the Gospel of Jesus in this country. Please join us in praying for God’s continual guidance and blessing as we explore these new directions.

* A big thank you to the photographers of these photos 🙂

Eternity Past and the Risk of God

This is the audio version of a sermon by Anil Kanda, called Eternity Past and the Risk of God. I really enjoy listening to his sermons and the way he opens the Scriptures. Feel free to check out Audio Verse for the other sermons in this series. Happy Sabbath and be blessed as you listen.

Prayer Requests

I beg leave to bring before you some prayer requests that are especially pressing at this time.  Before I mention them, I want to praise God for His continued providence, His patience, His leading, guiding and teaching of each one of us here.

I want to praise Him for Dustin and Caitlin, a couple from America who have come to volunteer for a year. Dustin is a pastor and his spiritual influence on the students and us in the short time he has been here has been a real blessing. Caitlin is kind, dedicated, and hard-working and has been a great blessing too. In fact, all the volunteer staff are a blessing to me and the students.

I also want to thank God for Gemma and Hym, who were married nearly two weeks ago. God has led them to this point and it is their desire to serve Him here in Kompong Thom, Cambodia once they return from PAFCOE training in the Philippines. It is a blessing to see two people join their lives for the purpose of serving and glorifying God.

I also thank Him for each of you who lift us up in prayer. I thank Him for the privilege of prayer and that prayer brings us up to God. May God continue to bless and guide each of us into a deeper relationship with Him.

  1. 1.      Khen’s Mother – sick, maybe with liver cancer brought on by possible Hepatitis C . She has been rejected by the hospitals here and her family won’t let us treat her yet, and are trying traditional Khmer healer (a witch doctor) first for three days in which we are not allowed to do anything, and Khen is not even allowed to touch her mother (the witch doctor said that Khen is the one causing her mother’s sickness).
  • Pray that the witch doctor’s ceremonies will have no effect on her
  • Pray that she will maintain her belief in God and His power
  • Pray for her family, that they will trust our medical staff to help her
  • Pray for Khen, that she can have peace, and wisdom in this situation.
  • Pray for our medical staff and students who will treat her, may they have wisdom to know what to do to promote physical and most importantly, spiritual healing.
  1. 2.      Vong – Hym’s brother-in-law – Was cursed by a neighbor and now suffers from demon possession/control. Whenever he hears the name of God he suffers violent shaking fits. Also, the spirits control where he goes and what he does – for example he was going somewhere on the motorbike, and the spirits did not want him to go there, so they caused the motorbike to stop working, it would only work when he turned around to go back. People like this are considered “Holy Men” by the Khmer, and much honor is paid to them. But recently he has expressed a desire to be free from their control.
  • Pray that he will have faith in God to set him free, and that God does set him free
  • Pray for his wife and children, that they will understand and come to know God too
  • Pray for Vong’s Buddhist family and family-in-law, that they will not hinder his desire to be free from the spirits control
  • Pray for Gemma and Hym and Gemma’s parents as they continue to minister to Vong and Hym’s family to teach them about the God of heaven who has all power.
  1. 3.      Ming Bo – Sok’s mum – She suffers from a number of internal problems including very bad ulcers and bladder/urinary tract infections. She is a Christian and wants to attend church, but her husband has left the church.
  • Pray for her healing – physical and spiritual
  • Pray for spiritual healing for her family
  • Pray for her son Sok, as he takes care of her and continues his studies
  1. 4.      Nget – A village man who has had a massive ulcer wound on his leg for the past 10 years. Wendy began treating him about a year ago. The wound is healing slowly, the recent hot, humid weather has slowed things down a bit. He attends church every week when physically able to, but his wife and children do not – she works, and they are in school.
  • Pray for his physical healing and that he will continue to grow in his relationship with God
  • Pray for his wife, that she too may come to know and trust in God and join her husband in worship
  1. 5.      Gr 11 & 12 and their upcoming evangelistic program (May 2014)
  • Pray that they feel the need to prepare spiritually for this task, and make an effort to deepen their relationship with Him.
  • Pray that the people they go to witness to will have hearts softened and opened by the Holy Spirit.
  • Pray for the volunteers and staff who are teaching the students and who will also be attending the evangelistic program.
  1. 6.      I’d like to ask for special prayer for our current Grade Eights. There are some special challenges with this class, especially for me teaching them. Please pray that the teachers may have wisdom, patience, guidance and love for this class, and for the students that their hearts may be opened to God’s love and grace.

Finally, please pray that in all these situations that God’s will be done so that He is glorified, and for each of the volunteers here, that the love of God will shine through each of us as a mighty witness for Him.

Let God be True

Indeed; Let God be true, but every man a liar.

As for God, His way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him. For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God? It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
The grass withers, the flower fades: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to God’s word. The entrance of God’s words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Whosoever abides in Him sins not: whosoever sins hath not seen Him, neither known Him. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.


 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world.  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and His commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
If ye love Me, keep my commandments.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 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.

He that loves his life shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.


 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. Being confident of this very thing, that He which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 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 passes knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.


Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides for ever.

Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us; unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Indeed, let God be true

~ God’s Holy Word ~