His Jewels

“And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels;” ~ Malachi 3:17 ~

Earlier this month we held a dinner for our girls. We had two motives; We wanted to have a sort of goodbye dinner (seeing as we’ll be moving out of the dorm soon), with photos and gifts, and we also wanted to take the time to remind them that they are princesses, daughters of The King.

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For worship we spoke about the process of taking a raw gemstone from the ground and transforming it into the beautiful jewels that we usually see. We then applied this story to them and their lives, and hope and pray that they remember how precious they are to God, and to continue to let Him cut and polish them into His beautiful image.

Laura and Emily, along with 3 new volunteers also joined us. The girls enjoyed the night. We only had one mishap. The room in which we were to have dinner, didn’t have any lights – a small, but needed detail I had overlooked. Luckily I had some candles, and when they were spread out all over the room it created quite a nicer atmosphere than I could have hoped for. There was also musical items. Some of the dorm girls had written their own songs especially for the event.

Here’s some pictures from the evening.

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We currently blessed to have 5 short-term volunteers – Claudia, Morgan, and Chorkin from the US; Jess from Australia; and Petrina has returned for a little bit. It’s good to see her again. They have been helping to cover classes, with the Christmas program preparation, music lessons, and reading with the students in Library class – all of which has been much appreciated.

After Christmas holidays (just three weeks to go till then!!) we will lose 4 of our volunteers as they move on to new missions. One couple will go to the Philippines to do the LIGHT course, and the other couple, Gemma’s parents, will go with Gemma and Hym to Hym’s hometown to start their mission down there. It will leave us short a Science teacher (any takers 🙂 ), but we wish them well as they continue to follow God’s leading.

Please keep us in your prayers, especially for the annual Christmas program that we hold at one of the hotels in town; that the message of the program will be clear, and that God will be glorified.
God’s blessings and grace be with you all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Shaking

The following was written by my friend and co-missionary Sarah Van Hee, and you can find her blog, and the original article here.

If you would like an idea of how big the work is check out this website.

The Shaking

I’m glad to be home and living normal life again.  Don’t misunderstand.  I enjoyed every moment with family, and I was also encouraged by the interest several friends from homeschooling days expressed in God’s work.  But life in America is so disconnected from reality that I can’t help feeling relieved to be back where we’re overworked, under helped, and buffeted on all sides by the enemy of good.

Honestly, I left America very troubled and discouraged by the apathy, excuses, and distracted lives of those claiming to believe and hasten Jesus’ second coming.  How does pursuing higher and still higher levels of education, securing quality Christian-friendly jobs, building self-sufficient dream homes in the countryside, seeking the perfect relationship as if it is our duty and right, and all the other cares of this world that absorb God’s people in America help finish God’s work?  I thought those pursuits were to be mere tools, used or abandoned according to the Lord’s guidance, not to take the place of His work.  We’ve been trapped by our self-serving American worldview without even realizing it, and we’re deceived into believing we’re accomplishing God’s will for our lives.  We study and proclaim the signs of the times and “knowest not” that we are “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.”  Revelation 3:17.

Over and over during my devotions and in conversations with fellow missionaries these past few months, God keeps bringing me back to the same themes, with a burden to share.  I’ve read about my duty to arouse the church, but after all I’ve tried since coming overseas three years ago, I feel about to despair of ever succeeding.  I’m tired of being another good report – mere entertainment – when the work is languishing for want of people willing to sacrifice this life to save souls for the next.  All I can do now is share with you the straight testimony meant to shake the church.

The work is to be done.  It should be done now.  You should volunteer to enter this field.  Before very long the last opportunity will have been given Seventh-day Adventists to do this work.  God will then turn to men in the byways and hedges, and we idle Seventh-day Adventists will be passed by forever. – {PH012 4.7}.

Let us heed the parable of the Last Supper.  Those who were invited began to make excuse.  One offered one reason, another had another reason for not doing what the Lord asked.  When the supper was set, not one of those first invited sat at the table.  Will it be thus with you? – {PH012 4.8}

What can I say to arouse our churches?  What can I say to those who have acted a prominent part in the proclamation of the last message?  “The Lord is coming,” should be the testimony borne, not only by the lips, but by the life and character; but many to whom God has given light and knowledge, talents of influence and means, are men who do not love the truth and do not practice it.  They have drunk so deeply from the intoxicating cup of selfishness and worldliness that they have become drunken with the cares of this life.  Brethren, if you continue to be as idle, as worldly, as selfish as you have been, God will surely pass you by, and take those who are less self-caring, less ambitious for worldly honor, and who will not hesitate to go, as did their Master, without the camp, bearing the reproach.  The work will be given to those who will take it, those who prize it, who weave its principles into their everyday experience.  God will choose humble men who are seeking to glorify His name and advance His cause rather than to honor and advance themselves.  He will raise up men who have not so much worldly wisdom, but who are connected with Him, and who will seek strength and counsel from above. – {5T 461.1}

I asked the meaning of the shaking I had seen, and was shown that it would be caused by the straight testimony called forth by the counsel of the True Witness to the Laodiceans.  This will have its effect upon the heart of the receiver, and will lead him to exalt the standard and pour forth the straight truth.  Some will not bear this straight testimony.  They will rise up against it, and this will cause a shaking among God’s people. – {1T 181.1}

The testimony of the True Witness has not been half heeded.  The solemn testimony upon which the destiny of the church hangs has been lightly esteemed, if not entirely disregarded.  This testimony must work deep repentance, and all that truly receive it will obey it and be purified. – {1T 181.2}

I challenge you to consider chapter 52 of Testimonies, vol. 5.  Take time – at least two weeks, as I did.  Don’t rush.  Ask yourself not if it applies to you, but what God is challenging you to surrender and change so you can be perfectly united with Him in His work.  When we do this, then He can pour out His Spirit with latter rain power, His work will be rapidly completed, and we will go home.

Prayer Journal Nov 2014

Tim’s latest Prayer Journal.

Prayer Journal November 2014

He and Wendy are currently in Australia having a well-earned rest until the 14th.
Thank you for keeping them, Wat Preah Yesu, and Cambodia in your prayers.

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Relationship Matters

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words”  ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 ~

 

Notice, that God’s first priority when He returns to take His people home, is to resurrect those who are asleep in Christ. Why?

Because those who are alive, are still in active communion with God, but God misses the communion that He had with those who have fallen asleep.

God is like… “I miss Abraham, my friend; I miss communing with Adam… with David and all the saints of old.”

I wonder…. if I died today… would God miss the communion between Him and me?