Today marks 30 years of foreign mission service for Tim and Wendy Maddocks, the directors of Wat Preah Yesu. I personally am so thankful for their love for God and for their service and ministry here in Cambodia. It has been a privilege for me to spend the last four years of my life serving here under them. I’d like to share with you Tim’s latest Prayer Journal. May you be blessed and inspired.
Dear Prayer Warriors and Friends,
Jesus left some very good instructions about our collective task until He comes. “Go to the world and make disciples”… Elsewhere He was a little more specific saying, “Jerusalem, Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” In a modern context I understand Jesus to be saying, “some of you are called to make God known in your own city, some of you elsewhere in your nation and for others, you are to cross country borders and oceans to foreign lands and foreign cultures.”
Way back in 1984, Wendy and I heard the call to foreign service. On January 20, 1985, we began to realise this calling when after a 12 hour flight delay due to a hurricane, we first set our feet on Samoan soil. After three years of work (or maybe more accurately training) God moved us to Fiji. Four years later, God again called us to move on, directing us to ADRA, God’s instrument for getting us to Cambodia, where we still call home.
Thirty years of foreign mission service has been quiet a journey. Our boys, Caleb and Shannon, both born in Fiji, are now grown men and serving side by side with us here in Cambodia. By God’s grace, He has used us to bring many to a knowledge of His love and to train many others to share that love and grow His kingdom.
We would like you to join us in praising God for what He has done with our lives. And we praise God for the many of you who have supported us in prayer over those many years and given from your hearts to make this work go forward.
I (Tim) have just returned from a 4 day conference looking at the progress of the Gospel to the Asian peoples. Christians have made inroads but the populations in the Buddhist world are growing faster than the Gospel advances. If we are tempted to think that the Gospel has gone to all the world and Jesus is about to come, we are at least wrong on the first point. Now, with the love of so many rapidly growing cold, in the power of the Spirit we must redouble our efforts to finish this life saving work. For Wendy and I, we believe our thirty years of training can be put to best use on foreign soil for the advancement of God’s kingdom. On this milestone day for us, as we renew our commitment to working side by side with our Lord, may you join us in renewing your commitment to do the same.
Here, is an appropriate place to announce a new joint initiative between three ministries, L.I.G.H.T. , R3 and SALT. In the spirit of unity, our ministries are uniting to present IMET, an International Medical Evangelism Training designed to prepare people to work for God in a foreign culture. The emphasis will be on holistic evangelism with medical missionary training and traditional evangelism training combined together with cross-cultural missions training. The first course will begin in March here at Wat Preah Yesu, Siem Reap, Cambodia, so if you are interested in more information, let me know and I will get that to you.
We have registered the domain name imetjesus.org and hope to have this site providing information soon.
On a similar note we are also planning to host our first medical Missionary training in the Khmer language also beginning in March. Our young people who have been trained here and in the Philippines will be leading out in this one month training.
The Cambodia Adventist Mission camp meeting is only 2 weeks away and as Camp Superintendent, I have much to do to prepare Wat Preah Yesu to receive the expected more than 1000 visitors.. Please keep in your prayers this event to be held February 2 to 7. We need a renewal of commitment to finishing God’s work in this country. The theme for the camp meeting is Footprints of Grace.
As I am constrained for time I will finish here but not without giving thanks to our Almighty God who is mighty to sustain and faithfully providing all our needs.
With love, Tim, Wendy and the SALT Ministries team.