This Year

This year has been amazing! In fact, the latter half of last year was pretty amazing too. Meeting the Balasingams, aka my Canadian family, in April 2015, which led to me spending summer in Canada. Where I was blessed, refreshed, and got to meet many wonderful people.

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Balasingam Family + 1

This year, I got to spend Christmas with my wonderful mother. Our first Christmas together in 5 years. My second summer for 2015. As a bonus, I got to visit Tasmania, where she had moved to the year before. I’d never been there before. It is a beautiful state, full of big-hearted, kind people. 2015 was the Year of Two Summers.

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Then I arrived back in Cambodia to a whirlwind of activity as God opened the way for Ely and I to purchase two horses. Then we had a couple of different groups of visitors who arrived bearing gifts of tack and equipment from different donors in their respective countries. Not only that, I’m still teaching full-time so with the horse duties added it makes for a very full schedule. I fall into bed exhausted each night, but constantly amazed at God’s sustaining power, His love, and leading.

I am also blessed to be able to be teaching Righteousness by Faith to my Grade 8 Bible class. It is exciting to see them start to understand and catch the first flickering of hope and love for God that I see in some of them. I’m using Morris Venden’s book 95 Theses on Righteousness by Faith, and I highly recommend it for everyone! Please keep all the students in your prayers, we long to see a Cambodia filled with young people who love Jesus and are actively sharing Him with their fellow countrymen.

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Fruit shakes with 2 Grade 8s

April is the time for Khmer New Year; also the New Year for Thailand, called Songkran there. My Canadian family was headed to the Bamboo School, in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, to build a library for the children there. Would I join them they asked? Oh Yes Please! And so I went. It was so good to be able to spend time with them again. I was very interested to see the Bamboo School, meet the children, and help out with food preparation. I can’t believe I’ve only known the Balasingams for a year, it feels like forever. It was very hard to say goodbye and leave them once again.

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Last Sunday, I put one of our donated saddles on Khzak, and rode him with tack for the first time. Today, we saddled him up again, and this time Ely rode him. Her smile matched mine. As Khzak is not quite 3, we are only riding him for 15 mins on Sundays, and only at a walk. He is proving to be a fast learner though. We are working on turning, halts, and backing-up, and he improved by more than 100% for only his second ride. We are so blessed with the horses that we have. Hopefully both boys will be gelded this month, and God-willing we will be able to purchase some bigger, older horses for the program.

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This year is not quite half way over, and yet I feel so full of blessings. God is amazing, God is awesome. God is love. I hope you can know, this year, how much God loves you.

“How great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You; You have worked for those who trust in You before the sons of men!” ~ Psalms 31:19 ~

Jol Ch’nam Holidays

Happy Khmer New Year!

“O taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him.” ~ Psalm 34:8 ~

We’re nearly to the end of our holidays here. It’s been hot and busy, but very enjoyable for me. Mainly because we had a Canadian family here to help plan and build a playground for WPY. So once school was out I went to work with them. They are a very hard-working, and very kind family. I spent a lot of time working and playing with them. I love them very much, and was very blessed by their time of service here. 20150410_103531 They worked very hard on the playground. They built swings, seesaws, a sandpit, a climbing wall, a cargo net, and many other wooden and tire climbing structures. They also left us with equipment to finish building a zipline and a tire swing. The children love their new playground, and spend much time playing there each day. We also had a group of grade 8 school children from Taipei, Taiwan come for a week and help with building the playground. 11149345_10152671653377484_3919433511289553555_n This holiday I was blessed to attend the wedding of two of our graduates, Ty and Laihun. They have both been to study at LIGHT in the Philippines and recently returned to begin working together here for their fellow countrymen. 1528524_968287233181388_2559533748989260738_n I was also blessed to be at Caleb and Savorny’s engagement, which took place at Savorny’s home in the village. It was a beautiful ceremony, and afterwards some of us climbed up the mountain behind her house to the waterfall. There was no water falling over the falls, but there were a few lovely pools. We had a wonderful time running from pool to pool trying to find the coolest water. 10985314_812273305495240_587257334608890800_n20150408_141225We also celebrated the orphans birthday last Monday. A day filled with games, pizza, presents, and a very soapy water slide. The Canadian family left the next day, and since then I have been catching up on school prep and other work that I had originally planned for the holidays. School begins this coming Monday. I don’t feel very rested, but I do feel very blessed when I think back to all the experiences of these holidays and the many ways that God has shown me His love and tender care. 10403176_10153184556348363_7965052162606374303_n The 10 month IMET (International Medical Evangelism Training) course starts on May 1st and there are still openings available for students if anyone is interested in joining. The last of the teachers arrived yesterday and they are eager to begin teaching others and equipping them to share the Gospel with the people around them. Also if anyone is interested, we have teacher openings for our new school year which begins in September. Qualifications are a love for God and a willingness to serve. See the Be Involved page for more details and contact Tim if you are interested in volunteering. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always, amen. IMG_6473.jpg Kat