Come What May

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

~ Ephesians 3:20-21 ~

God is always surprising me; but nowadays I am less surprised that He provides, and more just amazed by the ways He provides. So many times we have come to the point of having nothing, and then, out of left field, God provides. I’m learning to stop suggesting to God the ways He could provide and just thank Him in advance for His marvelous provision. I also want to make special mention of the White Salmon Church in America, who have been so generous to us over the past couple of years. Thank you all so much for your sacrifice.

“Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men. For He satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with goodness.” ~ Psalm 107:8-9 ~

God hasn’t just been providing my physical needs, but also filling every other aspect of my life with His love and care. He has taught me so much over the past six months. My life changed 100% when Eugenia, a friend working at AENON, Malaysia, introduced me to the seminars of Horst Mueller. God used those seminars to help me better understand myself, righteousness by faith, and how to completely trust God (not that I have perfected it, but there has been substantial improvement! I now feel like I have tools to use when faced with difficult situations). Another book God brought into my life that has been an immense blessing is What Shall I Do To Inherit Eternal life, by Margaret Davis. The journey has been intense and amazing. The biggest thing that brings me so much joy is that finally, many of the good things I’ve wanted to do for years I can now do. Spending time with God is now something that I not only truly desire but actually enjoy doing. Little things that annoyed me before no longer do; and useless things I did before I now have no desire to do them. Now I feel empathy for my students who give me a hard time, because now I understand why they do what they do. I just wish I had learned this all much sooner… and I know I still have much to learn! I’m grateful that God never gives up on any of us!

We just finished Camp-meeting. It’s the second one we’ve had here in the 7 years I’ve been here. The last one was 3 years ago. Tim and the Grade 11 and 12s did weeks of work to prepare the grounds for all the campers. The whole event was very well organised and proved a blessing for everyone who attended. At least on Sabbath we had about 1200 people on the property. We heard amazing testimonies of how God is working all over Cambodia, and we praise God for what He is doing. Ely and I were kept busy by a stream of people and children who came to see the horses. We were able to tell them what we were doing and testify to God’s faithfulness.

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Another blessing we had was a clinic held in town by a group of international vets. They put on 3 days of neutering and vaccinating local cats and dogs. I was able to get all three of our cats desexed. Unfortunately I was not able to get our dog Hadadsah spayed as she was nursing puppies at the time… and I had tried so hard to keep her away from all suitors! The puppies were cute though, and this time Hadassah kept her health and we were able to let her nurse the puppies for more than 8 weeks before finding them good homes with some of our dorm students.

Patty, one of our cats… no her eyes are not different colors, I’m not sure what the camera did.

I’ve been challenged by teaching English to Grade 11 and 12. I normally only teach 7 and 8, but this year I have 8, 10, plus 11 and 12. Tim has requested that we change our teaching style a bit and try to use the Bible as our textbook. I think I’m getting the hang of it now… can’t say I enjoy marking essays all that much, but it must be done! We have a much improved discipline system this year. Teacher Sophanny and Teacher Ty have been doing a great job following everything up. There are still some difficult situations that I am not sure how to deal with, but I’m praying that God will help me understand, be patient, and keep loving the students no matter what.

We have been blessed with new volunteers, some short term – Bree, from Australia; Adina, from Switzerland; Julia, from Ukraine, and Caleb, from Australia. By the end of this week we will also be joined by Forest, from New Zealand. We thank God for sending the teachers and help we need just on time. I’ve also met some wonderful new friends through Seyha’s tour business. Seyha always invites them to join us for church.

Raffael, Adina, Marissa, Emily, and myself pc. Raffael

And Emily came to visit! She was a former volunteer whom we hadn’t seen for a couple of years. She spent three very short months with us over Christmas. It was like she’d never left!

Emily, Ely, and I at Niet’s Wedding

Weddings! Last September I visited Australia to attend the wedding of my youngest sister. It was great to have almost the whole family together again. I got to meet my nephew and his wonderful mother, and very much enjoyed myself. Then I was blessed to join the wedding of two former students of mine, Niet and Luon last month. We also have another wedding to attend on Monday. Two of our Khmer teachers (both also former students of mine), Peith and Sart. I wish all the new couples a long life filled with all the fullness of God.

Lastly, there is one situation that will not go away, no matter what Ely, Tim, or I do. There is a homeless man who has a penchant for drinking too much, and also doesn’t seem to be fully in his right mind… It all began about a year ago, when he first came into our yard and tried to move into our house. Started putting his meager possessions away under my food rack. We managed to send him off to one of the orphan houses for a feed… he promised he’d be back… and he has kept that promise. On average, at least once or twice every two weeks he comes back to our house. Sometimes he leaves when asked to, sometimes he’s been drunk and refuses to leave, or just laughs at us. Our dogs always let us know when he comes as they really seem to dislike him. He mostly ignores them or tries to make friends with them. A couple of weeks ago he upped his game. He brought a broom to give us as a gift. When questioned as to why he was bringing us a broom, he replied that Ely was his wife, and she needed it to keep his house (our house) clean. Three of our naughtiest young orphan boys redeemed themselves in our eyes as they placed themselves between us and him and told him to leave. This morning before 5AM, while it was still dark, and we were having our personal devotions, the dogs went off again. I didn’t think much of it, until Hadassah came inside and sat down beside me. I decided to check so I went to the front door; there was no one there, but as I walked down the steps I nearly tripped over his gift…. another broom and one of his water bottles! He’d opened the gate, walked straight through the dogs and been at our slightly open door! Tim has taken him to the police station many times and it doesn’t dissuade him in the slightest. We don’t think that he is dangerous. He does have one false leg, and is shorter than Ely. We just are not sure of how to help him understand that he can’t keep coming to our house at all hours of the day! We thank God for His continued protection.

I used to think that life was pretty straightforward, and that the kinds of excitement that you see on daytime dramas wasn’t an accurate representation of reality (and they truly aren’t!). But since letting God lead my life it has been much more filled with strange and dramatic incidents… some good, others less appealing. But one thing remains the same, and that is that God is always there with us to see us through. Whatever He allows is for my benefit and I can trust Him come what may!

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” ~ John 10:10 ~

☆ picture credits to whom they are due: studio team, Emily, Raffael, and others

Thank You for Horses

This has been a wonderfully wet rainy season. Our ponds are full and overflowing. We have been blessed that our afternoon HoofTrek classes haven’t often been disturbed by the rain. It hasn’t been this wet since my first rainy season here back in 2011.


We have a new volunteer, Marissa, from Australia. She is living with Ely and I, and being a wonderful help in many areas including HoofTrek. She even brought enough donations to help us purchase our 4th and final horse, Starr, who will arrive next week , as he is currently recovering from his gelding procedure.


Marissa, along with all our other new volunteers, Matthew, Conchis, and Kim, have all fitted right in to the programs here. The students especially are benefitting from the hard-work and love the teachers are giving. Anna is still here and still giving 110% to her classes as she always does. We are very thankful for them all.


Gr. 8 Bible class is mine first thing every school day. They are a great bunch of students and we are going through a Righteousness by Faith study using a book by Morris Venden. One thing I have my class do every day is write down (at least) three things they are thankful for. I was reading some study somewhere about success – a topic my students are very interested in. The study said that often we think that success brings happiness or that successful people become happy people, but actually it’s not true. The truth is that happy people are successful people, and the secret to happiness is being thankful. Apparently it’s not something that comes naturally to many people. It is however possible to change our brains to a more positive, grateful way of thinking. The article suggested taking the time each morning to write down the things we have to be thankful about.


So after explaining this to my class, they all agreed that we should use a few minutes of each Bible class to write down what we are thankful for. It hasn’t always been easy for them to always find different things to be thankful for. What were they to write on the day their classmate and friend had to leave the school permenantly, or on the day they woke up to find that one of their fellow orphans had died in his sleep? But after nearly 2 months they are getting better at it. I think if they and I can develop a happy, thankful attitude that will be a very successful outcome for this year.

“Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God. It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good. His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures ro all generations.” Psalm 100:1-5

There are many things I have to be thankful for. I am grateful to God for allowing me to be here doing what I am doing, being a part of His work. I am thankful for all the people who pray for me, and all other missions. I am thankful for those who support me and other missions, and especially for those who are actively involved in spreading the Word of God, this blessed Hope we have, to all around them.

What are you thankful for today?


Prac Teachers and Plans

This time last year I was in Canada with my wonderful Canadian family. Time has really flown by!


We have school holidays this month, with the new school year commencing on the 5th of September. Here’s what happened over the last couple months of school.


After missing the 2014/2015 school year, prac teachers from Avondale College (MOTO Team) arrived late June for a three week prac. They took over almost all the classes. Working in pairs they not only gave us here a small reprive, but also showered our kids with much love and attention. As we were monitoring nearly all our classes, many of us KAS teachers were able to learn some new things that we could do to be more effective teachers.

We really enjoyed having them here. The KMET team cooked 3 meals a day for the 30 visitors, and their food was much appreciated. Grade 9 was also able to practice their cooking skills every Wednesday,  when for their home economics class they would take a turn preparing the meal for the prac team. They would also stay and eat with the Avondale teachers, and have a worship time afterwards.

Activity with Avondal teacher

Activity with Avondal teacher

Towards the end of their stay we could see that they were getting tired, but it didn’t dampen their enthusiasim one iota. As a gift to the teachers here at KAS they took us out to dinner at a local vegetarian restaurant. They also provided funds for the Grade 9 class to take their own trip to the same restaurant a week or so later.

The day they left was a sad one. The first class of the day was cancelled as the entire school gathered around the bus. There were many tears on both sides. My Grade 8 class was especially upset as they said goodby to Micaela and Bree, who had been their teachers for the past 3 weeks… in fact for them, the tears flowed for about a week more! I still have them coming and showing me pictures of themselves with their Avondale teachers.

I thank the Avondale teachers for the time they spent here and for loving the students here as much as I and the other staff do. We wish them God’s blessings and hope to see them again one day.


A high point for Ely and I during Avondale’s stay here was that we were able to take a three day trip down to Kompong Cham province and purchase our third horse for the HoofTrek program. God really guided and provided for us on that trip. You can read the story here.

Shiyra has proven to be a very gente, easy going horse that the children have become attached to very quickly. She is quite smart and is learning her lessons very quickly.



For nearly two months, one of our teenage boys from grade 6, David, was in hospital. He ended up there because of a medication reaction that peeled all the skin off his body. While in hospital he picked up a drug resistant bacteria, and for a while there it was touch and go. Prayer was being held for him all over the world, and while he is not yet back to full health, I am happy to report that he is now back at WPY, staying in the Jungle House with the KMET team taking care of him. Please keep him in your prayers, asking God for not only for phsyical healing, but also that David will come to know God as his Redeemer and Friend. David is quite skinny, and having trouble eating due to some lingering intestional problems.


On the 28th of July we had the Graduation Ceremony for Kantrok Adventist School. Littered throughout the program were musical items from some of our talented students. Our music teachers, Ely, Chiva and Niet have done a wonderful job with them. We thank God for the successful completion of another school year, and ask that He continues to bless and provide for us, that we all, students and staff, may be a light to the community.

Me with my top 3 students - Leang, Sun and Sophall

Me with my top 3 students – Leang, Sun and Sophall

What’s Next?

During these holidays I have been working with the horses, getting them ready for the HoofTrek program which will start in September when school commences. We praise God for this opportunity to use our love for horses this way, and ask you to pray that He will be glorified by the program. We will have two groups of 6 students for the first semester. They will come from our lower school special class. These students have one thing in common, and that is they aren’t doing very well academically. The reasons for this are varied, some have mental disabilities, and some have attitude problems. I am excited to see what God will do, and what He has to teach me.

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We will also be training 4 students in horsemanship after school on Mondays to Thursdays. They will learn everything that we can teach them… caring for the horses, riding the horses, training the horses, and even how to teach the HoofTrek classes.

Ely is currently in Australia. I miss her very much. I hadn’t quite realised just how much I’d miss her until I had to do everything alone…. we really do do almost everything together! She will be back at the end of August. Some of the orphans have been kind enough to help me with different jobs. Some cut grass for the horses, and Khim helps me prepare the evening meal for the horses by cutting up the banana tree.


When I look at world events,  it seems like ti e really can’t last much longer. But there is still so much to do, and so many people and whole people groups who haven’t heard the Good News. May God send labourers into the fields. My prayer is that all God’s children will catch a glimps of the bigger picture, and be fully surrendered to God for His purpose and glory, that He may come soon and put and end to sin, suffering and death forever.

“And now Lord, look at their threats, and grant to Your servants to speak Your word with all boldness, while You stretch forth Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of Your Holy Servant, Jesus.” ~ Acts 4:29-30 ~


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.


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.


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 ~

2016 Update

This school year, (started – Sep 2015) has been quite enjoyable for me. Admittedly, I did miss September as I was in Canada. I also missed most of January because I was visiting my Mum for Christmas for the first time in 5 years. It was a wonderful time. I got to visit a part of Australia that I’ve never been to before, attend a thought-provoking Camp-meeting and make many wonderful new friends.

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This school year I am not teaching any English language classes. We have two Khmer teachers who graduated from the University in Thailand with ESL degrees; they are covering the high school English classes. I am teaching Grade 8 Bible, Geography 7, 8, 9 & 10, and am also joint Librarian to cover half of the library classes.

We do not have as many volunteers for the school this year, and the main English volunteers are Ely, Anna, Rose Jean and myself. We are blessed that some of the IMET volunteers are willing to take some of the classes which we cannot cover. This keeps us all rather busy, but we thank God for the opportunity to serve, and the strength with which He sustains us. I must put out a call. If anyone would like to have an unforgettable experience, then please come and spend some time here in Cambodia with us as a volunteer!

We very much miss Emily and Laura, who both have returned to the US for various, legitimate reasons. It is nice to know however that there are people back in the Western world that have the same care and understanding of WPY, the children, and the work here.


In our hearts and on our shelf!!

The little house that Ely, Anna and I live in has had a bit of a renovation and now has proper inside walls which have been painted a rather bright yellow color. It took a bit of getting used to, but it has started to grow on me. I thinking we need a happy name for our house. Tim also had a bathroom built onto the back of the house so that we could have a bit more privacy when bathing, and no longer have to make the trek down to the communal bathroom.
While I was away, Ely planted some papaya and banana trees. We hope to plant as many fruit trees there as we can fit in our small yard. We’re also trying to start a herb garden.

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At the moment, besides school, every spare moment is almost completely taken up with HoofTrek. We are in the process of finishing our fences and getting our water pump installed so that we can be ready to welcome the horses and begin training them. We hope to start the program after April holidays at the latest.

HoofTrek was at a point where we were thinking that we were wrong and that it wouldn’t go ahead, but just as we surrendered it all, God provided abundant blessings that have enabled us to move forward a lot quicker than we ever expected. Please keep the program in your prayers. It has the potential to minister to many children and youth in this area.

We have a new addition to our family – meet Hadassah. The smartest little pup I have ever met.

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There are always the normal challenges that come with teaching and with children in general. I continue to ask you to hold the students and staff here up in prayer. Satan gets very angry when his kingdom is threatened with the loss of members to the Kingdom of God.

The KMET (Khmer Medical Evangelistic Training) team have been working on a Khmer Vegetarian cookbook. It’s in the final stages of production and just in time because ADRA is bringing the CHIP program to Cambodia. Not only is the book full of great recipes in Khmer it also comes with a DVD that has all the recipes covered in a series of cooking shows done here at the SALTCAM TV Studio.

The first IMET class is in full swing. They are nearly half-way through the course and have learned many new useful skills that will equip them for sharing Jesus wherever they go. The next IMET course will start in August or September of this year. There are spots available for anyone interested in becoming a medical evangelist missionary.

Once again I give God glory for all He has done for, in and through me these last couple of months. I am daily being reminded of how much He loves me, and I hope that you too will today realize once again just how valuable you are to the King of the Universe.

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”
~ Ephesians 2:4-8 ~

A Bigger Plan

The Choice

When I was about 19,  it came to a point where I had a choice to make… Either God was real and I would follow Him wholly – or God wasn’t real and I would continue on the path that I was currently on… that of living for myself and doing whatever I wanted, whatever felt good.

I had been raised Adventist. I had “obeyed” the rules – and I’d even felt superior to others around me because I knew the truth.. I knew more than them. But I realized that my reason for obeying wasn’t because of any love for God. It was just what I’d always done, and it wasn’t even very good or consistent obedience… deep down I knew it was right, but I didn’t have a relationship with God.

So I had to make a choice; and if God was really real, then the only way was to serve Him with my whole heart… half-hearted commitment just didn’t make sense to me.


I pondered this question for a day or two. I thought of everything I’d ever learned about God. I thought of past experiences and I thought about the future. I prayed and read the Bible, and wrestled. In the end, I knew that everything I’d learned about God was real. He is a God of love, He has a plan, and He is coming back, and He wanted a relationship with me. So I decided that I would start saying, “Yes” to the things that He revealed to me.

Saying, “Yes”

This was not easy. I had many things that I loved that God started asking me to remove from my life. First it was certain types of music. God asked me to get rid of a lot of the music that I had. This wasn’t too hard as I’d never spent much time listening to music and I didn’t have a large collection.

The next thing God asked me to remove was movies. This was a bit harder, but God brought to my mind the verse in Philippians 4:8 that says:

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

 I looked at the movies I had, and realized that the things they portrayed weren’t true, honest, just, pure, lovely, or of a good report. They didn’t glorify God; in contrast they glorified the world and things that brought pain and heartache to people.

Then while I was still thinking about this verse, God directed my eyes to my bookshelves. I had many books. I loved books. As my eyes rested on them, I realized that most of them portrayed things that were contrary to God, His character and kingdom. I realized that God was telling me that I get rid of all the books that took my mind away from the things of God. At first I resisted. I put it off. I even considered rereading them all one last time and then getting rid of them. A lot of money had gone into those books and I didn’t want to give them up.

Gently God reminded me that He wouldn’t ask me to do anything that was not for my long-term benefit, and after some more wrestling with self I was able to give those books up. There were other little things that God asked me to give up, change, or do. I got rid of some types of clothing; I began having regular personal devotions; and I started trying to use better words.

It wasn’t only self that I had to wrestle with to make these changes, but people around me noticed, and most thought I was crazy, stupid, and even my family thought I was becoming a little too extreme. But I knew that God had asked me to make each of these changes and was comforted by His presence.

I was amazed at how real God was becoming to me. I honestly felt like I was becoming a good person, and that God must have nearly finished all the work He had to do with me. I was maybe getting a little bit proud, but was secretly happy that He had never asked anything extra hard of me – like leaving my family and home, or giving up my horses….

And Then…

That is exactly what God asked me to do. This post tells how I ended up in Cambodia, and how God changed my heart to love the people and the His work. How God showed me that I was more at peace, and happier when I was following God’s will for my life.

Giving up the horses, and moving to Cambodia to be a volunteer teacher, were two things that I had never imagined for my future; but they were in God’s plan. And because I had begun saying, “Yes.” to God in the small things, I was better prepared to say, “Yes!” to the bigger things that He asked of me. How small are all our visions for our lives! God has a bigger, better, grander plan than even our highest aspirations and wildest dreams!

I have learned to trust Him. Everything that He has asked me to do – no matter how easy or hard I perceived it to be – has always been for my benefit. God has used each experience to reveal His character of love to me, and to show me even more things He wants to change in me so as to transform me into a reflection of His Son.

If I had not started said, “Yes.” to God I don’t know where I’d be today. But I know it wouldn’t be here. The blessings and opportunities I have had have all been because I decided to, by His power, say, “Yes.” to God in the small things.

When you decide to say, “Yes!” to God in the small things, I can promise you that God will take your life places you never imagined you would go. God will become so real to you – a faithful friend and guide, the peace of God will fill your heart and you will have fullness of joy.

The choice is yours!


There is a Balm in Gilead

“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me. Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?” ~ Jeremiah 8:20-22 ~

This verse was a proverb. Gilead was a place known for the natural medicines taken from the trees there. It was also a place where the people who knew how to minister the healing balms resided. Jeremiah is a book that talks about how God’s people were constantly back-sliding. Even though they still worshiped in the temple, although they still claimed that God was their God, they had brought in to their worship many forms of idolatry; customs and activities that appealed to their senses. As a result of rejecting God pushing His blessings away, they came under oppression from powerful enemies. They looked to the Egyptians for salvation from their enemies, but no help came; there was no healing. They didn’t seem to realize that their problems and lack of peace was not because they were oppressed by powerful enemies, but because they were, by their choices, separated from their loving, long-suffering God.

“For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” ~ Jeremiah 2:13 ~

I remember times when I have hewed out for myself broken cisterns. Trying to find fulfillment in anything but God: looking for healing everywhere but to Christ, all the while not realizing that the root cause of my pain and emptiness was my separation from my heavenly Father. There is a balm in Gilead, there are physicians… but we are not healed because no man, and no medicine can fix the sin problem we have that pollutes our minds, bodies and this world. No human or medicine in this world can take away the hurt, fill the emptiness, or create morality in us.

Like Paul in Romans 7 we are frustrated by the fact that we do the evil things we don’t want to do, and we don’t do the good things which we desire to do. We struggle and fight and exhaust ourselves trying to be good, trying to be happy, trying to be content. And in the end all we find is that the world and it’s pleasures doesn’t have the answers; it can’t bring healing. With Paul we cry out, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” ~ Rom 7:24 ~   

And with Paul we too can know that there is a balm – the blood of Jesus; and there is a physician who can administer the balm – the Savior, Jesus. Like Mary, when we fall at the feet of Jesus we can be healed, renewed, recreated. Like the demoniac healed in the country of the Gadarenes, in Jesus we can find peace untouchable, the fullness of joy, a reason for living, a holy purpose for our lives, and unending, unchangeable love.


Come to Jesus today, kneel at His feet in surrender, accept Him into your life, believe that He is your Savior, and you will find healing and peace for your soul.

“Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” ~ 1 Peter 2:24 ~






HoofTrek in the Newswest

Back in March, Ely and I submitted an article on HoofTrek to the Newswest (an Adventist magazine for the Western Australian Conference) And yesterday, I was contacted by an old friend who told me she’d read it in the latest (May) addition, which came out on the 24th.

Here’s a link to the magazine, and the article is on page 17
HoofTrek in the Newswest

And here’s a link to the HoofTrek website


A Moment

Here’s one of the most recent pictures of all the volunteers. Although there are some changes… Vanessa and Carly have returned to the US, and Ever has had her baby (that was a night I’ll never forget! 🙂 ). I’ll try to get us altogether for another one sometime.
~ photo credit – Vanessa


“We then, as workers together with Him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.” ~ 2 Corinthians 6:1 ~

His Mercy Endures Forever

“Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! ” ~ Psalm 107:15

Here we are, into our third week of final term. The students and teachers are all starting to get restless for the end of this school year. For me personally, I am struggling to wait patiently for the end of the school year, because at that time I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel to a place I’ve never been and to spend time with people that I love, and also take an opportunity to share with others about mission work. I thank God for this chance and look forward to see what He wants me to do and learn from it. Fortunately, I have a lot of work to do; as I am actually leaving a few weeks before school ends (I know; I have nothing to complain about!) I have to have all my classes and their exams finished before that date.


Two weeks ago, I attended another wedding of two of my former students, Sokha and Srey Leak. It was a small, but beautiful affair. They are two very intelligent and hard-working people and I wish them God’s richest blessings in their life.

Last week, one of the dormitory girls became very sick, and nothing that was done for her was helping her to recover. She got worse and worse, and so Tim took her to a clinic in town. They didn’t want to treat her at their clinic, and suggested the hospital – which in code means, they thought there was a possibility that she might die. So off to the hospital they went. After blood tests, the doctors said that she was suffering from septic shock caused by two different infections in her body – neither of these infections had manifested themselves in a way that our medics here could tell that she had them. The hospital put her on strong antibiotics, and at first she continued to get worse, even needing to be put on oxygen. The doctor said that at best we could hope for some improvement in 4 or 5 days, and at worse, 5 – 6 months for a full recovery. Her family, especially her older brother, were very worried, as were the rest of us back here, and much prayer was raised on her behalf. Prayers that God heard! By the third day of her stay in hospital, a Sabbath in fact, she was up out of bed and brought back to us here at WPY. We praise God for this miracle, for her healing, and the way He has shown this family that He cares for them. I hope that this experience will give them hope and encouragement whenever they are facing hard times in their lives.

Our Two Diamonds in the dorm

Our two Diamonds in the dorm

Our grade 11 and 12s, led by the former graduates who completed the LIGHT or PAFCOE courses headed out on May 1st, to a village named Swai Sohr, to hold an evangelistic campaign – similar to the one held last year in a different village. We haven’t heard much from them yet, but ask that you will join us in keeping them in your prayers. That the students, will be blessed by sharing, and drawn closer to God; and that God will prepare the hearts of those who will hear the message and draw them to Himself.

Former Graduates

Former Graduates

 “Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.” ~ Psalm 107:43 ~