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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Not in Vain

“God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause His face to shine upon us. That Thy ways may be known upon earth, Thy saving health among all nations. ” ~ Psalm 67:1-2 ~

These holidays have been productive, but also included a couple of very sad occasions last week..

We lost two students.

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Khon got sick about a year ago. He went to the hospital here and they said it was tuberculosis and gave him medicine. Well the medicine didn’t work, so his Aunt (who is a house parent and teacher here ay WPY) took him to a hospital in Thailand, and they said it was a form of leukemia. They said it was quite advanved and treatment would be expensive. He comes from a poor farming family. Well he sold his share of the farmland to purchase medicine and treatment, but worsened and died the morning of Monday the 22nd August. He was 19.
We held the funeral service at his home in the village, but buried him here at WPY on Tuesday, as per his wishes. He wasn’t baptized, but in the words of his family, “He wasn’t a Buddhist.” and never attended the pagoda with them. The whole village got to hear the gospel preached to them from the 4 or so sermons over the 2 days of the funeral. We spoke about sin, death and the hope of the resurrection. We used the local custom of loudspeakers. We pray that seeds have been planted that will bear fruit and his death won’t be in vain, and are glad they allowed us to do a Christian funeral.

Khon was always a good, quiet student for me. A bit shy, but would talk when he warmed up to you. He got along with all his classmates, never rude or crude to girls, and although not the highest academically, always applied himself to his work. I remember one time being in the back of the ute going to the airport to farewell a volunteer, and the other boys were talking about how many girlfriends they have had, currently had, or wanted to have. Khon turned to me and said, “Teacher, I don’t want a girlfriend…. I want a wife!”

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Khon – red shirt

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David got sick about 2 months ago. He was a HIV positive orphan that has been here since he was about three years old. He had a bad reaction to a change in his medication, and lost most the skin on the upper half of his body. They took him to hospital, where he contracted a strain of antibiotic resistant bacteria which affected his intestinal tract. The poor boy suffered from chronic, explosive diarrhea, and it took a while for them to get on top of the bacteria. The first antibiotic they tried, he had a bad reaction too. He improved and came here for a week. Although we then got the diarrhoea under control, he was finding it hard to eat, due to a thrush infection from his mouth all through his intestinal tract, and lost weight. The hospital decided to admit him again when he went for a check-up, and sure enough the diarrhoea started again, as well as possible internal bleeding. He continued to lose weight. We aren’t sure if he caught another bug at the hospital.
Tuesday early morning he slipped into unconsciousness and was admitted to ICU and died early that afternoon. He was 14 years old and weighed less than 25kg. We buried him late Wednesday morning.

I once disciplined him with a cane to the hand when he was making class unbearable for Ely. But after that we got along quite well. When he came to ride the horse he looked very proud of himself. He always used to greet me when we would pass each other by the way.

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Khon wasn’t expected to die just yet, the herbs he had been taking were actually making the lumps in his neck go down. David wasn’t expected until the day Khon died, and even then we were praying he would pull through. I am glad that they aren’t in any pain anymore.

I am so glad for the Bible’s teaching on death. We can know that our loved ones are sleeping in Jesus and will be awakened at His Second Coming, where there will be no more pain, suffering, tears, or death.

The following Sabbath we attended another funeral. The father of one of our students passed away. He wasn’t a Chrisitan,  but his family are and wished to do a Christian funeral. There, in that village, the Gospel was again preached to some who may not have heard of our hope before. Again we pray for a harvest from among those villagers, and for each family who suffered the loss of a loved one last week.

In other, better news, we also had three new volunteers arrive this week. Kim, she is from Germany; Conchis from Mexico, and Matthew from the USA. We are very thankful they arrived safely, and thank God for sending them.

Less than one week and then school will start again. Ely and I not only have some classes in the school, but will also commence teaching Hooftrek. Our first students will be from our Special class. These kids struggle academically, and some behaviourally, and a couple are physically disabled. We are excitred to have a chance to help the students in this way.

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ue know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:58 ~

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.

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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!

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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.

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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 ~

 

 

 

 

 

We Can’t Humble Ourselves

“Now thanks be unto God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ, and makes manifest the fragrance of His knowledge by us in every place.” ~ 2 Corinthians 2:14 ~

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Yesterday I went with my host family to the Bordoville Seventh Day Adventist Church at Enosburg Falls. It was their 151st anniversary, and their pastor was being ordained in the afternoon. The Bordoville Church is one of the oldest Seventh Day Adventist Church built by Adventists in North America. I enjoyed the day very much, especially the preaching by Professor Philip Samaan from Southern Adventist University in TN. I want to share part of it with you, for it spoke to me, and I pray it will speak to you too.

“He must increase, but I must decrease” ~ John 3:30 ~

How many times have we thought that we must be humble, that we need to humble ourselves so that Christ can live and grow in us? But can we truly humble ourselves? Is this what the verse says – I must decrease so that Christ can increase? No the verse shows us that Jesus must FIRST increase in us, and He will cause self to decrease in us. What is increasing in my life, in your life? Is it Jesus? We want to be good, to be like Him, but the truth is we can’t be good on our own. We can’t be humble in our own strength. And the wonderful thing is that Jesus doesn’t need to, nor want to wait for us to be good before He can be increased in our lives. He wants to be increased in us now, and He will take care of all our faults and shortcomings. He wants to be a sweet fragrance in us that attracts others to a knowledge of Him.

I want Jesus to be increased in me.

There is a story told of a little boy. He was a good little boy who enjoyed going to Sabbath School, saying his prayers, and memorizing his memory verses. When he prayed, he had been taught to ask Jesus to come and live inside of him. As he contemplated this he began to wonder how the great big Jesus could fit inside his small, young body. So he asked his father how big Jesus was. Father said that Jesus was bigger than he was. Thinking about this, the little boy replied saying, “If Jesus is living inside of me, because He is so big, He must always be sticking out of me.

I want Jesus to stick out of me, what about you?

Here’s some other pictures from that wonderful Sabbath

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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.

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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.

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Former Graduates

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

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

Thirty Years

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.

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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.

SALT staff 2014

SALT staff 2014

No Scar?

Hast thou no scar?
No hidden scar on foot, or side, or hand?
I hear thee sung as mighty in the land;
I hear them hail thy bright, ascendant star.
Hast thou no scar?

Hast thou no wound?
Yet I was wounded by the archers; spent,
Leaned Me against a tree to die; and rent
By ravening beasts that compassed Me, I swooned.
Hast thou no wound?

No wound? No scar?
Yet, as the Master shall the servant be,
And pierced are the feet that follow Me.
But thine are whole; can he have followed far
Who hast no wound or scar?

~ Amy Charmicael ~

“For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.” ~ Philippians 1:29 ~

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“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” ~ Romans 10:13 ~

New Year’s Greetings to you all. I hope you had a blessed Christmas and a wonderful beginning to the new year!

I spent Christmas here at WPY with Laura and Emily. We attended and participated in the annual Christmas Program at Riviera Hotel in Siem Reap. The children’s choir was absolutely wonderful – a credit to Niet, Wendy, and Claudia’s hard work in preparing them.

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Laura, Emily and I also went with Tim and Wendy to a village nearly two hours from here, where the local Adventist Church was putting on a Christmas Program and meal for the villagers. Tim and Wendy had been invited to speak. We had a lovely time seeing some of our dorm students who live out that way, and some other friends whom we had not seen for some time.

I got to visit the Happy Horse Ranch twice (just to pet the horses :P), once on New Year’s Day with Emily and Laura. It’s true that “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man (or woman!)” ~ Winston Churchill ~  Here are some pics from New Year’s Day – sorry in advance for the horse spam!

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Speaking of horses – here’s some pictures from the HoofTrek project. The house is almost finished and the fencing has started. We praise God and give Him all the glory for His leading. We know this program will help all the students who participate to better know the love that God has for them, and the value He places on them.

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Just before the Christmas Holidays began, the group that had gone to PAFCOE in the Philippines returned. It is so good to have them back with us again. They have had an awesome experience there and learnt so much which they are excited about putting to use here in Cambodia to the furtherance of the Kingdom of God. Soon the group who went to study at LIGHT in the Philippines will return. We look forward to having them among us again.

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Another project that will begin here at WPY this year is a 10-month International Missionary Training school. It is a co-operation between SALTMinistries, LIGHT, and Sebastien Braxton’s ministry. The aim is to have the course run every year for local and foreign participants. The co-ordinators will soon arrive to begin set-up, with the course hopefully commencing in March or April. Please pray for God’s leading in this new program.

Campmeeting begins on the 2nd of February, and will last one week. There is lots of preparation still to do. Please pray for the Holy Spirit to guide and be with us and lead all who come into a closer relationship with God.

Thank you all once again for your prayers, encouragement and support this past year. May God bless you all greatly in this new year, and may every aspect of our lives bring glory and honor to Him.