Medical to the remote

This Blog is all about the work of God. Nothing we do is without the knowledge of our Father. He is the soul provider for everything we do.
We are Mordegai, Toinette, Suzaan,Gideon and Anton Rossouw from Namibia-Africa. . This Blog is all about our lives here in Cambodia while Suzaan works in South Africa. We are real Farmers from Africa and we love life and what it have to offer and enjoy it day by day.

Mordegai travels to remote villages up in the far North of Cambodia, doing much needed medical work ,where no other doctors go, with local pastors as well as the Department of Health of Ratanakiri.

Toinette is at home with the boys. Homeschooling Gideon is a task not for sissies, while Anton is in Eli school. .She joins FGC Community Link Cambodia to the villages close by, teaching local children in an after school setting and also women about Health Issues in a village setting.

We consider us Asians as we live such a long time in Asia, eating rice as a staple food and not meat......

Our motto in life comes from a dear friend:

With common sense and God we
can accomplish a lot

Robin Wales

Monday, February 19, 2018

Monday night prayers 19 Feb.2018

Twans and the students are preparing for International Women's Day March 8. Students had to do research on different countries, customs, greetings in the national language etc and each group has to dress one member in the national costume of that country. Students are having fun practicing the different greetings and we will post pictures of the big event.

Twans also just finished the 3rd part of Refocus seminar. A very helpful workshop for long term missionaries to take a look back in order to move forward again. Like the man rowing his boat. Looking back but the boat is moving forward. We praise God for programs like this to help us focus on God, His faithfulness in our lives all these years and to not get tired of doing good.

Some of the younger students who are also attending Sunday morning "Mighty Kids" more faithfully are sharing with our Khmer pastor's wife how they want to belief in Jesus more and more but it is hard because their parents don't belief in Jesus. Please pray earnestly for them, that their faith will be strengthened, for wisdom how to be a testimony in word and deed to their families.

Please pray for our beloved Anti Resie, mum of Andrea Calitz. She fell down in church and broke her shoulder. On this age it’s not a nice thing to happen to you. Currently she is in hospital and they will decide if they operate or not. Will keep you posted.

I will be travelling to Ratanakiri tomorrow. My friends asked me to come and pull some teeth in prison as they experience really bad teeth, and if you know me, I do not like bad teeth,hahaha. Pray for safe travels and open hearts even in jail.

Please pray for Hope school. It is the international school here in Siem Reap and their main campus in Phnom Pehn. They are in need of some teachers. If you up to it, it’s always a need here, so pack your bags and come.

Some sad news from our friends Jacob and Carmen in Tanzania. Please pray for them
Our Dear Family and Friends,
We want to thank you from the depths of our hearts for your ongoing prayers and support over the last few years. It is with heavy hearts that we share the following with you.
Recently, we have been through some overwhelming and trying circumstances and for personal reasons, we have made the difficult decision to return to the States. We have decided that Dallas will be a healthy location for us to reestablish ourselves as a family.
This next step comes unexpectedly for us, but has been prayerfully considered in conjunction with fellow believers and the different organizations we work with in Tanzania. It is most likely that we will not be returning to the field in the near future. We will communicate more in the coming months, but for now we are asking for some time and space for our family as we regain our footing.
Over the next couple of years as we settle into Dallas, we covet your prayers for our family during this major transition.

We just went through Chinees New Year. We are very fortunate that we can celebrate 3 New Years. We are waiting now for the Khmer New Year a bit later in the year.
When is Chinese New Year 2018?
The 2018 Chinese New Year began on Friday, February 16.
The celebrations will last for over two weeks – and if you fancy making a trip before the festivities end, read this guide for a first-timer's trip to China. Chinese New Year takes place on a different date each year because it is based on the lunar calendar.
New Year's Day normally falls between January 21 and February 20.
How is Chinese New Year celebrated?
The global celebrations are an explosion of light and sound, involving bell ringing, lighting firecrackers and watching traditional lion dances. Chinese families gather together for a reunion dinner on New Year's Eve, and clean their houses to sweep away bad fortune on New Year's Day. Traditionally, kids would be given red envelopes stuffed with 'lucky money' and positive wishes on New Year's Day. Some teens now have red envelope apps, so their relatives can transfer cash digitally.
Which animal represents 2018?
2018 is the Year of the Dog. The Chinese zodiac moves in a 12-year cycle, and those born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018 are also known as Dogs. According to the Asian astrology, your year of birth - and the animal this represents - determines a lot about your personality traits.
Although each of the twelve animals gets an outing every dozen years, there are different varieties - and 2018 will be the first Year of the Earth Dog since 1958. Anyone born in an Earth Dog year will be communicative, serious, and responsible in the workplace.
What is the Chinese Zodiac story?
Legend has it that, back in the ancient days, the Jade Emperor ordered that animals would become part of the calendar and that the 12 who arrived first would be selected. At the time, the cat and the rat were good friends. When they heard the news, the cat said to the rat: "We should arrive early to sign up, but I usually get up late." The rat promised to wake his pal up so they could go together but, because he was so excited, forgot and went alone. On the way, the rat bumped into the tiger, ox, horse and other animals - who were all much faster than him. He hatched a plan and convinced the ox to carry him on his back - on the condition that the rat sang throughout the journey. The ox arrived first, but the rat sneaked in front of him and became the first lucky animal. By the time the cat arrived, the selection was over - which is why the cat hates the rat and will always try to chase and kill him.

Good talking to you all and giving you a scope of what is happening around here. It is dry and dusty and everyone coughs, but we know it’s the season we need to be here. Pray with us for new workers here that get tired and discourage. This is after all a missionary-graveyard-country.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Monday night prayers 12 Feb.2018

Kind of a quite week as I am just trying to fix the old Beast again. Yip its up and running again and I took it apart and started to clean it and not the task of putting it together again. It’s a wonderful time for us here in Siem Reap and we are blessed with some nice weather, which is a blessing this time of the year, where dust and smoke is all we get. Seems that we have so much more energy when it’s cool.

The boys are doing well in school. Anton is a real darling coming home every day and so good in sitting down and does his homework on the computer. Gideon is having few good days again and mum is slaving away with school. According to Gideon, Toinette’s religion is,school,hahahaha Toinette is enjoying giving extra classes to her lovely students and come home and tell the sweetest stories about children that is really doing well. I was sharing to a friend that this is the miracles we are holding onto. Continue to pray for us as a family to most of all trust in God for everything in our lives.

Good friends of ours came all the way from Phnom Pehn and we are really having a good time talking about things we love. Good to have same-minded people around us and talk about what we do here. I think that is what all missionaries are struggling with is, having close friends nearby to share with. Pray that we as fellow missionaries will not judge others for what they are doing and how much they are doing for the Kingdom. We come in a rut so quickly of thinking that we are the only ones that do things the right way. Pray that we will reach out to more people and rather encourage than judge.

Continue to pray for:
Nic and Elaine Haydon in England. She is struggling with cancer.
Fe and her family in the Philippines. For her ongoing treatments of chemo.
Ben and Hannah in Thailand. They are awaiting the birth of their first born.

Reading this devotion with the boys:
Saved Through Faith-Ephesians 2:4-10
It’s by grace you’ve been saved through faith.
It’s when we realize we’re messy and we need someone to come clean up our mess that we see God’s work in our lives. When we put our faith in Him and we believe that Jesus came to clean up our mess, that's when we're saved from our sins.
We don’t earn being saved. It’s not a reward for being good. We don’t need to clean ourselves up first. God sent His Son, Jesus, to die for those who don’t have it together, who are a mess, who know they sin. All we need to do is put our faith in God. Jesus takes our messy problems on Himself so that we can live our lives free from them. That way, we can start to live for the good things that God planed for us to do in this life.
Do you need God to save you from your messiness? If so, confess that to Him right now, put your faith in Him, and know that you’re forgiven. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to see what He has in store for your life and to live out the faith you now have.

May this week be a blessed week for you all

Monday, February 5, 2018

Monday night prayers 5 Feb.2018

Just came back from Ratanakiri after an outreach first in Stung Treng with Samai. It was good to see old friends again in the bush at the small church. As we started many people came in and out and I was blessed by the way people enjoy for us to come and help them with various illnesses. There is such a big need to help people and also to encourage the local pastor in his work. Samai and his friend came with and both had good talks and building relationships with people. Love when pastors come together and help each other. Continue to pray for my friend Samai and his ministry doing church planting.

I had the boys with me. Gideon took a walk into the bush, exploring with a big knife, not sure how many trees he fell, but he enjoyed it. Anton sat next to me as he was the assigned photographer. Had to stop him taking to many pictures, hahaha. I was blessed seeing Anton mingled with an Ywam team that was at AOC. I can just hope and pray that he will learn something from other Christians as well. Gideon off course was at the goats and pigs.

Our time in Ratanakiri was set by the Lord. When I phoned James, he told me that he is at the hospital and his wife delivered a healthy baby girl named Lydia according to Acts 16:40. We had the privilege to take them home. It was good seeing my friend so happy and ready to be a father and his wife so happy as well. Please pray for them as they just came out of the hospital and need to settle into life at home now.

James took me to see another patient with a very nasty illness. Seeing him talking to the tribal people gives me more respect for these guys and how they love their own people. We went and see my favourite patient with leprosy. Her foot is getting worse by the day but there is nothing we can do. James advise her to go to PP but the family is not interested helping. She was asking when she will die then she does not have problems anymore. She also burned her hand by pushing wood into the fire. Please pray for healing for this two people.

Had breakfast with my friends Gordon and Bee in Banlung, this morning. It was so nice to hear how they go and make disciples wherever they go. What an example they are to us. Here is something again from them.
Thanks to all who were praying for our mission to Koh Kong last month. It was a joy to see how Mum Daen and his wife (Nin) are nurturing the growth of God’s family where they are nestled in the foothills of the Cardamom mountains. They are great examples of generosity, sowing themselves – their time, their income and the produce from the land God has blessed them with. 12 years in jail has left a strong impression on MumDaen about what is important in life –and now that he’s free, he’s not wasting a moment of it. He used to be motivated by anger, rage and violence. What a transformation that took place when he met Jesus in the Ratanakiri prison and began to devour the word of God. Now Daen and Nin are both shining with the joy of the Lord. Daen has always been quick and shrewd at business and now these qualities have been redeemed for good. He and Nin work hard on their land and the Lord has blessed them. Now Daen is helping others he has led to the Lord get set up in livelihood activities so they can be free to serve the Lord in their spare time. One of his “tentmakers” (Thit) is selling fresh meat by motorbike throughout the District. Thit rang excited a few days ago to relate how the Lord had led him to pray for one of his customers who had suffered stroke. This man experienced God’s healing touch and has now become a Christian together with his family. Exciting to see how God is using these new Christians in “marketplace ministry”. Thit was himself ordained as a Buddhist monk for 11 years and has been a Christian just over 1 year – discipled by Mum Daen. Please keep praying for them.
From Gordon

May this week be a wonderful week full of surprises for you all.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Monday night prayers 29 January 2018

We finally made it to the province after a couple of setbacks. First I got a phone call where Greg is saying that his back is not up to it, but later decide to ride anyhow. Then when we meet we discover that Curtis’s bike is flushing oil like crazy. So much for a bike trip, but not to worry as I brought 2 small bikes along and we manage quite well.

Heang, his mum and me went to the new village and helped a lot of sick people. Was great to see Heang as he talks to the people about Christ and everyone was listening. We also could go and see the piece of land we got donated to build our little shelter. I think we will move forward now. There are 150 children that do not go to school, so the need is big. How it will play out, the Lord only knows. Like a friend said, “We must just be in God’s way then He can help us doing it.” The next step will be to clean the land and then get some wood to build. Pray with us as we need a lot of wisdom in doing this.

The next day it was into the bush and travelling with my friends it was a good thing. It is nice and hot and dusty now and makes for a bit of sweating. Going so frequently to these places have its benefits. I can monitor their blood pressures and see now that some of them are doing really good. I thank God that we can help people getting the right medications. I can see that my friends John and his family is doing well and thanks to God , he got more work to teach even in the high school. His English is very good and that opened a door for him.

Anton went on the annual Hope School Camp, somewhere in the hills between Phnom Pehn and Sihanoukville. Not nice to not have him around but we are glad that he could go on a nice camp. Pray that the children will experience God in a tangible way on the camp. He comes back on Thursday and then the boys and I will go up North to do some outreach with my friend Samai. Looking forward to that. Please pray for travel safety.

Twans continue to share about the students in Kouk Resay where she teaches every day. The grade 12’s are working hard and coming to class faithfully. We ask your prayer for them, in particular Bunthong, he is absent frequently and just seems unhappy the last few weeks. He is also separate from the others. Please pray also for Bunkhane, who is one of the first students who accepted the Lord. He shared with Twans how the situation at his home is not good, his brother, who is mentally handicapped and suffers from epilepsy, is now involved with a gang and his behaviour is bad. This affects Bunkhane. Pray for him, he is the only Christian in his family, a faithful and hardworking boy.  Here is a picture of the students doing a presentation on different professions for English class. Look how gifted during arts and crafts class.

101 kids came for Mighty Kids yesterday ! Praise the Lord. Twans shared about the Lost Son with the older group, Joshua Generation. There are 3 girls in this group that is showing more and more interest and asking questions about Jesus and faith.

Our staff Junmar with his students from “men of dignity” doing the electrical wiring of the Acts school in Torpeang Tom village near Siem Reap. Check them out on their webpage. The boys are learning plumbing, electricity, tiling etc.

Continue to pray for Angela and Argie and their beautiful baby boy , Christopher James. They will be back here in Siem Reap in April.

My friend Randy was preaching about, “Being a sweet fragrance”. That makes us think how we react daily when we meet people. Are we a sweet fragrance or do we stink?? Hmmm, something to think about this week.
But thanks be to God! For in union with Christ we are always led by God as prisoners in Christ's victory procession. God uses us to make the knowledge about Christ spread everywhere like a sweet fragrance. For we are like a sweet-smelling incense offered by Christ to God, which spreads among those who are being saved and those who are being lost. For those who are being lost, it is a deadly stench that kills; but for those who are being saved, it is a fragrance that brings life. Who, then, is capable of such a task? We are not like so many others, who handle God's message as if it were cheap merchandise; but because God has sent us, we speak with sincerity in his presence, as servants of Christ.
2 Corinthians 2:14-17 GNB

May this be a blessed week for you all and may the Lord be the centre of your daily walk.