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, April 24, 2017

Monday night prayers 24 April 2017

River of Life Fellowship had their Khmer New Year party yesterday. It was a very special morning and we would like to share a bit about it. Members had to bring food and Mordegai was asked to BBQ 20kg of pork belly. We started the fire at 7am and were finished at 10am ! The students, who have given their lives to Jesus and have been attending church faithfully, were asked to invite their parents to the party as well. None of the students’ parents are believers. Quite a few of the parents came. The Holy Spirit moved in their hearts. One mother started crying when the church members sang  “In Jesus Christ we are one family “. The students and church members also washed their parents ‘feet near the end of the program. It was a very special time, hearts were touched. Parents and children were crying and hugging each other. Wow, seeing it all was a goose bump moment. We thank God for this church, all the members and staff, working hard and faithfully seeking God to further His kingdom.

Please pray for our church, CFSR, Christian Fellowship Siem Reap, as we said goodbye to our beloved pastor Ivor and his wife Carol Greer. They let the church for 7 years and it was a real pleasure to listen to him and know him as a friend. Pray for our Leadership team that needs to take up the slack and continue being church, without a pastor, for now. Our church is not big but has a great family feeling amongst all the people. I love this church as they are out to work under the unreached foreigners here in Siem Reap.

Some news from my friend in Ratanakiri,.
The Lord has been leading us into new locations and new fields of engagement. He impressed us from Abrahams example (in Genesis 23:7-18) to approach the community elders in humility and listen to them. They have many concerns that hardly existed 3-4 years ago. Now Indigenous communities are being seriously impacted by drug abuse, and indebtedness. Credit institutions, charging crippling interest (3-30% per MONTH!) have proliferated. Many community members have ended up having to sell land (their livelihood) in order to pay off debts.  Please pray that the Lord will impart wisdom and strategies to strengthen local communities as we engage the leaders. It’s time for the Josephs to arise in the land! Pray that there will be openings for the gospel as we engage these communities. The Lord is impressing that it is important to restore and strengthen the link of the tribal communities to their land.- Gordon Patterson

This was really talking to me this week:
You Are Called to Serve Others, Not Yourself
At the end of your life on Earth, you will stand before God, and he is going to evaluate how well you served others with your life. The Bible says, “Each of us will give a personal account to God” (Romans 14:12 NLT, second edition).
Think about the implications of that. One day God will compare how much time and energy we spent on ourselves compared with what we invested in serving others.
At that point, all our excuses for self-centeredness will sound hollow: “I was too busy” or “I had my own goals” or “I was preoccupied with working, having fun, or preparing for retirement.” To all excuses God will respond, “Sorry, wrong answer. I created, saved, and called you and commanded you to live a life of service. What part did you not understand?”
The Bible warns unbelievers, “He will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves,” but for Christians it will mean a loss of eternal rewards (Romans 2:8a).
We are only fully alive when we’re helping others. Jesus said, “If you insist on saving your life, you will lose it. Only those who throw away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live” (Mark 8:35 TLB; see also Matthew 10:39, 16:25; Luke 9:24, 17:33).
This truth is so important that it is repeated five times in the gospels. If you are not serving, you are just existing, because life is meant for ministry. God wants you to learn to love and serve others unselfishly.

Love you all

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday night prayers 17 April 2017

For this Easter we went to visit Stung Treng and Ratanakiri with some of our Pinoy friends. Thanks to Jared and Emily, we could stay in their house for 2 days and we had great time for fellowship. We went to the Sopheakmit waterfalls on the Lao border. It really is a sight to see and to listen to the water rushing through these magnificent falls. We went further down and rent a boat to see the highly endangered Mekong river dolphins. There are only 6 left in these waters around the falls and merely 200 left overall. Seeing these dolphins was a highlight.

While travelling on the water we could see some trees in the middle of the river that was bending over, from the force of the water in rainy season. Still they withstand this huge force to grow again. It reminded me how we need to be rooted in God. Nothing can tear us away from our Lord, once we are rooted. Even when the flood comes, we can know that our roots will work for us to bounce back again. Really some beautiful nature to see.

A visit to Ratanakiri would not be complete if not visiting the Leprosy anti. She is such a cutie and I once again was humbled by her beautiful smile when we try to help her. Please pray that someone would take up the challenge and go to her on a regular basis. Her wound is looking good or may I say, better.

I just came back from Battambang where I picked up my Tompoun tribal friend. They patched his leg up pretty good and we pray now that he will be healed soon. He is looking forward to the day that he can walk again and I think that will be soon.

Thank you for praying for Quinton. The days after the operation was tuff and still is, but he is doing much better. Praise God that the piece of the lung that they removed, is not cancer. We are looking forward also for Quinton’s healing. There are still more challenges for him but we proclaim healing in Jesus name.

As many of you know we have changed Leap Long’s name to Sok Chea which means Happy and Healed.  Every time we say his name it is like a proclamation that he is going to be happy and healed in Jesus name.  He still has wounds on both arms that are healing very slowly.  He has painful dressing changes every 3 days even though we try to make it less painful for him.  His mouth was full of thrush which could be why he had not been eating so well.  We had it treated so he should be able to eat better now.  For the Khmer holiday he has gone home to his homeland.  This is sometimes frustrating for me because many times he comes back worse than he left.  We gave him strict order to him and his family that he need to take good care of his wounds or he will have to go to the hospital and not be able to return to the Healing Home.  A friend from the church here has compassionately gave Sok Chea a job now and then of gluing part of making Bee hives.  He has enjoyed the times he has been able to work.  I am also thinking of seeing if he can make greeting cards.  This will help him feel his life has more value. (Donnie)


May this week be an awesome week for you all.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Monday night prayers 10 April 2017

It is the 3rd Official New year we have right now. It is the Khmer New Year and it is big holiday here. It is not everyone that is so privilege to live in a country where they celebrate 3 new year’s?? For those who do not know, we have normal New Year on 31st December and then Chinees New Year and right now, Khmer New Year. More on that later on.

The weather here is totally crazy. Rain in April!!! Well, as Namibians, we are enjoying it a lot, bit hot with temps up to 39C and 84% humidity. Nice and toasty…… We are leaving for Stung Treng and Ratanakiri on Thursday, with 4 Pinoy friends. Just taking advantage of the holiday. Please pray for us for safe travels as roads are really crowded with everything from drunk drivers to cows and people on bicycles.

Please pray for the Khmer church as most of them do not celebrate Easter. Strange that Easter fall on the same time as Khmer New Year and that the church does not celebrate it. Something that I hope they will chance in years to come. Jesus paid the prize and is our hope, our hero. We hope that this Easter will be a feast for you all. We will definitely not forget the most important time as Christians. May God be our focus in this time. Twans preached yesterday at the River of Life Fellowship.  We are so thankful to see some of the members and students come even though everyone else on  holiday. Their faithfulness is a testimony to others. Pray for the members. There is a lot of strife in their homes and they ask for prayer. Continue to pray for Ovaltine. He is faithful to come to church, but still struggles with alcohol addiction and wrong friends.

 Please pray for Quinton Calitz, Toinette’s little brother, who, as we speak, is having an  operation to remove a growth from his lungs. He has history of cancer. Pray that he will be safe and pray for the surgeons to have wisdom in how to handle this case. Pray for Andrea, his wife and little Liam. Ouma Paula is there to help when he is coming out of the hospital.

Please pray for our friends, Willie and Marietjie in Cape Town. Marietjie got Bursitis in both her hips and is not doing so well. They will see the doctor later about what to do about it.

Continue to pray for our friends in Tanzania, Jacob and Carmen and their children. Read about their challenges with serving there.

Something about Khmer New Year
It is called “Khmer” New Year because Khmer are the dominant ethnic group within the nation. Ninety-five precent of Cambodia’s 15 million people follow Theravada Buddhism, which is also the official religion.  The calendar they follow is deeply steeped in their Buddhist religious traditions. The Cambodian  New Year falls on either the 13th or 14th of April, depending on the dictates of an ancient horoscope reading called “Maha Sangkran.”

Khmer New Year arrives just after the harvest has been gathered and safely stored, which is significant since the majority of the population are still involved in agriculture. In fact, an earlier lunar calendar was abandoned in favour of the present solar-based one in order to ensure the holiday fell just after harvest time and before the rainy season.

The celebrations begin on New Year’s Day, but they last for three consecutive days. On the first day of celebration, Cambodians dress in fine clothes, go to family shrines with lit candles and incense to burn, and thank Buddha for his teachings by bowing to the ground to his image three consecutive times. To bring good luck on this day, the Khmer wash their faces with holy water in the morning, wash their chests at noontime, and wash their feet just before going to sleep.

On the second day, great attention is given to helping the poor through charity. A special dedication ceremony to family ancestors is also attended at a monastery. On the third and final day, the images of Buddha are washed in a mixture of water and perfume, which is meant to symbolize the washing away of evil deeds. Elders are also washed in this way, and doing this is thought to bring good luck, happiness, and long life. Good advice is also sought upon washing parents and grandparents in this manner

Some of the Cambodian New Year customs include:
Erecting a sandy mound on the grounds of a temple. The mound is formed so as to represent the Buddha in the centre and his four favourite disciples all around him.
Among many special foods prepared this time of year is kralan, a cake of steamed rice, coconut, coconut milk, beans, and peas. It is pressed inside a hollow stick of bamboo and slow-roasted over a fire.
Numerous games are played, both by children and adults. Street corners are crowded with people dancing and playing these games, and passers-by often have water thrown at them.

Hope that you also have a great new year ahead of you.