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.