Nice to be back home again after a great week , spend with good friend Grahame and his friends from NZ. We went from Stung Treng to Kratie and from there through the jungle to Kabal Domrey. Visited some villages and did medical stuff and had some fun on the way there. Ouma's visit here is short and only a few days left. We will miss her as she is such a great person to hang out with. So privileged to have her around here. the boys are back into school and Toinette is in full swing with Gideon. Pls pray for strength and wisdom for Toinette and Gideon. We looked at a home-school program and hopefully we can start on it soon. Pls pray for us as a family as we continually seeking God for direction in our lives.
A team from Malaysia is visiting and they are doing a Vocational School in the village with FGC Community Link. These kids come prepared and really getting into it, presenting God's love in such a practical way, that people can see and understand this special Love. Pray for more open doors in the community.
A while back, I was reporting on my friends's work in the prison in Ratanakiri. Well, I just received a letter from my friend, Bee and she is giving this testimony on what is happening in Banlung prison. Pray for all the inmates that received Christ, to grow strong in Him, before they leave.
Thank you for your prayers. The Lord is continuing to work in people’s lives in the Prison.
Baptism (9 August)
Last weekend 144 prisoners were baptized. Pastor Mam Barnabas was with us for 1 week for leadership training. The Prison Director gave permission for us to have a special event at the Jail on 9 August. Everyone could see and hear Barnabas (from their cell windows and special security areas) as he kept them spellbound for over 1 hour with his stories and testimonies. Cambodian Bible Society handed out paperback New Testaments to all inmates plus the guards. The prisoners sang their songs with gusto from the cells. Barnabas baptized them in groups of 20-30 at a time as they made their confession to follow Jesus in front of 200 witnesses – including the police guards. Even the Director gave a speech encouraging the inmates to follow the God that they have decided to believe in – who can change their lives. It is just 3 months since the Prison authorities agreed to partner with us – under the understanding that the power of Jesus and the hope that he brings can change people’s lives. They were willing to give it a go. The guards were cautious at first. But now that they have seen the change in people’s lives they are actively encouraging inmates to follow Jesus. They told us that their job is so much easier now - the prisoners are not fighting like they used to. They are forgiving each other, sorting out their differences and helping each other in the cells. Last week the International Red Cross prison inspector (on his quarterly visit) told us he was surprised to see everyone looking so happy. When he asked them in the woman’s cell they told him they all believe in God now and God has taken all their worries and burdens away.
PTL God is guiding the lives of the new Christians. N. D is from Laos and not yet fluent in Khmer. He was released from jail just after the baptism. One week before his release the Lord spoke to him by dream. Jesus told him that when he gets out of jail he needs to find a “God House” and go there often. God was confirming with him the importance of finding a Christian family - a place to fellowship and worship so he can grow. Dina is now reunited with his wife and child. Please pray for them as they start out on their new life with God.
May God Bless you all in this week to come.
In His name
Mordegai for us all