Greetings to you all from a nice and sunny Siem Reap. We have a team from Youth Call here with us for one night only and we are making the most of it with a real Braai. We killed the pig earlier for the braai, just joking. We have so much meat that I wonder how we will be able to eat it all. Carnivors........
Thank you for praying for my leg. Still a bit painful but everyday is a day closer to getting better. Today I can remove the stitches and that is a plus point in my life. Need to have landmarks put down so I ca see it on a calender and that keeps me going. Hopefully I can start with real Physio soon.
Please pray for a dear friend of ours from Australia. Anti Gladys and uncle Derrick, we know already from our Philippines days. Anti Gladys got diagnosed with cancer and she got operated on and await the outcome and further treatment.
My SA friend in Laos, Ouboet Dave is also asking for prayer as it is decision time for them. It is difficult to listen to God if you have good offers popping up for work. Pray that they will listen careful to God about what to do.
Please pray for the church in Ratanakiri. Here is a real powerful testimony from my friend Gordon and Bee that is working under the tribal people in the surrounding areas. This is a real encouragement to all of us to hear what God is doing.
""Bringing things to birth in God’s Kingdom
“That which is born of God overcomes the world” (I John 5:4)
“My little children for whom I am again the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you” (Galatians 4:19)
“Are we willing to travail for those who come to Christ?” (Bradley Stewart).
Minh (Auntie) Yon was woken in the middle of the night with an intense stirring in her heart to pray for the people in K… and T… Villages. This was repeated 3 nights in a row - she could hardly sleep but with groans and tears was pouring out what the Holy Spirit was placing in her heart.
2 days later relatives from K. Village turned up at Minh Yon’s farm at 2.00 in the afternoon. The young couple brought their 2 month old daughter who was gasping for breath (probably in the last throes of encephalitis). They had taken her to the Provincial hospital for treatment and seemed to get better but while the father was away hunting in the forest she took a turn for the worse. Then they sent to a neighbouring village for a spirit medium who determined which spirit had been offended and prescribed a chicken sacrifice. The sacrifice was to take 3 days and the house was cordoned off for the ceremony but the baby grew steadily worse. She developed a severe throat infection, could hardly make any sound and was laboring to breathe.
In desperation, the parents took the baby to a monk at the Buddhist temple about 30km away. The famous “healing” monk did incantations and told them the baby “will certainly get better” but they need to prepare incense and candles and gifts for the monks and then return for the chanting ceremony. After preparing everything and returning to the temple, the baby’s condition had deteriorated so much that the Buddhist monk told them there was no hope. They need to return home and prepare the baby’s spirit for departure.
Dejected and desperate, the parents remembered on their way home that their relatives in Grouich Village were Christians and the Christians pray for people to be healed. They had tried everything. Now they were willing to try God. As they turned up at the farm in the early afternoon, Minh Yon and her family explained that they need to put their trust in God and not turn back – even if the baby does not get well. The parents cut off all their spirit-protection strings and made a commitment to “not turn back”. Then the family prayed for the baby. She immediately fell into a restful sleep and began to breathe easily. Over the next few days, whenever she began to cry or labour in breathing, the parents laid hands on her and cried out to God. They said they were continually praying, encouraged by the signs of steady improvement. After 3 days she was completely well and the family took her to house-church in Grouich Village. That was 3 weeks ago. Since then 3 more families in their village (relatives) have put their trust in God as a result of their witness.
They requested Khmer Bibles and song books and bought one set per family so they can “study about God”. When we visited them last week they are all bubbling over with testimonies of what God has done in their lives in response to simple but profound faith. Their story of God’s goodness has spread throughout the village. The Village animist “Priest” left his sacrifice and came to listen to the story of creation. In his half-inebriated state he repeated the story and even wrote it down so he could tell it to others. The village chief came to listen and said he would like to learn about God too if the Christians will come every week to teach them.
Amazing what God can do when we make ourselves available to him like Minh Yon to “bring to birth” the things that are on His heart. Please pray for this village as they start their journey into the kingdom. And pray that God will raise up more intercessors like Minh Yon. Please pray for the little miracle baby – that God will restore all the brain cells and nerve functions and that she will grow up to lead a normal life for the glory of God.""
Thank you very much for your prayers as we cannot go daily without them.