Freezing time here in Cambodia. Most properly 16C or 60 something F, but who cares , its cold here and jackets are worn and duvets are on the bed for tonight. Went to Battambang today to see the doctor and scheduled an operation to remove the “”hardware””, like they say…… So the operation will be on the 10th of February. Please pray that I will not get sick before that and that everything I do will be with caution. When I came back I gave 2 young girls from Poland a ride down to Siem Reap and we could visit a lot in the car. Great times to meet lots of different people from all walks of life.
Praise God for an awesome outreach with Youth Call. Went out to Thor Piang Rosey first and then to Kabal Domrey and did a medical outreach. Saw a lot of familiar faces and friends and help where needed. The next day we went into the jungle to Relose. Not so many people anymore as it is dry season. From there we went to Thor Piang Pre Temple and gave meds to the monks that are guarding the temple. They are old friends and are always thankful for us helping them.
Then trouble came our way in the form of the old Suzuki. The steering box broke out of the chassis and we could not fix it. We slept the night in the bush and I dreamed about what to do. The next day we fixed it with pieces of wood, driven into the right places. We got the beast out. God’s humor never ends…….
This week I need to go down to Phnom Pehn to do some dental work with a team from Youth Call. Please pray for safety as we travel a lot. Pray that people’s hearts will be open towards us helping them and towards the Gospel that will be presented to them. Pray for Toinette and the boys that will stay here, while I am away.
Here is this week’s prayer for Syria:
Psalm 30:5 “For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
Thank You Jesus that You have not left Syria as it is. As so many have been 'exiled' from Syria, they have found You. They have found hope in the One who is everlasting. Thank You that as tears have been shed, there is now the opportunity for rejoicing. Jesus, Your favor lasts a lifetime
Recently I was helping at a large project of distributing food. Amal was standing near me, staring into the distance. I smiled at her but saw the emptiness in her eyes. I said a quick prayer and then started asking her questions about her family. She shared how her son had been killed just 3 days after his wedding, and her husband was a prisoner of war. She started crying and crying and would not stop. This had happened 3 years before but the tears had been unshed, and the pain was still so fresh. A lady came up and said, "Stop crying. You must praise God for everything." (This is the usual response in Islam to anything bad that happens.) I said to the lady, "But it's still so difficult what she's been through." Amal burst out with a fresh set of tears.
Jesus, there is so much pain being caused by this war. I pray that not one tear will fall without You seeing and bringing comfort. I pray too that what the enemy has used for evil, You will use for good. May You show Your favor and call these little ones unto You. May You turn their tears into rejoicing and give them hope in Your salvation!!
I saw Amal a few hours later with her daughter. She was smiling and sent her daughter to sit next to me. Amal means hope. May she find true Hope in You, Lord Jesus.
Thank you very much for praying for us. We really appreciate it a lot and cannot do without it.