What a whirlwind of things happened since we last chatted on Whatever Lord. First things first. We went home for Christmas!!! For the first time in almost 20 years we went home for the biggest celebration of being a Christian and believer of Christ, Christmas, and His birth. To make a long story short. We had so much fun. It was the boy’s first experience of this kind in Namibia. So celebrations were grand. Needless to say all the food we had and all the visits with family and friends. Suzaan came for 3 weeks and we had together a blast. So miss her when she is not near us. It was sure hard to leave everyone behind and came back to our home here in Cambodia. We know, being away from family such a long time, takes its toll on all of us but we know that God still have plans for us here. In spite of being separated by thousands of miles, His work is not done inside us.
We barely set foot here at home and I was on an outreach with the Youth Call team. Met the guys halfway and with half of them in the car and half of them on bikes we set for the jungle. It sure was fun seeing all my friends again in the small villages. We helped giving medicines to the sick while the team was just visiting with the people. On our second day into the jungle the car broke down and we had to sleep a night in the jungle that made the trip a very enjoyable adventure. I fixed the steering column with wood, cut from the jungle. God gave me a dream the night before on how to fix the car. Determination is the mother of Inventions. Just to show that an old “bucket of bolts”, like Anton say, can still do it in the jungle.
Pray with us that we can start a small bible study group in these small villages in the jungle. It’s now 7 years that we run around here and nothing of that kind. I am sure if we can encourage a brother to come and share the message, that they will be open. We will keep you posted on that. Soon we will go there again and check out the possibilities.
I also had the opportunity to work with a group from Water of Life in Phnom Penh. The church that sponsors the youth Call group came out to do a medical outreach in areas around Phnom Penh and I had to be the dentist. Great time to dive back into what I like the most. We did 4 outreaches in different places and met so many people. It was refreshing to see people so open to hear from the word of God. The reason why people were so open was the fact that Water of Life are working so many years already with these villages. The key is to earn the people’s trust, and that takes time.I feel sorry for people that want to win Cambodia over, for Christ, in a split second. Newsflash…….stay here for longer and you will have fruit on your labor.
Well it was also time for me to get another operation. The time was set for the 10th Feb. and we left the kids in the capable hands of Greg and Marci and the Youth Call team. They had fun and spoiling was definitely on the menu for the week. They removed all the pins and screws out of my leg. Now I weight a couple pounds lighter. Thank God for a safe operation and that we can look forward to more mobility in my leg. Now I will be home again for 2 weeks and looking forward to good Physiotherapy again with my friend Jan Gelderloos.
Off course my beautiful wife is full steam busy with Gideon as well as teaching in the village. Schools these days for the boys are a bit hard but we have streaks of light that shines during certain days. We know that God is in control of all of this and we believe that there will be an end to this madness. Pray for wisdom in being parents to these 2 lovely boys. Being a good parent is one thing but being an excellent parent is kinda difficult. I know that lots of you guys out there are with me on this one. Trying to raise children according to God’s purposes in their lives, these days is challenging. Seems the whole world is running crazy and we just need to be calm and ensure our children that God is in control. As we pray for you as a family, please pray for us as well. Too many families are suffering for nothing. Let us makes a difference.
As always, we greet you in His wonderful name. With God we are nothing…….