O the joys of Mondays. Always something going on that makes up for the good weekend. Had to cancel a trip due to the Beast that broke again. The starter is not working and getting spare parts here are a real pain. Need to order original parts from Malaysia. I have much respect for my mechanic that always try his best to get the Beast going. While it’s down, it’s time for maintenance work as well. Had to hammer a door open and unbolt it to get it open, door lock un-repairable broken. Seems to me I need to do like Mr. Bean with my doors now….. use normal bolts…….
A funeral this morning made for a real difficult time to teach Gideon. The music is really challenging to listen to and Gideon cannot do anything. Pray that Toinette and Gideon can have some quiet and peaceful times to do school work in the mornings.
Pray for my friend Peter Hopkins. Seems it never rains but pours for this guy. Just had a large chunk of neck removed due to squamous cell carcinoma.
A while ago I asked some pray for a dear friend, Julie Passon. Well here it is in her own words: “”Just had to post a quick shout-out to all of you friends who have been praying for me! I have had an incredibly rough week....fever, unable to eat, trip to the ED where they found a tumor in my colon, I was pretty sure I had a one way ticket back to the ED, but am still home, and after losing 10 lbs and having not appetite, actually ate a MEAL!!!! Praise God and thank you to all of you who have been keeping me covered in prayer. I am blessed!!! Counting the hours until my appointment Monday and trying to stay clear of the hospital!””
Our prayer for Syria this week:
Psalm 36:10 “Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart.”
Thank You Jesus for Syrians who know You as their Saviour and Friend. Thank You for the upright in heart, those who want Your will done in their lives, no matter what the consequence.
Minority groups such as Armenians, Orthodox Christians, Catholics, and Protestants have been persecuted, punished, and pushed out of Syria. Many have left Syria but some still remain.
Father God, I pray for those who call themselves Christians. I pray for those who profess You by name. Jesus, I pray that they will live lives of no compromise, no matter how hard the situation. I pray for their hearts, that You will minister to them, and help them to release anger and hatred toward those who have hurt them in the present and in the past. Jesus, I pray that You would pour out Your grace upon them so that they would love with the love that only You can give. I pray that they would be such a testimony to their neighbours, to those who know them and their hardships. Jesus, please pour out Your grace and Your love upon each one of them wherever they are right now
A very nice testimony from my friend Gordon Patterson in Ratanakiri.
Jesus died so that there would be one body. Unity is important in the body of Christ but the churches in Ratanakiri have been in discord and broken fellowship for some period of time now. Nobody dared to hope that it could be a success, but everybody agreed that we should give it a go. There should be a joint (inter-church, inter-denomenational) celebration of Yeshua’s resurrection (2016). It exceeded all expectations. An estimated 400 people turned up from over 20 churches in the central and northern districts of Ratanakiri.
Khmer New Year (KNY) is the time when the Cambodian churches celebrate the resurrection because everyone else is on holidays and celebrating – so why not the Christians too? KNY falls around the middle of the month of “Jaet” – so it correlates closely to the biblical feast of Passover most years.
We were blessed with light cloud cover shielding us from the full blast of the April heat (the hottest time of year just before the rains start). The shady cashew plantation provided a pleasant backdrop and canopy.
Each church contributed to the cost. The local church prepared the food for lunch – a variety of tasty traditional Kreung dishes made from local forest and garden ingredients. It seemed like God multiplied the food – there was plenty for all (even though the number of guests exceeded the contingency plan by 100).
There was plenty of variety in the culture and worship, too. Different churches contributed items, songs and plays in their own language – a mix of Khmer and tribal culture. The youth enjoyed the boppy contemporary songs in the Khmer language. But the highlight was when everybody joined in the dance of celebration with the gongs, traditional instruments and tribal songs of praise. “He is our Peace, who has broken down every dividing wall” (Eph 2:14). “Here there is no Jew or Gentile… barbarian, Scythian, slave or free” (Col 3:11)). There was breakthrough in the spirit realm as the tribal groups (Kreung, Brao, Kavet, Tampuen, and Jarai) joined with the Khmer and the Lao to worship the Lord. This was an encouraging start to see the strongholds of discord and disunity brought down. Even though there may be many things that we don’t agree on, at least the churches can agree together to celebrate our one and only risen Lord. One of the organizers said “We haven’t looked each other in the face for so many years – but everything that we have been through has been a very important lesson for all of us”. Brokenness and failure brings us to the place of obedience and willingness to do it His way – He never fails!
May God bless you all in this week to come.