This week the reality of being on the mission field hit us right between the eyes again. My friend reckon a new word he is pondering on is: ”Glory seekers.”” Why do we refuse help in our areas when good help is coming our way??? The response,:”” We got it covered””, seems to me is also another new word we can add to mission language. Why can’t we just accept the fact that we cannot do everything by ourselves and that we sometimes need help? Nope, cause it is ,””our people or our village or ministry.”” Got news for you guys!! Times are changing and we as missionaries or agencies or NGO’s need to stand together to get the job done. We are so occupied by seeking our own Glory that we cannot look past ourselves and rather look at the people. In the end it is the people that suffer because of our stupidity. Enough said….
Went out to one of my favorite places, Koklak for some medical checkups with the Dept. of Health. Once again I was confronted with the way the clinics are run. There are no meds in the clinic but the local Health Worker have all the meds in his little Pharmacy and so the people need to pay him for the meds. Going to a Health Clinic run by the government is not free but you pay a set fee for your meds. Now people have no choice but go to the Health workers pharmacy. Sad to see that they even sell donated meds to the tribal people.
So here we are doing a free clinic and we are not really welcome as we take away the bread and butter of the local Health Worker. Just wondering when this will stop but know the answer to that, never in a million years. As long as there is money to make, they make it.
Saw a lot of tribal people and it was nice to see familiar faces. They asked me why I was away for so long, but I assure them that I will not stay away so long again. Saw a lot of ear infections and a real nasty boil that we had to cut, yummy. Stayed at the local church that was planted by Samai. They have around 300 members. Great to hear them praising the Lord in the night. Jared and I were sleeping under the stars and it was nice to have fresh air while sleeping, at least for some of us. Jared says I snore, he must be dreaming….
Please pray for one of the boys on our staff, Tree. He had a nasty bike accident and broke his bottom leg badly. He is currently at home and is doing just fine.
Angela is back in Cambodia but we just heard from her that she have ongoing health issues. Please pray for her health to improve.
My friend Donnie is asking for prayer. They are running a Healing house in Phnom Penh and have a lot of patients that needs prayer. I will send his letter as an attachment.
Please pray for my friend Martin and Marinel Jacobs. His dad died and they are back from the States. Pray for peace in a time like this.
Another good friend Bethany Lynn, also lost her dad last week. Pray for the family for peace.
Our prayer for Syria this week:
“He will roll you up tightly like a ball and throw you into a large country. There you will die and there the chariots you were so proud of will become a disgrace to your master’s house.”
I so wanted to pass over this verse, but with God's prompting, I knew I had to include this so that we can rejoice even more fully in the verses of victory which are to come.
As the Israelites were exiled from their land to give them the opportunity to call out to God and to get their focus back on God, I feel that Syrians have been 'exiled' from Syria SO THAT they may find God, humble themselves, turn from their wicked (and deceived) ways, seek God's face and FIND HIM.
Father God, thank You that You love Syrians so much that You don't want to leave them as they are. Father God, as Syrians have been deceived for generations and generations, thank You that You are giving them the chance to turn to You. Father, we don't understand war but we do know that You use all things together for our good. May You purge the evil from Syria. Father, may they humble themselves, pray, seek Your face and turn from their wicked ways. And then Father, please hear their prayers, please forgive their sins, and please heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14) Father God, we stand in the gap for our dear dear brothers and sisters.
A real mouthful for this week. May this week be a real blessed week for you all..