Sitting with an anti with Leprosy, most properly in the most idyllic place ever, under a forest of Cashew nut trees, I could just imagine what hell this anti have to go through. She is pushed out of her home and lives on her own in her small little shack, her foot busy rotting away. Her family is looking after he but not so sure how good, but at least they are there. Now they want her to go far away to Phnom Penh for treatment and she do not want to do that. No-one wants to go with her and they need to stay there for quite some time.
I can understand why she does not want to go, but what I cannot understand is that the local Health office not wants to help her. If she was staying far away, I would be ok, but she stays only 5km out of town. Please pray for this anti and pray for James as he needs to stand in the middle of all of this and try to solve problems on both sides, not an easy job.
Went on an outreach with my favourite missionary, Samai, deep into Cambodian landscape, no more forest trees anymore, about 4 km from the Vietnam border. Roads were as rough as guts and not even a monkey want to walk there. Seeing the loads of tree trunks on bikes, makes me sad to know that soon there will be no more trees left.
I was amazed this time to see how many people have high blood pressure. Luckily I was ready for them with lots of medicines. I was good to be amongst the tribal people again, they are so gentle of spirit and are such a lively bunch of people. We met Andrew and Pisey, tourists that was sitting at the ferry and start talking. We invited them to come with us and we were happy to see them relate to people so beautifully. Meeting a lot of people from everywhere and we never know what will happen afterwards. We had good talks about religion and I could share with them about the love of God. Pray that we will be bold in our approach to people so they can know that we are Christians.
Please pray for the following people.
Sothrey is still in critical condition in the hospital. You can follow them on Facebook if you want, just go on my page and search for Yulia Khouri and listen to her live feed.
Please pray for Danelle, Meintjie Ellis’s daughter. She is 31 weeks pregnant and currently in hospital with possible Pre-eclampsia. Please pray that the doctors will be on alert this time as it is critical for the baby.
Continue to lift up little Joshua up to the Lord. He is doing so much better as he is already feeding. We praise the Lord for His provision in taking care of him.
Something for this week:
What do you mean, “Maundy”?
The evening of Jesus’ arrest and condemnation in Jewish and Roman courts began quietly with the annual Passover meal in an upper room in Jerusalem. Jesus used those final golden hours of freedom as a teaching retreat. Much of what he said and did shocked the disciples: he knelt and washed their feet, he predicted his death and resurrection, and then he said this: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34).
Earlier in their training he had told them that the trademark of an authentic believer was adherence to Christ’s Word. Now he added a “new” commandment that wasn’t really new but timeless: “Love one another.” What makes it new is that our sinful natures continually generate selfish thoughts and selfish words and selfish behaviours. As Christ’s forgiving grace is new to us every morning, giving us a spiritually freshening shower of forgiveness, so we can choose anew to treat other people as Christ treats us--with patient, steady, unconditional love.
It is the Latin word for “commandment,” "mandatum," which probably gave its name to the special Thursday before Jesus’ death. As we ponder that awesome evening and its images of the Lamb of God eating Passover lamb with his friends, humbly washing their feet, and unlocking the mysteries of God’s words for their comfort, we are nothing less than inspired. Inspired to love.