Not so sure what to write today as we are confronted again with someone that is dying. Once again you think back at all the times you had to stand by someone’s bed and see that it’s the end!! I asked prayer for Sothrey, the girl with necrosis on her face. Just got a message today that her body is starting to fail. Was wondering all the time, how she will make it but still believed God for a miracle in her life. Now the outcome seems grim and that makes me think again. Please pray for her family as her mother and sister are with her. Pray for Yulia that is involved and very worried about Sothrey. Pray that she will find peace in this all.
On the other hand we have wonderful news. Joshau went home and is doing well.
Heard news from home that one of our friends from Martyrs for Christ, Kobus Hanekom is in the hospital after they came back from Egypt. Still not sure what is the problem as they still waiting for results. Pray that this man of God will be out of hospital soon.
Message from my friend Donnie.
Sok Chea (Leap Long) had a hard day today! We took him to a specialist for consultation for his wound care. I think Sok Chea had trouble sleeping and eating the night before because of anxiety knowing the pain he would have to go through with his dressing change. I was feeling hurt for him also. As he was getting his dressing changes he screamed and cried in pain and I had trouble holding back tears knowing his pain. He was exhausted after the dressing changes so I carried him partway back to the motorbike. This is enough I am proclaiming God's Healing for him. Please pray with me that the next time he has a dressing change his arms will be completely healed.
Waiting for a team from East Asian Hub from South Africa. Niko Kriek is leading this team as they visiting missionaries from Southern Africa, in Asia. They started a car-fund for me and raised enough money to buy me a new truck. Thank you very much for your support and continue prayers. The deciding factor was when I took them on a trip in the Suzuki, last year,hahaha. At least now they can ride a better ride. O, our God is good. He knows when we need a good car to ride with. Got myself a Nissan Nevara, 2000 model, diesel manual 4x4. Sorry Toyota/Landy fanatics, but this need to do the trick, at least I did not get a dog for free on this one……
I will be out to Stung Treng on Friday to help my friends Jared and Emily with final preparations for the grand opening of their Hope Center. I will visit also Ratanakiri to look at the leper-anti again and a new patient from my friend, James. Love helping these tribal guys. Pray for safe travels please.
Continue praying for our friends in Tanzania, Jacob and Carmen as they get into the culture with language and simply just living as a family.
Was reading this beautiful piece this morning and that makes so much sense to me as we wait for more news on Sothrey.
The magnificent pyramids of Egypt were actually constructed as burial vaults for the pharaohs: the bodies of Djoser, Khufu, and Khafra, carefully mummified and wrapped, were interred there. The burial chambers today, however, are empty. Jesus Christ was executed like the worst criminal, but he was buried like a prince in a newly hewn rock mausoleum. His vault is empty also, but for a completely different reason. Grave robbers looted the tombs of the pharaohs. Jesus walked out of his tomb alive again.
You would expect that non-Christians do not believe the Easter story. But it might surprise you to know how many Christian teachers are busy spreading the idea that the resurrection of Christ involves something other than the revivification of his corpse. In fact, our Savior was really, really dead. No pulse. No respiration. No brain waves. In fact, our Savior is now really, really alive.
This is a big deal. The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is the Father’s very public seal of approval on his Son’s entire life’s work. “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith” (1 Corinthians 15:14). If Christ’s body is still dead, you are still in your sins. Your guilt has not been lifted. Your own body will never leave its grave.
But Christ has been raised. So are our hopes. “I believe in the resurrection of the body,” we say in the Apostles’ Creed. Do you believe that? Those who do are forgiven and immortal.
May this week be full of surprises from our God and enjoy every minute of it.