Merry Christmas From Cambodia

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

Benjamin continues to do well in school.  Here is a picture of his “ninja-bread” cookies that he made with Kayo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darryl continues partnering with Light Times Magazine the only Christian magazine in Cambodia.  For their last issue he helped with editing the English of this bilingual magazine and he wrote an article, “Why Does God Allow Suffering.”  Two Light Times volunteers are working to make that article into a video in the Cambodian language.  Even though it is faster for Darryl to make videos on his own, the quality improvement will be worth the wait.  Darryl is also helping with the international church’s ministry to Chinese, by helping them learn English and the Bible.  Translation has started for making a video “Why Does God Allow Suffering?” in Mandarin (Chinese). Making apologetic/evangelistic videos in Chinese has been a dream of Darryl’s for several years.  Finally it is coming true!    Darryl is also teaching English and Bible at Jesus Life Center, a Cambodian church and dormitory.  He was also able to supply evangelistic videos for a Christian business owner here in Cambodia to show to his employees.

 

 

Kayo continues to lead worship for the international church.  Christmas is a busy time for her.   She also continues to work with Precious Women Ministry, an organization that reaches out to at-risk women.  Her Japanese ministry is also going well.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Please pray for health and strength.
  2. Please pray for Darryl as he prepares to teach two intensive Apologetics classes in January in Cambodia and Thailand.
  3. Please pray for Kayo as she balances her various ministries.
  4. Please pray for Benjamin that he will continue to grow strong in the Lord.

Merry Christmas,

Darryl, Kayo, and Benjamin

Bread Upon the Waters

Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. Ecclesiastes 11:1 ESV

Darryl with believers from the Jirei tribe.

Sometimes in life and ministry we don’t see the fruit immediately.  Especially in media ministry Darryl often feels that his calling is to take the gospel to people that he will never meet, in languages he will never speak, in places he will never go.  Normally it is fine to trust God that someday in heaven he will get to meet the people who have read his books, listened to his radio programs, and watched his videos.  But, sometimes it is nice to receive some feedback.

A few days ago, Darryl attended a meeting at Far East Broadcasting (FEBC).  He wasn’t sure of why he was there meeting a group of Christians and missionaries from the Jirei tribe in rural Cambodia.  At the end of the meeting he was told that they have translated the Anchors of Faith radio program, that Darryl developed a few years ago, (26 half-hour episodes) into the Jirei language and that they are playing the program on a radio station in rural Cambodia and in tribal churches!   When they found out that Darryl has also produced videos, they were interested in translating them into Jirei as well.  Thanks again to all of you who supported this project years ago!  It is still bearing fruit after many days.

Things are going well for us.  We are glad that the rainy season is ending and along with it knee-deep flooded streets that cause us to pray for our car when the waves from other cars wash over the hood.

Benjamin continues to do well in school.  His class is studying the human body.  Benjamin not only knew most of the body parts but knew about cells and DNA from watching apologetics/intelligent design videos.  For homework, his teacher asked him to draw a diagram of the cell for his classmates and he did it.

Kayo continues to volunteer at Precious Women Ministry, to minister to Japanese living in Cambodia, and is part of the worship team at the international church.  She is also reaching out to our apartment building’s cleaning-lady.

Our 13th wedding anniversary!

Darryl has started partnering with Light Times Magazine, the only Christian magazine in Cambodia.  Some of his video scripts will be published as articles in the magazine and they can help him produce better quality videos in the Cambodian language.   A new video, “If God is Good, Why is There Evil and Suffering in the World?” in Cambodian language is in process.  Another missionary from rural Cambodia e-mailed and requested videos to show her students during the upcoming holidays. He also is helping out with the Chinese ministry at the international church.  They are also interested in producing apologetics and evangelistic videos in Chinese and want Darryl’s help.

Thank you for your partnership in our lives and ministries.  May God reward you for your faithfulness!

Prayer Requests:

  1. Please pray for continued health, wisdom, and strength for all of us as our ministries expand.
  2. We thank God for providing a temporary solution to our visa problem.  Please pray for wisdom and for a long term solution.
  3. Please pray for our long-term vision and needs.

In Christ’s Hands,

Darryl, Kayo, and Benjamin

Taste and See that the Lord is Good

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8

God has blessed us as we take refuge in Him.  August and September have flown by as Benjamin returned to the 3rd grade at Hope International School. He is doing well and is even continuing his judo in an after school club.

Kayo has been busy with worship team at church and at a women’s conference.  She restarted the Japanese Life Group ministry in August.  She also serves at Precious Women Ministry as a volunteer to help with administration once or twice a week and working from home.

Darryl released the videos, “What About Those Who Never Heard about Jesus Christ?” and “Did Jesus Really Rise From the Dead?” to more than 12,000 people in Cambodia.  The website continues to equip around a thousand visitors each month.

Darryl and Kayo also resumed Cambodian language study.

Prayer Requests:

  1. The Cambodian government is tightening regulations on foreigners including driver’s licenses and visas.  Please pray for wisdom as we must navigate these new challenges.
  2. Please continue to pray for our health and strength.
  3. Please continue to pray for our various ministries.

In Christ’s Hands,

Darryl, Kayo, and Benjamin

Cambodia Ministry Update

At Our Landlord’s Wedding

“Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some,”  When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.” John 21:6

God blessed us with a productive month of July as we returned to our various ministries.  Here are some of the highlights.

  • Darryl’s new video, Archaeology and the Bible, in the Cambodian language, was made available to more than 29,000 Cambodians via Facebook.  It received more than 1,600 views from www.facebook.com/internationalfishers alone.  It also received 140 likes and 86 shares from two of the smaller pages that we can track statistically.
  • www.internationalfishers.com is up to 344 unique visitors and 1,062 page views per week.
  • Darryl was invited to teach Christian Apologetics again at the Cambodian Bible Institute in January.
  • Darryl was also invited to teach Christian Apologetics to pastors from Myanmar who travel to Thailand for training in February.
  • Darryl helped a Christian hospital connect with Fount of Wisdom Publishing so they can equip their staff with the book, Christianity: Reasons for Faith.  It is good that the book is still being used to equip people in Cambodia.
  • Kayo led devotions at Precious Women Ministry, and is exploring future activities with this ministry.
  • Kayo has returned to the International Christian Assembly’s worship team.
  • Benjamin had a good time at vacation Bible school at ICA.

Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support.  We sense God’s blessings and favor.  Please continue to pray for strength, health, and wisdom as we continue to connect with our ministry partners and explore exciting new partnership opportunities.

In Christ’s Hands,

Darryl

Back in Cambodia

Greetings from Cambodia!

Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it.John 21:6

We arrived in Cambodia on June 2 and God has been faithful to us.  We have been able to reconnect with our ministry partners.  Darryl has been working on producing a video in Khmer and English entitled, The Bible and Archaeology. He is also writing and revising other video scripts for future projects and some blog posts as well.  The website, www.internationalfishers.com is ministering  to Cambodians in Cambodia and in the USA as well. Around 288 people visit the website each week.  This is an encouraging number considering our eleven month sabbatical.

God has provided a safe comfortable apartment for us and a car.  Kayo will return to worship team and other ministries in the coming weeks. Right now she is busy getting us settled in our new place. Benjamin was able to reconnect with his classmates at Hope International School.  He will be a third grader there in the fall.  He finished his home schooling so now he is on summer vacation.  He enjoys reading and listening to audiobooks.

Please continue to pray for health and strength for us as we resume our ministries and explore what God has for us in this new chapter of ministry in Cambodia.

In Christ’s Hands

Darryl, Kayo, and Benjamin Record

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

May 17 Dessert Gathering

In less than a month, on June 1, we will fly back to Cambodia.  We have a lot of packing between now and then and once we get there we will need to buy a car and find a place to live. We will be staying in the Green Pasture Inn for a few days after our arrival.  Green Pasture Inn is a Christian run guesthouse that specializes in accommodating short term mission teams and missionaries.

For our friends in southern California, we would like to invite you to a Dessert Gathering hosted by Calvary Chapel La Mirada (15144 Leffingwell Road, La Mirada, CA 90638) on Wednesday May 17th immediately after the Wednesday service (around 8:45pm).  It will be a good opportunity for us to fellowship and share with our senders before we depart on June 1.  We hope you can come.

Things have been going well with us.  Kayo and Benjamin continue to wrap up his homeschooling for the year.  Darryl is writing video scripts for future evangelistic videos once we return to Cambodia.

In Christ,

Darryl, Kayo, and Benjamin

Record Family Cambodia Update: Returning to Cambodia

Isaiah 41:10b I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

We praise God for opening the doors for us to return to Cambodia as missionaries! We will be returning to Cambodia on June 1 after nearly eleven months away. We look forward to this new season of ministry. We have been blessed by our time in the USA but now the time is coming to move into the next season. Please pray that it will be a fruitful and blessed season. We want to thank everyone who prayed, encouraged, hosted, loaned us vehicles, and supported us during this time of furlough. We trust that God will bless you for your faithfulness to Him.

Once we return to Cambodia, Darryl will resume his work with International Fishers: Christian Evidence Ministry. The purpose of this ministry is to equip local churches, organizations, and believers with the evidence they need to be confident in the truth of God’s Word so that they can evangelize others with more boldness. He will also resume other ministries as God opens the doors. He is writing a video script on the inspiration of the Bible so that he can hit the ground running once we return. Please pray for renewed creativity for him.

Kayo will continue her ministries of mentoring Cambodian women, worship ministry, and reaching out to Japanese living in Cambodia.

Benjamin will return to Hope International School as a 3rd grader this fall.

Kayo and Benjamin’s first time in Mexico. Our family joined a one day mission trip to visit our friend Deanna in Pedregales Mexico.

Our friend Deanna and her childrens’ ministry.

Prayers and Praises:

We will need to purchase another car and find a place to live once we return to Cambodia, please pray that God will open the doors for this.

We give glory to God for Darryl’s recovery, please continue to pray for complete healing.

Please continue to pray for our remaining two months in the USA that God will grant us favor.

We thank God that Kayo received her Green Card for another ten years.

In Christ’s Loving Hands,

Darryl, Kayo, and Benjamin

Children’s Ministry Mission’s Day at CC Chino Hills

Benjamin earned his yellow belt in Judo.

 

Merry Christmas from the Record Family/Cambodia Missions Update

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

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With our dear friends, missionaries to Cambodia from Fiji.

As we come to the end of 2016, we have the opportunity to reflect on the past year and to look forward to 2017.  After serving as missionaries since 2007, 2016 has been a year of reflection, rest, reading the Word and other books, and reconnecting with family, friends, and our calling as missionaries to Cambodia, a real sabbatical.  We are thankful for all of the grace and blessings we have received.  We also give thanks to God for providing for our practical needs of housing, transportation, and finances through faithful ministry partners, church family, and some other amazing miraculous ways.

We lived and wrapped up our work in Cambodia until June 2016. Benjamin could successfully finish his school year at Hope International School and we sold and stored some of our belongings there. We arrived at Los Angeles on July 7 and are staying in the greater Los Angeles area where our mission agency and main sending church in the USA are located. Darryl has been able to get the medical treatment and member care that he needs to return to health and strength.  Kayo’s Green Card process has gone smoother than we expected and so she should receive her new Green Card around February 2017. Benjamin has been occupied with homeschooling through a charter school and is also taking a Judo (Japanese martial art) class at a local community center.

Lord willing, we will start getting ready to return to our mission field, Cambodia after the first of the year.  The returning date on our returning tickets to Phnom Penh, Cambodia is March 25, 2017.  Thanks in advance for your faithful prayers and encouragement that God has used to restore and refresh us.

Merry Christmas!

Darryl, Kayo, and Benjamin Record

Getting Our Voice Back: Cambodia Missions Update

“Instantly Zechariah could speak again, and he began praising God.” Luke 1:64

There have been several months that Darryl has only been able speak and write a little since his mental breakdown/burn out around Christmas 2016 caused by long term stress of bearing various kinds of ministry responsibilities over nearly ten years of our service in Cambodia as a family. Darryl finished teaching classes on a topic of Christian apologetics at two Bible schools in the early part of December. The Lord blessed those classes and beautiful fruit came forth but it seems his mental capacity was poured out as he finished teaching an intensive Christian apologetics class.

Last week we were praying together, tearing down some dark spiritual strongholds which have been hindering Darryl from being all that God designed him to be… and Darryl sensed God restored his ability to communicate. We know that there are no coincidences with God but we as a couple have been reading Luke 1. When Zechariah could speak again, he praised God, Darryl wants that to be true for him too!

We have much to be thankful for despite the discouragements about whether or not our ministries were worthwhile. One of Darryl former students posted this encouragement on the International Fishers Facebook page:

I thank you lecturer Darryl for your practical teaching. It was such a powerful teaching you gave to me at CBI. I made some mistakes there at that time on my presentation, but because of it, I have a better preparation of this kind of message to present to my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ in my area and to my beloved people every time I have a chance to share the gospel. I pray that your biblical materials continue to bless our students in Cambodia.

USA Furlough July 7, 2016-March 25, 2017 +/-

With much prayers, we have discerned that God is leading us through a season of Sabbatical. As a matter of fact, our capacity to achieve external ministry accomplishments has been greatly diminished since the beginning of this year; on the other hand, it has been been a season of spiritual growth in each member of our family including Benjamin. Both Darryl and Kayo (along with other missionary colleagues in Cambodia who have seen and helped us go through this time of weakness and brokenness) still have a clear sense that God’s calling for our family to serve in Cambodia as long term missionaries is not over yet. Nevertheless, Darryl is in need of higher level of medical care that is not available here and also will be able to use some rest and therapy to work things through. In a mean while, Kayo will be able to renew her ten years Green Card that is about to expire. We used to think that we would only take 2-3 months furlough each year but just like many other long term missionaries, we finally seem to need nearly a year long furlough.

As is expressed in the Bible, Jewish concept of “a day” starts from the sunset. For example, the Sabbath day starts from Friday evening right after the sunset and ends at sunset on Saturday. It is interesting that people start their “day” by resting and finishing up their day by working to accomplish tasks. Our family currently is learning how to abide in Christ and rest in His presence. We’ve spent a lot of time in prayers; reading some Christian books, working through them; spending extra time and resources to strengthen our marriage and family relationships; searching, finding and solidifying our Christian identity as children of God; etc; thus, “resting” in God and enjoying our Sabbatical season with Him. Our hope is that as we go through the rest of this Sabbatical season in the US, God will restore, equip, and prepare us to enter into another season of serving in Cambodia with much bigger and better capacity to bring His kingdom on earth with joy in 2017.

In Christ’s Hands,
Darryl, Kayo, and Benjamin

“You Give Them Something to Eat”

. . . Jesus . . .saw a large crowd and He felt compassion for them. . .His disciples came to Him and said, “This place is desolate and it is already quite late; send them away so that they may go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But He answered them, “You give them something to eat!” And they said to Him, “Shall we go and spend two hundred (days wages) on bread and give them something to eat?”And He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go look!” . . . They said, “Five, and two fish.”. . . And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food and broke the loaves and He kept giving them to the disciples to set before them; and He divided up the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up twelve full baskets of the broken pieces, and also of the fish. There were five thousand men who ate the loaves.” Mark 6:30-44 NASB

Two weeks ago at Kone Kmeng’s board meeting,

Kone Kmeng's board.

Kone Kmeng’s board.

Phany gave us the update that in 2016, Kone Kmeng is planning (by faith) partner with 190 local Cambodian churches to equip them to minister to 30,000 at risk children!  This is amazing considering that the Director Pang Sophany, “Phany” co-founded this organization in 2006 in his bedroom.  Since then the phrase, “You give them something to eat.” has been rolling around in my heart.  Kone Kmeng works with the churches to meet the children’s physical needs for food, shelter, clean water, and education etc.  .  So instead of feeling called to give them “physical food,” because Kone Kmeng is already doing that, I feel called to give them spiritual food.  I long to help these 30,000 young people to know Christ as their personal savior, to become confident in the Truth of their faith, so that they can be bold in their witness to their family, friends, classmates, and community.  But I only have one video for children in Khmer called “Real Joy.” For the past few years I have desired to make more videos like this on more topics like creation, the Bible, Jesus, and salvation in the Cambodian language and other languages as well.  In order to do this I will need a team or staff and increased funds to distribute the video.  These children live without electricity or Internet.  The cheapest way I can distribute videos is on CD-Rs (not very efficient for these children) but blank CD’s cost at least $0.30 each so 30,000 copies could cost $10,000 at least and it still wouldn’t satisfy their need.  So, like the disciples I have come to the place of understanding that the needs and opportunities are too big for me.  So, I am waiting for Jesus to multiply the five loaves and two fish that I do have.

Training and Equipping Cambodian Pastors and Church Leaders

Since the end of October, I have been teaching Christian Apologetics 8

Cambodian Bible school students  at the Cambodian Presbyterian Theological Institute.  The class is 4 hours every Thursday from 10am to 3pm until December 17.  I plan to video their Apologetics presentations and post them on the International Fishers website, as I did this spring. អ្នកនេសាទអន្តរជាតិ - International Fishers 2015-12-01 14-54-32 Between December 7 to the 17th, I will also be teaching Christian Apologetics at Cambodia Bible Institute and they also will be making videos like they did last year.   A few months ago, I mentioned I shared all of the International Fisher’s Cambodian language videos and audio files with Samaritan’s Purse Cambodia.  They have been purchasing  tablet (computers) and filling them up with as much Christian resources in Khmer as possible, including International Fishers’s Khmer resources.  It has been wonderful to partner with these other ministries and organizations to equip the leaders who will be able to equip the Christians of Cambodia for decades to come.

Knowing the Times We Live In:

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.  The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. (Romans 13:10-12)  

From the time I was four years old, I followed US politics like most “normal” kids follow sports.  Instead of being a professional football player, I dreamed of being the President.  So, when I went to college it was natural for me to major in political science.  I tested in the top 3% of political science majors during my year, and after an internship in the state Capitol, I graduated in 1999 magna cum laude with a BA in political science.  Then God called me to abandon it all to serve as an English teacher, missionary, and Christian apologist in Cambodia. Since then I have often wondered if this major was a mistake.

So, for more than 15 years I did my best not to pay attention to or comment on US politics.  Last s

A Living Parable: Samaritan's Purse supplied tablets to Cambodian Pastors which include International Fisher's Khmer videos and resources.

A Living Parable: Samaritan’s Purse supplied tablets to Cambodian Pastors which include International Fisher’s Khmer videos and resources. Pray for them to become effective “Fishers of Men.”

pring, I felt led to start a blog so that I could respond to the politically motivated attacks that were coming against Christianity, mainly in the USA.  As a college student I remember having lively debates and disagreements with others from a wide range of political views on every possible issue and we all stayed friends.  My freshman year I had a roommate who was a Muslim from Bangladesh since there were not many other people from Bangladesh at Truman State University in Kirksville Missouri, my roommate’s new best friend was a Hindu from India.  I remember discussing the virgin birth of Jesus Christ with both of them at the same time in our dorm room.   We all stayed friends.  Later I helped my roommate get a job in the Vice President’s office as a student worker with me.   After fifteen years away from US politics, I realized that the culture has shifted so that political debates were very toxic and divisive.   I wondered why, so I started to read and research so that I could find the best way to help Christians deal with it and also to prepare to vaccinate the Cambodians from spill-over.   In my view, radical/nihilistic ideologies are gaining ground in many areas of the US’s society.  This is not based on one person or even one political party, it is spreading everywhere.  This ideology divides, dehumanizes, and destroys societies, traditions, and institutions.  The antidote to this ideology is Romans 13, Luke 6:20-46 and other related Scriptures.  We need to start memorizing Scripture so that we can live scripturally every day.

I am beginning to sense that God is integrating my political science, cross-cultural, international, multi-language, and Christian apologetics backgrounds, “for such a time as this.”  Please pray for me to have grace, patience, wisdom, and discernment so that I can understand the new culture and even help equip Christians to view these new political challenges as witnessing opportunities by applying the basic ideas of business as mission to “politics as mission.”  I believe that God is giving us some some opportunities to help some “Sauls” be transformed into “Pauls”.  “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)

Here are some recent posts that may be helpful in helping you to understand the times we live in and still have a peace that passes understanding.  Here are some links to some of the articles that I have written that may help you understand the times we live in as I share my thought processes.

Hateful Words=Murder Weapon  How to Deal with Divisive People Vaccinating Ourselves Against Logical Viruses  Sola Scriptura and Sea Levels  Intelligent Design by Aliens    Aliens, Ghosts, Angels, and Demons  Old Testament Genocide? Politics as Mission  Where do Human Rights Come From?   Tenant’s Rights for the Unborn  Were the NAZI’s Christian?  Christian Unity and Radical Islam Creation and Climate Change  

Preparing for the Next Chapter:  Helping to Prepare the way for the Gospel to Spread from Cambodia to the rest of the World. 

There are two parts to my calling.  1. Equip the Cambodian Christians to take the Gospel to their own nation.  2.  Help prepare the way for the Gospel to spread from Cambodia to the rest of the world.  God is already bringing about part 1 so by faith, I trust him to fulfill part 2.  So, by faith we are moving forward to expand International Fishers so that it can spread the Gospel not only across Cambodia but across the globe, especially in closed countries and unreached people groups.

As I mentioned in my last update, my family’s personal/mission finances are about $1,200-$1,500 short each month for ministry work funds and health insurance partly due to the 40% drop in the value of the Japanese Yen against the Dollar. (this is draining our financial reserves more information here.).  We praise God that so far we have received faith promises for 10% of this amount!  Of course faith promises are like eggs until they hatch in our account so while, “we can’t count our chickens before they hatch,” we can count on God.  We understand that the economy is tight, church budgets are tight, and other missionaries have needs.  So, I have been looking for ways for people to save money (on coffee, eating lunch out, credit cards etc.) so that they can have extra money to invest in their Heavenly Rewards Account (like an IRA but without the IRS).  Check out these ideas at Daily Investments for an Eternal Impact.  To partner with us in expanding International Fishers: Christian Evidence Ministry, Japanese Immigrant Ministry, Worship, and Mentoring Locals, please click here to make a donation (Heavenly Investment).

“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.  For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.  Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.  For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike.” (Ephesians 6:10-19)

In Christ’s Hands,

Darryl with Kayo and Benjamin Record

Phnom Penh Cambodia.