“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
I’m thankful that this passage says “In everything” instead of “For everything”. We can be thankful in the midst of various trials even when we can’t be thankful for the trials themselves because we can’t see the big picture.
The past month has been an “in everything” kind of time. We have had a lot sicknesses, some more serious than others. One hospital wanted to admit me (Darryl) as an in-patient for high fever (probably a stomach flu) but the government requires a COVID test before they could treat me. I was too sick to travel around the city looking for a COVID test, so I had to ride out the sickness at home. Kayo mobilized prayer and my high fever went away soon. A Cambodian Christian doctor prescribed some medicine for other symptoms online, free of charge. We give thanks that I recovered just in time to record our mission report/sermon video for Tokyo Chapel and then go on a prescheduled family trip to the seaside. Kayo has also had some minor/annoying aliments but also recovered just in time so that we haven’t missed any important ministry or other activities.
This month, because of sickness, other projects, and travel, I could only release one video in Cambodian with English subtitles: “Who Created God?” Kayo also translated the video into Japanese for our mission presentation. I plan to upload it to the internationalfishers.com website soon. Currently, I have two more videos in process so we should be able to get back on schedule and track with video production in August.
On a side note, a Cambodian Christian organization called Bethel Grace Mission took a copy of all 40+ International Fishers videos in the Cambodian language with English and Cambodian scripts. They plan to use them as teaching materials for teens and adults in various locations.
Kayo continues to be active with the international church’s worship team, ministering to Japanese in Cambodia, and advising Precious Women Organization (which ministers to at-risk Cambodian women). Benjamin has spent the summer reading apologetics books and helping me with script writing for an upcoming video. He will start seventh grade in just a couple more weeks.
We have much to be thankful for including people like you who faithfully encourage and support our ministries during times like these.
In Christ’s Hands,
Darryl, Kayo, and Benjamin