I Planted Others Are Watering

“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.” 1 Corinthians 3:6-8 NKJV

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. However, this month I have neither. God is doing some cool things in our ministries here in Cambodia but we haven’t been able to take any pictures. Here are a few things that God has been doing that we couldn’t photograph.

>A missionary couple in rural Cambodia has started using Darryl’s apologetics book, Christianity: Reasons for Faith to train around 40 Cambodian pastors and church leaders out there.

>Darryl was able to share the book, Christianity: Reasons for Faith, and various videos with a Christian school teacher in Cambodia from South Africa to help him teach his students about the truth of Christianity compared to other worldviews.

>A dear sister in the US was able to Darryl’s videos in Japanese (Kayo translated and recorded) on www.internationalfishers.com/japanese to spiritually encourage a Japanese couple who had difficulty understanding English.

Prayer Requests

>Please pray for us (as we also pray for you) during this Coronavirus outbreak. We have plans to visit our senders and churches in multiple cities in Japan this summer but it is difficult to plan this trip. Cambodia depends on imports and this disease is already threatening the supply of some things that we need, especially prescription medicines. By God’s grace, so far there are only 3 known cases of Coronavirus in Cambodia. Cambodia’s healthcare system is not as developed as in other countries so if there is a serious outbreak here, we could face serious problems.

>Please pray for Darryl as he prepares to teach Apologetics at the Cambodia Presbyterian Theological Institute from the end of March to the beginning of June.

>Please pray for Kayo as she bears a lot of the behind the scenes administrative burdens for the international church worship team.

>Also pray for Kayo’s work with Precious Women Organization as she takes on board member and administrative roles.

>Praise God for raising up more Cambodian Christian partners for Darryl’s apologetics/evangelistic video ministry. Darryl was able to release one video on God’s designs in February and God’s goodness in March. Other videos are in process.

>Please continue to pray for our finances. God has been providing our short-term needs but we still have some uncertainty about Benjamin’s educational expenses and unmet long-term needs.

>Please pray for other on-going ministry projects that we didn’t have space to mention this time.

In Christ’s Hands,

Darryl, Kayo, and Benjamin

New Year New Opportunities

Record family with a vision trip team from Japan and Phany and Lida
(Precious Women Organization Founder)

 For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’” Acts 13:47

We thank God for carrying us through 2019- a year with many mountains and valleys. Because of God’s faithfulness in many stressful situations, our faith continues to grow as we begin 2020.

Thank you for your prayers for Benjamin especially during his hospitalization for influenza. We are also thankful that no one else caught it from him, especially because the team from Japan came just as he was recovering. Despite this, the team had a blessed time in Cambodia. They were a great encouragement both as prayer and ministry partners. They also were able to bless some poor Cambodian children through a special program in partnership with a local ministry to people who are so poor that they must live in graveyards.

Please pray for our senders in Japan. The pastor who heads our sending committee in Japan, connects us with Japanese churches, and is key to our fund-raising in Japan is going through some health problems and has had to take an extended time off from all ministries. So, please pray for this beloved pastor’s recovery and also please pray that God will open doors for us to visit churches in Japan this summer.

Please pray for our increasing work with Precious Women Organization, a ministry which evangelizes and retrains women who could easily become trapped in the sex industry. Kayo is praying about whether or not to join the board of Precious Women and Darryl has started working one day a week with them to produce videos to inspire the Cambodian women and other topics.

We are blessed with other ministry opportunities as well. Darryl continues to make evangelistic videos in the Cambodian language. One of his videos has recently been viewed by more than 40,000 Cambodians. He also continues to work with Light Times Magazine and on the development of an evangelistic/evangelistic website in partnership with a brother from Pakistan. Kayo also continues to be very busy with coordinating the international church’s worship team and reaching out to Japanese living in Cambodia.

Please continue to pray for our finances, especially for Benjamin’s educational expenses. With the various ministry projects that seem to need additional time and energy, we really don’t see a clear path for us to earn additional income through tent-making, at least not in this season. It seems that God wants us to trust Him to send the needed funds through His people.

In Christ’s Hands,

Darryl, Kayo, and Benjamin

A Time For Love

Kayo in the Choir at the Love Phnom Penh Festival (Franklin Graham crusade)

The Love Phnom Penh Festival

The Love Phnom Penh Festival (featuring Franklin Graham) took place over the first weekend in December. More than 23,000 attended and more than 1,300 made professions of faith in Christ. Kayo was part of the planning committee for the choir, helped with training, sang, and even sang a short solo part in Japanese. This is a praise report because all three of us were quite sick for the entire week leading up to the festival and we were not sure whether or not Kayo would be healthy enough to be part of the choir or not. But, because of the prayers of our senders she was healthy enough to attend and sing for two of the three nights.

Evangelism and Discipleship Website Development

Darryl has started partnering with a Pakistani brother, Abid, to develop a multi-language, interactive, video-based, evangelism and discipleship website. Right now Darryl is working to develop video scripts based on correspondence courses which have been successful in Pakistan since the 1960s. Abid is working on establishing the necessary organizational structure and registering with the Cambodian government. Please pray for this huge project that God will open all the doors necessary for it to move forward and evangelize and equip many new believers.

Prayer Requests

>Please pray for more Cambodian partners for Darryl’s International Fishers video ministry so that apologetics/evangelism videos can be made more frequently.

> Please continue to pray for our finances, especially Benjamin’s tuition needs. We praise God for raising up enough new senders to at least temporarily stabilize our financial situation. Please continue to pray for God to stabilize and increase our resources over the long term so that we can continue to expand our ministries in Cambodia and beyond.

> Please pray for Darryl’s new video project with Precious Women Organization starting in January, 2020.

Merry Christmas!

Darryl, Kayo, and Benjamin

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

“Your (Apologetics) Class Makes It Easier For Me To Share My Faith.”

Darryl with Apologetics Class Students at Cambodia Bible Institute

Equipping Students For Evangelism

Darryl taught a two week, intensive Apologetics class at Cambodia Bible Institute between October 21 and November 1. The purpose of the class is to help students to gain complete confidence in the Truth of God’s so that they will grow spiritually and evangelize non-believers and equip believers so that they too will love God with their minds in addition to their hearts.

The class received very good feedback. One student now hopes to become an Apologetics teacher in the future. Another student has started using information from the class to evangelize and equip the university students who live in his dormitory. Other students gained confidence to share their faith with non-believers. Instead of a final exam, the students made short evangelistic/apologetics videos which Darryl will soon be sharing on social media.

Two New Videos In October

Darryl also produced two videos in the beginning of October: 1. God’s Cameras: Ears 2. God’s Motors: Bacteria Motors. Different videos achieve different levels of views. Some videos have been viewed by more than 37,000 Cambodians (Did Jesus Really Rise From the Dead?). Cambodians continue to be very active on social media and are probably more willing to learn more about the truth of Christianity through social media than they may be through other methods of communication.

Franklin Graham’s Love Phnom Penh Festival Choir

In addition to her regular ministries (Precious Women Ministry and International Church Worship Team etc.), Kayo has been part of the team which is training the choir for the Love Phnom Penh Festival in early December at which Franklin Graham will speak. Please pray for this outreach that many will come to know Christ personally.

Prayer Requests

Please continue to pray for our financial needs, the most urgent is for Benjamin’s education.

Please pray for more Cambodian ministry partners for Darryl’s apologetics ministries.

Please pray for Kayo as she juggles multiple ministries especially between now and the end of the year.

Please continue to pray for “Shadrach” and his family from Pakistan. He has been able to get a visa but is still looking for a full-time job. His wife has a job and he has a part-time job for now.

In Christ’s Love,

Darryl, Kayo, and Benjamin

“They Threatened My Family and Me With Guns…”

Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. 20 And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace.” Daniel 3:19-20 NKJV

Urgent Prayer Request!: Please pray for my new friend and brother in Christ, “Shadrach” who urgently needs to obtain a job, work permit, and visa in Cambodia to avoid being sent back to Pakistan where his former boss is waiting to murder him (and potentially his wife and two small children as well) because he refused to convert to Islam. The boss even sent several armed henchmen to his house to beat and threaten them for several hours in an attempt to force them to convert, but their faith remained strong so they refused. Now, they are being tested in the fires of Cambodia. They have little savings which is running out, the wife has obtained a job and visas for the two children but Shadrach is still vulnerable to being deported back to Pakistan, unless God blesses him with a job soon. I have done what I can to help him practically (fixed his old laptop and helped him back up the files and shared his situation with my social networks in Cambodia etc.).

Chinese Ministry at the international church. We teach the Bible verse-by-verse and English too.

Praise Report! Goliath #1 is Defeated: In May, we lost the funding, that we have depended on since 2007 to pay our housing expenses, because our sending church in the USA hit a financial crisis. This was a very serious loss because without housing, we could have been forced to return to one of our home countries. With little savings or hope of good employment, our situation could have turned dire. By God’s grace on Saturday morning, we were informed that the rest of our monthly housing need has been met with a generous monthly donation!

Prayer Request Goliath #2 is Approaching: In April, Kayo’s parents retired from their management consulting business in Japan. They had been sponsoring Benjamin’s tuition, at Hope School https://www.hope.edu.kh so now that our housing need has been met, we can finally start to seek the funding for Benjamin’s education. We have been paying his $582 monthly tuition out of our savings but that is getting low, we will have to spend some financial reserves from our missions account, but this is a temporary solution. Benjamin is doing well in school, has many friends and activities, and would be lonely in homeschool so that is not a good option either. I (Darryl) am looking into part-time teaching opportunities but this will reduce my ministry capacity. Please pray that God will raise up people around the world who will be called to invest in Benjamin’s education and keep us free to focus on ministry during his school hours.

Prayer Request Goliath #3 TBA:

Kayo organizes a Japanese Life Group monthly. It is the only Christian gathering in Japanese in Cambodia.

Prayer Request Apologetics and Evangelism Class: From October 21 to November 1, I (Darryl) will be teaching Apologetics and Evangelism at Cambodia Bible Institute. Please pray for my teaching and the students’ learning. Also please pray that all of the video and audio equipment will work well enough this time that I can post the students’ videos on social media to minister to others.

Prayer Request International Fishers Videos: Please pray that I will be able to release two new videos in the Cambodian language 1. God’s Motors (bacterial flagellar motors) 2. God’s Camera’s (eyes) between now and the start of the class. Pray for other videos in process as well. My most viewed video on the resurrection is approaching 35,000 views in the Cambodian language.

Other Prayer Requests: Please pray for Kayo’s continued work with Precious Women ministry. Please pray for Kayo’s ministry with the international church’s worship team and the Love Phnom Penh Festival’s (Franklin Graham) choir. Also, please pray for our continued health, strength, and encouragement in the Lord.

In Christ’s Love,

Darryl with Kayo and Benjamin

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Cambodia Prayer Update

“Tell the nations of his glory; tell all peoples the miracles he does,”  Psalms 96:3

We are back in Cambodia now and have resumed our various ministries here after spending from June 20 to August 6 in the USA connecting with our family, friends, and senders there. Thank you all for praying for us so faithfully.  We had a successful home assignment in California from June 20 to August 6.  Now, we are back in Cambodia and are resuming our various ministries here.  Here are a few of our top priority prayer requests:

Finances:  We praise God for hearing our prayers in this area!  A few months ago, we needed to replace more than $1,100 monthly to cover our rent, utilities, and Benjamin’s Christian school tuition after our main sending church in the USA hit a financial crisis and Kayo’s parents in Japan retired (they were funding Benjamin’s tuition from their business).  If all of the faith promises come in, now it looks like our rent and utilities will be covered once again!  However, we still urgently need to replace more than $600 monthly to cover Benjamin’s tuition at https://www.hope.edu.kh .  If we do not receive enough funding soon, we will be forced to homeschool Benjamin (we will still need funding for that too).  However, we really hope that is not necessary because Benjamin will seriously miss his friends from school, we don’t feel equipped to do a good job a homeschooling, and home schooling will probably force us to reduce some of our ministry activities. 

Video Ministry:   Darryl recently released a new video entitled “God’s Microphones: Human Ears. You can watch the Cambodian version of the video here https://youtu.be/9m89S-qAuKM and the English version of the video here https://youtu.be/Vl6KjquPCW0 .   Darryl has two other videos in process 1. “God’s Robots: Kinesins” and 2. “God’s Cameras: Human Eyes.”    We praise God that one of Darryl’s previous videos on the evidence for the resurrection has been viewed by more than 33,500 Cambodians!  

Women’s Ministry:  Please pray for Kayo as she resumes her work with Precious Women ministry.  Precious Women evangelizes and retrains women who work in the “night-time entertainment industry,” so that they can have a new life in Christ and a new career. 

Other Ministries: Please pray for Light Times Magazine (the only Christian Magazine in Cambodia), Darryl’s partnership with Pakistani Christians to develop evangelistic/discipleship materials for Cambodia and beyond, Chinese ministry, and Kayo’s work with the international church worship team.  

Life in Cambodia: Our return to Cambodia has been a little rocky.  Both our car and refrigerator needed significant repairs.  Our refrigerator will probably need to be replaced soon.  Our neighbors in our apartment building changed from a quiet older couple to a bunch of younger guys who make noise at night that keeps Kayo awake.  We will probably need to move to a different apartment, hopefully in the same building.  This move will require us to pay more for rent.

In Christ’s Hands,

Darryl, Kayo, and Benjamin

Home Assignment 2019

Romans 10:15 (NKJV)

And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:

“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

With Kayo’s parents from Japan who visited us in Cambodia

Greetings to our Senders from California!

Our family will be in the Los Angeles/Orange County area most of the time until August 6 when we return to Cambodia.  We are looking forward to reconnecting with current senders and connecting with new senders during this time.  We are available to meet with individuals, families, small groups, and larger groups as God opens the doors.  Our temporary phone number  (until August 6 is (562) 479-8631 or you can e-mail us at darryl@sgwm.com.

Please mark your calendars for July 10!  We are happy to invite all of our friends in the vicinity of La Mirada area to a Dessert Gathering (we will eat desserts together, give our latest mission update, and help people get signed up to receive our e-mail updates and partner with us.  The Dessert Gathering will be held a Calvary Chapel La Mirada immediately after the Wednesday night service (service starts at 7pm dessert gathering starts around 8pm).  The address is 15144 Leffingwell Rd. La Mirada, CA 90638.   

We still need to raise more than $900 monthly to cover our rent, utilities, and Benjamin’s tuition this fall.  We are thankful for the one-time donations that are covering this gap in the meantime.  Please continue to pray that God will raise up new/increased monthly financial partners so that we can continue our mission work over the long term.

Ministries wrapped up very well in Cambodia.  When look forward to sharing these updates when we visit with you in person, online, or on the phone. 

Kayo’s Volunteer Staff Appreciation/Farewell/Birthday Party at Precious Women Organization.

These photos are from behind the scenes of a video called, “Love is Patient,” that Darryl helped a team of Cambodian Christians and French and Indian missionaries make. You can see the finished video at https://www.facebook.com/mediais4god/videos/651713955271058/.

I (Darryl) really want to thank all of our faithful senders for your sacrifices.  Please read this poem(ish) writing that I wrote a couple of months ago as an expression of my gratitude for those who stay in our home countries, work, and share their resources to make it possible for us to continue to mission work which began nearly 19 years ago now. https://www.internationalfishers.com/eternal-impact/we-stayed-so-that-others-could-go-a-missionarys-tribute-to-those-who-stay-behind  

In Christ’s Love,

Darryl, Kayo, and Benjamin

They Who Have Not Heard Shall Understand.

But at it is written, “They who had no news of Him shall see, and they who have not heard shall understand.” Romans 15:21 NASB

Apologetics Class At Cambodia Presbyterian Theological Institute:

Darryl’s Apologetics Class at CPTI

A testimonial note from Mr. Pov Piseth, Darryl’s former M.Div. student at CPTI.

It was such a great opportunity for me to take an Apologetics class with Professor Darryl Record. Through his outstanding guidance in the class, I gained a lot of better understandings and clear pictures about the real meaning of Apologetics. His lecture notes are very well organized . Even when the contents of the lesson are complicated, he tries his best to simplify it in order to make sure that every student is able to understand fully…. I highly recommend Professor Darryl Record. He is the best professor for me.  He is also my great counselor when I have something difficult to deal with. He always comforts me and advises me to respect the Lord and trust in Him more.

A Simplified Diagram of Our Mission Work IN and FROM Cambodia

Ministry Updates:

  • Darryl continues teaching an Apologetics class at Cambodia Presbyterian Theological Institute until June 13.
  • Kayo continues to volunteer with Precious Women ministry. This ministry helps to evangelize and retrain poor women who are at risk of being forced into the sex industry.
  • Darryl continues teaching English and verse by verse Bible studies for the Chinese Ministry at the international church each Sunday morning. He is also tutoring/evangelizing two Chinese people on weekdays.
  • Kayo continues to coordinate and develop the leadership team of the 40-member worship team at the international church while the worship leader is on sabbatical.
  • Darryl has re-joined the board of directors at Kone Kmeng children’s ministry. Kone Kmeng partners with hundreds of rural/border churches to evangelize, educate, and protect (more than 30,000) poor children from child abuse and human trafficking. Please pray for Kone Kmeng’s finances because their largest donor, a well-known mega-church in the USA, has recently gone through major leadership changes. This has led to misunderstandings with the new staff members who have temporarily (for 2019) suspended their funding.
  • Darryl is now partnering with “Abel” a tentmaker missionary from Pakistan (and many others) to contextualize (to Buddhist and atheist world-views), update (by seamlessly integrating apologetics concepts), and translate (into English, Cambodian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Urdu) and distribute a Bible correspondence curriculum which have been very effective at evangelizing and discipling many Pakistanis since the 1960s despite persecution. The curriculum was sent by mail in Pakistan in the past. Now “Abel” has the vision of distributing this updated material through apps etc. to more than 100,000 people by 2030!

Financial and US Visit Update:

  • We will be in the Los Angeles (La Habra, Chino Hills, La Mirada, and Whittier) areas between June 20 and August 6. We would like to reconnect with as many of our friends as possible during this time. Please e-mail darryl@sgwm.com if you are available to get together informally during that time. We are also looking for help with transportation during that time as well (borrowing a vehicle, rides, sponsor some Uber/Lyft rides etc.).
  • We still need to replace around $950 monthly due to Kayo’s parents’ retirement and one of our largest donor’s financial problems. We praise God that around $150 monthly has already been promised from the USA and Japan! We also praise God that through large one-time donations our housing and utilities ($500 monthly) has been covered through the end of 2019! These funds will still need to be replaced with smaller monthly donations from many individuals after that. This still leaves a $450 monthly shortage for Benjamin’s tuition starting in September.
  • Given the promising opportunities for ministries in Cambodia, we believe that God wants us to stay in Cambodia over the long-term. Please pray for our needs and about your (and other’s) role(s) as Great Commission Business Partners (Senders) whether financially, practically, through encouragement, and/or intense prayer.

In Christ’s Hands,

Darryl, Kayo, and Benjamin

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Faith To Walk On Water Also Can Be The Faith To Call 911

Darryl wrote the script and produced this video.
To watch: https://youtu.be/Jbg4OZumG2c
English/Khmer Transcript: https://www.internationalfishers.com/khmer-blog/-did-jesus-really-rise-from-the-dead

Would you consider it a lack of faith to call 911 if a wildfire threatened to burn up your housing, child’s schooling, and livelihood?  If not, please read this message as a 911 call from missionaries.  Missionaries usually cannot call 911 because either there is no one to call or there is no one trustworthy to call.  Therefore, we are taking a risk and a step of faith by calling you through this message.  The rest is up to people, just like you, and the steps of faith that you choose to take.  

Because our main financially supporting church in the USA is now in a financial crisis and Kayo’s non-Christian parents in Japan are retiring, we have found ourselves in a crossroads trial.  This could potentially, end our missionary work in Cambodia, dating back to 2000, before the end of 2019, unless God sends help through people just like you.

We have two urgent financial needs. 1. We need to replace $500 monthly by October to cover the costs for our housing and utilities. 2. We need to replace approximately $600 monthly by September in order to continue to pay for Benjamin’s Christian school tuition. Homeschooling (or finding employment in Cambodian) would be difficult for us and it would significantly reduce our ministry effectiveness just when our ministries are expanding. 

To get a better understanding of our ministry vision, activities, heart, and financial situation please visit: https://www.internationalfishers.com/eternal-impact/record-family-2019-financial-update

  1. Please pray about how God may be leading you to personally partner with us financially in a new or increased way.
  2. Please pray that God bring other Christians, you know, to mind who might also be willing to be Great Commission Business Partners for the first time.  Our ministries in Cambodia are to the Body of Christ in general, therefore we are able to be both ministry and financial partners with Christians from a broad range of Christian denominations etc. (similar to Ravi Zacharias or Billy Graham etc.).  If anyone wants to check our doctrine, we can send them a free apologetics e-book that Darryl co-authored with a medical doctor by request. darryl@sgwm.com 

I understand many people may consider it to be a violation of etiquette for missionaries to voice their financial needs so clearly.  However, after reviewing many Bible passages, I have come to the conviction that it is permissible to do so in certain situations. 

Please consider these passages:

  1. Nehemiah 2:3 “I said to the king, “May the king live forever! My face is sad because the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire.”
  2. Esther 5:3-4 “Then Queen Esther answered, “My king, if you are pleased with me, and if it pleases you, let me live. This is what I ask. And let my people live, too. This is what I want. My people and I have been sold to be destroyed, to be killed and completely wiped out. If we had been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet, because that would not be enough of a problem to bother the king.”
  3. Matthew 14:30 “But when Peter saw the wind and the waves, he became afraid and began to sink. He shouted, “Lord, save me!”
  4. Luke 18:1-3 “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’”
  5. John 19:28 “Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 

In each of these cases where there was a legitimate, urgent, and serious need these people of great faith, including Jesus Christ all communicated their needs clearly and verbally instead of through psychic or telepathic means.  I believe that our current need meets these standards.  Here is why:

  1. If we are able to raise the funds through monthly financial partnerships, our ministries can continue to expand like never before! For example, some P@k!$t@n! Christians in Cambodia have just started translating Darryl’s www.internationalfishers.com apologetics/evangelistic materials into their language.  Also, just one of Darryl’s dozens of videos in Cambodian on the evidence for the resurrection has been viewed by more than 23,000 people!
  2. If we are not able to raise enough funds but must homeschool Benjamin and/or take local jobs to supplement our donations, our ministries will be reduced.
  3. If we are forced to return to the USA or Japan, we have no promising career paths and insufficient resettlement funds to transition back safely and smoothly.  Therefore, there is a great likelihood that we could be forced, (against our will and best efforts until we can find employment) to become burdens on family and friends and even dependent of social welfare programs.  If God opens up a clear path to return to one of our home countries, we are more than willing to follow Him, but this does not seem to be His best path for us at this time.  

There are many other wonderful ministry breakthroughs happening in addition to what I was able to mention briefly.  Please pray for God to raise up people just like you to stand in the gap for us financially, “for such a time as this.”  Great victories are born out of great adversities.  We are trusting God to raise up a new generation of Great Commission Business Partners (Senders) from this adversity! 

In Christ’s Hands and Yours,

Darryl, Kayo, and Benjamin Record

Phnom Penh, Cambodia  

P.S. We are still planning to be in the Whittier/La Mirada/La Habra California area between June 20 and August 6. We look forward to visiting with and talking on the phone with as many of our friends and family members as possible during that time, when our time zones are not completely opposite.  

Cambodia Missions Update: In Season and Out of Season

Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 2 Timothy 4:2

We are going through a time which is both “in season” and “out of season” at the same time. On one hand, our various ministries are expanding both in breadth and in depth, which I will share more about in this update. On the other hand, Cambodia is going through its hot/dry season now so daily blackouts of up to six hours nationwide (so far, by God’s grace, we’ve been spared from most of these), highs around 99F, running water cuts and shortages, sicknesses, exhaustion, car repairs, and serious upcoming financial needs, mean that we must choose to keep our eyes on Christ and not the many storms around us as we walk by faith.

Christian Apologetics Classes:

Darryl will finish teaching the Leadership and Christian Apologetics Training Course the end of March. The Pastor wants him to teach more in the future but given the “seasonal challenges” mentioned above, we are not sure whether these trainings will be done before our visit to the USA this summer or in the fall, after we return to Cambodia.

Darryl with Pastor Phanet (right) and Apologetics/Leadership students at Kingsway Church.

Darryl will also start teaching Christian Apologetics classes again at the Cambodia Presbyterian Theological Institute between the end of March and the middle of June.

Visiting the USA and Urgent Financial Need

We will be spending some time in the USA this summer between June 20 and August 6. We will be mainly in the LA/Orange County areas of California. We need to take care of some banking needs and to reconnect with our senders and relatives in the US since we have been out of the USA for two years.

Please also pray that God will open doors for us to connect with more regular financial partners. Up until now, Kayo’s parents in Japan have been sponsoring Benjamin’s Christian school tuition. This has been a huge blessing, even though they are not Christians (yet). They are retiring soon and so we need around $600 additional each month to cover the financial gap starting this fall. We have additional financial needs beyond this, but this is just the most urgent.

Light Times Magazine and Christian Videos Update

Darryl continues to write apologetics/evangelistic articles and help with English editing for Light Times Magazine, the only Christian magazine in Cambodia. Because it is a magazine, non-Christians are much more willing to receive and read it than they would be to receive and read a tract. Recently the format has changed to focus on readers younger college and career age readers. Below is a Facebook post from Soksan, LT’s founder.

Darryl has also joined Cambodian Christians along with French, and Indian missionaries in a joint project of producing live-action Cambodian Christian videos for social media through True Media at https://www.facebook.com/mediais4god/

The missionary from India told Darryl that when he was in Bible School in Bangalore, India that one of his textbooks was, Christianity: Reasons for Faith which Darryl co-authored a few years ago! It remains a mystery how the book moved from Cambodia to India.

One of True Media’s Videos

Partnering With Persecuted Christians

Darryl continues to work to encourage, equip, and partner with Christians from Ch!n@ and P@k!$t@n who have been forced to move to Cambodia for religious freedom. Because of the freedom here in Cambodia, we are planning to develop Christian materials here in their own languages and then send them back to their homelands via social media and underground methods.

Kayo’s Ministries Updates

Precious Women Organization helps poor women who work in the “night-time entertainment” industry to learn new skills for better careers and Christ’s love.

Kayo also continues to minister to Japanese missionaries and workers in Cambodia who are currently struggling with environmental challenges mentioned above and also have greater difficulty communicating with Cambodians because of language barriers. Kayo is also involved in helping the international church’s worship team learn and use new administrative software. This is even more more urgent because the main worship leader had a stroke yesterday.

In Christ’s Hands,

Darryl, Kayo, and Benjamin