Trinity Institute of Cambodia
John 15:5 NLT “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”
Matthew 23:11 NLT “The greatest among you must be a servant.”
These two verses are counter-cultural in any culture but in Cambodia they are truly revolutionary. The goal of so many is to be the “Bong Thom” (Big Person). Leadership is to be number one, to be powerful, and to use your power for your own advantage. Biblical leadership is completely opposite. Jesus Christ is the source of our strength, we can do nothing on our own. Instead of “lording it over” others, Christian leaders must be servants. These Biblical concepts caused us to turn the normal pyramid-shaped organizational chart (with the board and executives on the top) upside down–or right side up, depending on your perspective. This led us to think of our university as a tree that is rooted in Christ. Our students will be our fruit. We hope that in the heart of each student are seeds of servant-leadership that will enable them to plant more Christ-honoring universities, schools, businesses, and churches across Cambodia and beyond. The curved line that connects the three palm trees symbolizes the globe. TIC was formed by Christian leaders from Cambodia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Ghana, and the USA. We desire that Cambodians spread the love of Christ beyond their national borders.
Darryl and Dr. Kwong have finished writing the draft-constitution. We need special prayer cover during the week of January 9-15 because during this week we will be making very important decisions about approving the final Constitution, HR policies, partnership with Tabitha Services, and subleasing office/classroom space. This is truly a make or break week for us. Please pray for everyone involved in this project. Pray for unity, wisdom, protection and provision for everything we do.
Anchors of Faith: Truth, Relationships, and Experience Radio Program Update So far, Darryl has written 13 scripts for the Truth segment of the Anchors of Faith Radio Program on FEBC Cambodia’s Family 99.5 FM in Phnom Penh. The radio station staff have produced 11 programs. Lord willing we will begin broadcasting one program each week within the next month or so. Please pray that Darryl will be able to write scripts at a faster pace, that the translator can keep up, and that the radio station production team can produce the programs on schedule.
Christianity: Reasons for Faith Book Update
Darryl has been working very hard to finish up the main editing work on the apologetics book he co-authored with Dr. Doug Collins. Meanwhile, Hoeun, the translator, has been working on translating the first two sections into the Cambodian language. Lord willing the editing work will be completely finished in January or February and the translation work will be finished soon after that. Please pray for Darryl, Doug, and Hoeun as they work on editing and translating the book into Khmer. Please pray for Fount of Wisdom publishing that everything needed for this book to be published from paper to finances will be provided.
Moving to Phnom Penh has been a big adjustment for our family. We have enjoyed having electricity 24 hours every day as well as living close to the grocery store, church, and medical care. Benjamin seems happy in our new house and he has started going to Sunday School at the international church we attend. Kayo has been very busy setting up and keeping our house going. Lord willing we will be able to hire a Christian lady to help with some of the house work so that Kayo will be freed up to continue her work of managing our ministry finances, communicating with our supporters in Japan, language study, and mentoring Cambodian Christian ladies. She has been able to start playing the flute again after putting it down since she was a musicology major in college. She senses that God wants to use her music skills in the future so she is practicing again so that she can regain her skills.
Thank you all for your continued prayers, encouragement, and support. Without the strength and resources we receive from Christ, through the branches of his people in the US and Japan, we could not accomplish anything. May God bless you all and give you an amazingly blessed 2012!
In Christ’s Loving Hands,
Darryl, Kayo, and Benjamin