The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. (Genesis 1:21 NLT)
The rented townhouse where we lived since December, 2011 was sold the end of July. It had been on the market for 1 1/2 years. After being informed of the sale, Darryl prayer-biked around the area of Benjamin’s school for a couple of hours looking for houses. He found this house quickly. On the way home, he stopped by Kone Kmeng children’s ministry. Sampoa, our house-helper from 2007-2009 (now an administrator at Kone Kmeng) looked at the picture that Darryl took of this house that he liked best and told Darryl that she had already negotiated with the landlord when Kone Kmeng was looking for a new location a few months earlier. Because we were a family instead of an organization, the landlord reduced the rent by $50 a month. Sampoa’s husband is a contractor so he could install screens, additional wiring, kitchen counters, a kitchen sink, and curtain rods to make the new house livable. Because our former landlord sold the house during our 5 year lease, he returned double our deposit which was enough to pay for most of the needed upgrades and moving expenses.
Now, we are finally unpacked, set-up, and ready to start working. It is great not to have the uncertainty of moving or not moving every month hanging over our head (we have a 2 year lease). It is nice to be able to walk Benjamin 2 blocks to school instead of either having to drive him through traffic jams or put him on a school-van. This new townhouse-group shares a gated parking lot so the security is good and it will be safe enough for Benjamin to learn to ride a bicycle. The old house was in a more commercial area so the noise, parking, and traffic made it hard to feel at home.
International Fishers Update
Even though most of the month of August was spent on the house-move, Darryl was able to form an informal partnership with Samaritan’s Purse (Cambodia branch) to help them train their 90 Cambodian staff members across the country in Christian apologetics. They are interested in using and distributing: Darryl’s present and future videos, audio recordings of the Anchors of Faith Radio Program, books (Christianity: Reasons for Faith and Christianity: Discerning Essential Doctrines and Preserving Unity), and the Power-points Darryl developed for the AoG and Presbyterian Bible Schools here in Cambodia. Darryl may also do some training of trainers for them. These are the kinds of partnerships that will maximize International Fisher’s impact in Cambodia. Local organizations already have the manpower and network, and relationships, they only need to be trained and equipped so that they will have confidence in the Truth of God’s Word and be prepared to give a reason for their hope with gentleness and respect.
FEBC Cambodia was also able to record the Cambodian language audio track for the video Flight: God’s Technology vs. Human Technology. Darryl will start producing this video soon.
Kayo spent most of August packing, unpacking, and she continues to fine-tune our new house. She was able to join the worship team at church and host a Japanese-life group.
We are looking forward to this new season of life and ministry in Cambodia. We trust that God will continue to open new doors for us.
In Christ’s Hands,
Darryl, Kayo, and Benjamin