August Ministry Update: Part 3

Mission and Prayer Team from Japan August 25-30: The Ordinary is the foundation for the Extraordinary

Japanese Team Praying For Cambodians

On the surface, they were very quiet, polite, and very Japanese.  Pastor Kita from Kayo’s home church, Tokyo Chapel, accompanied a team of six church members from Tokyo Grace Church, which was made up of a two university students, two corporate workers, a language teacher, and a pastor’s wife. Even though they were with us for only five days, we can honestly say it was an EXTRAORDINARY time!

What made the time so extraordinary was that this team was very committed to prayer.  They started each day with devotions and intensive prayer.  Everywhere they visited they prayed intensely.  After meeting the team and taking them to meet and pray for Precious Women Ministry, which helps Cambodian women escape from prostitution, Kayo returned to the guesthouse and told Darryl, “When they prayed, I sensed that the demons flinched and ran away.”

We took them to Kampong Chhnang, a place where we have experienced a lot of spiritual warfare and oppression.  Everywhere they prayed, Darryl sensed the darkness lifting, even though he could not understand their prayers.

The team hosted a special meeting in our house in which they shared their testimonies and encouraged the Cambodian Christians not to compromise their faith despite the pressure from their families and culture.  They also went from place to place in Kampong Chhnang praying for the Bible School, The English and Computer School, and the local Church as well as praying at the Pastor’s, Elders’,  and a Church Members’ home.  They prayed for healing for the sick and steadfastness for the Christian leaders.

We believe that God really used their prayers to make a breakthrough in many of the areas of our life and ministry.  They were able to raise funds to build a room and bathroom for a young church family whose 27 year old husband and father has total kidney failure and is only surviving because of donations for dialysis.  They also led worship, gave testimonies, and Pastor Kita gave the message with the help of Darryl’s former student Seila, who could translate from Japanese to Cambodian.  Seila was Darryl’s English student back in 2001.  She accepted Christ in a student Bible study he was leading.  Later, she won a scholarship and earned a BA and MA in Japan and became fluent in Japanese.  It was very encouraging for us to see the seeds planted ten years ago, bearing fruit in Seila’s life and testimony.

While we praise God for the team’s service, we believe that their ministry of prayer was even more important.  Sometimes short-term teams come to Cambodia so consumed with service that they overlook the importance and power of prayer.  The “work” of ministry can always be done by the long term missionaries but we need the spiritual breakthroughs and cover that only intensive prayer can bring.

On the Field in Cambodia

We arrived in Phnom Penh on August 12. It is good to be back on the field in Cambodia. We are in the midst of the rainy seasons which bring with it the adventures of flash floods. On Sunday evening, the street in front of our guesthouse was so flooded that the water was above the floorboards of our car. Thank God it didn’t leak.

Today we will make our way home to Kampong Chhnang Cambodia a 1.5-2 hour trip over a narrow highway with every possible challenge from speeding buses to meandering ox carts.

We are looking forward to resuming our work and ministry.

Update 8/2011 Radio Program

"Udom" and "Nimol" recording the Truth dialogue

Anchors For Faith: Truth, Relationships, and Experience

Radio Program

In March, Far East Broadcasting’s Cambodia FM 99.5 station was able to record the first 30-minute radio program.  Darryl was very happy and pleased that even though he originated the radio program’s concept and the original script for the truth segment, the final product sounded completely Cambodian.  For the Truth segment, Darryl writes dialogue scripts for conversations between two Cambodian university students “Nimol” and “Udom.”  In this script, “Udom” and “Nimol,” discuss the evidence that helps them overcome their own doubts and the objections of others about the truth of Christianity.  For the Relationships section, FEBC staff members prepare a dialogue about how Christians should relate to other believers and offer practical advice about how Cambodian Christians can maintain their witness and testimony with their non-Christian family and friends.  The Experience segment was based on the testimony of Pastor Sok Em, our close friend, the founding director of Tahas Bible Institute.

Sadly, Phearun who played the role of “Udom” in the Truth dialogue was killed in a traffic accident in Phnom Penh.  Despite their sorrow over the loss of their co-worker, the staff at FM 99.5 found another young man to become the second “Udom.”  Since then, they have re-recorded program #1 and are on schedule to record 2 episodes each month until they far enough ahead to begin broadcasting on the radio station which has a potential audience of 7 million of Cambodia’s 13 million population.

A New Chapter of Ministry in Cambodia

Darryl, Kayo, and Benjamin

We are excited about this new chapter of ministry in Cambodia with Saving Grace World Mission.  Darryl served in Cambodia from 2000-2003 and we have been working in Cambodia since 2007 as a family with different missions organizations.  We will return to Cambodia on August 11 to continue our ministry there.

Please pray for us as we make the transition to SGWM, including learning how to manage this new blog and website.

Suitcases and Eternal Life

Today, our family made our bi-annual shopping (2009, 2011, 2013) trip to IKEA.  IKEA is an amazing store full of high quality, stylish furniture, housewares, towels, bedding, and more at reasonable prices.  We kept saying, “I wish they had this in Cambodia.”  Then, we reminded ourselves of the airline luggage allowance and we ended up purchasing the things that we really needed that actually would fit in our suitcases.  If we had forgotten about the airline luggage limits, we might have created a scene at the airport as we tried to bring a futon or chair as carry-on luggage.

Just like the airline luggage allowance, heaven also has a luggage limits.  We can’t bring our houses, cars, clothes, or other physical things.  Physical things will not fit into our “spiritual suitcases.”  Just like an airline, we need a ticket and our personal relationship with Jesus Christ is that ticket. We didn’t buy that ticket ourselves.  It was purchased for with Jesus’ blood.  Once we have a ticket, we are given a spiritual luggage allowance.  We want to make sure that we pack our luggage full with all of the spiritual things for heaven (worship, prayer, ministry, etc.).

Of course life is like a trip to IKEA, we need to constantly remind ourselves of Heaven’s Luggage Allowance.  With that in mind, we can prioritize the spiritual things that we can take with us.  We can also enjoy the physical things that we will leave behind.

Actually, I am kind of relieved that I don’t have to try to carry a chest of drawers through the airport.  I am also looking forward to leaving the sickness, sorrow, and pain of this world behind and getting the new things in heaven.  I am also glad that in Heaven, everything that I really need will be waiting for me.  There will be no need for my relatives to burn little paper replicas of cars, houses, or money as many Buddhists feel they must do. There are plenty of seats left on the flight to heaven, so I want to invite my friends and loved ones to join me.

Eternal life-It’s the only way to fly.