T.E.E. - Theological Education by Extension - Pastor Chheng
English 1, 2, 3 - Ms. Linda
Music Appreciation - Ms. Linda
Computer 101 & 102 - Mr. Bill
Systematic Theology - Mr. Bill
Mrs. Jennifer is available for English tutoring.
Please pray for our teachers and students as they teach and study. Pray for the next generation of believers in Cambodia to grow in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
God Bless You,
The Church of Mercy
They have released numerous radio and TV broadcasts in the last week to make the public aware. If churches continue to evangelize they will first be warned. The second time the church in violation could be closed.
Here is a bit of the news; "All public proselytizing activities are prohibited. Christians are not allowed to proselytize citizens' houses by knocking on doors or waiting for them, saying "the Lord is coming" which is an interruption to daily life or may intrude on privacy in the community."
And then: "Teachings of religions must respect other religions and avoid insulting and degrading each other, especially Buddhism, the state religion. "Minister of Cults and Religion Chea Savoeun said last week that the new directive is a prudent move. "People have complained a lot to the Ministry of Cults and Religion over this issue," he said, adding that some Christian groups have been accused of "looking down" on other religions and disturbing people in their homes.
Though we are saddened by this, we are encouraged by God's providence. Our afterschool teaching program draws in about 150 students per day; they come to us. The Lord lead us to start this program before any of this happened with the government and we are thankful for His provision. Here is a link to the whole article that summarizes the ministry's position. Please continue to pray for Cambodia.
The 2nd floor of the Discipleship Training Center is nearing completion. The roof should be completed sometime this week. The Lord has been at work in the school and in the churches. We have seen steady spiritual growth and are very thankful for the Lord's work in hearts. Please continue to pray for the churches and the school. We hope to establish the churches in a way that will continue to produce fruit even after this generation is with the Lord.
The DTC is nearing the end of the official school year (May 15) and is beginning to accept applications for next year. Please pray for next year's students. Pray the Lord would be with us as we select the students and discuss future classes and schedules.
The Churches are both doing well in the Lord. The rains make it difficult for some to attend services. The dirt roads they use to travel from their villages become very slippery and dangerous. To travel them by car or motorbike is a challenge but on a bicycle it is almost impossible. As the waters rise throughout the wet season many people must travel by boat. The Churches have boats that we use to pickup the members for worship. Similar to a church bus in the United States. Pray the people would persevere in these difficult traveling times.
Grace and Peace,
Intro to Computers 101
Here the students are studying the internal components of a desktop computer. They are learning about the power supply, ps/2 ports, USB ports, Parallel ports, etc. They are also learning how to troubleshoot common system problems. We hope by gaining computer skills the students will be better equipped in the future to serve the Lord and the Church in Cambodia. Please pray for them as they study.
At the Church of Mercy Discipleship Center the students have group worship each evening from 7:30 - 9:00. They sing hymns, have Bible study and group prayer. It is evident the Lord is at work in them as we hear them discuss the Word and pray. We are all encouraged and inspired to press on in the Faith.
Pray the Lord would continue to build the bond of Christian fellowship in us as we work and worship together.
Grace and Peace,
The students are busy with their studies and community work everyday. This is what their schedule looked like today:
5:00-6:00 AM Group Prayer Time
6:00-7:00 AM Personal Bible Study
7:00-8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00-9:00 AM English level 1 / Computer 101 1st class
9:00-10:00 AM English level 2 / Computer 101 2nd class
10:00-11:00 AM Computer 101 3rd class
11:00-12:00 AM Personal Study Time
12:00-2:00 PM Lunch
2:00-3:30 PM Personal Study Time
3:30-4:30 PM Community Work
4:30-5:00 PM Dinner
5:00-6:00 PM English for Children - 1st class (taught by students)
6:00-7:00 PM English for Children - 2nd class (taught by students)
7:30-9:00 PM Group Worship & Prayer
9:00-10:00 PM Personal Study Time
Also on Monday and Thursday mornings from 8:00-11:00 AM they have Bible study class with Pastor Chheng and they have an atonement class with me on Thursday afternoons from 2:00-3:30 PM. As you can see they are very busy.
Please pray for them to manage their time wisely. Pray that they would redeem the time. Pray for those who teach that we would give them the right amount of material.
Grace and Peace to you all,
IMPORTANT NEWS FLASH!!!
The power lines from Vietnam seem to be well on their way to bringing Prek Ambel 24 hours of continuous power per day. The utility crew installed 4 lines yesterday and we have been told the power will be available in one month. This will enable many simple things like fans for worship, refridgerators, and lights but also more important things like day computer classes, printing, and the use of recording and mixing equipment.
The students have taken a week of vacation to visit family and celebrate the Chineese new year. We are scheduled to start back on Monday. Please continue to pray for the work in Cambodia.
The work continues on in the Cambodian countryside. Both churches are doing well in the Lord and the discipleship school is busy preparing students for the Lord's service. In Prek Ambel we have recently opened an English class for children from 5PM to 7PM every evening. The turnout has been amazing! Last night we had over 100 children in attendance. The class is one part English and one part Bible teaching. Many of the children were in church on Sunday. Please pray for this ministry as it is somewhat overwelming to have so many students. We have run out of chairs and tables but they don't mind to find a shady tree somewhere and sit on the ground to learn.
Please pray that the Lord would help us to steward these dear ones. Pray we would present the Gospel to them clearly and that the seed would find the good soil.
Grace and Peace,
After many months of preparation Jennifer and I are happy to be in Cambodia. Today we were able to worship with the Church of Mercy members. We had a sweet time together and they were very kind and gracious as usual. Thanks be to God for his continued work in Cambodia.
I took three pictures of the Discipleship Training Center (front view, inside hallway, a class room). The inside of the building has now been completed and really looks beautiful. Thanks to everyone who helped make this building possible. It is inspiring to see it taking shape. Chheng and I have scheduled a Wednesday meeting this week to discuss the school's future classes, schedule, and curriculum.
Grace and Peace,