I hope this report finds you all doing well. The Lord is so good to us. He has given us the wonderful privilege to be His fellow workers in advancing Christ’s kingdom throughout the world. As the Apostle Paul writes in I Corinthians 3:9-10: “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God, which was given to me, like a wise master builder, I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it.”
Recently, I had the opportunity to visit HeartCry’s partners in Cambodia. We have now been working with Shalom Mission to Cambodia for more than five years. Although like anyone in ministry they do face times of discouragement, it is a great blessing to see the slow but consistent way in which the Lord is at work through and among them. They are men who desire very much to be used by God and to make an impact on a nation that in many ways is filled with hopelessness and despair. Cambodia bears social scars that are visible even to someone like me, who only visits from time to time. Atrocities took place 30-35 years ago that are yet to be accounted for and dealt with in a way that would ease the nation’s conscience. Many in Cambodia are Buddhists who search for solace in a religion that proclaims that everything – whether good or bad – is only an illusion. Others have bought into the lies of materialism – the West’s mantra of peace. This noticeable hopelessness can be discouraging, but our hope in Christ leads us to confront the darkness of this world, knowing that the Gospel alone transforms the ruins and rubble of a fallen creation.
For three days we met together, studying the topic, “Our Union with Christ.” It was a great opportunity to look at some of the most basic Gospel truths and to see how they apply to all those who are in Christ. Together we studied that oneness with Christ is the reality that binds together all the elements of salvation. Jesus is not just a Savior outside of us, but He is within us, and we are in Him. It is this union with the living Savior which has brought us salvation.
The time with the men was also a great opportunity to dialogue about life and ministry. I feel that I learned a lot from these conversations. The men had many questions related to the topics being discussed, as well as questions about ministry in general. It was encouraging for me to also see how they interacted with one another and helped each other to think more biblically. Please pray for these men as they labor in Cambodia. Pray that God would help them depend completely upon the power of the Word and Spirit to advance His kingdom.
There is a lot that I could share about the ministry in my part of Southeast Asia, but I will limit myself to asking that you would pray specifically for two things.
First, pray for my coworkers and me as we seek to reach out to those from the unbelieving religious majority. There are many Christian things happening in my country – many good things – but there is very little which crosses over the religious and cultural barriers that have existed between Christians and Muslims for hundreds of years. Pray that the Holy Spirit would open wide an effectual door for us to penetrate with the light of God’s truth through the veil of Islam, which lies firmly around these people’s hearts.
Secondly, my wife is pregnant again with our fourth child, and she’s been very sick since we returned from our furlough in the United States in February. She has not only had sickness related to the pregnancy, but she has also had an infection for the last two months. Please ask that God would heal her.