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Day Eight - Bus Ride to Siem Reap

 

 

The student / pastors are taking their test today before heading home to their families for the weekend. We are going on a six hour bus ride to Siem Reap in the north country.  Up there we will take a day to visit three temples that were lost for hundreds of years in the jungle but were discovered about 50 years ago. 
Not much to report today. But tomorrow I should have some amazing pictures on Instagram of the 10th wonder of the world. 

Be blessed my family in Christ!

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Day Eight - Bus Ride to Siem Reap. 10-25-13

Day Eight - Bus Ride to Siem Reap 10-25-13

The student / pastors are taking their test today before heading home to their families for the weekend. We are going on a six hour bus ride to Siem Reap in the north country.  Up there we will take a day to visit three temples that were lost for hundreds of years in the jungle but were discovered about 50 years ago. 
Not much to report today. But tomorrow I should have some amazing pictures on Instagram of the 10th wonder of the world. 

Be blessed my family in Christ!

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Day Seven - Business as Usual 10-24-13

Day Seven - Business as Usual 10-24-13

Some days are just that...days.  Today we are one week into this trip, and everyone is settling in somewhat. Teaching, eating with the pastors, and the out it dinner. We then went over to Curtis and Bre's apartment for a little conversation and coffee. 

It is always great to spend time with missionary couples and hear their stories. Though young 23 & 25 these two have some amazing responsibilities. They also have an incredible love for the people of Cambodia. Hearing them talk about "business as usual" in Cambodia makes you want to cry and certainly makes you look at the day we had in a whole new, blessed light.  Stories of rape, loss, abandonment, beatings, prostitution, and corruption touch everybody in this country.  

When they came to pick us up we witnessed a young child being beaten behind the bars of their house by his mother. He couldn't have been more than 4 yrs old. It makes you realize that the oh hope for these people and the whole world truly is Jesus. His presence in a community of people changes the culture for the elevation of all. Especially those who are the least, the last, and the lost. What we are doing here and what the organizations like Harmony outreach and Water of Life are involved in, is changing a culture by introducing them to the only one who can, Jesus. 

Some may think missions are all about extraordinary efforts and expenditures that will bring an immediate change to communities. But, the true work of missions is to change lives and position them in ways to change the culture. God's love in the lives of those we train and Water of Life helps will turn the tide slowly. But history tells us it will. 

My prayer is that one day the "business as usual" of Phnom Penh and Cambodia will be far less barbaric and brutal then it is today. These people, created in His image, deserve so much more and Jesus, in His love for them, is bringing it to them.

Please pray for the 3% of the country that are Christians to affect change by the Holy Spirit working through them.

God Bless You All,
Pastor Dave.

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Day six - Water of Life 10-23-13

Day Six - Water of Life

Today has been a great day in so many ways! But tonight was amazing and beyond my wildest dreams. We went to Water of Life Church for the mid-week Proverbs study with the boys from Water of Life Boys Home. These young men worship their Savior with a Passion and Purity that is contagious. We were all dancing and singing at the tops of our lungs in no time. The study was amazing and the people who have put their lives into serving others were inspirations to me. 

Two men in particular I will never forget. 

Randy Flemming: a few yrs ago a man named Randall Ezekiel Flemming began following our Church on FB. I saw pictures of the work The Lord has him doing at Water of Life. When it was clear that we would be coming here to Phnom Penh I was excited to meet the man that I had seen in those moving images. He and The Lord he serves certainly did not disappoint. This man is so full of love and joy that he makes this Tigger look like an Eeyore, I was blown away! No wonder these young men are lit up with the love of Jesus. Please pray that this man's passion never fades and that these boys become great men of God because of his self-sacrificing love for them.

Rin Yames: One of these young men is Rin Yames. He is the head of the house for the boys. As a young boy Rin's family lost it's father in the Pol Pot regime. His older sister was raped and it was believed she took her life because of it. (There is more to this story I will share one day).  Rin went to the streets to live and was eventually picked up by a Christian school that specialized in teaching the arts. There his talents were found and blossomed. He is an accomplished artist and dancer who has traveled to the US to exhibit his talents. But, his love for The Lord and the lost had him lay it all down to serve at Water of Life. How many of us can say we gave up all worldly chances of advancement in order to store up riches in heaven like Rin? His life is a challenge to me.  I pray our paths cross again many times and He is blessed by God for making the right decision with His gifts.

Talk to you all again soon.
You are loved In Christ and by me!
Pastor Dave

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Day Six - Growing Closer to the Pastors

Day Six - Growing Closer to Our Students 10-23-13

Quick note from today! Was so blessed to sense a distance between the students and I that was making it hard to relate the nuances of body ministry that are found in Ephesians. Decided to break down some walls by sharing some of my testimony, by circling the desk and by praying over the pastors at the end of the session. (Pictures on my Instagram account). God blessed and the walls began to come down opening the door for better days ahead. 

This has been a very good time for me in the area of learning my limits and finding God's immeasurable grace in my great lack. Prayers for the pastors and the sessions ahead are much appreciated.

Humbled by His Love,
Pastor Dave

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