All the recent changes to our team has brought changes for our family. Things are busy but good. We recognize we are in constant need of prayer. Please partner with us by interceding for us and allowing us to stay connected by sharing your prayer requests.
Paul, serving as co-team leader, oversees the team as a whole and provides direction for future church planting work in Cambodia. He still oversees three of the five church plants and cares for the teammates serving in those plants. He continues to train and disciple the national partners we work with.
On an encouraging note, seven of the nine pastoral interns that have been meeting together will be undergoing an examination for ordination next month. We are all excited about this event and we ask for your prayers as the pastoral interns study and as we examine these candidates.
Susan’s main role is still to care for and disciple her boys and to support Paul. With that said, she has taken on some new responsibilities.
She has picked up her books again and is studying Khmer again with a teacher from a Christian school, Khmer Friends. Although it’s slow, God has heard our prayers and has provided a good teacher, relationships with Khmer people, and encouragements along the way.
This is Susan’s last month teaching English at TSK so she can focus on her KCC classes. She has recently begun teaching through the Jesus Storybook Bible. She has also taken on the role as short-term teams coordinator and hopes to be a blessing to both the field team and the short-term teams. So let her know if you want to come serve!
Susan has joined a recently-formed sub-team to research and pray through how our church planting team can get involved in the trafficking ministry. How can we help the Church become aware, stop turning a blind eye and get in the trenches? How can we disciple and build churches with this heart and to be equipped? For now, Susan has been meeting with different NGO’s and waits upon the Lord for the next step.
CALEB & NATE
Despite the two-month delay in getting school started this year, they’ve done a great job finishing. For the upcoming year we’ll be joining a Classical Conversations co-op, which meets every Friday, in hopes to have more opportunities to develop a support community and to build meaningful friendships.
We have been blessed by their overall perseverance and growth since returning from the States but specifically with their language learning. They meet with their Khmer tutor three times a week and have become more bold and intentional when with Khmer-speaking people. We’re thankful for the people God has brought and the opportunities given.
Friendships…For Caleb, his closest friend, Isaiah, returns to the States after living here for three years. And his other close friend, Christian, will stop being homeschooled and start at Logos. Please pray for Caleb during this transition with his closest relationships.
- Paul & Susan – Pray for wisdom and humility in their new and old responsibilities. Pray for their health and physical sustenance. Please continue to pray that God would enable them to learn the Khmer language that they may be able to love the people well.
- Caleb & Nate – Please pray for their health. Although nothing serious, since returning in October they have gotten sick more frequently and are suffering from allergies and the pollution. Please pray that they would continue to enjoy learning Khmer and they’d use it! Please also pray for them as they feel the emptiness of having a friend leave the field. Pray not only that God would provide friendships but that this would draw them nearer to their Lord.
- Adoption – This is something still very much on their heart’s desire. Please pray for God’s timing and a clear path and direction. Pray that God would bring people into their lives to help them through the process.
- Pastoral Interns Ordination Exam – Our prayer is not just that they would have the proper theological knowledge but that God is forming them in their character and in their lives to be teaching elders who love His people, His church.
- Trafficking Ministry - Please pray for humility and guidance for our sub-team as we research and meet. Pray for unity within our sub-team but also our team as we decide together what our role will look like. Pray for the many people already doing God’s work – for their protection, emotional and mental sustenance, wisdom and humility.
Traditionally, when a Khmer family hosts a wedding or funeral, the venue is in front of their home. Pitch a tent and take up half the block and you’re all set. The caterers pitch their tent on the side where they cook. They invite any neighbors whose homes they block. Invites are given by hand just days prior. Although there is a start time, it is customary to come late, even hours late. Our immediate neighbors celebrated their 1oth wedding anniversary and invited us.