A handful of you have asked about how to donate to help towards the Myanmar Flooding. Below is the link you can donate through MTW. Please donate to account 93930 and put “disaster relief” on the memo line. 


Please PRAY for:

  • Myanmar and their recovery from the flooding and the damage to their food supply. Pray that God would use this vulnerable time to help the Church to be the hands and feet of Christ, shining the Light into the darkness. May it be an opportunity to live and share the Gospel.
  • Paul who left yesterday to lead the SEAP Vision Team to Myanmar. They will be there until this Sunday, August 21. Pray for their safety and health. May God use their time to encourage our national partners in Myanmar as well as work on the hearts of those on the team.

Term 3.0

It’s been almost a month since we’ve left the States to return…home. We spent four months traveling to eight different states, changing our “home away from home” more than 40 times. Although it was a grueling schedule, we are so thankful we had a chance to reconnect with most of our beloved supporting churches, former short-termers and interns, friends and family. We’re thankful for the evidence of love and support during the times of worship, prayer and fellowship. We’re so thankful to so many who made time for us during their own busy schedules, showed hospitality and housed us, fed us, and treated us to many wonderful experiences. Thank you for asking questions and wanting to know more. Thank you for times of reprieve and rest. Thank your for understanding our limitations and showing needed grace and encouragement. Thank you for your friendship and partnership. Thank you…

Car Ride to San Jose
Our typical pastime while in the States when alone

One of Paul’s Many Presentations
(Thank you, Jeany, for the photo)

Although our time in the States was one we cherish, we often longed to be back in our own home in Cambodia. We longed for routine and rest. The boys were anxious to reunite with their friends. Our first weeks back weren’t as we had imagined though.  We returned to a home damaged from plumbing issues, rains, and floods. Yet we are thankful for our neighbors, landlord and helper who watched over and cared for our home in our absence and have helped eased the whole process. We are slowly getting things back into shape.

Repairing our Home

Boys Reunited with Friends

The Life They Love

Upon our return, we have hit the ground running as we start our third term here in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Four days after our initial return, we flew out to Malaysia for our MTW Area Retreat (every 4 years). It was a much-needed time to be fed & encouraged in the Word and in the fellowship of other missionaries. Since returning from Malaysia, our team has been hosting three teams. Paul will soon be traveling to Myanmar and Vietnam with the annual SEAP Vision Team, which arrived a few days ago. Meanwhile, Susan has been cleaning up and repairing the home and preparing to start her 6th year of homeschooling. Caleb will begin sixth grade and Nate second grade.

IMG_1195First Sunday at KCC: Baptism of Two New Believers


Susan Joins a Morning of Campus Evangelism w KCC & a Short-Term Team

IMG_1247Boys Start TKD

Please PRAY

  • Paul – Please pray for Paul. He leaves with the team from Thursday, Aug 20, to Friday, Aug 28, for Myanmar and Vietnam, with a few days in Cambodia in between. Pray for safety and protection. Pray for needed physical strength, health, and good sleep. Pray that God would have them see His Heart & His Glory. May He use them to also to encourage and bless the national partners.
  • Myanmar – Please pray for this country that has recently suffered severe floods earlier this month. Many of the villages and church planting work we are partnered with has suffered. Please pray for our brothers there who are in need of encouragement but also tangible disaster relief. Pray for wisdom and resources for those involved in this, including Paul who is working with MTW and our national partner there. Pray for the millions of people who suffer food shortages from the crop damage.
  • Our Home – Please pray for protection over our home from further flooding and damage. We have made some repairs and hope it will suffice. We are reluctant in moving because of its affordability and for the sake of our children who are very rooted in this community. We hope to continue to build deeper relationships with the Cambodians with whom we have gained some level of trust and respect.
  • Susan & the Boys – Please pray for the start of our new school season. We have some work to catch up on due to our long HMA and delay due to home construction. Pray not only that we are diligent but also that we’d show each other and ourselves grace, knowing when to rest and take breaks and how to juggle everyday life with supporting ministry. Pray that our homeschool group, which is also facing transition with our former director returning to the States and new family members.

HMA 2.0

Airport w Juns

We’ve arrived in San Francisco on Friday and have hit the ground running. We’ve already attended two Sunday services, a friend’s installation service, and have slept at a different home every night. We love the fresh air of Northern California and its natural surroundings; peaceful walks at the park, biking on a bike path free of cars, cows and potholes, and jogs around a bay-inlet. We have reunited with long-time friends and former short-term teams and even made some new friends. We have been showered with prayer and generous hospitality and kindness  through hospitality, thoughtful gifts, and delicious meals. It hasn’t even been a week…

In & Out w Kylee & Marcus Lees w CCPC STT

Bike to Target w Yoons  Nerf Gun War w Yoons

  PL Charge for Ben's Installation  Pastors at Ben's Installation  

Although our HMA (Home Mission Assignment) is a special gift to rest in one’s own culture and reunite with loved ones, the packed schedule and living out of a suitcase can be challenging. We relish every moment here in the States while half our hearts are on our friends and ministries left behind back on the field. Whether on the field or on our HMA, we need your prayer.

Car Ride to San Jose


* Health and Strength – Although most of our time is spent with loving friends and supporting churches, our schedule is packed and requires a lot traveling. Please pray for our overall health and a quick recovery from jet lag. Please ask that God would give us daily strength to be faithful for what He has planned for that day. Pray that we can be gracious and patient when we are tired and stretched. Pray that we can enjoy and savor in the midst of a hectic schedule.

* To Bless & Be Blessed – Please pray for Paul. He will be preaching almost every Sunday that we’re in the States. Pray for all of us that we may wisely and share the things God would have us share about our time in Cambodia. May He use us to build up His Kingdom and encourage His people wherever we go. May we in turn also be ready to be encouraged and blessed, returning to Cambodia refreshed and renewed.

* MTW Cambodia – Please pray for our teammates in Cambodia who continue to persevere and be faithful to their daily living and their usual ministries in Cambodia but also the extra load of short-term teams and summer interns. Pray for the church plant sites where we are directly involved with (KCC, RCC and AKJ) and the friendships we left behind. That we would know and acknowledge God’s faithfulness and goodness. That we’d be filled with comfort and joy despite being separated.

HMA Schedule

March 20 – April 1  Northern California
April 1 – April 20    Southern California
April 20 – May 3     New York/New Jersey
May 3 – May 10      Pennsylvania
May 10 – May 18    New York/New Jersey
May 18 – May 22    Chicago
May 22 – June 18   New York/New Jersey
June 18 – June 26  Boston; Washington D.C./Northern Virginia
June 26 – July 8     New York/New Jersey
July 8 – July 12      Atlanta; Brevard, N.C.
July 12 – July 21     New York/New Jersey
July 21                    Departure Date

Last City: Foster City, CA
Current City: Davis, CA
Next City:  Alameda, CA
# Cities Visited: 3
# Housing: 4

A Short-termer’s Testimony

Joyce’s  Testimony from CCPC:
Joyce was here on a short-term team with her church both last year and this year. Both times she served at KCC. 

I clearly remember coming to KCC last summer with much anxiety, wondering how an awkward girl like me could face the university students and sustain a conversation with them, let alone form a relationship with them.  Then my world was rocked on the first day when the very first conversation I had with a group of three girls led straight into sharing our testimonies–past the small talk and past the potential awkward silences. It had broken whatever barriers there may have been, and ultimately, our relationship had been founded in Christ who is unchanging. As I spent a week with the students at KCC, I not only was able to further my relationship with them but also, God convicted me of my complacency in my Christian walk through them. Their boldness to share their life, struggles, and faith with not only our team but also to strangers challenged me. Their eagerness to know more about Jesus and their faith through their questions they asked humbled me. Their passion for worship and fellowship moved me. And by God’s grace, I had the opportunity to go back to learn more and see the work God’s been doing this past year.

IMG_3310Joyce on the far left during last year’s visit

As I prayed and prepared to go to Cambodia this summer, my heart was conflicted. I was so eager to go back, and at the same time, I was nervous. This time, it was not because I was worrying about forming relationships with the students. This time, I was nervous because I wasn’t sure how things might have changed within the last year. I myself wasn’t sure of what expectations I held in my heart, but I feared any disappointments I may come to encounter. I feared the possible heartbreak from hearing about students leaving the church or falling away from faith. I feared that I would compare what I had learned and experienced last year with what I would learn and experience this summer. Even through my anxieties, God gently reminded me through His Word to be less consumed in my own feelings and thoughts–that He must increase and that I must decrease.

So it was such a breath of fresh air from my own thoughts and fears when I first re-entered the doors of KCC and the sense of familiarity gushed in. It was calming to see the familiar faces of the pastors, missionaries, and students and it gave me much joy to see that they still had their joyful hearts, still eager to learn and serve. I also witnessed some changes that really encouraged me and reminded me of God’s faithfulness. Within a year, the women’s dorm grew from 7 women to now over 20! Within a year, I also saw that the number of students who were taking ownership and being leaders of the ministry had grown. On the flip side, some of the fears that I had in my heart were a reality. But instead of the anticipated disappointment and heartbreak, I was reminded that even these things are a part of God’s perfect plan. Things may seem to have gone awry in our eyes, but God is sovereign and He is glorified in both these “good” and “not so good” changes.

14750800796_f2f4d2d32e_oJoyce on the far left this year – fútbol!

My time in Cambodia and at KCC has been so short. What I’ve seen and experienced is merely a glimpse of the bigger picture–of the ministry there and of what God’s great plan is.  What I’ve seen through the students and the missionaries has once again challenged me, and the relationships I’ve formed with them remind me that life beyond the praises and thanks of the church is not always so fine and dandy. Both the students and the missionaries encounter struggles in their lives and battle with sin, and I was deeply convicted to be in prayer for them and the work God is doing through them in Cambodia. I don’t know what changes the next 365 days will bring in the lives of each individual and as a ministry, but one thing that I know is that God is good. He has been faithful from the very beginning and He will continue to be faithful until the very end.

14587667360_1cc460568b_oGroup pic after evangelizing on campus

Family Update

2014 has been a full year for the Lee household that has brought us through some great highs and lows.  It’s difficult to capture it all but we hope you get a glimpse of how God is working our lives and in His people on this side of the world.


Paul has faced the obvious challenges that come with his expanded roles and responsibilities, but he is thankful for the faithfulness of God in his life, family and ministry.

PL OrientationGiving a Team Orientation to a short-term team

Paul has grown in his gratefulness for his teammates. Working with others in any ministry context is fraught with potential conflicts but Paul is thankful that those conflicts have helped him appreciate the team in Cambodia more and more. It is confirmation that God is the one that has called this team together. On the mission field, one does not know how long we will be together so we have been learning to cherish the time we do have together.

2014 Jul Lees w InternsSharing a meal w teammates, a visiting Pastor and summer interns

“Success” is also another struggle as we are starting to close in on fourth year here. God has been teaching Paul what biblical “success” looks like. By some standards we would not be considered “successful”, but we have been thankful for all the work that God is doing . Even with the absence of large number of churches being planted, many national partners in countries all throughout Southeast Asia are faithfully ministering to their churches day in and day out in the midst of challenging societal, governmental and especially spiritual difficulties. Even with the growing secularism and materialism in the educated youth,  many young national believers are leading praise for Sunday worship, evangelizing to other students even as they are rejected and persevering as they share their faith to skeptical family members.  Even as teammates and friends are called to new mission fields back home, we have learned to appreciate how God is using them for his kingdom purposes.

As a father to missionary children, Paul has been especially thankful for what God has been in the lives of Caleb and Nate. As friends have been leaving, Paul has seen his sons grow in their relationships with the neighborhood children. Initially Caleb and Nate were hesitant especially with the language barriers but they have grown in their willingness to open up to their new friends and be vulnerable and to enjoy spending time with them. Paul has also seen a growing desire in his sons to share in the ministry that is taking place. They have expressed the desire to travel with Paul to the villages on his visits to different church planting sites. This has been a blessed answer to prayer.

Daily Ritual w Neighborhood FriendsDaily Ritual w Neighborhood Friends

AKJ Boys w KidsMaking friends at AKJ during the Medical Missions trip


After two years of the craziness as well as the joys of being the short-term team (STT) coordinator, Susan has decided to step down. It has been a wonderful way for a stay-at-home missionary mom to learn more about and serve her team. It’s provided a way for her to meet so many fellow believers and get a snapshot of the work He’s doing through His people all over.

Campus Evangelism w KCC & CCPC
Campus Evangelism w KCC and STT from CCPC

With the end of her responsibilities as STT coordinator, Susan will restart her English classes at KCC in October. Teaching English has been a great way to show love to the students and build a closer relationship. She longs serve them well, teaching them effectively.

The exhaustion of life this year and the heartaches of the constant goodbyes have exposed many of Susan’s anxieties and desire for control and perfection; ultimately her pursuit for worth and security outside of Christ. Yet through these times, she is experiencing a nearness with her Lord, bringing much freedom and joy found only in the refuge of her Savior.


More often than not, Paul and Susan respond to their demanding schedules with stress and anxiety. Caleb and Nate usually receive the brunt of it, whether in the form of an undeserved tirade or an unspoken, weighty expectation to keep in line and not get in the way. Over the years, God has slowly and gently brought repentance and change for all of us. Our relationships with one another has grown deeper.

Susan’s fifth year of homeschooling is starting off well. We are starting to acknowledge the fruits of our labor and perseverance. We’re thankful both boys not only appreciate but want to be homeschooled. God has been kind in providing like-minded homeschooling missionaries to be source of wisdom and encouragement.

Homeschooling w Dad: Coke & MentosScience w Dad: Coke & Mentos Experiment

Homeschool Co-op: Math GamesHomeschool Co-op: Math Games

We have been continually asking you to pray for the boys’ friends. Thank you for praying. Our God is faithful. In the midst of the many goodbyes, God has at the same time brought friends into our lives in ways unexpected. We know circumstances can always change but we’re learning to be thankful in each moment and acknowledge His good and faithful provisions.

Caleb's 10th BDay w Friends
Caleb’s 10th BDay w Friends & Neighbors

4 July Visiting Yoon Kids
4 July @US Embassy w Visiting Yoon Kids

We’re learning that “God wants to bring us to the end of ourselves so that we would see our need for a relationship with him as well as with others” (Lane & Tripp, relationships: A Mess Worth Making, p.8). We want to thank God for not settling for our temporary comfort and happiness. We want to thank God for drawing us to Him. We want to thank God for you. Thank you for your faithful friendship and partnership, love and support, prayers and gifts.

PLEASE PRAY that we would learn to live a less driven and busy life rooted in “the fear of not being enough and having enough, the fear of losing face and losing control, the fear of missing the mark and missing out” but much more of a called life (Scotty Smith, Everyday Prayers).

Paul has been overseeing the church planting work in other countries outside of Cambodia since April of this year. (For security reasons the specific country is not named).  It has been a blessing to see how God has been working in the other countries in Southeast Asia.

Earlier in the year Paul got a chance to travel through the provincial area in one of these countries where some of our national partners have been church planting. He visited many village pastors faithfully ministering to their congregation in the midst of difficult situations. One particular visit made a deep impression on Paul’s heart. During this visit, Paul had the opportunity to sit and talk inside the house of one of the pastors. He learned that the house used to be a house church. The pastor explained that after 1975, when the government attempted to close all the churches, a group of Christians met in a room in the attic of the house. The pastor took Paul through a narrow stairwell and they walked up the steep steps to an attic space with a ceiling so low that everyone had to stoop the whole time. The pastor recounted how believers worshipped in secret for twenty years to avoid government persecution. What was remarkable was that many of the pastors leading the church today worshipped in that very attic space.

It was a wonderful reminder that persecution doesn’t hinder God’s plans for his church, in fact He uses them for His purposes. It is also a reminder that God has his own timing for his church.



Please Pray

– that God would continue to encourage the pastors as they lead the church

– that the church may be faithful in worship as they face challenges of all kinds

For those who send donations via checks, please note that the MTW address for donations is changing to:

Mission to the World

PO Box 2589
Suwanee, GA 30024-0982

We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us and we’d be glad to help in any way.

Again, we truly appreciate all the ways you continue to bless and support us. We hope you know you are in our hearts and prayers.


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